About the Australian Building Codes Board

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) is a Council of Australian Government (COAG) standards writing body that is responsible for the National Construction Code (NCC) which comprises the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and the Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA). It is a joint initiative of all three levels of government in Australia and was established by an Intergovernment agreement (IGA) signed by the Commonwealth, States and Territories on 1 March 1994. A new IGA was signed by Ministers, with effect from 30 April 2012.

Our mission is to address issues of safety and health, amenity and sustainability in the design, construction and performance of buildings. 

The ABCB is also a regulatory reform vehicle for COAG, and in May 2014 the Australian Building Ministers' Forum agreed to significant regulatory reforms. These reforms will contribute to reducing the burden of building regulation, which is an objective of the IGA. Further information on these reforms is available by clicking here.                                  

The work of the Board is supported by a professional, technical and administrative unit, the ABCB office. For further information about the Board and the ABCB office, please click here .

The Board prepares an Annual Business Plan outlining its current work program and priorities.

In addition, the ABCB has two primary technical advisory committees, the Building Codes Committee (BCC) and the Plumbing Code Committee (PCC). These Committees provide a valuable national forum for regulatory authorities and industry to consider technical matters relevant to building and plumbing regulation reform and play an active role in assisting the Board in meeting its obligations. For further information about the BCC please click here. For further information about the PCC, please click here .

Recent media releases, events and other information can be found in the ABCB Media Room.

If you wish to contact us, please click here for contact details. 



Updated: 18 December 2014