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Senior Project Officer, Executive Level 1 and Project Officer, APS Level 6, Australian Building Codes Board

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Canberra
Categories: APS Level 6, Executive Level 1

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 (BCA) and the Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA).

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 focused outcomes through a user-centered approach.

There are several opportunities across the ABCB’s four workgroups:

  • NCC Management and Standards – responsible for developing, updating and maintaining the NCC, and overseeing the development of referenced standards (including Australian Standards)
  • NCC Projects and Analysis – responsible for managing research projects and impact analysis across a range building disciplines, including fire safety, structure, energy efficiency and building resilience
  • NCC Education – responsible for developing resources for practitioners to better understand and use the NCC
  • Business Transformation and Product Certification – responsible for digital transformation, communications, and administering building and plumbing product certification schemes.

Our ideal candidates

With a focus on the technical development of the Building Code of Australia (BCA), our ideal candidates will have tertiary qualifications in building surveying or a related discipline such as engineering, building or architecture.  Sound knowledge of the BCA and broad experience in its application (e.g. as a building surveyor/certifier) will be highly regarded.

All positions are suited to someone who likes to be challenged, is a strong and clear communicator, is focussed on getting results and delivers quality outputs within a team environment.  Our ideal candidates will have strong project management, research and analysis skills, and the ability to communicate technical matters clearly verbally and in writing.

From time to time, the NCC Management team is called upon to deliver technical presentations relevant to the NCC (such as the ABCB NCC Seminars) and so, public speaking skills will be highly regarded, although are not pre-requisite for the position.

What you will do

The primary role of a Senior Project Officer, Executive Level 1 is to manage the delivery of projects and achievement of outcomes in accordance with the ABCB’s work program by:

  • Managing the development of clear NCC provisions, supporting material and technical standards
  • Managing the delivery of technical projects with limited direction
  • Undertaking and directing technical research and analysis
  • Developing concise research reports and technical papers
  • Managing project working groups.

The primary role of a Project Officer, APS Level 6 is to exploring potential changes to the NCC, in accordance with the ABCB’s work program, by:

  • Undertaking and directing technical research and analysis
  • Producing concise research reports and technical papers
  • Developing clear NCC provisions, supporting material and technical standards.

All Officers within the ABCB are also required to:

  • Engage with the ABCB’s national technical advisory committees, as well as other government and industry stakeholders
  • Work with colleagues on the NCC amendment process, including co‑ordination of public consultation processes
  • Provide input and advice to colleagues regarding projects and technical matters
  • Respond to technical enquiries.


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.


Tertiary qualifications in building surveying or engineering (or a related discipline (such as building or architecture) and significant experience in building surveying or engineering will be highly regarded.

How to apply

You are required to complete your application online. 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. Your pitch can contain no more than 5000 characters (approximately 750 words) and should align 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)

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.

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Graham Moss on (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 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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