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May 2018

Building Ministers Forum

Release of national report into compliance and enforcement

At the Building Ministers Forum (BMF) meeting on 27 April 2018, Ministers discussed the final report published by Professor Peter Shergold AC and Ms Bronwyn Weir entitled: Building Confidence – Improving the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for the building and construction industry across Australia.

Professor Shergold and Ms Weir were commissioned by the BMF to independently assess the broader compliance and enforcement problems within the building and construction systems across Australia.

The report’s conclusions and recommendations provide the BMF with a significant package of reforms intended to strengthen the effective implementation of the National Construction Code (NCC). The terms of reference and the final report are available on the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science website.

Ministers will examine the report’s findings and recommendations in detail and have agreed to discuss future directions and next steps at the next BMF meeting. At a state level, the recommendations will be considered when developing of the regulations that will support the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016.

Agreed outcomes
All agreed outcomes of the April BMF are detailed in the 27 April BMF Communique including:

  • a Regulatory Impact Assessment to examine minimum accessibility standards for housing;
  • fire safety in childcare centres; and
  • energy efficiency measures for residential buildings.

For more information about the BMF, visit the BMF website.

Reforming the building regulatory system

A new webpage has been published on the SA Planning Portal that details the opportunity for building regulatory reform under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016

The reform will also take the opportunity to:

  • consider the outcomes of the national review into compliance and enforcement.
  • reduce state variations to the National Construction Code.

Updates will be provided regularly as the work progresses and opportunites to get involved in the development and consultation phases will be advised via this webpage. 

Update: Non-conforming building products

Senate inquiry into non-conforming building products
The Senate Inquiry into non-conforming building products was granted an extension to provide their final report by 16 August 2018The Australian government response to the inquiries interim report on aluminium composite cladding was published on 28 February 2018.

Information about the inquiry can be found on the Parliament of Australia website.

Image: Striker with key Source: ACCC website
Recall of swimming pool fence latches

Practitioner and consumer attention is drawn to information about a product recall of G8Safe swimming pool fence latches. The Department has published a Product Alert, which is also available on the non-conforming and non-complying building products webpage

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has advised consumers about how the barrier can be made compliant. This advice and further information about the product recall is available on the ACCC’s Product Safety website.

Construction Indices 2018-2019

The 2018-2019 Construction Indices for the purposes of Schedule 6 of the Development Regulations 2008 were gazetted in the Government Gazette (Issue 31/2018, page 1517) on 10 May 2018.

Advisory Notice 02/18 - Minister's Schedule of Construction Indices 2018-2019 has been published and is available on the Building Advisory Notices webpage on the SA Planning Portal.

Survey on updates to the NatHERS Universal Certificate

The Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) Administrator is currently reviewing the NatHERS Universal Certificate with the view to release an updated version in line with the 2019 National Construction Code and Chenath engine updates.

To ensure the certificate is meeting the requirements of certifiers and surveyors, a short survey has been developed for practitioners to provide feedback on how the certificate can be improved when certifying the thermal shell requirements of dwellings

The survey is open until Friday 18 May 2018. For any questions about the survey please email the Department of the Environment and Energy or phone 02 6275 9613.

System indicators - reporting to the Minister

The Unit has recently reviewed activity on the System Indicators reporting program. 

Private certifiers that are currently not listed will be added to the system in order to report their activities in accordance with Regulation 115 of the Development Regulations 2008.

Councils and certifiers currently on the system should login and check their reporting status.  Completion of the system indicators is required quarterly, in line with the 7% levy return to the Minister and reminders will commence via future e-newsletters.

Please contact us by phone 1800 752 664 (option 2) or email us if you require any assistance with the program or if you have recently changed your contact details.

DPTI Planning news

Video on the Accredited Professionals Scheme

Consultation on the proposed Accredited Professionals Scheme discussion paper recently closed and a summary of what has been heard during the engagement process on the paper will be released in May 2018.

You can now view a video about the scheme and for more information and to keep track of the progress, visit the SA Planning Portal.

Release of Community Engagement Charter

People in South Australia now have greater opportunities to help shape their neighbourhoods with the recent approval of the Community Engagement Charter

Under the new Charter, government and councils will need to work with local people when developing planning rules.

Further information on the Charter is available on the SA Planning Portal.

Workshops on South Australia’s planning future

The State Planning Commission is hosting three workshops on South Australia’s planning future. This is a key opportunity to shape the policies for our state.

The workshops will be held in Adelaide during May and all are welcome to attend.

​To register your interest in any of the workshops, please email

Residential land development activity report - December 2017

The residential land development activity report provides information about activity levels for different stages of the land subdivision process in South Australia. The latest report includes information on:

  • proposed, approved and completed allotments in land division
  • dwelling approvals
  • broadhectare land supply and consumption

A map showing allotments created from land division applications can be viewed in the Location SA Map Viewer.

For more information and previous reports please visit the SA Planning Portal.

Training and Seminars

UK Fire Service response to High Rise Incidents
In response to the Grenfell Tower disaster in London, the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service in collaboration with Fire Risk Consultancy Limited (FRC) have developed a free online training package entitled: Fire Service response to High Rise Incidents.

The package is aimed at demonstrating how fire services can deal with these incidents and enable fire services abroad to further develop or adapt their own procedures. It is also of benefit to all stakeholders involved in the design, assessment and compliance of high rise buildings to improve their knowledge on the risks that these premises can pose.

The free training package is available from the FRC website.

The Engineering Training Institute Australia

The Engineering Training Institute Australia (ETIA) are hosting the following courses for interested practitioners in Melbourne, Victoria:

  • Residential Slabs & Footings Workshop (day 1) - Mon 14 May 2018
  • Residential Slabs & Footings Workshop (day 2) - Tue 15 May 2018
  • Prestressed Concrete Design Workshop - Wed 16 & Thurs 17 May 2018

For more information or to register, please visit the ETIA website.

ASI - Structural steel bolted connections

The Australian Steel Institute (ASI) are hosting a half day seminar for interested practitioners on Tuesday 5 June 2018 in Adelaide, with addtional sessions interstate. The seminar will cover the following topics:

  • bolt strength fundamentals;
  • AS 4100/AS 1252 context;
  • bolted connection design models; economical design and detailing;
  • recent developments; and
  • compliance

For more information or to register, please visit the ASI website.


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