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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.

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  • How to avoid rust (85KB) This item/page is locked

    This information sheet provides information on corrosion of metal building products to raise awareness of this potentially expensive problem.

  • How to use Individual Flexibility Agreements (204KB) This item/page is locked

    Federal system employers covered by modern awards or enterprise agreements now have access to Individual Flexibility Agreements (IFAs) that allow for variations to the instrument to meet the individual needs of employers and employees provided the employee covered by the IFA is “better off overall”.

  • How to write a job description (152KB) This item/page is locked

    Some guidance on writing a job description.

  • Leaving frames exposed to the weather

    Guidance on temporarily bracing of structure to ensure it remains unaffected in the event that you may need to pause the construction of a house for an extended period of time.

  • Mobile Phone Policy (122KB) 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.

  • NCC 2019 changes

    The 2019 edition of the NCC contains a number of significant changes affecting all classes of buildings, including: houses, multi-residential buildings, mixed use buildings and commercial buildings.

  • New business to business (B2B) unfair contract laws (67KB)

    Member information sheet on new unfair contract laws applying on contracts involving small businesses

  • New requirements for garage doors in cyclonic areas (190KB) This item/page is locked

    This information sheet explains the new requirements for garage doors in cyclonic regions and provides guidance to builders who may have jobs in progress and need to understand when the new rules apply.

  • Outdoor kitchens - Choosing the right products and materials (87KB) This item/page is locked

    This information sheet explains what builders should think about when designing an outdoor kitchen area for a customer to ensure that the materials used will last the test of time and outdoor wear and tear.

  • Overview of the requirements for raft slabs (211KB)

    This information sheet provides an overview of the requirements for raft slabs as set out in AS 2870.