Cadetships with the ABCB

A Cadetship with the ABCB is your opportunity to build on your qualifications and expertise, and gain a great insight into the NCC.

The ABCB is the national standards writing body that is responsible for the development of the NCC, and administration of the WaterMark and CodeMark Product Certification Schemes.

The ABCB will provide a unique insight into building regulation and development.  You’ll get to work alongside industry and governments, and highly respected professionals to develop a world-class building and plumbing codes.

An ABCB Cadetship offers:

  • 12-months training and development (non-ongoing APS3) with experts in building codes and standards
  • 3 rotations to experience diverse roles and responsibilities across the agency
  • relocation assistance if you’re moving to Canberra
  • possibility of an ongoing position on successful completion of the program.

This is an excellent opportunity for those considering a career pathway in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) stream, or interested in a career in the Australian Public Service (APS).

The ABCB seeks applicants who are passionate about the built environment, strong team members, good communicators, and who like to show initiative when researching and exploring creative solutions.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why work for us?

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.

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

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.

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 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. 

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 program please submit an enquiry.