Essential Matters

The new-look Essential Matters is a news aggregator that brings together the collective resources of the topic-specific HENDRY Blog sites. Essential Matters is specifically targeted at property and building occupation issues, and covers your prime-interest areas of Building & Property, Essential Safety Measures, Emergency Planning and Work Health Safety.


Essential Matters Registrations
Essential Matters is registered with the Australian ISSN Agency (International Standard Serial Numbers). Our title is ‘essential matters’ and our number is ISSN 1832-7419.

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HENDRY is a multi-disciplinary group of companies dedicated to the provision of services in building  control and compliance, building maintenance, and emergency planning. The Hendry Group provide clients with consultancy and publishing services that encompass building surveying consulting, essential safety measure audits, emergency planning, client update resource services, essential matters e-newsletter, BCA illustrated and software IT client support.

Some of the services provided include:

Building Control

  • Private and government certification
  • Building occupation approvals
  • Assessment for Building Code of Australia compliance
  • Alternative Solution’s, advice, verification and assistance on feasibility options
  • Feasibility, design development and documentation advice
  • Assistance with liquor license compliance
  • Certification of design


Auditing & Inspections

  • Disability assessments
  • Building audits
  • Mandatory construction inspections
  • Due diligence and compliance reports
  • Essential safety measure inspections
  • Aged care assessment instrument audits
  • Strata subdivision assessments


Fire Safety Engineering

  • Assessment of buildings
  • Assessment of engineering reports
  • Resolution of performance designs
  • Investigation and advice on reports


Authority Notices & Legal

  • Assessment of Notices
  • Negotiations with authorities
  • Technical and legislative advice
  • Expert witness in litigation matters
  • Appeals board advocacy


Essential Safety Measures

  • Essential safety measure inspections
  • Essential safety measure logbooks
  • Contractor logbook assessments
  • Recommendations for cost effective maintenance procedures
  • Specialist maintenance contractors statement monitoring service


Assets & Condition

  • Building condition
  • Plant life cycle
  • Asset registers
  • Room by room assessments

Emergency Planning 

  • Emergency plan development assistance
  • Emergency Control Organisation Training
  • Emergency Response Training
  • Evacuation diagrams development

Compliance & Safety Assessments

  • Trip, slip, falls
  • Life safety assessments
  • Risk assessments
  • Building compliance – organisations polices and safety manuals

Essential Asset Services (EASy Maintenance) 

  • essential safety measures maintenance
  • all identified maintenance, to ensure that Australian Standards are met as required

The Hendry Group operate throughout Australia from offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, and have been recognised nationally and internationally by being appointed for commissions by various State authorities, councils, corporations and as Telstra’s national building surveyor.