Building and Construction

The Australian building, plumbing and construction industry accounts for approximately 10 per cent of Australia's gross domestic product and employs nearly 10 per cent of Australia’s workforce.

While the Constitutional authority to regulate the built environment resides with the State and Territory governments, the Australian Government has a policy interest in the facilitation of nationally consistent technical codes, regulations and policy on building and construction.

The Australian Government works collaboratively with the State and Territory governments to facilitate the development of a more efficient and internationally competitive building, plumbing and construction industry through reforms to building and plumbing regulation nationally, such as the adoption of the National Construction Code (NCC).

The Department is the Australian Government’s lead on a broad range of policy priorities, which include:

As part of a whole-of-government approach, the department plays a key role in representing the particular interests and roles of other Australian Government portfolios throughout the various Forums and Boards, including, among others:

  • building energy efficiency, on behalf of the Department for the Environment and Energy;
  • disability accessibility to buildings, on behalf of the Attorney-Generals’ Department;
  • water efficiency of plumbing products, on behalf of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources;
  • work health and safety legislation, on behalf of by the Department of Employment;
  • Australian Consumer Law and product safety, overseen by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission; and
  • border controls and imported goods, on behalf of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

The department also provides policy advice on, and administration of, the Australian Government's interface with key standards and conformance infrastructure bodies, including:

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