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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.


  • 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.

  • Hunter Urban Development Program

    The Urban Development Program (UDP) is the NSW Governments program for monitoring the supply and servicing of land for residential development.

  • 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.

  • Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code - NSW (146KB)

    The Code aims to streamline the approvals process and reduce costs for applicants, which may provide more housing supply, leading to improvements in housing affordability.

  • 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 Guidelines – Occupation Certificates and Written Direction Notices - NSW

    In March 2018 amendments were made to Part 6 of the EP&A Act to streamline building and subdivision certificates. Some of the changes to Part 6 commenced 1 September 2018 however the following changes were deferred until 1 December 2019

  • New Silica Regulation - NSW

    From 1 July 2020 the Work Health and Safety Amendment (Silica) Regulation 2020 (the Regulation) will come into force.

  • 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.