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Building Reform

Improved building controls to deliver a safe, high quality built environment


The new Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDI Act) will introduce a number of changes to the way that building and construction is undertaken in South Australia.

These changes are designed to support the implementation of South Australia’s new planning and development system, and to respond to areas of emerging need in the building industry, such as ensuring Building Rules compliance.

These reforms will primarily affect building professionals who are responsible for applying South Australia’s Building Rules, namely certifiers, building surveyors and council officers.

The ultimate aim of these changes is to ensure higher standards of assessment and compliance in the building sector to create a safe, durable, high quality built environment for the community.

Phase 1 of the PDI Act became operational in outback areas on 1 July 2019, including new six new Ministerial Building Standards and one new Inspection Policy for the outback.

 

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You can access historic downloads from the Resources Library

Policies

Ministerial Building Standard - 7 - Modifications to the Building Code of Australia 2019 - Version 1 (25 July 2019) (PDF, 116 KB)Jul 19
Ministerial Building Standard - 6 - Modifications to the application of the Building Code - Version 1 (1 July 2019) (PDF, 110 KB) Jul 19
Ministerial Building Standard - 5 - Additional requirements for housing on designated Aboriginal lands - Version 1 (1 July 2019) (PDF, 322 KB) Jul 19
Ministerial Building Standard - 4 - Swimming pool safety – Upgrading safety barriers - Version 1 (1 July 2019) (PDF, 310 KB) Jul 19
Ministerial Building Standard - 3 - Fire safety in caravan parks and residential parks - Version 1 (1 July 2019) (PDF, 498 KB) Jul 19
Ministerial Building Standard - 2 - Maintaining the performance of essential safety provisions - Version 1 (1 July 2019) (PDF, 335 KB) Jul 19
Ministerial Building Standard - 1 - Upgrading health and safety in existing buildings - Version 1 (1 July 2019) (PDF, 1097 KB) Jul 19
National Construction Code for Australia 2019 Jun 19

Practice Directions

Practice Direction - 7 - Out of Council Areas Inspection Policy - Version 1 Jul 19

Forms

Certificate of occupancy (DOCX, 67 KB) Jul 19
Designated building products (DOCX, 64 KB) Jul 19
Designated building products - Prescribed supervisor's checklist (DOCX, 64 KB) Jul 19
Jul 19
Electricity infrastructure declaration (PDF, 347 KB) Jul 19
Essential Safety Provisions (ESPs) - Certificate of compliance regarding installation (DOCX, 67 KB) Jul 19
Essential Safety Provisions (ESPs) - Certificate of maintenance (DOCX, 69 KB) Jul 19
Essential Safety Provisions (ESPs) - Schedule (DOCX, 64 KB) Jul 19
Statement of compliance (DOCX, 71 KB) Jul 19

Legislation

Planning, Development and Infrastructure (Fees, Charges and Contributions) Regulations 2019 Jul 19
Planning, Development and Infrastructure (General) Regulations 2017 Jul 19

Fact Sheets

Building Reform Fact Sheet (PDF, 440 KB) Jul 18
 

The new PDI Act will affect the building industry in South Australia via seven key reforms:

The Accredited Professionals Scheme aims to ensure that decision-makers in the development assessment process are appropriately qualified to make key decisions and that a high standard of ethical conduct and professionalism is met.

The Accredited Professionals Scheme became operational on 1 April 2019.

As part of the scheme, all certifiers, surveyors and council officers will need to be registered and accredited within defined levels and meet Continuing Professional Development standards.

The new scheme also includes revised procedures for complaints; investigations; compliance and enforcement; and auditing.

New and updated building regulations have now been prepared and are in effect in land not within council boundaries (the outback). They will become operational in regional and metropolitan council areas over the course of the next 12 months.

These building regulations seek to support improved performance and accountability in the building system, and address gaps and areas of emerging need in the building sector.

They are captured in the Planning, Development and Infrastructure (General) Regulations 2017.

The Ministerial Building Standards will be derived from (and replace) existing Minister’s Specifications, but will be amended and consolidated as required to provide clearer building rules related to South Australian variations under the National Construction Code.

