National Seminar Series 2016

National Seminar Series

The National Seminar Series is a selection of high-quality seminars delivered across Australia. Seminars cover topics addressing each of the competency standards: Design, Documentation, Project Delivery and Practice Management. If you would like to suggest a topic or if you have any feedback please contact the CPD Team.

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NSS 3 Building Product Compliance

Getting the information you need to make the right choice

This seminar will explore how to be sure that the building products you specify for a project are compliant and how to reduce your risk when choosing products that they may not be fit for purpose.

Kristin Brookfield from the HIA will discuss the APCC Procurement of Construction Products: A Guide to Achieving Compliance and offer guidance on how to determine whether a building product is suitable to use.

Kristin will be joined by a representative from the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) who will outline the product assurance processes which underpin some of the most common forms of compliance documentation for building products and some of the key attributes to look for when nominating products in a specification.

 2.5 CPD Points

Units of competency: project delivery and documentation

Presented by                                                            
HIA         NATA                       

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Non Member $110
Member $76 
A+ Member $68
Graduate $35
SONA Member $25

Non Member Livestream $58
Member Livestream $38
SONA Livestream $25




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Victorian Chapter
Level 2, 41 Exhibition St
Melbourne, VIC 3000

3 June 

 9:30am - 12:30pm

Register prior COB 1 June

Queensland Chapter
Level 1, 70 Merivale Street
South Brisbane, QLD 4101

8 June 

9:30am - 12:30pm

Register prior COB 6 June

NSW Chapter
3 Manning Street
Potts Point, NSW 2011

9 June 

9:30am - 12:30pm

Register prior COB 7 June

WA Chapter
33 Broadway
Nedlands, WA 6000

15 June 

8:00am - 11:00am

Register prior COB 13 June

**content also available
on-demand for two weeks
post livestream**

3 June 

9:30am - 12:30pm AEST

Register prior COB 1 June

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, attendees will be able to: 

  • Define the terms non-conforming building product and non-complying building product

  • Identify an appropriate methodology to select the type of evidence required for various building products based on their risk

  • Identify the different types of evidence that can be provided to a building surveyor for a building product

  • Understand how to check whether a certificate of product conformance is valid and relevant

National Presenters

Housing Industry Association (HIA)


Kristin Brookfield

Kristin has over 20 years’ experience in planning, building and environmental regulation. She has worked in both local and state government in NSW, specialising in development control and building regulations.

Kristin has been with the Housing Industry Association (HIA) for 12 years and is currently the Senior Executive Director Building, Development and Environment.

Kristin works closely with all levels of government including the ABCB and Commonwealth agencies associated with planning and building.

Kristin also oversees HIA’s involvement with Standards Australia and coordinates HIA’s National Technical Committee. Kristin is currently the Chair of the APCC Construction Product Quality Working Group that prepared the APCC Guide.

National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA)


Brett Hyland (VIC Chapter & Livestream Seminars)

Brett Hyland has worked for the past 25 years with NATA, which is the national authority for the accreditation of testing laboratories.  He is currently the Sector Manager for NATA’s Infrastructure area, which includes responsibility for technical policy relating to the testing of building products. 

Brett holds BSc(Hons) and GDipEng qualifications and he serves on a number of Standards Australia and other industry committees which relate to building products.

Marcel Vanderslik (QLD, NSW & WA Chapter Seminars)

Marcel Vanderslik has over 30 years experience in materials evaluation, non-destructive testing and inspection service industries. His experience covers a broad range of industrial sectors including construction, manufacturing, oil & gas, energy, petrochemical, mining, water, food & dairy, automotive, aerospace and defence.

Marcel holds BSci (Metallurgy) and Australian Institute for Non-destructive Testing (AINDT) qualifications. In his role as Deputy Sector Manager, Infrastructure with NATA, he is intimately involved in the evaluation of technical competency of testing facilities and compliance of their Quality Management Systems to the international standard ISO/IEC 17025.

Chapter Presenters

Queensland Chapter

Dyan Johnson - Master Builders Queensland

Dyan joined Master Builders as the Manager of Policy and Economics back in 2013, after having spent seven years in London working on urban regeneration projects.  Prior to London, Dyan was with the Queensland Department of Housing promoting more sustainable housing. She has also worked on Capitol Hill in Washington DC as part of a government relations team lobbying Congress.

She now coordinates Master Builders’ policy agenda, with the challenge of non-conforming products central to the agenda.  During her time with Master Builders she has brought together the Queensland Alliance that has worked collaboratively to tackle this key industry problem. 

Western Australian Chapter

Dean Wood - Oldfield Knott Architects Pty Ltd

Dean Wood qualified in 1982 in the UK, and has a wealth of architectural expertise gained from work in both Europe and Australia and joined Oldfield Knott in 1988. Dean coordinates the Government and Corporate sector fit out projects, industrial projects and has an interest in unique, one-off projects as well as contributing to the management of the practice.

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*PLEASE NOTE: the on-demand video of the presentation is only available for the registrants of the event/livestream.

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Terms & conditions for CPD events

  1. The Australian Institute of Architects has the right to cancel or alter the dates, speakers or venue of an event.  
  2. In the event of cancellation, on demand video of the presentation or a refund will be offered to the registrant.
  3. Applications for refunds require two (2) working days notice prior to the event. 
  4. People attending in replace of the registered person must pay the ticket fee associated with their membership type. 
  5. Please note that start and end times are an estimation. Some seminars may finish earlier or later than the proposed time.