Western Australia’s regional building industries will be briefed on imminent changes to the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and other industry matters at information sessions run by the Building Commission from March to May 2015.
Each year, the Australian Building Codes Board holds seminars in metropolitan Perth on changes to the BCA that come into effect on the 1 May. The Building Commission will again take this and other building-related information on the road this year and deliver it in the following eight regional locations: Geraldton (13 March), Merredin (17 March), Kalgoorlie (20 March), Port Hedland (24 March), Busselton (31 March), Bunbury (1 April), Albany (22 April), Broome (7 & 8 May).
“The Building Commission is committed to ensuring that building industry stakeholders in regional WA have access to the same information as their metropolitan counterparts,” said Building Commission Acting Executive Director Jane Vallance.
“Our regional roadshows are an effective way of achieving this and we encourage members of the building industry to take this opportunity to meet with us face-to-face and hear about important changes affecting them and their industry.”
The first session in each location, for builders, building surveyors, building designers and local government permit authorities, will focus on changes to the BCA that will come into effect from 1 May 2015 and how the new technical standards can be applied. The session will also cover upcoming changes and proposed amendments to the Building Regulations 2012. A registration fee applies.
A second free session for anyone working or interested in the building industry will cover the Commission’s current and planned proposals for change, common issues resulting in the lodgement of complaints, plus updates on policy initiatives, registration and licensing matters and its new audit program.
Details and online registration for all sessions are available on the Building Commission’s website at www.commerce.wa.gov.au/building-commission/events-and-seminars or phone 1300 489 099.
Attendees are encouraged to take advantage of the National Construction Code (NCC), which includes the BCA, being made available online for free from this year by registering on the Australian Building Codes Board website at www.abcb.gov.au.1 Upon registering, they will be able to preview NCC 2015 in time for the sessions and in readiness for when it takes effect on 1 May.
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1Refer to the media release National Construction Code free for all on the Building Commission website.