The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) is a standards writing body responsible for the National Construction Code, WaterMark and CodeMark Australia Certification Schemes.

We are a joint initiative of the Commonwealth and State and Territory Governments in Australia, together with the building and plumbing industries to improve productivity through the consolidation of all on-site construction requirements into a single code.

Our focus is on developing and maintaining minimum, proportionate and cost effective technical requirements that provide for the health and safety, amenity and accessibility, and sustainability of buildings. Moreover, the ABCB endeavours to make sure the Code is an industry staple—working hard to consolidate and simplify the technical requirements, improving industry understanding and ensuring national consistency

Established by an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA), the Board consists of 18 members, including:

  • an independent Chair
  • a representative from the Commonwealth, state and territory agencies responsible for building matters
  • up to 7 industry representatives
  • a representative of the Australian Local Government Association.

The ABCB is an agency within the Department of Industry, Science and Resources. The ABCB reports to the Australian Government Minister and State and Territory Ministers responsible for building and plumbing regulatory matters, known as the Building Ministers' Meeting.

The work of the ABCB is delivered by the ABCB Office.


Name Representing Organisation
Glenys Beauchamp PSM Chair  
John Tansey NSW Department of Customer Services
Sue Eddy Vic Victorian Building Authority
Ainslie Barron Qld Department of Energy and Public Works
Saj Abdoolakhan WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety
Jodie Evans SA Department of Trade and Investment
Ross Smith Tas Department of Justice
Ben Ponton ACT Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate
Mark Meldrum NT Department of Planning and Infrastructure
Judith Blake Australian Commonwealth Department of Industry, Science and Resources
Rolph Vos Local Government West Tamar Council
Penny Cornah Industry Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland
Stephen Kip Industry SKIP Consulting Pty Ltd
Richard Choy Industry NATSPEC
Kristin Brookfield Industry Housing Industry Association
Wayne Smith Industry National Fire Industry Association
Dan Perkins Industry Perkins Builders
Melissa Chandler Industry Lendlease

Public Record of board meetings

The Board meets several times each year, but decisions of the Board are most prominently seen in the published updates to the National Construction Code. From November 2022, we will publish a brief Public Record after each meeting to give interested parties more visibility of our work and the matters we are considering.

Links to the public records of board meetings can be found in the list below.

Public RecordPublication Date
ABCB Board Meeting November 202220 December 2022