Frequently Asked Questions

WaterMark certification of a product will be issued for a maximum of 5 years.

Transition to the new CodeMark Australia scheme commenced on 1 August 2017.

Certificates issued under the previous scheme are easily distinguishable from those issued under the CodeMark Australia Scheme by their branding.

Certificates of Conformity issued under the previous scheme use a template which is blue in colour and will have a trademarked ‘CodeMark’ logo.

Certificates of Conformity issued under the CodeMark Australia Scheme use a template which is orange and purple in colour and will have a trademarked ‘CodeMark Australia’ logo.

A Certificate of Conformity issued under the previous CodeMark scheme rules remains valid unless expired, withdrawn or suspended. Users of CodeMark Certificates of Conformity can validate Certificates of Conformity by referring to the register of Certificates of Conformity.

Accredited CodeMark Certification Bodies are responsible for evaluating applications for Certificates of Conformity in accordance with the CodeMark Australia Scheme Rules.

Certificates of Conformity can only be issued for products that demonstrate compliance with the relevant provisions of the BCA.

If you are considering applying for a Certificate of Conformity, you should contact one of the CodeMark Australia Certification Bodies listed on the JAS‑ANZ website to find out what information you need to supply, what fees will be charged and how long the process is likely to take.

The cost of CodeMark certification will depend on a number of factors, including the quality of supporting evidence submitted about the product’s compliance and the complexity of the evaluation needed. All fees for CodeMark certification are a commercial arrangement between the applicant and the CodeMark Certification Body.

The information you may need to supply to a Certification Body could includes:
  • A clear scope of use for the product
  • The relevant BCA provisions the certification is to cover
  • Product technical information/specifications
  • Product test results
  • Any independent assessments or appraisals

Please contact the certification authority responsible for the approval of your building.

NCC 2016 Volume One Amendment 1 includes the following:

  1. The introduction of a new Verification Method (CV3) for testing of external wall assemblies for fire propagation. CV3 references a new testing standard, AS 5113-2016 ‘Fire propagation testing and classification of external walls of buildings’, and in most circumstances requires additional measures (e.g. enhanced sprinkler protection) to mitigate the hazard presented by a combustible façade.
  2. Revision of the NCC’s evidence of suitability provisions, including clarifying the application and language of A2.2, strengthened wording of the current options, and a new requirement to consider the ‘appropriateness’ of the evidence being presented to support the use of the material, product, design or form of construction.
  3. Clarification of provisions, including provisions relating to external wall claddings and attachments, provisions that provide exemption to the non-combustibility requirements, and provisions that control the fire hazard properties of building elements.
  4. Increased stringency for the sprinkler protection of balconies of residential high rise buildings through referencing an updated sprinkler standard, AS 2118.1-2017 ‘Automatic fire sprinkler systems – General systems