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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.


  • Delays and Extension of Time - SA (189KB) This item/page is locked

    Time and cost overruns are a common cause of disputes with home owners. If you are unable to complete the works within the building period under the contract not only may the owner dispute your claim for final payment you also face the risk of the owner claiming liquidated damages for the delay.

  • Design of box gutters for domestic installations (NAT) (85KB) This item/page is locked

    This information sheet explains the options in the BCA for the design of box gutters using the either the ACP or the Australian Standard 3500.

  • Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying Policy (123KB) This item/page is locked

    An employer is entitled to give reasonable directions to their employees. Policy documents can provide those reasonable directions and are an important part of any workplace. They instruct employees on how to carry themselves in the workplace and the standards of behaviour that are expected of them.

  • Dispute Resolution and Conciliation - SA (92KB) This item/page is locked

    A small number of building projects ends up in dispute. For those who use HIA contracts there is a measured and tested process for managing these disputes, when they occur. HIA’s Domestic Building contract has been examined by the Supreme Court of South Australia and found to "provide certainty and accord with good commercial sense".

  • Doors in sanitary compartments (77KB) This item/page is locked

    This information sheet explains changes to the BCA in 2009 that help clarify how to measure the distance from the door to the edge of a toilet.

  • Drug and Alcohol Policies (133KB) This item/page is locked

    Employers have a duty and obligation to provide a workplace that is safe and without risks to health. Employers can address their safety concerns to minimise the risks in the workplace and potential claims resulting from employees impaired by drugs or alcohol by developing clear occupational health and safety policies.

  • Dust in Cabinetry Hardware (45KB)

    This information sheet provides advice on installing cabinetry of any type to ensure that dust created during fitting is prevented from causing problems with the fixtures.

  • Electrical earthing requirements (253KB) This item/page is locked

    This information sheet has been developed to provide information to HIA members on the electrical earthing requirements in AS/NZS 3000

  • Elements of lifecyle assessment (82KB) This item/page is locked

    This information sheet has been prepared to provide members interested in life cycle assessment of buildings and building materials with information on things to consider in an assessment.

  • Employer default super funds - 2014 changes (138KB) This item/page is locked

    From 1 January 2014, default funds are required to offer a new product called MySuper. Continue reading for more information.