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November 2018

Accessible Housing Options Paper

At its August 2018 meeting, the Building Ministers’ Forum agreed that the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) develop an Options Paper on accessible housing possibly being regulated through the National Construction Code.

Accessible housing is any housing that includes features to enable use by people either with a disability or through their life stages.

The Accessible Housing Options Paper has now been released for public consultation and provides a preliminary menu of options and costings. The aim of this consultation is to refine details of the objectives, options and terminology that will be considered in a formal Regulatory Impact Statement, which is expected to commence in the first quarter of 2019.

Feedback on the paper closes on Friday 30 November 2018. Comments should be submitted via email to the ABCB.

Building Advisory Notices

The following Advisory Notices have been published:

All current Advisory Notices are available on the SA Planning Portal.

Building Reform update – Development of Inspection policies

The Building Policy Unit has recently engaged Botten Levinson Lawyers to assist in the development of new council inspection policies under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (the Act).

Consultation will take place with a range of stakeholders during the development and implementation of the policies. Key stakeholders will be contacted shortly. If you are interested in contributing, please email us.

Work is also continuing on the preparation of new Ministerial Building Standards (which will replace existing Minister's Specifications) and the building regulations under the Act.

The Building Reform webpage on the SA Planning Portal will be updated shortly. 

DPTI Land and Monitoring News

Residential land development activity report - June 2018

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
  • annual supply of completed residential allotments

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.

Article of interest

SA Builder magazine recently included an article about the current program of building reform which will support the new planning system.

Office of the Technical Regulator - Regulation Roundup

The Office of the Technical Regulator (OTR) recently published Issue #42 of the Regulation Roundup newsletter. For previous editions or to subscribe visit the Government of South Australia website.

Australian Building Codes Board news

Lead in plumbing products and materials

In early 2018, the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) commissioned Professor Mark Taylor of Macquarie University, to undertake a literature review to determine to what extent plumbing products and materials may contribute to lead levels in drinking water in excess of those permitted by the Australian Drinking Water Quality Guidelines.

The Lead in Plumbing Products and Materials report has now been published on the ABCB website

Employment Opportunities

Building Policy - Employment opportunity

An opportunity exists for a long term contract position as a Project Building Officer in our team. To view the position criteria and to apply, visit the iworkforSA website.

Applications close 7 December 2018.

Feedback

We welcome your feedback and suggestions – please contact us via email DPTI.PDBuildingBranch@sa.gov.au

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