The Building Code of Australia

On 19 March 2021 a new planning system came into effect across South Australia with all building and planning development applications assessed under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016.

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The Building Code of Australia (BCA), in the National Construction Code series, contains technical provisions for the design and construction of buildings and other structures.

The BCA addresses the following matters:

  • structural adequacy
  • fire resistance
  • access and egress
  • services and equipment
  • energy efficiency and sustainability
  • provisions for the health and amenity of occupants.

As part of its provisions, the BCA references a number of technical documents, including Australian Standards.

The BCA is produced and maintained by the Australian Building Codes Board on behalf of the Australian government and state and territory governments.

View a copy of the Code

The BCA can be viewed for free on the Australian Building Codes Board website.

Australian Standards

Australian Standards referenced in the BCA are mandatory documents.

Australian Standards are published documents which set out specifications and procedures designed to ensure that a material, product, method or service is fit for its purpose and consistently performs the way it was intended.

Standards Australia has developed almost 7,000 Australian Standards and associated publications, on a wide range of matters. They are all available for purchase from Standards Australia in a variety of formats.

Product accreditation

The compliance of building materials, forms of construction and designs are provided through the CodeMark certification scheme managed by the Australian Building Codes Board.

Products accredited through this scheme are recognised nationally as being compliant with specific requirements of the BCA. The Certificate of Conformity references the scope of product compliance and any limitations or conditions of certification.

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