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1998–2003

The below newsflashes are provided for reference. Only newsflashes that are still relevant are provided.

Number Date Title Type and size
147 7 November 2003 The Governor in Council has approved the Building Legislation Amendment Regulation (No. 1) 2003 to complement amendments made to the Building Act 1975 and the Integrated Planning Act 1997 made under the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002. These amendments will commence 14 November 2003 (PDF, 66KB)
142 1 October 2003 Advise local governments, building certifiers, pool builders and the public that: Changes to the pool fencing laws commenced on 1 October 2003. The ability for councils to impose on-the-spot fines will commence on 1 November 2003. A guideline for the interpretation of swimming pool fencing requirements is available on the department's website from 2pm on 1 October 2003. (PDF, 116KB)
141 12 September 2003 Commencement on 1 September 2003, of Part 22: Child Care Centres, of the Queensland Development Code (PDF, 116KB)
140 2 September 2003 The new national standard on energy efficiency aims to create ecologically sustainable development that meets the needs of Australians today, whilst conserving our environment for the benefit of future generations (PDF, 116KB)
139 2 September 2003 Application of the Building Amendment Bill 2003 to the swimming pool fencing requirements of the Queensland Building Act 1975 (PDF, 122KB)
138 25 July 2003 Proposed improvements to the building certification system (PDF, 111KB)
136 9 July 2003 Stormwater design of Class 1 and Class 10 buildings for designers, architects and building certifiers (PDF, 113KB)
135 25 June 2003 Changes to the Building Code of Australia will occur when Amendment 13 is introduced (PDF, 115KB)
133 2 June 2003 Potential leaching hazard of organic carbon based petrochemicals, turps, and pesticides through polyethylene pipe water services (PDF, 112KB)
132 27 May 2003 Proposed amendments to the Fire Safety Standard for budget accommodation buildings (PDF, 108KB)
131 16 May 2003 Advice on the energy efficient housing provisions of the Building Code of Australia (PDF, 117KB)
130 7 May 2003 Advise building certifiers of the availability for comment of draft Accreditation Rules prepared by the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS). The Accreditation Rules are intended to provide the framework for AIBS to assess and certify the qualifications and experience of building surveyors (PDF, 108KB)
129 25 February 2003 Clarify issues raised by building certifiers and pool builders in relation to recent changes to the Building Act 1975 concerning swimming pool fencing (PDF, 118KB)
128 6 February 2003 Advice to building certifiers on changes to the Building Act 1975 as a result of the introduction of parts of the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 to take effect on 7 February 2003 (PDF, 112KB)
127 14 January 2003 Changes to the Building Code of Australia as a result of Amendment 12 to that Act (PDF, 111KB)
126 14 January 2003 Advice to private certifiers on changes to the Building Code of Australia Amendment 12 reference to the loading standards (PDF, 124KB)
125 9 January 2003 The Standard Building Regulation 1993 has been amended to change the accreditation process for building certifiers. The role played by the Building Surveyors and Allied Professions Accreditation Board in accreditation will now be carried out by the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (PDF, 125KB)
124 14 January 2003 A new Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 has been passed by Parliament (PDF, 114KB)
123 9 December 2002 To raise awareness of the fire ant problem that currently exists in Queensland and to encourage the support of building certifiers in assisting with the control of the movement of high risk items (PDF, 115KB)
121 2 October 2002 Changes to the Building Act 1975 and the Standard Building Regulation 1993 in relation to the assessment of Development Applications for Budget Accommodation Buildings and Residential Services Buildings. (PDF, 115KB)
120 26 September 2002 In response to recent difficulties faced by private certifiers in obtaining insurance complying with the Standard Building Regulation 1993, the Government has removed the requirement for insurance to include a 10 year run-off provision and a $5000 cap on excess for any one claim. Standard professional indemnity insurance is still mandatory under the regulation. These changes became effective on 14 September 2002. (PDF, 109KB)
