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March 2018

More Building Industry Information online!

You recently told us that you would like to see more online information for building practitioners.

We have therefore been busy developing this for you and our new pages now feature a range of information to support building practitioners to stay in the know.

Check out the new:

  • Building Industry tab on the SA Planning Portal which features quick links to information that the building industry use regularly.
  • State Planning Commission webpage for the Building Committee – this Committee recently took on the functions, powers and duties of the former Building Advisory Committee and Building Rules Assessment Commission. You can now find information about the role of the committee, committee members, meeting agendas and minutes and information for applicants about documentation to be included and the process when lodging an application.

We would also welcome and value your feedback which we will use to continually make further enhancements. Email us at

UPDATE: Non-conforming building products

Australian Government Response to Interim report on Aluminium Composite Cladding

The Australian Government has released its response to the Senate Economics References Committee’s Interim report on aluminium composite cladding that was published in early September 2017.

The response was tabled in Parliament on 13 February 2018 and details the Government's position on the use of non-compliant external cladding materials in Australia, which was examined by the Senate Committee as part of its broader inquiry into issue of non-conforming building products.

The Government Response can be viewed on the Senate Inquiry website.

Guide to Australian Building Product Conformity

The Senior Officers Group established by the Building Minister Forum to investigate and develop a national strategic response to issues of non‐conforming building products has published a Guide to Australian Building Product Conformity. The Guide was developed by the Senior Officers' Group which is comprised of representatives from the Commonwealth, state and territory governments. 

It is anticipated that the Guide will be made available on the Non-conforming building products page on the Australian Building Codes Board website

ABCB - Update

Consultation RIS - energy efficiency of commercial buildings

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has release a Consultation RIS on the energy efficiency of commercial buildings.

The Consultation RIS assesses the impact of proposed stringency changes to the energy efficiency provisions of Section J for NCC 2019 Volume One. This Consultation RIS is accompanied by an Energy Action report that models the impact of the proposed changes across four different building types in all climate zones.

Submissions close Friday 20 April 2018 and can be submitted to

NCC 2019 - Section J Consultation extended

As a result of the release of the energy efficiency of commercial buildings Consultation RIS, the Public Comment Draft for Section J, NCC 2019 Volume One has been extended until Friday 20 April 2018 to correspond with the public comment period for the Consultation RIS.

7% levy return for private certifiers and councils

A reminder to relevant authorities that the 1st quarter of the 2018 7% levy return under Schedules 6 and 7 of the Development Regulations 2008 is due within 10 business days from 1 April 2018.

A response should be forwarded even if there is a Nil return. For 'Nil returns', email responses can be sent to

For returns requiring payment, please contact Planning Services on 08 7109 7018. Please note credit card payments can only be made over the phone and cheques should be made payable to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.

Training and Seminars

HIA - Training sessions

The Housing Industry Association (HIA) is hosting several sessions in April and May 2018 of relevance to building practitioners:

  • Construction Induction Card Training
  • Essential elements of roof framing trusses
  • Supervising Building Work
  • Residential Building Codes
  • Waterproofing – Wet Areas
  • Waterproofing – External

For more information or to register, visit the HIA website.

MBA - Training sessions

The Master Builders Association (MBA) are hosting several training sessions in April and May 2018 of relevance to building practitioners:

  • Understanding plans and drawings
  • Supervisor training
  • Building Codes and Standards - residential
  • Wet Area Waterproofing - Internal

For more information or to register, visit the MBA website.

AIBS - Weatherproofing and Fire Safety

The Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS) is hosting a full day waterproofing and fire separation training seminar on Wednesday 20 June 2018 in Thebarton, Adelaide. Topics include:

  • weatherproofing, dampness and condensation provisions
  • features / conditions conducive to adverse dampness and weatherproofing outcome
  • Building Minister’s Forum and regulatory responses to non-conforming product and combustible cladding use
  • overview of the risks involved from a building fire and life safety viewpoint
  • case studies of Australian cladding fires and performance analysis
  • requirements related to low rise domestic / residential buildings
  • implications for inspection and other means of compliance verification

For more information or to register, visit the AIBS website

RICS - Online learning and web classes

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) are hosting an online 3-part seminar on Access to Premises for people with a disability. The course offers an overview to how accessibility impacts on key professionals within the property life-cycle and key property assets types.

For more information and registration details on all available courses visit the RICS website.


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