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March 2020

State Planning Commission - Council Inspection Practice Directions published

Practice Direction 9 - Council Inspections 2020
Practice Direction 9 - Council Inspections 2020

Two new State Planning Commission approved PDI Act inspection practice directions have been published on the SA Planning Portal.

Practice Direction 8 – Council Swimming Pool Inspections 2019 – Version 2
Practice Direction 9 – Council Inspections 2020 – Version 1

The Practice Directions will become operational with the phasing in of the PDI Act. Please note in relation to Practice Direction 8 - Council Swimming Pools Inspections, the current version (Version 1) of this Practice Direction remains operational.

The Commission has published a What We Have Heard Report in response to the feedback received about Practice Direction 9.

The feedback received during the eight week consultation period was highly valuable and the Commission thanks those who provided a submission.

Expression of Interest - Building Technical Panel

The Building Technical Panel (formerly the Building Committee) has been established by the State Planning Commission to provide an opinion or concurrence on matters required by legislation. The Panel has a core membership of four persons (including a Presiding Member and Deputy Presiding Member).

The State Planning Commission is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified individuals with proven ability in performance based design and assessment, and interpreting the requirements of the Building Rules in relation to:

  • design, building and construction
  • structural engineering
  • building engineering services (mechanical, hydraulic, electrical, HVAC)
  • building surveying; and
  • building fire safety and/or fire-fighting operation

The Comission is seeking to fill one core member position and a number of specialised occasional member positions. 

Further information can be found on the SA Planning Portal.

Expressions of interest must be received by 5.00 pm (CDST) Friday 3 April 2020 via email saplanningcommission@sa.gov.au. Inquiries should be directed to Ms Alison Gill, Senior Governance Officer on 8343 2653 or alison.gill2@sa.gov.au.

Building Confidence Report: Recommendation 10

Model Code of Conduct for Building Surveyors released for comment

The Building Confidence Report (BCR) Implementation Team has released a Model Code of Conduct for Building Surveyors for public comment.

Recommendation 10 states that "each jurisdiction put in place a code of conduct for building surveyors which addresses key matters which, if contravened, would be grounds for a disciplinary inquiry". 

The accompanying discussion paper explains how the Model Code  was developed and seeks views from stakeholders on how it can be improved. The Model Code is supported by a Explanatory Statement and draft Compliance Policy that set out how the code of conduct could be interpreted and enforced.

Comments close on 24 April 2020. Questions should be directed to the BCR Implementation team at bcrimplementationteam@abcb.gov.au

Australian Building Codes Board and NCC news

Remaining 2020 NCC semiars cancelled

Due to circumstances beyond the ABCB's control, all remaining 2020 NCC Seminars, including: MELBOURNE, HOBART, SYDNEY, DARWIN and PERTH have been cancelled. Full refunds will be provided to all registered attendees. A webcast of the session will be recorded and released online at a later date. The ABCB request that those impacted by the cancellations please be patient as they work through processing refunds and finalising details.

The ABCB thank you for your understanding and apologise for the inconvenience.

Adoption of transitional NCC 2019 provisions

NCC 2019 was adopted on 1 May 2019. Schedule 7 includes a new non-mandatory Fire Safety Verification Method (FSVM) which provides a documented process for the design of fire safety Performance Solutions. Schedule 7 was subject to a 12 month transitional period, which ends on 30 April 2020. The ABCB recently conducted a series of free webinars to assist practitioners with the application and use of the FSVM. For those that missed the webinar, a recording of each session will be available from the ABCB Resource Library.

The transitional arrangements also applied to the energy efficiency provisions in both volumes of the NCC. From 1 May 2020, all energy efficiency star ratings must include the separate heating and cooling loads identified for the star rating.

The acceptable heating and cooling load limits for the various NCC required star ratings can be found in the ABCB Standard for NatHERS Heating and Cooling Limits which can be accessed from the ABCB website.

2020 NCC Seminar query clarification

Deletion of the NCC SA variations and additions

As part of the adoption of NCC 2019, South Australia deleted the following Ministers Specifications:

  • SAH2.2 - Construction of bulk grain storage facilities
  • SAH3.2 - Concessions for farm buildings
  • SA 3.12.0.1(a) - Heating and cooling loads for elevated buildings with a lightweight framed flooring system and transportable buildings

The relevant provisions were amalgamated into the NCC.

The adoption of NCC 2019 was published in the government gazette on 11 April 2019.

Safework SA update

In response to a number of incidents, SafeWork SA have been conducting compliance audits on the Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) for high risk construction work. SWMS's are a key strategy to reduce the high level of injuries and fatalities that occur in the construction sector. Audits commenced in February 2020. For further information contact SafeWork SA on 1300 365 255.

In response to a fatality in December 2019, and subsequent incidents, SafeWork are reminding the construction sector of the need to manage risks in the workplace that may result in falls and injuries. The Code of Practice: Managing the risk of falls at workplaces is available from the SafeWork SA website.

Safework SA has also issued a warning about taking appropriate precautions during any clean-up or demolition following the SA bushfires. Asbestos-containing materials will likely be present in bushfire-affected buildings that were built up until the late 1980s. Refer to SafeWork SA for further information. 

Office of the Technical Regulator update

Regulation Roundup Issue 45 is here!,

Regulation Roundup is the the bulletin for electrical, gas and plumbing industry workers published by the Office of the Technical Regulator.

If you wish to view previous editions you can access them at sa.gov.au

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