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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.


  • Professional services list

    The HIA is often asked by members and consumers alike to recommend a solicitor who practises in the area of building and construction and related areas. Unfortunately, the HIA cannot do this, as it is not in a position to warrant the skills of a particular legal firm or lawyer. However, what the HIA can do is to set out a list of solicitors or professionals who are sufficiently interested in the area of building and construction to go to the trouble of becoming a member of the HIA.

  • Record-Keeping Checklist for Employer Contributions (343KB) This item/page is locked

    This information sheet outlines an employer’s superannuation record-keeping requirements.

  • Required facilities for Class 1 buildings (85KB) This item/page is locked

    This information sheet has been prepared to explain the requirements for private amenities and facilities in all Class 1 buildings as set out in BCA Volume 2 - Housing Provisions.

  • Retaining Walls (82KB) This item/page is locked

    This information sheet provides some basic information about types of retaining walls that can be constructed around the home to manage cut and fill and garden areas.

  • Reviewing the contract

    Before signing anything, you need to carefully review the contract document. Take your time and make sure that all points are covered and that all schedules are attached and noted in the contract.

  • Revised NBN Design Guidelines (62KB) This item/page is locked

    This information sheets explains the changes made by the NBN Co to their design standards for new subdivisions and new multi dwelling projects which require NBN fibre ready pit and pipe to be installed.

  • Security interests in personal property – new laws commence (199KB) This item/page is locked

    This information sheet explains the recent national laws governing the creation, enforcement and priority of security interests in personal property

  • Security of Payment Laws in SA - Adjudication under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2009 (the "Act")

    Legal and Industrial Relations help for home builders, trade contractors and manufacturers and suppliers working in the home building industry.

  • Security of Workplaces - SA (93KB)

    This information sheet provides information on the new requirements under the Work Health & Safety Act 2012 for Security of Workplace which commenced operation in South Australia on 1 January 2014

  • Selecting The Right Brick (45KB) This item/page is locked

    This information sheet provides advice on selecting a brick to ensure that certain performance requirements are considered apart from just the colour and texture. One of the most important things is to ensure you select a brick suitable for the specific site conditions.