119 30 August 2002 Advice to local governments about deciding on written applications from owners of budget accommodation buildings seeking advice as to whether their building conforms with the Fire Safety Standard (Part 14.0 of the Queensland Development Code) for budget accommodation buildings. (PDF, 114KB)
118 19 August 2002 Database recently developed for Planning and Environment Court Appeals (PDF, 110KB)
117 24 July 2002 Changes to the Standard Building Regulation 1993 requiring building certifiers to provide and the assessment manager to keep a notice of reasons when a development application involving building work has been decided using a performance based solution (PDF, 109KB)
116 8 July 2002 To advise of recent changes to the Building Code of Australia (PDF, 115KB)
115 28 June 2002 To remind council plumbing inspectors of the legislative requirements in regard to carrying out inspections of plumbing and drainage work. For example, inspectors need to inspect the installation of polyethylene pressure pipes below ground for water services within a private property (PDF, 116KB)
114 28 June 2002 Recent amendments to the Integrated Planning Regulation 1998. Amendments were made to schedules 1, 1A, and 2 of the Regulation (PDF, 117KB)
113 27 May 2002 Enforcement guidelines (PDF, 109KB)
112 22 May 2002 Advice regarding information that should be included in a Decision Notice, advising applicants of their appeal rights (PDF, 116KB)
111 16 May 2002 clarify the provisions of the Standard Building Regulation 1993 and the Building Code of Australia relating to the enclosure of carports (PDF, 118KB)
110 22 April 2002 Advice regarding the source of information about registered easements which may affect the use of land that is the subject of an application for building work approval (PDF, 115KB)
109 17 April 2002 Alert building certifiers to their duty of care to inspect swimming pool fencing to new swimming pools, within a reasonable period after a development permit has been issued (PDF, 117KB)
107 28 March 2002 The Queensland Government is a signatory to the National Competition Policy agreement with the Commonwealth Government to undertake a review of legislation which contains restrictions to competition (PDF, 115KB)
106 28 March 2002 Application of the setback concessions contained in section 42 of the Standard Building Regulation 1993, to swimming pools (PDF, 117KB)
105 28 March 2002 Requirements of the Standard Building Regulation 1993, and the Building Code of Australia, applicable to a patio roof (PDF, 115KB)
104 28 March 2002 Application of the setback provisions contained in section 36 of the Standard Building Regulation 1993, to an allotment having two road boundaries (PDF, 116KB)
103 28 March 2002 Application of the setback concessions contained in section 41 of the Standard Building Regulation 1993, to Class 10a buildings (PDF, 116KB)
101 21 January 2002 The department is aware there has been some difficulty interpreting some of the advice given in a previous Newsflash dated 29 October 2001 concerning the painting of exposed slab edges used as part of the termite management system (PDF, 122KB)
100 7 January 2002 Recent changes to the Building Code of Australia (PDF, 149KB)
99 24 December 2001 Changes to legislation following the passing of the Integrated Planning and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2001, which was assented to on 19 December 2001. A number of provisions relevant to building certification commenced on assent. These are contained in sections 62 and 88. (PDF, 116KB)
98 19 December 2001 Alert building certifiers of their duty of care when undertaking building certification functions, as emphasised in the following report on a Judgment in the Victorian Supreme Court. (PDF, 117KB)
96 28 November 2001 Advise building certifiers, designers and practitioners of Regulations restricting the height of buildings and structures in the proximity of military airfields around Australia and in particular, Queensland (PDF, 114KB)
95 13 November 2001 Advice as to whether a building used to store cars is defined under the Building Code of Australia as a carpark, a storage building, or some other use, and whether a building storing over 40 cars (long or short term) should be sprinklered in accordance with the carpark provisions of the Code (PDF, 124KB)
