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Cadetship, APS Level 3, Australian Building Codes Board

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

About the team

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) is a joint initiative between the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments. It is a standards writing body that is responsible for the development of the National Construction Code (NCC), comprising the Building Code of Australia and the Plumbing Code of Australia.

The ABCB promotes efficiency in the design, construction and performance of buildings and plumbing systems through the NCC and the development of effective regulatory and non-regulatory approaches.

If the built environment is your passion, then there’s no better place to start your career than the ABCB. We are an influential organisation, with a high performing team and excellent workplace culture. A Cadetship with the ABCB is your opportunity to work in a government organisation and learn how to develop building regulations while applying your academic knowledge.

For more information about the ABCB and the work we are involved in, visit our website

Our ideal candidate

The successful candidate 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
  • Fire Engineering.

Successful candidates must have:

  • Good interpersonal skills, including the ability to work and communicate well as a member of a team in a respectful and non-discriminatory manner, 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. We 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.

What you will do 

Cadets will undertake rotations across ABCB teams, technical and non-technical.  During this time, you will work with ABCB Managers on a range of issues relating to the development of the National Construction Code (NCC).

Key duties 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 with technical committee meetings through the preparation of agendas, papers and minutes
  • Providing NCC related technical advice to both industry and the public and assisting with the development of education and awareness materials
  • Assisting in the review and assessment of NCC referenced documents including Australian Standards and documents proposed for referencing in the NCC.


To be eligible for employment in the APS and the department, applicants must be Australian Citizens.

Qualifications must be from an Australian university or Institute of TAFE. If you are unsure if you are eligible, please speak to the Contact Officer.

Security Clearance

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


It is anticipated cadets will commence in early February 2022.

These roles are based in Canberra. This recruitment process is being used to fill several non-ongoing APS Level 3 Cadetship vacancies, for a period of 12 months. 

How to apply

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

You are required to complete your application online. In no more than 750 words, provide a pitch explaining how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role and why you are the best candidate for the position. You should try and align your application to the job description.

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 Beverley Karin on (02) 6276 1817 or via email

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 is respectful, inclusive, and diverse, where all employees have a sense of belonging and can bring their authentic whole selves to work every day. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, mature age, people with disability, culturally and linguistically diverse people and people of the LGBTIQA+ community, including transgender, gender diverse, and intersex people. Please contact our Inclusion and Capability team at for a confidential discussion if you identify from any of these diverse backgrounds and would like to discuss this in more detail.

Please contact or (02) 6276 1235 if you require assistance with your application. Alternatively please 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.

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