Located in Canberra, the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) is a joint initiative of all levels of government in Australia, together with the building and plumbing industries. Our mission is to oversee issues relating to health, safety, amenity, sustainability and accessibility, through the National Construction Code (NCC) of Australia.

We are a credible and influential organisation, with a mindset and capabilities that engage with and educate our stakeholders on a diverse range of contemporary issues. We have an agile workforce, possessing leading edge technical knowledge. Coupled with a high performing workplace, we deliver stakeholder and industry focused outcomes through a user-centred approach. For more information about the ABCB visit our website www.abcb.gov.au.

Our ideal candidates will have the following skills and experience:

• Good interpersonal skills, including the ability to work and communicate well as a member of a team in a respectful and non-discriminatory manner, and use sound judgement, professionalism and discretion in daily work.
• Sound writing skills with the capacity to write both clearly and persuasively.
• With general direction and guidance, the capacity to: provide accurate and timely information and advice, think through problems and organise work.
• Sound research and analytical skills, and the capacity to apply these to building and plumbing regulation policy.
• A working knowledge or familiarity with the NCC is desirable. We would welcome an example of a project or situation where you have used the NCC or have had to demonstrate or assess compliance with the NCC.

The successful candidates will have a qualification in (or be studying towards) either:

• Building Certification/Building Surveying
• Building/Built Environment
• Architecture
• Construction Management
• Mechanical or Structural Engineering or
• Plumbing or Hydraulic Design.

Cadets will undertake two 6 month rotations in the ABCB technical teams. During this time, you will work with ABCB Managers on a range of issues relating to the development of the NCC, which may include:

• researching technical and policy issues relevant to the building and plumbing industries
• examining the benefits and costs associated with proposed changes to the NCC
• assisting in the review and assessment of NCC referenced documents including Australian Standards and documents proposed for referencing in the NCC.

Please refer to our Career’s pages for further information about the department and this role.


Qualifications must be from an Australian university of TAFE. If you are unsure whether you are eligible, please speak to the Contact Officer.

To be eligible for employment in the APS and the department, applicants must be Australian Citizens.


These positions require a Baseline security clearance. The successful applicants will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level. Non-ongoing opportunity will be offered for a specified term of 12 months.

RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For more information see:http://www.apsc.gov.au/priorities/disability/recruitability.


Tagged as: Architecture, Building Certificate, Building Surveying, Built Environment, Cadetship, Construction Management, Hydraulic Design, Mechanical Engineering, Plumbing, Structural Engineering

About Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

The Department consolidates the Australian Government’s efforts to drive economic growth, productivity and competitiveness by bringing together industry, resources, science. Our Department is progressive, people-focused, and committed to the development, health and well being of its employees. We encourage and value a diverse workforce. People with diverse backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people with a disability are encouraged to apply.