The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER) has recently completed a public consultation regarding a proposal to extend the Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) Program Tenancy Lighting Assessment (TLA) Ruling, currently due to expire on 28 March 2021.

Based on your feedback, the version 2.0 of the COVID-19 rules has now been published and will be valid to 31 August 2021. We will consult again on its expiry prior to this date. The ruling has been updated to remove the requirement to use a local assessor in the first instance, allowing CBD assessors to choose the most appropriate option for their assessments.

The ruling will continue the provision of a flexible approach for CBD Program accredited assessors and building owners to complete a TLA, including options for remote site assessments. In a similar fashion to recent NABERS Rulings, the TLA Ruling allows CBD Program accredited assessors to manage the risks associated with safely operating during COVID-19, including maintaining social distancing and limiting travel requirements. See Safe Work Australia for more information.

If you have any questions, please contact the CBD Program on our hotline (toll free) on 1800 020 131 or at info@cbd.gov.au.