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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.


  • Glancing light on plasterboard (83KB) This item/page is locked

    This information sheet explains how the overall appearance of plasterboard can be affected by ‘glancing light’ and the choice of decoration in a home.

  • Hardwood timber decking board installation (139KB) This item/page is locked

    This information sheet sets out to address several design, installation and maintenance issues that, if ignored, can lead to serious problems; principally premature deterioration of the timber deck boards.

  • How to Fix Plasterboard Ceiling (157KB) This item/page is locked

    This information sheet provides advice about the correct application and fixing of plasterboard sheeting to help ensure a trouble free ceiling.

  • How to Get Stamped Concrete Right (79KB) This item/page is locked

    The quality of stamped concrete depends on the experience of the applicator. Planning and management of the process by the applicator is essential.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • New charges for NBN start 1 March 2015 (58KB) This item/page is locked

    The Federal Government has introduced changes that will mean all new developments in greenfield and brownfield locations have to now pay for the installation of NBN.