The ABCB Office resides within the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science located in Canberra. Its primary role is to implement the Board's decisions in accordance with the Inter-Government Agreement. The ABCB Office is a professional, technical and administrative team that provides support to the Board and its ongoing work program.
The ABCB is responsible for:
- updating and maintaining the NCC;
- clarification support services;
- consultation and liaison;
- management of research projects;
- advice on policy development;
- management and co-ordination of committee activities;
- information dissemination and awareness raising;
- administrative and operational support;
- financial management; and
- other matters as determined by the Board.
However, the ABCB is not responsible for:
- rulings, interpretations or classifications, advice or dispute resolutions on specific construction projects or regarding 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.