Cadetship, APS Level 3, Australian Building Codes Board

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Employment type: Non-Ongoing - Specified Term, Ongoing
Location: Canberra
Categories: APS Level 3, Administration, Trades Related

Program benefits

A Cadetship with the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) is your opportunity to work in a government organisation and learn how to develop building regulations while applying your academic knowledge.

The program gives you an opportunity to build on your qualifications and technical expertise, and gain further insight into the National Construction Code (NCC). It’s also an excellent opportunity for those considering a career pathway in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) stream.

The Cadetship offers:

  • 12-months training and development with experts in building codes and standards
  • 3 rotations to experience diverse roles and responsibilities across the agency
  • starting salary of $63,117 plus 15.4% superannuation (non-ongoing APS 3)
  • possibility of ongoing position on successful completion of the program.

About the ABCB

The 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 NCC, and administration of the WaterMark and CodeMark Product Certification Schemes.

We’re a high-performing and influential organisation that works on a range of contemporary issues affecting the building and plumbing industry.  Stakeholder engagement is the cornerstone of our work, as we respond to emerging challenges.

The ABCB has four groups:

  • 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 education and support resources to aid practitioner understanding of the NCC
  • Business Transformation and Product Certification – responsible for digital transformation, communications, and administering building and plumbing product certification schemes.

For more information about the ABCB, visit our website:

Our ideal candidates

The Cadetship is suited to someone who:

  • likes to be challenged and is passionate about the built environment
  • wants to contribute to developing building regulations
  • has sound research and analytical skills
  • communicates technical matters clearly (verbally and in writing)
  • shows initiative and enjoys working collaboratively within a team environment
  • likes to learn and explore creative solutions to problems to achieve outcomes
  • is open to working on a national basis with governments at all levels and industry.

Sound knowledge of the NCC, or experience in its application, will be highly regarded.

What you will do

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 meetings through the preparation of agendas, papers and minutes
  • providing NCC related technical advice to industry and the public
  • 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 apply, you must:

  • be an Australian citizen at the time of application
  • be able to obtain and maintain a baseline security clearance
  • be prepared to relocate to Canberra 
  • have tertiary qualifications or a background in either:
    • Building Certification / Surveying
    • Engineering (Fire, Structural, Mechanical, Plumbing, Hydraulic Design)
    • Architecture
    • Construction Management
    • Building or Plumbing practitioners


This process is being used to fill multiple 12-month non-ongoing APS 3 positions. A merit pool may be established to fill future ongoing APS 3 vacancies within 18 months of the job being advertised in the APS Jobs Gazette.

The Cadetship is Canberra based.  We’ll provide you with relocation assistance to help you move to Canberra.

How to apply

Your application and CV must not contain any classified or sensitive information. Applications containing classified information may not be considered by the selection panel.

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. 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.

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).

Accessible application documentation is available in other formats on request. Please contact or (02) 6276 1235 if you require assistance with your application.

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Beverley Karin on (02) 6276 1817 or at

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 full time/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 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 refer to our Applying for a position information for additional information on how to apply.

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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