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The Building Code of Australia
The Building Code of Australia in the National Construction Code series is the national technical document which sets the standards of building work in Australia.
The Code is produced and maintained by the Australian Building Codes Board on behalf of the Australian government and state and territory governments.
The goals of the Building Code of Australia are to achieve and maintain acceptable standards of:
- structural adequacy
- sustainability and amenity for the benefit of the community.
The Code references a number of other documents as part of its provisions. These include relevant Australian Standards. There are also South Australian state variations to the Code including Minister’s Specifications.
Buy a copy of the Code
The Code is available for purchase from the Australian Building Codes Board.
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Australian Standards are published documents which set out specifications and procedures designed to ensure that a material, product, method or service is fit for its purpose and consistently perform the way it was intended. Only building standards that are referenced in the Building Code of Australia are mandatory.
Standards Australia has developed over 7,000 Australian Standards and associated publications, on a wide range of matters. They are all available for purchase in a variety of formats. For more information see Standards Australia.
The compliance of building products and systems with the Building Code of Australia is provided through the code mark scheme managed by the Australian Building Codes Board. Products accredited through this scheme are automatically recognised nationally as being compliant with the Code.
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Proposal for change guide building code of Australia (Word 102KB)
Proposal for change template building code of Australia (Word 87KB)
Current Building Code, adopted 1 May 2012:
Building Code of Australia advisory notices:
For an alternative version of these documents contact Building Policy.