94 29 October 2001 Advice on whether an exposed slab edge used as part of a termite management system can be painted. For aesthetics reasons, some people would like to apply a painted finish to the slab edge. Some building certifiers, however, are reluctant to permit this because of concerns that the painted surface may also provide termites with a concealed entry point into the building if it blisters or bubbles. (PDF, 120KB)
93 26 October 2001 Procedures applicable to the assessment of fire separation requirements for a single detached Class 1a building located less than 900mm from a side or rear boundary (PDF, 129KB)
92 26 October 2001 Procedures applicable to the amenity and aesthetic provisions of the Standard Building Regulation 1993 (PDF, 127KB)
91 26 October 2001 Procedures applicable to variation of corner allotment road boundary clearances under the Standard Building Regulation 1993 (PDF, 129KB)
90 22 October 2001 In response to enquiries from local governments the department has investigated the Sewerage and Water Supply Act 1949 as it applies to inspections of plumbing and drainage work on Commonwealth owned land, or land leased from the Commonwealth (PDF, 110KB)
89 22 October 2001 The Plumbers and Drainers Examination and Licensing Board is issuing Plumber's Licences or Restricted Plumber's Licences with the following endorsements: Fire Hydrants and Fire Hose Reels Fire Sprinkler Systems—Commercial and Industrial Fire Sprinkler Systems—Domestic and Residential. If a person has any of the above endorsements they may also install or maintain Fixed Fire Pump Sets (PDF, 110KB)
88 14 September 2001 Draw attention of building certifiers and designers the requirements of the Building Code of Australia with regard to the provision of signage in buildings that are required to be accessible to people with a disability (PDF, 117KB)
87 26 July 2001 Changes to the Building Code of Australia as a result of Amendment 9 (PDF, 125KB)
86 25 June 2001 Advise council plumbing inspectors, plumbers and the plumbing industry that Part 5 of the National Plumbing and Drainage Code, AS/NZS 3500.5—Domestic Installations, has not been adopted in the Queensland plumbing regulations (PDF, 112KB)
85 22 June 2001 As a result of the fire in a Childers backpacker hostel on 23 June 2000, the Government established a high-level taskforce to review the current fire safety laws for budget accommodation in Queensland. The taskforce concluded there were inadequate fire safety standards to protect the lives of occupants in a significant number of hostels, boarding houses, hotels and other similar budget accommodation buildings. (PDF, 111KB)
82 21 May 2001 Advice on acceptable tolerances when constructing stairs in class 1 buildings and class 10 buildings and structures (PDF, 92KB)
78 13 February 2001 On 1 January 2001, the Building Code of Australia was amended to incorporate new provisions that address the installation of termite management systems in class 1 (houses) and class 10 buildings (sheds, garages and the like) (PDF, 101KB)
73 10 November 2000 Proposed amendments to the Termite Risk Management provisions for class 1 and 10 buildings to be contained in Part 3.1.3 of Volume 2 of the Building Code of Australia (PDF, 114KB)
72 20 October 2000 Requirements for accepting the owner's written consent in relation to applications for development approval (PDF, 109KB)
71 22 August 2000 Correction to News Flash Issue 49 of 8/3/00, which contained a typing error in the fourth paragraph on page 1 (PDF, 90KB)
70 18 August 2000 Guidance in determining the classification of sheds and the like on commercial land. It does not apply to sheds associated with farms or residential buildings (PDF, 92KB)
69 18 August 2000 Guidance in determining the classification of buildings used for farming purposes (PDF, 96KB)
68 14 August 2000 Inform building certifiers of the publication of Guides to assist in the completion of Development Application Form 1 (PDF, 88KB)
67 9 August 2000 Inform building certifiers of changes to the requirements for plans and supporting documents for development applications for building work. This has been brought about by the introduction of the revised Development Application Form 1 (PDF, 93KB)
66 9 August 2000 Clarify the meaning of 'unregulated water plumbing work', and who can perform this work (PDF, 93KB)
