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Project Officer, APS Level 5, Australian Building Codes Board

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Canberra
Categories: APS Level 5

About the team

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) is a Council of Australian Government (COAG) standards writing body that is responsible for the development of the National Construction Code (NCC), comprising the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and the Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA). The ABCB is a joint initiative of all three levels of government in Australia. This position is part of the ABCB’s NCC Management and Product Certification team.

The main duties of the positions are to assist in the development and implementation of amendments to the BCA. This will include developing BCA provisions and supporting material, undertaking research, preparing technical papers and liaising with government and industry stakeholders. One of the positions will, in addition, extensively involve authoring structured content and amendments for the digital NCC utilising the ABCB’s in-house publishing tools.

The project officers will take responsibility for managing work projects to achieve results and undertake a range of procedural, operational, governance and administrative activities.

This is an excellent opportunity to work at the forefront of nationally focussed building regulatory reform in close collaboration with the regulatory community and the building industry.

Our ideal candidates

The positions are concerned with the technical and administrative development of the BCA, therefore the ideal candidates will have tertiary qualifications in building surveying, building certification, engineering, building, architecture or a related discipline. The ideal candidates will also have a sound knowledge of the BCA and the ability to produce technical papers, carry out research and complete similar tasks in an effective and timely manner.

Knowledge of and experience in dealing with regulatory agencies and industry groups involved in building regulatory reform will be highly regarded, as will well developed writing, research, analytical and problem solving skills.

The positions are suited to strong and clear communicators who are focussed on getting results and delivering quality outputs in a team environment.

What you will do

The primary duties of the positions is to assist with the delivery of projects in accordance with the ABCB’s work program by:

  • Authoring amendments to the NCC, primarily in the BCA
  • Possible extensive involvement in authoring structured content for the digital NCC, utilising the ABCB’s in-house publishing tools
  • Assisting with the NCC amendment process
  • Undertaking technical research
  • Assisting in the delivery of technical projects with limited direction, including the production of concise and well-articulated papers and reports
  • Assisting in the development of clear BCA provisions and supporting material
  • Engaging with the ABCB’s national technical advisory committees as well as other government and industry stakeholders
  • Responding to technical enquiries
  • Providing input and advice to colleagues regarding projects and technical matters.


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.


This recruitment process is being used to fill two ongoing APS Level 5 positions. A merit pool may be established to fill future ongoing and non-ongoing APS Level 5 vacancies should they become available within 12 months form the date advertised.

The positions are based in Canberra. 

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 750 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 750 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 Graham Moss at or phone 02 6276 1869.

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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