How to follow fencing guidelines in Australia?

Any substantial structure built along a boundary is likely to require planning approval and a building permit issued prior to construction. This is particularly the case for retaining walls, walls that form part of buildings, unusually high fences or fences made from unusual materials.

Fences that form part of a swimming or spa pool barrier also require a building permit from your local government prior to construction.

In many local government areas, brick and masonry fences require a building permit. Although simple, conventional dividing fences may not need a building permit.

You should always check with your local government first, as construction without planning and building approval is an offence.

Sample letter to erect a new dividing fence
(Your address)

Dear Neighbour,

I am writing to advise that I propose to erect a dividing fence on the boundary line between our properties (include property addresses).The fence I wish to erect is a (specify here the description of the fence, ie. type, length, height, material and the boundary line to be fenced).I have obtained quotes (copies attached) and propose to accept the quote from (fencing company – eg. ABC Fencing Company) for (amount – eg. $400). Your share of the dividing fence will be (half of the cost – eg. $200) which is half the cost of a sufficient fence according to the local government laws in the area.Please let me know within 21 days if you agree or disagree with this proposal.If you would like to discuss this with me I can be contacted on telephone number (your number) or by email at (your email address).

If within 21 days we cannot reach agreement or you do not respond, the Dividing Fences Act 1961 provides for the matter to be determined in the Magistrates Court.

(Your signature, name and date)
Sample letter to repair an existing fence
 (Your address)

Dear Neighbour

I am writing to seek your agreement and contribution for the repair of the dividing fence which separates our properties, (include property addresses) in accordance with Section 15 of the Dividing Fences Act 1961.
The dividing fence is in need of repair because (give reasons eg. several pickets are missing).
I have attached copies of quotes to have the repairs done. I suggest we accept the quote from (company – eg. ABC Fencing) for (amount – eg. $300). Your half share will be (half of the cost – eg. $150).
Please let me know within 14 days if you agree or disagree with this proposal.

If you would like to discuss this with me I can be contacted on telephone number (your number) or by email at (your email address).

If within 14 days we cannot reach agreement or you do not respond, the Diving Fences Act 1961 provides that I may repair the fence and then recover half of the repair costs through the Magistrates Court

(Your signature name and date)

How to boost homeownership in current economic situation?

19 June 2021

The Federal Government has announced the expansion of housing programs that are helping more people to own their first home provides and strengthening economic recovery.  

“The release of 30,0000 new places in the highly successful First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, New Home Loan Guarantee and the Family Home Guarantee will boost the economic security of thousands more people, including single parents, and continue to accelerate the recovery,” Denita Wawn, CEO of Master Builders Australia said.

“We know that the deposit gap is the greatest barrier to people owning their first home. Right around the country we are witnessing the success of the Government’s housing policy measures to help people to bridge this gap,” she said.

“The Family Home Guarantee will mean that thousands of single custodial parents, the vast majority of whom are women, can access the life-changing benefits of homeownership. We want to this measure passed by the Parliament without delay,” Denita Wawn said.

“Providing more people with the support to make the step up to owning a home is also fundamental to a stronger economy which benefits the whole community,” she said.

“Lifting the price caps for these schemes will also make them more accessible to more people and that’s a very good outcome,”  Denita Wawn said.

“With every 1 dollar spent in building new housing resulting in 3 dollars benefit for the wider economy, it is clear why the Federal Government’s measures are having such a strongly positive effect,” Denita Wawn said. 

Source – Master Builders WA



PVC picket fences are made from high quality poly-vinyl chloride (PVC). PVC’s not only have high tensile strength but also prone to less damage, no rusting and very low maintenance compared to timber or steel. PVC fence, or plastic fence or synthetic fence is a fence made using synthetic plastics, such as vinyl (PVC), polypropylene, nylon, polythene(polyethylene) ASA, or from various recycled plastics.