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  • Workers’ compensation premium rates on hold

    May 25, 2020

    In line with the NSW Government’s priorities to stimulate the economy and get NSW workers back into jobs as we recover from the impacts of COVID-19, premium rate changes have been put on hold.

  • When is cladding a major defect?

    May 22, 2020

    Home Building Regulation amended to clarify when external cladding is regarded a ‘major defect’.

  • Have you got the correct RPE?

    May 21, 2020

    SafeWork NSW has been made aware of fake respiratory protective equipment (RPE) entering the markets due to COVID-19.

  • Updates to NSW Planning Rules under the COVID-19 Response

    May 19, 2020

    The NSW Government has made further changes to the planning system in response to COVID-19.

  • Have your say on infrastructure contributions reform

    May 14, 2020

    The NSW Government has announced a review of the infrastructure contributions system, with an opportunity to have your say on proposed reforms until Friday 12 June 2020.

  • Client requests to suspend building work

    May 08, 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has caused some clients to consider suspending or terminating building contracts.

  • Can I witness legal documents electronically?

    May 08, 2020

    Video conferencing technology can now be used in the witnessing of important legal documents like contracts.

  • NSW Government assistance during COVID-19

    April 24, 2020

    The NSW and Federal Government is providing a range of financial incentives and assistance to business and employers in NSW that have been impacted by COVID-19.

  • Fair Trading waives annual licence fees

    April 24, 2020

    NSW Fair Trading is waiving application and annual renewal fees for home building contractor licences.

  • Are you experiencing planning difficulties during Covid-19?

    April 20, 2020

    HIA is part of an industry group that meets weekly with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) to address significant planning issues arising during Covid-19.

  • Bushfire Standard now available to access

    April 20, 2020

    HIA recently released an alert informing builders and homeowners will have easier access to the bushfire construction standard AS 3959 with Standards Australia waiving the fee for access to the standard.

  • Working over the Easter weekend?

    April 08, 2020

    With Easter fast approaching, a reminder about operating over the Easter period, and new rules allowing construction to continue during this time.

  • Interested in housing land supply?

    April 07, 2020

    All councils in NSW are required to prepare Local Strategic Planning Statements to set out a 20-year vision for land use in the local area.

  • Do you lodge DAs or CDCs?

    April 07, 2020

    DA and CDC lodgement via ePlanning will become mandatory for councils in Sydney, Newcastle, the Central Coast and the Illawarra from 1 July 2020.

  • How safe are your scaffolds?

    March 24, 2020

    SafeWork NSW can issue on-the-spot fines of $720 for individuals and $3,600 for businesses if they find workers are at serious or imminent risk of falls from heights or contractors who perform unlicensed scaffolding works including erecting, altering or dismantling a scaffold.

  • Postponed HIA events

    March 24, 2020

    In light of the recent event restrictions and venue closures, it has meant that we will need to revisit the events that were scheduled to be held within the next couple of months.

  • Does your business operate in West Dapto?

    March 06, 2020

    A draft report on Wollongong City Council’s West Dapto Contributions Plan has been released by IPART for public comment. IPART is recommending a reduction in contribution rates.

  • New silica rules for NSW

    March 06, 2020

    The NSW Government is introducing a range of new rules for working with products containing silica. Learn more about the changes and how they will affect you.

  • Security of Payment Laws in NSW

    February 21, 2020

    An overview of some of the requirements under Security of Payment laws in NSW, based on the type of building and construction project.

  • Bushfire recovery – announcement of changes to planning requirements

    February 11, 2020

    The NSW Government has amended planning rules to assist homeowners in recovery and rebuilding following the bushfires.