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Housing : March 2009
Digital Switchover obtaining new equipment to receive the digital signals. The key to the switchover for the housing industry is to ensure the homes we build from now on have the correct wiring to receive digital reception. A quick survey of NSW builders by HIA shows that most detached homes are being built to receive digital, but perhaps not all. But it’s unclear whether new apartments and multi-unit projects may be missing out. More importantly, there are more than eight million existing homes which are likely to need upgrading. Digital wiring can be retrofitted and that’s exactly what now needs to be done for all existing homes, whether freestanding or apartments, along with anywhere else that needs TV reception. Digital Australia has been established as a dedicated body to manage the switchover. The transition is scheduled to commence in 2010 and be completed in 2013. To find out more about the switchover and what to think about in building new homes or doing a renovation, you can go to www.dbcde.gov.au. The first area to be ‘switched over’ will be Mildura and Sunraysia in Victoria, starting 1 January 2010 through to 30 June. After that the program will expand across Australia (see table on page 89). Members who want to install new digital-ready cabling and hardware, or retrofit an existing home, will need to make sure that they use an accredited digital-ready installer. The federal government will begin registering installers over the next six months. There are over eight million existing homes which are likely to need upgrading Installers will be required to meet a set of requirements to show that they are appropriately trained and able to carry out a digital switchover. If you’d like to be involved in assisting HIA to identify possible issues in the digital switchover, contact Kristin Tomkins, HIA Executive Director, Building Policy at firstname.lastname@example.org H Builders Escape Kit ATTENTION INDEPENDENT BUILDERS Expand your business, increase sales and remain independent. We provide house brochure plans for you to sell from, and to determine building costs. We will provide all the drafting for your project, fast and at competitive rates. Contemporary Contact your local HIA office for stickers and electronic versions of the logo. promoting HIA members – the best in the business Is the new HIA Member – Best in the Business logo on your work vehicle, place of work and marketing material? Traditional Contact Melissa FREECALL 1800 221 255 or visit www.brucemactier.com.au hia.com.au HIA memberline 1300 650 620