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Information sheets

HIA information sheets cover a wide range of industry topics. Prepared by HIA information specialists, they are designed to help HIA members answer questions about a variety of complex areas. You can search by category. Members can also talk to HIA for additional help and support.


  • A guide to progress payments - WA

    Our helpful guide assists HIA members to understand the contractual and statutory framework around progress payments in WA. Find out more what this means for you

  • A guide to progress payments - WA

    Before entering into a building contract in WA it is important to be aware of the special requirements related to progress payment claims and entitlements, that are specific to the local residential building industry.

  • ABCB Sanitary Facilities Calculator – Now Live

    A common question HIA receives in the design & use of Class 2-9 buildings is - how many toilets, hand basins, accessible facilities, etc. do I need to provide for X number of people? To assist you to better understand and apply the sanitary and other facilities provisions, the ABCB have developed a "Sanitary Facilities Calculator" which helps to calculate this for you.

  • Annualised salaries under the Clerks Award This item/page is locked

    Do you pay your clerical employees an annual salary? If you do, you need to be aware of changes to the Clerks Private Sector Award 2010 (Clerks Award) concerning annualised salary arrangements.

  • Application of ‘Fit and Proper’ test for Building Practitioner renewals - WA

    The WA Department of Mines, Industry and Regulations (DMIRS) has published a notification regarding a change in approach to be taken from 1 September 2020 for all building practitioner renewals in relation to the ‘fit and proper’ test.

  • Are you putting on new employees?

    There are some crucial things you need to do when you take on a new employee.

  • Are your ‘casuals’ really casuals?

    When taking on casual employees you must ensure that the employee is a truly casual employee in order to meet your legal obligations and protect your business from any risk of non-compliance with employment laws.

  • Articulation Joints and NCC Volume 2 2019

    This information sheet provides information on the NCC requirements for articulation joints as part of the newly introduced provisions in the NCC for masonry veneer construction.

  • Building Permit Amendments and the Planning Permit - Vic

    HIA often receives calls from members raising concern where a minor amendment occurs to the building of a home. The main issue is the inconsistency in the way relevant building surveyors approach dealing with a minor variation. The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) have two documents on their website that provide advice on planning and building consistency.

  • Building and Development Certifiers Regulation 2020 (NSW)

    This information sheet provides an overview of the key changes to NSW Building and Development Certifiers Regulation 2020