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WA – The Building Commission has issued an Industry Bulletin 86 which outlines interconnection requirements for mains-powered smoke alarms installed as part of new building work, such as an addition or alteration, to existing dwellings.

This Industry Bulletin outlines interconnection requirements for mains-powered smoke alarms installed as part of new building work, such as an addition or alteration, to existing dwellings. This information applies to the following residential dwellings as classified under the Building Code of Australia (BCA): a Class 1a building (e.g. house, town house, villa etc); a Class 1b building (e.g. small guest house, boarding house – less than 12 residents. Can also be four or more single dwellings, such as chalets, located on one allotment for short term holiday accommodation); a sole-occupancy unit in a Class 2 or 3 building; (e.g.

NSW – The Building Professionals Board has issued a news bulletin advising accredited certifiers are public officials

NSW -  The Building Professionals Board has issued a news bulletin advising accredited certifiers are public officials and independent regulators of compliance with planning and building legislation and codes. This important role relies on certifiers acting in the public interest, and maintaining impartiality by avoiding any source of influence – whether actual or as perceived by others – that could bias their decisions.Click here to read more.

WA – The Building Services (Registration) Amendment Regulations 2017 (Amendment Regulations) were published in the Government Gazette on Friday 31 March 2017 to come into operation on Saturday 1 April 2017

WA - Building Services (Registration) Amendment Regulations 2017 IB 082/2017.  The Building Services (Registration) Amendment Regulations 2017 (Amendment Regulations) were published in the Government Gazette on Friday 31 March 2017 to come into operation on Saturday 1 April 2017.  The Amendment Regulations can be accessed on the State Law Publisher’s website www.slp.wa.gov.au. The Amendment Regulations amend the Building Services (Registration) Regulations 2011 (Registration Regulations) to clarify the power of the Department of Commerce - Building Commission Division (Building Commission) to prosecute unregistered builders carrying out a prescribed building service for which registration is required, in circumstances where the builder

NSW – Strengthing Certification in NSW – The NSW Government has released the final report of the statutory review of the Building Professionals Act 2005 conducted by Michael Lambert and the detailed Government Response to the review.

NSW - The Government response addresses the report’s 150 recommendations and outlines the actions it will take in developing reforms to building and development certification in NSW in consultation with industry and community stakeholders.  Click here to read more.

VIC – Charges laid over demolition of Corkman Irish Pub

VIC - The Victorian Building Authority and the City of Melbourne jointly laid a total of 16 charges against those involved in the demolition of the Corkman Irish Pub in Leicester Street, Carlton in October 2016.  Click here to read more.  

VIC – The FPA is providing a free information session regarding the Australia Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme

VIC - The FPA is providing a free information session regarding the Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) Fire Protection Accreditation Scheme (FPAS) accreditation for Individuals in the Fire Protection Industry who perform Fire Systems Design and Fire Systems Certification work.   This free session will count towards the requirement to attend the ‘FPAS Information Session” as part of gaining accreditation in either of these areas of work. Speakers include: Matthew Wright - FPA Australia Mark Carter - Metropolitan Fire Brigade George Andrews - Fire Concepts - FPAS Accredited Fire Hydrant/Hose Reel Certifier Click to read more or to book