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Australian trade associations

A comprehensive list of trade bodies, institutes, trade associations and regulatory organisations for the building, heating, plumbing, electrical industries in Australia.

Governing and qualifying organisations

Fair Work Building & Construction - On 1 June 2012, the Office of the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner concluded its operations. A new specialist regulator for the building and construction industry, known as Fair Work Building & Construction (FWBC), has now commenced operations. FWBC is an independent agency that promotes harmonious, productive and cooperative workplace relations in the building and construction industry through advice, assistance and education. FWBC may take enforcement action to ensure a fair and productive industry for all building industry participants.

Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) - The Australian Building Codes Board is a joint initiative of all levels of government in Australia. It is responsible for developing and managing a uniform, national approach to building codes and building standards.

Australian Paint Approval Scheme (APAS) - The Australian Paint Approval Scheme (APAS) develops minimum performance standards for coatings; tests and approves products available on the market; and publishes an annual List of Approved Products complying with APAS specifications. It also audits manufacturers to ensure they are complying with industry best practice manufacturing standards.

Australian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC) - The Australian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC) is the peak council of departments responsible for procurement and construction policy of the Australian, State and Territory governments.

Building and construction industry (national code and guidelines) - The page provides information about the Australian Government's National Code of Practice for the Construction Industry 1997 (the Code) and the Australian Government Implementation Guidelines for the National Code of Practice for the Construction Industry (the Guidelines).

Building approval [ACT] - Building approval is required for most developments in the Australian Capital Territory to ensure building complies with building laws, including the Building Code of Australia. Information on the page includes links to exemptions information and building approval information pack.

Building Code of Australia - The Building Code of Australia is available for purchase from the On-Line Shop of the Australian Building Codes Board.

CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering - CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering (CMSE) provides a coordinated approach to materials design, creation, characterisation and application. We have particular strengths in advanced materials and the physical sciences. Specialised laboratory and testing facilities provide research, consulting and testing services to Australian and international clients.

ESD design guide for office and public buildings - This guide gives a basic introduction to ecological sustainability issues and specifically how the built environment affects them. It begins by outlining the Australian position on Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) and some key policies relevant to buildings and ESD.

Federal Safety Commissioner (FSC) - The role of the Federal Safety Commissioner (FSC) is to promote and improve occupational health and safety in the building and construction industry through an OHS accreditation scheme for Australian Government building and construction work.

Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme - The Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme enables the design of a home to be assessed by skilled professionals using sophisticated computer modeling programmes to improve the quality of design and as a means of achieving building approvals.

NSW Housing Code - i-Learn - Enrol in the i-learn course to find out more about the New South Wales Housing Code and fast track 10 day building approvals for new homes and renovations. It's free, it's online and anyone can do the course. i-learn takes about 2 hours to complete.

Painting Contractors Certification Program - The Painting Contractor Certification Program (PCCP) is an Australian Government accreditation scheme which audits protective coating painting contractors to verify that they comply with minimum standards for competency, professionalism, OH&S and environmental requirements for large industrial painting projects.

Royal Commission into the Building and Construction Industry (2001-2003) - Royal Commission into the Building and Construction Industry site. Includes the terms of reference, discussion papers, submissions, transcripts and reports. The Royal Commissioner presented his final report to the Governor-General on 24 February 2003.

Water efficiency guide: office and public buildings - The Water Efficiency Guide: Office and Public Buildings gives practical 'how to' help for building owners, managers and users to reduce water use by up to 30% to 40%. They provide an introduction to the technical and behavioural opportunities that exist in office and public buildings for reducing water consumption and increasing water reuse. The second part of the publication is the National water intensity benchmarks for office buildings and public buildings.

Your Home - Design for lifestyle and the future - Your Home is a suite of consumer and technical guide materials and tools developed to encourage the design, construction or renovation of homes to be comfortable, healthy, less expensive to run while more environmentally friendly.