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March 2018

Development (Building Cladding) Variation Regulations 2018

The Development (Building Cladding) Variation Regulations 2018 were announced in the Government Gazette (page 767-769 issue 09/2018) and came into effect on 12 March 2018. The Regulations introduce provisions regulating the use of designated building products on designated buildings.

Designation of a building and building product and prescribed supervisors checklist
A designated class of building and designated kind of building product and a prescribed supervisors checklist were announced in the Government Gazette (page 1202-1205 issue 19/2018) and came into effect on 20 March 2018.

  • Notice A designated a type of building product and class of building that requires specific information to be provided under Schedule 5 of the Development Regulations 2008.
  • Notice B published a prescribed supervisor's checklist that applies under Regulation 74 of the Development Regulations 2008.

Editable forms can be downloaded from the Latest building policy news and practitioner forms webpage on the Government of South Australia website.

Guidance on the new requirements has been published in Building Advisory Notice 01/18 Technical - New requirements for designated building products

Amendment 1 to Volume One of the NCC implements a range measures relating to fire safety in high rise buildings. The measures were initially developed in response to the 2014 Lacrosse apartment fire in the Docklands Melbourne, but became more significant following the Grenfell fire in London in mid-2017. The measures include:

  • a new testing standard for external wall construction, which will in most circumstances require additional measures (such as sprinkler protection) to reduce hazards,
  • a new requirement regarding the documentary evidence being presented to support the use of a material, product, design or form of construction,
  • clarification of provisions relating to external wall claddings and attachments; exemptions; and fire hazard properties of building elements,
  • increased sprinkler protection of balconies in residential high rise buildings.

Amendment 1 to Volume One of the NCC was adopted in the Government Gazette on 27 February 2018 (issue #12/2018, page 996) and is available on the ABCB website.


Welcome - Mr Wayne Hutchinson

Mr Wayne Hutchinson has recently been appointed as Manager Development Policy and Assessment.

Wayne was previously the Program Manager for Crown Lands in the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) and has worked in various senior government roles in both the State and Federal Public Service. He has a broad understanding of the building sector and has been appointed as the South Australian representative on the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB).

In assisting Wayne, Mr Robert Kleeman is also assuming a broader role as Unit Manager Policy and Strategic Assessment. This move further strengthens the support to the Building Unit and its functions, including the transition associated with the Planning Reform process.

Robert was previously Unit Manager Development Assessment within the Department, and has worked in various assessment and planning policy roles within the Department as well as in the Northern Territory.

Building audit for aluminum cladding - State progress

DPTI is leading the 3 phase risk-based building audit to determine the degree to which aluminium composite panels have been used on buildings in South Australia. The audit is being undertaken in collaboration with Councils.

Phase 1 of the audit is complete and Councils with buildings of concern will shortly be contacted to commence Phase 2 - Investigation.

The Building Audit page on the SA Planning Portal has recently been amended to include updates on the progress to date and user specific factsheets detailing responsibilities and expectations for each phase of the audit.

Updated Guide to Council Building Fire Safety Committees

A review of the Guide to Council Building Fire Safety Committees has been undertaken and the Guide has now been updated and re-published. The following changes have been made:

  • Appendix C has been amended to reflect the rules and forms of the Environment, Resources and Development (ERD) Court relating to the issuing of a summons;
  • Appendix D has been updated to reflect the information required for section 7 enquiries under the Land and Business (Sale and Conveyancing) Act 1995; and
  • Appendix E has been updated to reflect current ERD Court contact details.

The Guide is available on the Government of South Australia website.

Accredited Professionals Scheme - Workshop

On Wednesday 14 March 2018, the first Accredited Professionals Workshop was held. The workshop was recorded and is now available to be viewed in two parts, the first part is the formal presentation and the second part is the workshop questions and discussion that followed each one.

The video is available to view on the SA Planning Portal.

The discussion paper on the Accredited Professional Scheme is open for consultation until 30 April 2018.

ABCB - Items on Public Consultation

Discussion paper on short-term accommodation in apartment buildings

A discussion paper has been developed to facilitate broad public consultation on short-term accommodation in apartment buildings and the NCCThe paper:

  • outlines the role of the NCC and associated building classifications;
  • explores concerns raised previously in relation to short-term accommodation;
  • discusses and seeks feedback on the effectiveness of the voluntary Industry Code of Conduct; and
  • considers other approaches, such as those being explored by the NSW Government.

Submissions close 8 April 2018Visit the ABCB website to view the paper and to submit feedback.

Draft NCC 2019

The draft NCC 2019 is open for public comment. The key elements of the proposed amendments include:

  • new quantified performance metrics and Verification Methods;
  • improved fire safety measures;
  • removing the ability to use bonded laminated material where a non-combustible material is required; 
  • increased levels of energy efficiency for commercial buildings;
  • revised Acceptable Construction Practices in NCC Volume Two;
  • new Acceptable Plumbing Practices in NCC Volume Three; and
  • improved readability, including standardised Governing Requirements across the NCC.

Submissions close 13 April 2018. Visit the ABCB website to view the draft 2019 NCC and to submit feedback.

2017 Intergovernmental Agreement

The 2017 Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) that enables the operation of the ABCB was brought into effect on 31 January 2018The 2017 IGA is available on the ABCB website.

Training and Seminars

Fire Risk Consultancy Ltd - online courses

Fire Risk Consultancy Ltd (FRC) in the United Kingdom are hosting a series of online fire safety courses for practitioners interested in fire safety in the UK system. Topics include: 

  • ​smoke control
  • fire doors
  • fire safety in flats
  • fire safety in heritage buildings
  • fire safety in specialised housing

For more information or to register, visit the FRC website or email

Engineering Training Institute Australia - workshop series

The Engineering Training Institute Australia (ETIA) are hosting a series of interstate workshops for practitioners interested in engineering, including:

  • concrete technology
  • earthquake design
  • masonry design
  • precast and tilt up design and construction
  • structural steel design
  • timber design and
  • wind design for low, medium, dynamic and high rise structures

​For more information or to register, visit the ETIA website


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