October 2022, Vol 003, Issue 04
Lote Notes | Fire Safety and Security in Practice

Welcome to the final Lote Notes Newsletter for 2022!

As announced at the end of September, the ABCB released NCC 2022 on 1 October 2022. However, in line with Building Minister’s decision, these provisions will come into effect on 1 May 2023, except for energy efficiency, condensation mitigation and liveable housing provisions that will come into effect on 1 October 2023 following requisite transition periods. Importantly, until these adoption dates, NCC 2019 Amendment 1 remains in force. Further guidance on this is provided by the ABCB.

October is also Cyber Security Awareness Month, with the overarching theme for 2022 being: ‘Have you been hacked?’ A question that Optus executives are all too familiar with, as the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner announced separate but coordinated investigations in the wake of the now infamous data breach that resulted in the Personally Identifiable Information of millions of Australians being compromised. The Australia Cyber Security Centre has provided links to resources to help current or former Optus customers who need assistance.

There are a number of topics we have nominated to cover in this edition of the newsletter including a pointed submission from one of our fire safety engineers on the impact of the introduction of new quantified performance requirements in Volume 2 of NCC 2022. Our security team poses the question: Does your organisation have an Emergency Management Plan? Discussing the merits and indeed importance of having an Emergency Management and Response Plan in place to not just deal with fires and natural disasters, but to also consider security and cybersecurity risks. A holistic approach to planning, regularly practised emergency operational procedures and a regularly reviewed response and recovery plan ensure that your organisation is ready and resilient in the face of incidents or disasters.

As part of our regular cybersecurity column, our focus this quarter is on supply chain attacks. This article highlights the importance of not just considering our own cybersecurity practices but of those vendors and suppliers that provide us with hardware and software that are part of the organisation’s network and cyber footprint. This article considers a number of factors involved in the detection, response and protection against such cyber attacks.

To round things off our wellness column considers rocks, pebbles and sand – and what these mean for setting our life goals and daily routines.

We look forward to receiving your thoughts and feedback.

Best Wishes & Stay Safe
Dr Maher Magrabi

Lote Consulting | Fire Safety & Security
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Lote's Articles
Quantification in NCC 2022 Volume 2
By Srinath Iyengar

Keywords: BCA 2022 Changes, National Construction Code (NCC), NCC 2022 Changes, Fire Safety Engineering, Qualification, Performance-Based Fire Design, Performance Solutions, Alternative Solutions, Accredited Certifier- Fire Safety
The introduction of the National Construction Code 2022 in May 2023 heralds the introduction of new quantified Performance Requirements in Volume 2. NCC 2022 H3P1 and H3P2 (BCA 2019: P2.3.1 and P2.3.2) now include quantified metrics for spread of fire and automatic warning of occupants.
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Does your organisation have an Emergency Management Plan?
By Ryan Parkyns
Keywords: Emergency Response, Emergency Management Planning, Security Risk Assessment, Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery
With unprecedented changes in the workforce, employers are re-evaluating how to protect employees both on-site and remotely, establishing flexible methods of communication with a workforce that can be working in the office, working remotely, or both.
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Cyber-talk: Supply Chain Attack
By Yahya Eid
Keywords: Cybersecurity, Supply Chain Attack, Cybercrime, Cyber risk.
Stephane Nappo, VP Global Chief Information Security Officer at Société Générale posted: “Even the bravest cyber defense will experience defeat when weaknesses are neglected."
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Juggling it all
By Dr Maher Magrabi
Keywords: Prioritising, productivity, wellness, health, nutrition, sleep, goals, objectives
We lead very busy lives and sometimes in our ‘busy’-ness we lose sight of the important stuff. Too often, we feel we are overworked, tired, exhausted and too busy to do anything else. Days turn into weeks and weeks into years and we are stuck on this hamster wheel, giving it our all, but feeling like we are not getting anywhere.
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In The News
Stage 2 of NCC 2022 is out now!
Development of the 2022 edition of the NCC was split into two stages.
We published the first stage of NCC 2022 on 9 May 2022, but left the energy efficiency and condensation management provisions blank while we finalised those parts.
These new measures have now been agreed to by Building Ministers, so now we’re releasing them as a second stage preview of NCC 2022.
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Timber skyscrapers reach for record heights and sustainable Australian cities
By Angus Mackintosh
Timber skyscrapers up to 50 storeys tall may soon dot Australian skylines in a push to decarbonise and revitalise urban construction.
Three separate plans have been submitted to build hybrid timber buildings in Perth and Sydney between 180 metres and 220 metres high.
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From ugly duckling to Tamarama glamour as $20 million penthouses unveiled
By Sue Williams 
Sydney’s newest $20 million-plus beachside apartment penthouses have finally been put back up for sale after they were abruptly pulled off the market eight months ago in a row with the NSW Building Commissioner over fire regulations.
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Helping you prepare

If you aren’t yet aware that there are major changes coming to how you build, or the materials you can use, then now is the time to engage with HIA about what you need to know. We’re at the stage where the majority of NCC 2022 amendments have now been confirmed.
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'Government re-launches cyber security strategy
Cyber Security minister Clare O’Neil has tasked her department with re-casting the cyber security strategy initiated by the former government.
A spokesperson for the minister told iTnews the government wants a more consultative approach to building the strategy. 
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UK Water Supplier Hit by ‘Extremely Concerning’ Cyberattack
A company that supplies water to more than 1.5 million people in the UK disclosed it was hit by a cyberattack in an incident security experts said highlighted potentially dangerous vulnerabilities in the country’s critical infrastructure.
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Ransomware: Most attacks exploit these common cybersecurity mistakes - so fix them now, warns Microsoft
By Danny Palmer
The vast majority of ransomware attacks begin with cyber criminals exploiting common cybersecurity errors, which – if correctly managed – could prevent most victims from falling prey to attacks.
Microsoft analyzed anonymised data of real threat activity and, according to the company's new Cyber Signals report, found that over 80% of ransomware attacks can be traced to common configuration errors in software and devices.
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Cybercrime is evolving — here's how a cybersecurity expert recommends you keep safe
By Alana Dooley
Paul Haskell-Dowland has been in the cybersecurity education and research domain for two decades — and he is on a mission to teach the rest of us how to stay safe online.
It's a significant job for the Professor of Cyber Security Practice at Edith Cowan University.
The cost of cybercrime in Australia is incredibly high, though the figure is likely even greater than the reported data suggests.
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