Cadetship applications

We’re looking for industry graduates interested in a unique opportunity to further their career.

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) now welcomes applications for our 2022 Cadetship Program.

A cadetship with the ABCB will offer you a truly unique insight into building regulation and code development. Get ahead of the game and begin your career working with some of the industry’s most highly respected professionals to develop a world-class building and plumbing code - the National Construction Code (NCC).

We’re looking for industry graduates interested in using their qualifications or working skills to contribute to the development of the code. Benefits for you include

  • 12-month contract role,
  • a competitive salary of $60,500 + super,
  • the opportunity to develop professional skills and transferable insights, and
  • access to a network of building and plumbing professionals.

You will also enjoy all the benefits of working within the Australian Public Service environment – while learning and furthering your career.

Please note, applications for the 2022 cadetship program have now closed. 

What is the Cadetship?

Our Cadetship Program provides graduates with a unique insight into the development of the NCC and the opportunity to develop skills relevant to the construction industry.

We’re seeking applicants with strong team work, communication and research skills. Given the nature of the ABCB's work, applicants who have studied or worked in the following fields are encouraged to apply:

  • Building Certification/ Building Surveying;
  • Building/ Built Environment;
  • Construction Management;
  • Architecture;
  • Structural Engineering;
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Energy Efficiency/ Sustainability; and
  • Plumbing or Hydraulic Design or associated field.

The ABCB Office is based in Canberra, and the Program generally commences each February for a period of 12 months.


Why work for us?

The ABCB is a joint initiative of all levels of Australian Government. We provide a vital link between the building and plumbing industries and government regulatory policy, through producing and maintaining the NCC and other work programs.

Our mission is to oversee issues relating to safety and health; amenity and accessibility, and sustainability in design, construction, performance and liveablity of new buildings throughout Australia.

We are a credible and influential organisation with a strong focus on stakeholder needs. Our team of high-performing talent constantly strive for continuous improvement, and are deeply passionate about the work we do. And if successful, you too would have the unique opportunity to shape the future direction of Australia’s construction industry.

What does the program offer you?

The ABCB Cadetship Program offers candidates a unique experience working on projects that will expand your knowledge, and help develop real-world professional skills in the Australian Public Service (APS).

While we are a government agency, our team enjoys the benefits of respected government work with the freedom of a commercial-like enterprise.

Working in the APS also offers attractive salary packages including 15.4% superannuation, along with plenty of other perks like professional development opportunities and flexible working arrangements.

What is the salary?

The successful candidates receive a 12 month contract at the APS3 Level. The salary offered at this level is approximately $60,500 + superannuation.

Who can apply?

Whether you’re about to graduate with a building or plumbing related qualification or need to complete 12 months’ work in industry, the Cadetship is a great opportunity to further your career. We also welcome applicants who have worked in building or construction and have practical industry experience.


To be considered for a Cadetship position qualifications must be from an Australian university or Institute of TAFE, or an International University with a building or plumbing related qualification. In addition, to be eligible for employment in the APS and the department, applicants must be Australian Citizens. And if successful, applicants will be required to obtain a Baseline security clearance. If you are unsure whether you are eligible, please submit an enquiry.

How are Cadets selected?

Applicants will be assessed on their written application, and may be selected for an interview. Following the interview process, nominated referees will be contacted. You will be notified about four weeks after the closing date as to whether you are to be interviewed or have been unsuccessful in obtaining a position on the Program. The number of cadet positions offered will depend on the work program for the year and the quality of applicants, but there are generally two positions available.

Contact information

For more information regarding the Cadetship please submit an enquiry.