September 2016 New developments industry newsletter

Message from GM of New Developments

With FY17 well underway I would like to update the industry on nbn’s progress and wish you all the best for the next financial period.

In the new developments space we are off to a flying start and have activated over 175,500 new happy homes and businesses to the nbn™ network and have 683,000 lots/premises under contract.

More broadly, nbn has released its Full Year Results for 2016 with some impressive results. At June 30 there were 2.9 million premises able to order a service, meaning more than one in four homes or businesses to take advantage of the fast broadband network. Our Corporate Plan 2017 has also been released and shows we are on track for our goal to deliver 8 million happy homes by 2020.

Innovative digital technologies continue to play a key role in steering the growth for our economy accounting for 22% of the global economy and forecasted to grow to 35% by 2020. I am sure many of you are finding this to be true in the property market with the availability of high-speed internet no longer a nice to have, but an expectation of home buyers. We are now finding that 80% of new home buyers consider the availability of fast broadband a key consideration when looking for home. It has never been more important to ensure you are truly building for the digital family of tomorrow.

As new providers enter and exit the market I wanted to take this opportunity to outline out a few points of difference. nbn is the only government backed provider and we are here for the life of the network. Once your development is completed our work continues - fixing faults, ensuring speed standards and upgrading as new technologies become available.

nbn is also the largest Open Access Network in Australia. This means home buyers are not restricted to a handful of retail service providers and have the freedom to choose the plan that works for them, or transfer their service.

As we enter a period of uncertainty in the market place, I would urge all developers to understand the quality of the product they are being delivered and what the long-term impacts may be of alternative solutions.

As always, nbn is available to asses any development but you need to apply early in the build process.

I hope you enjoy this rest of update from the team and I look forward to continuing our work together now and into the future.

Julian Nachmias
General Manager, New Developments

More developers set to benefit from the nbn™ network ramp up

Make it Market Ready, Build it nbn™ Ready

As the nbn™ network rollout picks up pace, more and more developers are set to reap the rewards as their developments become eligible to receive Australia’s new and upgraded telecommunications network.

In today’s new homes market, high-speed internet is an essential inclusion. Many home buyers expect to access phone and internet services as soon as they move in and some local governments require developers to have telecommunications infrastructure in place as part of their planning approval processes.

Connection to the nbn™ network can add value and desirability to new developments. The good news is that with the pace of the nbn rollout already triple the speed of this time last year, more and more developments are set to become eligible irrespective of size.

One of the biggest issues developers and builders face in connecting to the nbn™ network is applying too late, which causes delays and holds up the titles process. nbn wants to make sure all new developments can make the most of the nbn™ network – but you need to apply.

Whether you are building large apartment blocks or sub-dividing a lot, if it’s a new address in a current rollout area you may be eligible to have the nbn™ network installed. The first step is to find out if you are building in one of the rollout areas using the pre-qualification tool at

nbn will assess your development based on the location and size. Once you submit your pre-qualification form you will be sent an email with all the details you need.

Submit your as-built designs and Notice of Practical Completion online

nbn has launched a new as-built designs online tool to enable our developer partners to upload their designs.

As of 15th August 2016 using the online tool is compulsory for all new and amended as-built submissions.

The new online tool has been introduced to streamline the review process and allows for multiple files to be uploaded. To submit as-built documentation and notice of practical completion you will need:

  • The correct stage request ID
  • The dwg file saved in CAD 2010 r18 compliant version
  • File size limit 20MB per file
  • A maximum of 20 files
  • Notice of Practical Completion Clause No. as per the Developer Agreement.

Once the as-built has been submitted, nbn will review and contact you if any amendments are required.

To get started visit the website and follow the online tool instructions

Updated Horizontal MDU pit and pipe guidelines

Updated Horizontal Multi Dwelling Units (Horizontal MDU) guidelines have been released to provide clearer direction on how to correctly install pit and pipe in these types of developments.

The guidelines relate to 4.8.5 Super Lot Pit and Conduit internal reticulation and 4.8.6 Barrier Kerb of the Deployment of nbn™ Conduit and Pit network guideline (NBN-TE-CTO-194).

A key point is that nbn separates the size of Horizontal MDU into two distinct groups. This ensures that there is no over engineering when working out the amount of pit and pipe required for each premises. The two groups and high level requirements are:

Horizontal MDU: 4 to 24 premises

Smaller Horizontal MDU require a minimum P50 conduit as the main conduit reticulating through the development, this includes P5 and P2 pits as the minimum requirement. The internal pit and pipe reticulation would be similar to either single or dual sided installation.

Horizontal MDU: 25 or more premises

Larger Horizontal MDU would require a minimum P100 conduit as the main conduit reticulating through the development. Depending on the size of the Horizontal MDU, this may include P8, P5 and P2 pits. P9 pit/s may also be required to support FDH/s. The internal Pit and Pipe reticulation would be similar to either single or dual sided installation.

For more information on how to prepare your Horizontal MDU correctly, view the Horizontal MDU guidelines

Top digital tech trends for 2016

Global consulting firm Accenture has released its top tech trends for 2016, highlighting changes that will impact enterprises in the next three to five years.

Accenture says that winners in the digital age do much more than tick off a checklist of technology capabilities. They know their success hinges on people. The ability to understand changing customer needs and behaviours is, of course, vital.

But the real deciding factor in the era of intelligence will be a company’s ability to evolve its corporate culture to not only take advantage of emerging technologies, but also, critically, embrace the new business strategies that those technologies drive.

Find out the top five trends be aware of.

Bonus feature:

From education to 'e-change', we look at how connectivity will impact Australian lifestyles this year... and beyond

Staff Profiles

Amy Thomas, Deployment Specialist, NSW, ACT and QLD

As the Deployment Specialist for some of our biggest states, Amy works with a large number of developers and builders to provide expert advice on building ‘nbn™ ready’ infrastructure. This includes educating the industry on nbn standards and processes to ensure works are fit for purpose and ready for the network to be installed.

Amy acts as point of contact, addressing any issues or questions that arise during the design and build of pathways and/or pit and pipe. She can often be found out on site providing expert technical advice and project managing the delivery.

“The best part my job is being part of a project that will shape our digital future, every day is a new challenge and it’s an exciting time for developers.”

Debra Farrelly, Account Manager, Victoria

As one of Victoria’s Account Managers, Deb is the primary point of contact for property developers and their consultants and surveyors. With years of experience in telecommunications Deb provides expert advice on how design and build nbn™ ready facilities.

As the primary lead for the Horsham, Ballarat, Castlemaine, Bendigo, Echuca, Wallan and Kilmore areas, Deb is focused on ensuring developments of all sizes can make the most of the opportunities the nbn™ network brings. She can often be found driving around the regions to visiting sites and helping developers build the homes of tomorrow.

“The best part about my job is being able to work with developers from across the state. With the rollout picking up speed it’s great to be able to provide state-of-the-art infrastructure to regional communities.”