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February 2019

Non-conforming building products

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Senate Inquiry into non-conforming building products

The final report from the Australian Senate Inquiry into non-conforming building products was published on 4 December 2018.

Information about the inquiry and the final report are available on the Senate Inquiry website

Building Ministers' Forum
The most recent Building Ministers' Forum (BMF) was held in Hobart on 8 February 2019. At the meeting, Ministers prioritised discussion on the issues relating to the safety of Australian buildings and the public confidence in the building and construction industry.

Ministers agreed that the recent events of Opal Tower in Sydney and the Neo200 in Melbourne reinforce the importance of continuing the work already underway in all states and territories to implement the recommendations in the Building Confidence Report

An implementation plan setting out the proposed reforms for each jurisdiction is anticipated to be released in late February.

Other matters discussed included an update on the development of an Australian Standard for permanent labelling of Aluminium Composite Panels; the 2019 edition of the National Construction Code; and progress in relation to the access and pricing of Australian Standards.

For more information about all the agreed outcomes of the February meeting view the BMF Communique.


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National Construction Code 2019 - Now available to view

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) have published the key changes that will form the 2019 edition of the National Construction Code (NCC). A preview of the NCC 2019 is now available on the ABCB website prior to its adoption on 1 May 2019.

Nationwide information seminars
Seminars will also be held throughout February and March. A half-day seminar will be held in Adelaide on 15 March at the Adelaide Convention Centre. For more information on the available seminars, visit the ABCB website.

New South Australian ABCB representative
Mr Michael Burdett, Surveyor General is the new South Australian representative on the ABCB. Mr Burdett's appointment follows the resignation of Mr Wayne Hutchinson.

DPTI - Building Policy - Staffing changes

Welcome - Mr Terry Bush

Mr Terry Bush recently joined the Building Policy team. Terry has extensive experience and knowledge building surveying, and has a particular interest in building fire safety. He has over 20 years experience as a building surveyor and consultant in both Western and South Australia. He has also taught at the Master Builders Australia, TAFE SA and at the University of South Australia.

Terry is leading the statewide building audit for aluminium cladding.

Welcome - Mr Michael Burdett

Following the resignation of Mr Wayne Hutchinson, Mr Michael Burdett, Surveyor General will now be managing the Building Policy team in the Department.

The Surveyor General is responsible for regulating land surveying in South Australia, including the oversight of survey practice and law, the setting of standards and the monitoring of compliance. Michael has held this role for the past 6 years and is keen to contribute to building policy in South Australia.

He is also a member of the Surveyors Board SA.

Farewell - Mr Wayne Hutchinson

Mr Wayne Hutchinson recently resigned from the Department to explore opportunities in the local government sector. Wayne held the position of Manager, Development Assessment and Building for 12 months and made a significant contribution to the team given his strong risk management skills. 

We thank Wayne for his contribution as the SA representative on the ABCB and for his guidance, patience and interest in the national, state and local aspects of Building Policy and its role in the wider development industry.

Good luck Wayne!

Building Committee - Membership update

The December edition of the Planning Ahead newsletter announced the appointments of Mr Gavin Leydon as the new Chair of the Building Committee, following the resignation of Mr Alan Taylor. Mr Peter Harmer has also been appointed to the Committee for a period of two years.

To view previous editions of Planning Ahead or to subscribe, visit the SA Planning Portal.

Training opportunities for 2019

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AIBS SA Chapter Conference 2019

The SA Chapter of the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS) are hosting a 2 day conference on 7 and 8 March 2019 at the Adelaide Oval.

For more information or to register visit the AIBS website

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Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating

The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) are hosting several seminars in the first half of 2019 of relevance to building practitioners, including:

  • Building ventilation
  • Essential safety provisions
  • Smoke control and fire dampers 

For more information, including dates and locations, visit the AIRAH website

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Safe cladding, buildings and facade innovation summit

Gain clarity on upcoming government changes, insurance implications for cladding-related risks and lessons that can be applied from the UK experience.

Happening 27-28 February in Sydney, with a post-conference workshop on 1 March 2019. The full speaker program is now available.

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