New Construction Product Register
NATSPEC’s National Construction Product Register is a new tool to ensure quality control and reduce the number of non-conforming products in the Australian built environment. Emma Green from NATSPEC Communications tells us more about how it works.
Key Findings from Non-conforming Building Products Inquiry
The final report of the inquiry into non-conforming building products was tabled by the Senate Economics References Committee in December 2018. Subtitled “the need for a coherent and robust regulatory regime”, it aims to strengthen accountability and compliance in relation to building products.
What difficulties can ensue if client and architect fall out? Christopher Larcos has prepared a fascinating case note on a recent court decision that could affect architects who take over mid-project.
Non-compliant Cladding and Insurance Exclusions
Insurance specialist Laurence Gottlieb explores the issue of non-compliant cladding and other materials, warning of the changes afoot in the insurance industry.
New Building Product Ban in NSW
The NSW Commissioner for Fair Trading has announced a building product ban for certain types of aluminium composite panel (ACP) cladding.
John Held provides an overview on recent discussions at the COAG Building Ministers Forum regarding the Shergold-Weir Report, Building Confidence.
Non-compliant Cladding - A Year in Review
Update on Building Products
Risk Manager Wendy Poulton offers a comprehensive update on the latest research and investigations on building product compliance in Australia.
Safe Design Proformas
The ACA's Safe Design Proformas help architects to meet their obligations under the Model Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and state-specific regulations.
Roof Access Checklist
ACA – SA has developed a model checklist for roof access on site inspections.
Using the Security of Payment Act - Q&A
Robert Macindoe has successfully used the Security of Payment Act to recover outstanding fees. He answers key questions about the process.
A Seven-Step Guide to using the Security of Payment Act
Robert Macindoe offers a guide to using the Secuity of Payments Act, based in firsthand experience.
SEPP 65 update
Taxable Payments Reporting
Taxable Payments Reports for businesses in the construction industry are now due on 28 August.
Navigating planning systems
Planning lawyer Paul Vergotis offers a set of tips to help manoeuvre an architectural project through planning systems from proposal to success.
Health & Safety in the Workplace - Get Involved!
Anna Piatkowska invites members to help develop a set of guidelines on architects’ duties as employers under health and safety legislation.
Government Review of the OHS Accreditation Scheme
A discussion paper and the terms of reference for the review of the Australian Government Building and Construction OHS Accreditation Scheme are now available.
Changes to the Privacy Act
An overview of changes to the Privacy Act from March 12.
Getting Paid: Security of Payment
Peter Sarlos explains the Security of Payment Act and how architects might use it to their benefit.
SA Workplace Health & Safety Working Group
A new working group in South Australia aims to rationalise the work health and safety material presented to architects.
Architectural Practice Board of SA Code of Conduct
The new Code of Conduct released by the Architectural Practice Board of South Australia requires extra material to be added to standard architect client agreements.
Safe Design - What You Need To Know
Anna Piatkowksa provides an update on current safe design requirements and the ACA’s Safe Design Process.
Safe Design in South Australia
ACA Safe Design documents are being been adapted for South Australia.