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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 8 Hansard (7 August) . . Page.. 3128..


Ambulance Service advises the ICE number does not yet have wide spread acceptance in Australia, however that officers are aware of the ICE number and have looked for it on occasions.

(5) ACT Health has not been approached by Mental Health Consumer Network, the Carer Alliance, and the Mental Health Community Coalition ACT to support this initiative.

(6) Only people authorised to access the Mental Health ACT database have direct access to the Mental Health ACT Advanced Agreement paperwork. This is because the Mental Health ACT database is also the medical record system for Mental Health ACT and hence access is limited as required by the Health Records (Privacy and Access) Act to hold securely peoples individual medical records. A mental health consumer may request a copy of their Advanced Agreement from Mental Health ACT if they do not already have a copy or have mislaid their own copy.

Building—bathroom design

(Question No 2086)

DR FOSKEY asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 17 June 2008:

(1) What are the existing requirements for ventilation and natural light in bathrooms in (a) new free standing dwellings (including villas) and (b) new multi-residential dwellings;

(2) What will the requirements be for ventilation and natural light in bathrooms under the new Territory Plan and regulations.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The requirements for natural lighting and ventilation are contained in the Building Code of Australia (BCA), Volume One and Two.

Free standing dwellings (Class One buildings) - BCA Volume Two

The BCA contains the following performance requirement for light in class one buildings (P2.4.4):

"a) a habitable room must be provided with windows so that natural light, when available, provides a level of illuminance appropriate to the function or use of that part of the building.

b) Artificial light must be installed to provide a level of illuminance appropriate to the function or use of the building to enable safe movement by occupants."

The performance requirement can be satisfied by complying with the 'acceptable construction practice' set out in Part 3.8.4 of the BCA.

Part 3.8.4 provides that natural lighting is only required for a habitable room which includes living areas and bedrooms. Natural lighting to these rooms must be provided with an aggregate light transmitting area of not less than 10% of the floor area which must be open to the sky or an open space.

For example, a room with a floor area of 20m2 must have an aggregate light transmitting area of at least 2m2. This would typically be a window.


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