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August 2018

Building Ministers Forum meets in Adelaide

Building Minister's Forum 2018

The Building Ministers' Forum (BMF) was held at Adelaide Oval on Friday 10 August 2018. The meeting commenced with Ministers hearing from a broad range of building sector stakeholders at an Industry Forum. The forum focussed on how best to prioritise and deliver the recommendations presented in the Building Confidence report.

Ministers also progressed actions for a permanent labelling system for aluminium composite panels and minimum accessible features for housing.

The findings and recommendations of the Building Confidence report were discussed and agreement reached to prioritise the recommendations relating to the registration of building practitioners and the integrity of private building surveyors. The Senior Officers Group (SOG) will  prepare an implementation plan for reform incorporating feedback from industry stakeholders.

Ministers also discussed the insurance market for professional indemnity insurance and agreed that a national approach is required to address the issue. The Senior Officers Group and the Building Regulators Forum are to prepare a paper for consideration at the next BMF.

Agreed outcomes
All agreed outcomes of the August BMF are detailed in the 10 August BMF CommuniqueFor more information about the BMF, visit the BMF website.

UK inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire recommences

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry was formally opened on 14 September 2017 with procedural hearings commencing on 10 and 11 December 2017. The public Inquiry will examine the circumstances leading up to and surrounding the Grenfell Tower fire. The Inquiry is being undertaken in two phases:

  • Phase 1 is focussing on the factual narrative of the events of the night of 14 June 2017.
  • Phase 2 will address the remainder of the issues identified in the list of issues.

Phase 1 will specifically examine: 

  • the existing fire safety and prevention measures at the Grenfell Tower,
  • where and how the fire started,
  • the development of fire and smoke,
  • the chain of events before the decision was made that there was no further savable life in the building,
  • the evacuation of residents.

Evidentiary hearings began on 5 June 2018 and can be viewed via live stream. The next session will commence on Monday 3 September 2018 at 9:30am London UK time (Monday 6:00pm ACST).

Further information about the Inquiry, including the Terms of Reference and videos and transcripts of hearings, can be found available on the Inquiry website.

Independent review of building regulations and fire safety

An independent review of existing building regulations and fire safety was commissioned by the UK government following the Grenfell Tower fire. The aim of the review was to examine current building regulations and fire safety with a focus on high-rise residential buldings.

The final report, Building a Safer Future, was published in May 2018 and makes 50 recommendations for delivering a more robust regulatory system for the future.

Information about the Independent review, including the Terms of Reference and final report are available on the UK Government website.

Issues papers released for public consultation

Review of the South Australian Prescribed Minimum Housing Standards

Over the past year, the Housing Safety Authority (HSA) have reviewed the prescribed minimum standards within the Housing Improvement Regulations 2017 to ensure that the standards reflect the needs of a modern community. 

The HSA has now released a draft of the Housing Improvement (Prescribed Minimum Housing Standards) Variation Regulations 2018 and Consultation Paper for comments and feedback.

If you are interested in reviewing a copy or providing feedback please contact HSA via:

Submissions close 21 September 2018.

Increasing the energy efficiency requirements for Class 2 residential buildings

The Department of Energy and Mining has released a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) to consider an increase to the energy efficiency requirements for apartments (Class 2 residential buildings) in South Australia.

The RIS is open for public consultation and can be viewed on the Department of Energy and Mining website

Enquiries and formal submissions should be forwarded to Mr Craig Walker by emailSubmissions close 14 September 2018.

Product awareness

Image: Be Safe portable pool fence Source: ACCC website
National recall of portable pool fence

Practitioner and consumer attention is drawn to information about a product recall of Clark Rubber Franchising Be Safe Portable Pool Fence.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued advice and further information about the product recall on the ACCC’s Product Safety website.

Building Advisory Notices

The following Advisory Notices have been published:

All Advisory Notices are available on the SA Planning Portal.

Building Policy news - staff achievements

Image: Mary Andruchowycz with Neil Savery, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Building Codes Board
Ms Mary Andruchowycz

Senior Building Officer Mary Andruchowycz was recognised recently for her 40 years of service in the South Australian public sector. Mary commenced her public sector career with the Public Buildings Department.

During her 20 years with DPTI (in its various forms) Mary has been involved in a number of significant programs and initiatives including:

  • the introduction of the performance-based building code,
  • the introduction of the Development Act 1993,
  • implementation of provisions for people with a disability, in particular the adoption of the Disability (Access to Premises) Standards for public buildings,
  • the development of the essential safety provisions for fire safety in buildings,
  • the development of nationally consistent qualifications for building surveyors and involvement in the Australian Qualifications Framework,
  • implementation of 4 star energy efficiency rating requirements,
  • adoption of the CodeMark Scheme in SA,
  • building rules assessment audits,
  • the ongoing review and amendment of the National Construction Code.

Mary was also recently awarded an appreciation award by the Australian Building Codes Board for her work on the Building Codes Committee. Throughout her career, Mary's has worked professionally to bring about broad policy and system improvements. Congratulations Mary!

Quarterly reminder for statutory obligations

7% Levy return
A reminder that the 3rd quarter of the 2018 7% levy return under Schedules 6 and 7 of the Development Regulations 2008 is due 10 business days after 1 October 2018. A response should be forwarded even if there is a Nil return. Email responses can be forwarded to

For credit card payments, contact Planning Services on 1800 752 664 (Option #5). Cheques should be made payable to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.

System indicators
Regulation 115 requires councils and private certifiers routinely provide information to the Minister for Planning in relation to prescribed planning and development matters. Information is required to be submitted within 21 days of the end of each quarter.

The collection and collation of this information contributes to a report providing a snapshot of development and the development system in South Australia.

Training and Seminars

AIBS - Training seminar

The Australian Institute of Building Surveyors are hosting a full day training seminar on waterproofing wet areas and near flat roof structures. The seminar will be held in Adelaide on Tuesday 28 August 2018.

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

MBA - Training sessions

The Master Builders Assocation SA is hosting several training sessions in September and October 2018. Training sessions are scheduled for waterproofing of wet areas, white card, asbestos awareness, roof trusses and non-conforming products.

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

HIA - Training sessions

The Housing Industry Association (HIA) is hosting several training sessions in September and October 2018. Trainign sessions are scheduled for residential building codes, building structures, legal requirements and contractual compliance and the timber framing code.

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


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