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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.


  • GST on retention money under the HIA medium works commercial contract (152KB) This item/page is locked

    Information about charging of GST on money which is retained by the client under commercial contracts

  • General warranty obligations for building work - SA (263KB) This item/page is locked

    The Building Work Contractors Act 1995 (SA) (BWCA) regulates warranty and home owners warranty insurance (HOWI) for building work in South Australia Under the BWCA, implied statutory warranties apply to all domestic building work contracts.

  • Getting paid (176KB) This item/page is locked

    There has been a large increase in members having difficulty in getting paid, particularly by homeowners. A number of owners have been withholding the final payment or attempting to ‘negotiate’ the final payment based on minor defects. This is putting undue pressure on some of our members. This information sheet has some important tips for getting paid.

  • 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.