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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.


  • Building permit documentation: keeping records (62KB) This item/page is locked

    This information sheet provides advice on how a builder should manage the necessary documentation to ensure building work can continue and an occupation certificate issued where a building surveyor has been suspended part way through building work.

  • Building practices for superior quality

    In respect to new home construction you will occasionally hear comments such as 'they don't build them like they used to' or 'new homes are put together too fast'. When it comes to home construction, some people still long for the 'good old days'.

  • Building product - are you getting what you paid for? (87KB)

    This information sheet provides HIA members with general advice about ways to protect your business and ensure that the building materials and products you buy and receive on site meet the relevant building laws and standards and that they are fit for purpose.

  • Building product technical information: What should you be looking for? (90KB)

    This information sheet sets out an approach to the provision of technical information and product technical statements for building products. This approach is intended to assist builders, designers, and building certifiers to identify the right information in relation to any building product being used on a project to verify that it is fit for the purpose you intend to use it.

  • Bushfire standard now available

    Bushfire standard now available at no direct cost for users HIA recently advised members that they will have easier access to the bushfire construction standard AS 3959 following an agreement by Standards Australia to waive the cost for access to the standard.

  • COVID-19 Border Control Measures

    In response to COVID-19, restrictions have been put in place to minimise all non-essential travel internationally and domestically. Some state governments and territories have introduced strict border controls, preventing interstate travel.

  • COVID-19 Stage 4 restrictions for housing in Victoria - What you need to know

    On 2 August the Victorian Government announced stage 4 restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne.

  • COVID-19 Stage 4 restrictions for housing in Victoria: Worker Permits

    From midnight on Wednesday 5 August 2020 all businesses continuing to operate in metropolitan Melbourne under the stage 4 business restrictions need to provide their workers permits to allow them to travel to and from work where this work cannot be done from home. Employees cannot be required to attend work without this permit.

  • COVID-19 and Employee Leave

    Do you need to know the types of leave available to your workplace and employees if affected by COVID-19?

  • COVID-19 temporary changes to the Clerks Award

    If you employ office staff (for example) you may choose to take advantage of temporary changes to the Clerks Private Sector Award 2010 (Clerks Award) to help accommodate the pressure on your business and staffing due to COVID-19.