Established in 1994, the Australian Building Codes (ABCB) Office resides within the Federal Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources in Canberra. The ABCB Office is a professional, technical and administrative team that provides support to the Board and its ongoing work program.
The ABCB Office is not a regulator and does not enforce the National Construction Code (NCC). Constitutional responsibility for regulating the built environment rests with the states and territories.
The ABCB is responsible for:
- Updating and maintaining the NCC
- Administering and management of the WaterMark and CodeMark Certification Schemes
- Undertaking research projects and regulatory impact analysis
- Consultation and liaison
- Management and co-ordination of committee activities
- Advice on policy development
- Information dissemination and awareness raising
- Support for practitioners through educational and professional development resources
- Clarification support services
- Other matters as determined by the Board.
The ABCB is not responsible for:
- Rulings, interpretations or classifications, advice or dispute resolutions on specific construction projects or state or territory variations
- Occupational health and safety guidelines and legislation
- Workmanship control, quality, durability of materials or other building-related aspects not specifically required by the NCC
- Regulation concerning demolition, site-related industrial matters and asbestos removal
- Administrative documents such as contracts, permits, compliance inspections and reports, stop-work notices and certificates
- Licensing and auditing of building and plumbing practitioners
- Regulatory offences and penalties and appeal processes, and
- Planning issues such as subdivision allotment orientation, minimum set-backs and fence heights.