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  • New COVID-19 permit system to enter Victoria

    January 12, 2021

    Yesterday the Victorian Government announced a New Permit System for anyone wishing to enter Victoria including returning Victorian residents. From 5:59pm on 11 January, any person wishing to enter Victoria from anywhere in Australia will be required to obtain a permit. This does not apply to New South Wales border community residents.

  • New mandatory COVID-19 requirement to wear a face covering

    January 12, 2021

    The recent outbreak of COVID-19 in NSW has led to a number of changes to the NSW COVID-19 health and hygiene requirements.

    A key change is the introduction of a mandatory requirement to wear a fitted face covering when indoors at certain pemises located in Greater Sydney (including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains).

  • Greater Brisbane COVID-19 Lockdown ends with new rules for businesses

    January 11, 2021

    The Queensland Government has today announced the three day lockdown that started last Friday will end at 6:00pm this evening, Monday 11 January.

  • Over the COVID-19 Horizon and into 2021

    December 21, 2020

    HIA Members need to be aware of the end dates of a number of arrangements and government grants put in place in response to COVID-19.

  • COVID-19 update for New South Wales

    December 21, 2020

    It is essential that members take time to understand the recent changes to COVID-19 restrictions that are now in place across NSW and specifically in the Northern Beaches.

  • Update on Domestic Builder-Manager (DB-M) changes

    December 15, 2020

    Following HIA’s urgent discussions the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has now accepted that building permits can continue to be issued to Domestic Builder – Managers (DB-M) for all new and current major domestic building work.

  • Proposed changes to Industrial Relations laws

    December 10, 2020

    The Government today introduced into Parliament proposed changes to industrial relations laws that will make three significant changes to the current laws if passed. It is proposed that casual work be defined as employment that is offered and accepted without any firm advance commitment that the work will continue indefinitely and will follow an agreed pattern of work.

  • COVID-19 face mask requirements and DB-Ms

    December 09, 2020

    Yesterday the Victorian Government made several announcements concerning the easing of restrictions across the state. Of most importance for the residential building industry were the changes to requirements for wearing face masks at work premises.

    From 1 December 2020, members who operate their businesses using a DB-M or CDB-M registration or a Domestic Builder - Unlimited (DB-U or CDB-M) with a condition for ‘managing or arranging of domestic building work’ will no longer be able to obtain building permits.

  • COVIDSafe Summer: a plan for Victorians

    December 06, 2020

    HIA reports on the COVIDSafe Summer: a plan for Victorians delivered by the Premier

  • Domestic Builder Manager (DB-M) changes start early

    December 04, 2020

    From 1 December 2020, members who operate their businesses using a Domestic Builder Manager registration (DB-M or CDB-M) or Domestic Builder - Unlimited (DB-U or CDB-M) with a condition for ‘managing or arranging of domestic building work’ will no longer be able to obtain building permits.