Is waterproofing necessary if the top of the slab is above outside grade?
Well, no, it's not necessary, but that's assuming you can keep the foundation around your house dry. People think they can, but what if someone leaves the hose on and lying next to the foundation, or what if a gutter fails above? Do you like to water vegetation near the house? I see where you are already asking about whether you need drain tile at the footing, too.