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2020 ABCB Cadetship

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Employment type: Non-Ongoing - Specified Term
Location: Canberra
Categories: APS Level 3

About the team

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 focussed outcomes through a user-centred approach.  For more information about the ABCB visit our website

Our ideal candidates

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.

What you will do

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.


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.

Security Clearance

These positions require a Baseline security clearance.  The successful applicants will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level. 

How to apply

Your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information. This includes in your application responses, resume and any other documents. Applications containing classified information may not be considered by the selection panel.

You are required to complete your application online. Aligning your responses with the above job description, provide:

  1. an explanation of how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role (limit your response to between 300 and 500 words)
  2. tell us about three (3) professional achievements within the last 5 years that you are proud of (limit your total response to between 300 and 500 words)

You are also required to provide your current CV with your application. (CVs must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format)

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact or by phone 02 62761817.

Learn more about the department

The department's Enterprise agreement and policies provide for a flexible working environment to assist staff balance their work and home life. Staff and managers work together to balance the operating needs of the work unit with the needs of the individual.  Options may include part time working arrangements, working from home or other arrangements as agreed by all parties.

The department is committed to a workplace culture that builds respect, fosters inclusiveness, promotes diversity, embraces the unique skills and qualities of all our employees and is committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining people with disability. If you require some assistance with your application, or need this in an alternative format, please contact the Recruitment Team at or (02) 6276 1235 or refer to our Applying for a position information.

Select the links on the left-hand side of the page for more useful information about a career with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

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Applications close: AUS Eastern Standard Time

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