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July 2017

Non-conforming and non-complying building products

In response to the Grenfell Tower fire in London, Minister Rau issued a Media Release detailing the immediate audit of buildings within the Adelaide CBD in conjunction with Adelaide City Council, with a particular focus on identifying the presence of aluminium composite panel cladding.

Councils, private certifiers and key stakeholders will be contacted shortly regarding the audit process. 

Building Minister's Forum (BMF)

The BMF discussed this matter at length at their meeting on 30 June 2017 and agreed to commission an expert to report back as quickly as possible about the broader compliance and enforcement issues within the building and construction system. The BMF issued a Communique detailing a number of other initiatives currently underway to address non-conforming products.

Commonwealth website

On 1 July 2017, the Commonwealth launched their non-conforming building products webpage, hosted on the ABCB website. The national webpage, which provides relevant contacts in each of the jurisdictions, was developed in response to recommendations made by the Senior Officers Group established under the BMF.

Senate inquiry

In June 2015, the Senate referred an inquiry into non-conforming building products to the Senate Economics References Committee for inquiry and report. An interim report entitled Safety - 'not a matter of good luck' was published in May 2016.

Training events relating to the role of building surveyors in relation to non-conforming and non-complying building products are detailed below.

Fee increases 2017-2018

The Development (Fees) Variation Regulations 2017 were published in the Government Gazette on 22 June 2017, for adoption on 1 July 2017. (Issue 40/2017 page 2289-2302). 

The Development (Open Space Contribution Scheme) Variation Regulations 2017 were published on 27 June 2017, for adoption on 1 July 2017. (Issue 41/2017 page 2626-2627)

Planning Advisory Notices 12a and 12b have been issued and are also be available on the Government of South Australia website.

Building Advisory Notice 01/17 issued in April 2017 details the Construction Indices for 2017-2018.

DAC applications - new public register

The Development Assessment Commission (DAC) is required to make its register of development applications lodged, assessed and/or determined by the state planning authority available for public inspection.

A new Public Register is now available on the SA Planning Portal which replaces the previous two public registers for Land Use and Land Division.

Training events and seminars

Australian Steel Institute

The Australian Steel Institute is hosting a seminar in Adelaide on structural fire engineering cost effective solutions for structural steel work. The seminar will be held on 12 July 2017. For more information and to register visit the Australian Steel Institute webpage.

Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers is hosting a seminar in Adelaide on the challenges faced by building surveyors. The seminar will be held on 13 July 2017. For more information and to register visit the eventbrite webpage.

2018 NCC Information Seminars

The Australian Building Codes Board has released a draft schedule for the NCC information seminars. The Adelaide session has been scheduled for 2 March 2018. Venue, dates and times will be confirmed in due course.

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