These Standards will continue to address issues such as adaptive re-use and maintenance of essential safety provisions.

The following Building Standards have now been published and are in effect in land outside of council boundaries (Phase One of the new planning and development system).

Ministerial Building Standard 001 – Upgrading health and safety in existing buildings

Developed with industry assistance and originally adopted in 2017, this standard offers an alternative means of compliance to the Building Code when upgrading health and safety in existing buildings.

Ministerial Building Standard 002 – Maintaining the performance of essential safety provisions

The standards and other requirements for the ongoing maintenance and testing of essential safety provisions in buildings are set out in this standard.

Ministerial Building Standard 003 – Fire safety in caravan parks and residential parks 

This standard has requirements for separation distances to be provided between caravans in caravan parks and residential parks to prevent fire spread and for water to be provided for occupants to use to fight a fire.

Ministerial Building Standard 004 – Swimming pool safety – Upgrading safety barriers

This standard sets out the safety features that a swimming pool built before July 1993 must have when a prescribed event occurs that triggers compliance with the standard (eg at point of sale of the property).

Ministerial Building Standard 005 – Additional requirements for housing on designated Aboriginal lands

This is a longstanding standard that requires increased levels of durability, sustainability, health and safety to be provided for housing in areas that are subject to harsh environments and where access to maintenance facilities is minimal.

Ministerial Building Standard 006 – Modifications to the application of the Building Code

Contains existing provisions clarifying the use of claims of unjustifiable hardship when considering provision of access in buildings, and the application of the Building Code to existing buildings when a land division occurs.

Ministerial Building Standard 007 - Modifications to the Building Code of Australia 2019 edition

Contains corrections to the 2019 version of the Building Code, which were adopted in South Australia under the Development Act 1993 on 1 May 2019 by a notice in the Government Gazette, and are now also adopted under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 via this Standard.

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A state-wide set of council inspection policies will be created to foster a more consistent and greater level of compliance across council regions. These will be tailored to meet a range of council requirements. This is a change from the current system whereby councils determine many of their own inspection policies based on set criteria.

An updated inspection policy for out-of-council areas is now in effect in the outback.

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Modernising South Australia’s building system has involved identifying local issues that require stand-alone regulations. This includes swimming pool compliance and safety which has been recognised as a regulatory area requiring improved management in our state.

As such, stand-alone regulations for swimming pools have now been prepared separately to the General Regulations of the PDI Act.

A revised fee structure has now been prepared for the new planning system to consolidate and simplify existing development fees and ensure that they more accurately reflect the level of services delivered.

The revised fee structure incorporates all fees associated with development assessment in South Australia under the PDI Act, including the Accredited Professionals Scheme, and is now operational in the outback regions of South Australia (land not within council boundaries).

South Australia’s paper-based planning system will soon migrate to a state-wide ePlanning platform. As part of this change, all development applications across the state will be lodged via the SA Planning Portal.

In this future state, the portal will become the ‘one-stop-shop’ for building practitioner registration, building approvals and building inspection records. All Ministerial Building Standards, building regulations and council inspection policies will also be housed on the SA Planning Portal.

A record of public consultation relating to this planning tool is listed below.

CLOSED: Ministerial Building Standards

Consultation close date 26 April 2019

The new Plannning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 has introduced a number of changes to the way that building and construction is to be undertaken in South Australia, including the conversion of Ministerial Building Specifications to Ministerial Building Standards.

The new Ministerial Building Standards seek to improve the quality and safety of building work across the state and provide clearer building rules under the National Construction Code.

Consultation has now closed on the first five Ministerial Building Standards. All submissions received are now under review. Additional Ministerial Building Standards will be released here on consultation in due course.

Get involved

CLOSED: Development Assessment Regulations and Practice Directions

Consultation closed on 1 March 2019

The draft Development Assessment Regulations and Practice Directions set out how the new development assessment framework will operate in the new planning system.

Your input is being used to inform the draft Regulations and Practice Directions to help set out the new framework for planning and development in South Australia.

What We Have Heard report based on feedback received has been circulated to all engagement participants and published on this page.

Page last modified Monday, 1 July 2019