Building Code of Australia

The Building Code of Australia (BCA) is produced and maintained by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) on behalf of the Australian Government and State and Territory Governments.  The BCA has been given the status of building regulations by all States and Territories.

The BCA Goal

The goal of the BCA is to enable the achievement of nationally consistent, minimum necessary standards of relevant, health, safety (including structural safety and safety from fire), amenity and sustainability objectives efficiently.  This goal is applied so:

  • there is no rigorously tested rationale for the regulation
  • the regulation generates benefits to society greater than the costs (that is, net benefits)
  • the completive effects of the regulation have been considered and the regulation is no more restrictive than necessary in the public interest, and
  • there is no regulatory or non-regulatory alternative that would generate higher net benefits



For specific queries regarding the Building Code of Australia or any other building regulation matter please contact the Shire’s Building and Health Services on (08) 9576 4600, or visit the Australian Building Codes Board website.