64 25 July 2000 Alert building certifiers to the need to sight the consent of the registered interests in any easement, prior to the issue of a development permit for any building work within the easement area (PDF, 37KB)
63 25 July 2000 To bring to the attention of building certifiers, following the introduction of the GST, the importance of ensuring the value of building work shown on development applications includes the GST component (PDF, 39KB)
62 25 July 2000 Advise building certifiers of the Building Services Authority's new insurance requirements, which commenced on 1 July 2000 (PDF, 55KB)
60 29 May 2000 Commencement on 20 April 2000 of the Standard Sewerage Amendment Law (No.1) 2000 (PDF, 20KB)
59 29 May 2000 Advise what plumbing and drainage work is regarded as minor necessary work and when a minor necessary work form is required to be submitted to the local government (PDF, 20KB)
58 29 May 2000 Highlight a number of recent incidents where plumbers have installed unauthorized products in plumbing and drainage installations (PDF, 52KB)
55 20 April 2000 The Department is frequently asked to clarify the extent of work that must be performed by a licensed plumber or drainer under the Sewerage and Water Supply Act 1949. For example, does a person who installs sewers or water mains, including the property service and the local government's water meter, need to be licensed (PDF, 32KB)
54 20 April 2000 The Department has received a number of enquiries, concerning the control of hot water temperature in adaptable houses built to meet the standards recommended in the Adaptable Housing Code AS4299–1995 (PDF, 22KB)
53 18 April 2000 To draw to the attention of building certifiers, the requirements of the Building Code of Australia regarding the provision of unisex facilities for people with a disability (PDF, 658KB)
52 18 April 2000 Matters that relate to the issuing of certificates of classification (PDF, 633KB)
51 23 March 2000 Correction to Newsflash 50 discussing legislative amendments enacted by the Local Government and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2000 (PDF, 664KB)
50 21 March 2000 The Local Government and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2000 amends the Building Act 1975, the Integrated Planning Act 1997 and other legislation (PDF, 673KB)
49 8 March 2000 Please refer to Newsflash 380—Approval of existing building work (PDF, 671KB)
48 7 March 2000 Building and Development Tribunal appeal process under Chapter 4 Part 2 of the Integrated Planning Act 1997 (PDF, 81KB)
47 6 March 2000 Interpretation and implementation of the provisions relating to balustrades in buildings (PDF, 79KB)
46 21 February 2000 To make building certifiers aware of a number of issues associated with swimming pool fencing (PDF, 71KB)
45 16 February 2000 Requirements for the provision of access for people with disabilities in Class 2 and 3 buildings (PDF, 68KB)
44 21 February 2000 Sanitary facilities for outdoor dining premises (PDF, 72KB)
43 14 February 2000 Glazing and window standards (PDF, 72KB)
42 8 February 2000 Assessment of competent persons (PDF, 43KB)
41 20 December 1999 Department of Main Roads—Refererral agency role (PDF, 68KB)
39 4 October 1999 Approval of building work over easements (PDF, 29KB)
37 14 September 1999 Combined washbasin/washtubs (PDF, 67KB)
36 19 July 1999 Awnings or other attachments over roads (PDF, 73KB)
35 19 July 1997 Publication of building approvals by local governments (PDF, 67KB)
34 15 July 1999 Assessment of development applications against local laws (PDF, 68KB)
31 26 June 1999 Clarification of other assessments a private certifier must wait for (PDF, 26KB)
30 18 June 1999 Fire door recall (PDF, 65KB)
29 1 June 1999 Approvals and inspections of retail meat premises (PDF, 69KB)
28 13 May 1999 Approval of toilet pan exhaust systems under the standard building regulation and standard sewerage (PDF, 67KB)
27 28 April 1999 Accreditation of local government building certifiers (PDF, 67KB)
26 23 April 1999 Role of assistant building certifiers (PDF, 67KB)
23 2 February 1999 Standard Building Regulation—Accreditation C302 expired 30 April 1999 (PDF, 32KB)
22 3 February 1999 Building work near sewers, water mains and sanitary drains (PDF, 38KB)
21 16 December 1998 Planning issues (PDF, 313KB)
20 16 December 1998 Other assessments (PDF, 414KB)
19 16 December 1998 Legislative responsibilities (PDF, 514KB)


Last updated 02 September 2013


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