In the media

RICS: Ensuring construction site safety and project continuity during COVID-19
Construction projects across the world have been significantly affected by COVID-19. As management of the pandemic continues to evolve, many project leaders are no longer focused on potentially closing sites, but rather the measures required to allow sites to remain open and continue work (01May 2020). More...

Australian engineers develop solar panel windows
Engineers in Australia have developed a solar cell that can be incorporated into window glass, representing a game-changer for multi-storey building design and electricity generation (30 April 2020). More...

Build 30,000 Social Housing Dwellings to Boost Jobs: Acoss
The construction of 30,000 social housing dwellings to reduce homelessness and generate jobs has been put forward as one of the strategies towards economic recovery post Covid-19 (30 April 2020). More...

Energy efficiency transition period ends today
Last year the ABCB agreed to significant changes to the energy efficiency requirements in the National Construction Code (NCC), including a 12-month transition period during which either these or the 2016 provisions could be applied.. Noting that individual states and territories may apply the provisions differently from 1 May 2020, practitioners will be required to use only the NCC 2019 provisions.(30 April 2020). More...

Building industry job losses show further government stimulus needed
The 5.3 per cent fall in the number of building and construction industry jobs in the last six weeks revealed in data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics is 'alarming and reinforces the need for immediate government stimulus measures' says CEO of Master Builders Australia (MBA) (29 April 2020). More...

If more of us work from home after coronavirus we'll need to rethink city planning
If people are likely to work from home more often after the pandemic, what will this mean for infrastructure planning? Will cities still need all the multibillion-dollar road, public transport, telecommunications and energy projects, including some already in the pipeline (28 April 2020). More...

Reduced red tape for environmental approvals a plus for housing and construction
UDIA National President Simon Basheer said the Government's commitment to clearing the backlog of projects under assessment via the Act would benefit from strict guidelines. Applying 'deemed consent' provisions to future project applications to maintain discipline on project assessment timeframes (24 April 2020). More...

Construction sector key to future job and economic growth
The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government are continuing to work closely with the construction sector during this unprecedented pandemic to ensure longevity and job creation throughout and on the other side of COVID-19. More...

Better building performance critical to productivity and jobs
Better performing buildings deliver a myriad of benefits such as lowered energy bills for household and business consumers, reduced stress on the electricity network and supports a least cost pathway to decarbonisation (23 April 2020). More...


Poly Kicks Off Construction at $500m Poly Centre
Poly, along with construction group Watpac, recently completed demolition works on site. Watpac NSW state manager John Koerner said the project team was well-positioned to progress to the next stage of construction and despite the challenging economic environment onset by the coronavirus (29 April 2020). More...

Speeding up the planning system a blueprint for future success - NSW
Today's announcement by the NSW Government that criteria has been established to assess major building projects in NSW and facilitate a fast tracked approach is a significant move for the building industry (29 April 2020). More...

Planning changes to support growth in renewable energy projects
Amendments to the State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007 will allow larger-scale solar systems to be installed on homes and commercial buildings without council approval, enable utility providers to construct electricity storage as part of improvement works to transmission and distribution networks (24 April 2020). More...

ePlanning mandate a big win for homeowners
Homeowners in metropolitan Sydney, Newcastle, the Central Coast and Illawarra will be able to lodge DAs online in the comfort of their homes, and see a reduction in assessment times, with the NSW Government mandating ePlanning across 42 councils from 1 July 2020 (17 April 2020). More...

Published - articles, papers, reports

Regulation of building standards, building quality and building disputes
Regulation of building standards, building quality and building disputes

Practice and courts

ABCB: Fire Safety Verification Method adopted from today!
From today, 1 May 2020, the Verification Method can be used to meet the relevant Performance Requirements of NCC 2019 (01 April 2020). More...

ABCB: Energy efficiency transition period ends today!
NCC 2019 energy efficiency requirements are no longer voluntary. More...

New Australian Standards
AS/NZS 3010:2017/Amdt 1:2020
Electrical installations - Generating sets Standards Australia

AS/NZS 5601.1:2013/Amdt 3:2020
Gas installations - General installations Standards Australia

AS/NZS 60079.18:2016/Amdt 1:2020
Explosive atmospheres - Equipment protection by encapsulation 'm' Standards Australia

AS/NZS 61386.21:2015/Amdt 1:2020
Conduit systems for cable management - Particular requirements - Rigid conduit systems

Standards Australia


NSW Planning Department: Have your say - Draft plans and policies

Proposed amendments to the EP&A Regulation
Notification start-end date 15/04/2020 - 12/06/2020
The Department is proposing amendments to the EP&A Regulation to improve transparency in the infrastructure contributions system through better reporting of contributions received and expended for individual contributions plans and planning agreements.


Building Information Modelling (BIM) for WHS management
What is the best practice and implications of using BIM in WHS management?
Timeline of project; Project completion: Mid 2021. More...


Javam v Islam [2020] NSWCATAP 72
COSTS – party/party – general rule that costs follow the event – success – exceptions to general rule that costs follow the event – discretion – appeal from a discretionary decision
Australian Consumer Law
Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2013 (NSW), s 60
Civil and Administrative Tribunal Rules 2014 (NSW), r 38
The parties (together with the Owner's wife) entered into a building contract (the "Contract") dated 3 October 2014 whereby the Builder agreed to build a residence for the Owner

Barrett v Commissioner for Fair Trading [2020] NSWCATOD 45
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW- refusal to renew contractor licence under Home Building Act 1989 (NSW) – whether applicant is fit and proper person to hold contractor licence

Liang v Wincrest Group Pty Ltd (No 2) [2020] NSWCATAP 68
(2) The appellants are to pay the respondent's costs of the appeal as agreed or assessed.
COSTS - appeal dismissed – costs of appeal
Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2013; Civil and Administrative Tribunal Rules 2014; Home Building Act 1989

D'Amico v The Owners-Strata Plan No 87635 [2020] NSWCATAP 65
APPEAL – Building and Construction – Home Building Act 1989 (NSW) – Building dispute – appellant ordered to pay compensation for defective building work – appellant denied that he was the builder – Home Owners Warranty insurance issued in the name of the appellant – appeal dismissed – no issue of principle

Scuderi v Corfu Pools Pty Ltd [2020] NSWCATAP 62
APPEALS-home building -swimming pool paving-work done by both homeowners and builder – cause of defects unclear – alleged errors of fact – decision claimed to be against the weight of the evidence - new evidence – leave to appeal refused

Robust Builders Pty Ltd v Bhardwaj (No 2) [2020] NSWCATAP 61
COSTS- Costs of appeal from Consumer and Commercial Division- costs order- refusal to order costs on indemnity basis.



Industry Research and Development (Access to Bushfire Construction Standards Program) Instrument 2020
24/04/2020 - This instrument prescribes the Access to Bushfire Construction Standards Program.

Regulations and other miscellaneous instruments
Home Building Amendment (Miscellaneous) Regulation 2020 (2020-179) — published LW 1 May 2020

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