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ABC of the building code of Australia

Know your code. The Building Code of Australia ensures all building work meets legal requirements and national construction standards. This course guides you through the Building Code of Australia (BCA). In this BCA course you will gain an expanded working knowledge of the Building Code, BCA hierarchy, general rules and legislation through presentations, workshops, case studies and videos.

About this course

The BCA is a uniform set of technical provisions for the design and construction of buildings throughout Australia. In this BCA course, you will get a general overview of the BCA with a focus on the housing provisions (Volume 2). The course will provide you the opportunity to apply your skills in a range of activities in practical workshops. 

“ The presenters were very knowledgeable and were top experience in the field. I like the practical nature of the course showing relevant examples applicable to day-to-day work projects.”

“Great delivery with a mix of speakers, explanatory information, videos and the like made it interesting and informative.“

If you are in search of an online courses or distance learning, you might be interested in our ABC of the Building Code of Australia Course Online.

Course Structure 

Building and construction is complex and there are many pieces of legislation that impact on the construction process. The BCA and Australian Standards take up the bulk of the technical requirements for construction and this is what this BCA course concentrates on. Navigate your way through the Building Code of Australia with insight and expertise. Be able to use, refer and adhere to the code efficiently and effectively by learning from our industry experts.

This course will cover the following content:

Introduction and Classification

  • Importance of building codes
  • Introduction to the classification system.


Part 1 of the Building Code of Australia

  • Linkage of legislation.
  • BCA Hierarchy and Governance requirements.
  • Format of housing provisions.
  • Navigating through the BCA.
  • BCA Language and clause structure.
  • Differences between BCA Volume 1 and Volume 2.


Performance Requirements and Part 2 of the National Construction Code

  • An overview of Part 2 of the BCA.
  • Discuss what a Performance Provision is.
  • How you can comply with a Performance requirement.
  • Assessing Performance Solutions.
  • Documenting decisions.


Part 3 of the National Construction Code

  • Earthworks.
  • Termite protection.
  • Storm water drainage.
  • Soil Classification.
  • Footings.
  • Reinforced Concrete Slabs.
  • Fire Resistance Levels (FRL’s).
  • Fire Separation.
  • Carports.
  • Smoke alarms.
  • Framing.
  • Light and ventilation.
  • Facilities.
  • Wet areas.
  • Stairs.
  • Barriers and handrails.


Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this course you will have an understanding of:

  • The legislation impacting on construction in NSW.
  • The importance of Building Codes.
  • How to identify the format of Housing Provisions.
  • The language and clause structure.
  • Classifying buildings in accordance with the Code.


In-house Training Solutions

This BCA course can also be customised and delivered in-house. Find out more >


Delivery style

This course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of an instructor-led lecture, group and individual activities. This training approach allows participants to work through concepts introduced by the trainer in an application-focused teaching environment. Participants will challenge their understanding of the concepts and consider their application once back in their individual workplace.

If you are in search of online courses or distance learning, you might be interested in our ABC of the Building Code of Australia Course Online.


COVID-19 Information

UTS is undertaking a number of social distancing initiatives, as informed by NSW Health advice, to help reduce social interactions in support of the government’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. As part of this response, some of our short courses may be postponed to a later date.

Please note however, bookings are open for all courses offered by the Institute for Public Policy and Governance (IPPG). If a course needs to be postponed, participants will have the chance to transfer to a later date, a new course or request a full refund. IPPG will also be offering a range of online or blended learning options facilitated via zoom video conferencing. If you have any questions in the interim, please do not hesitate to contact our team at

Who is this course for?

This course is designed to provide people with a basic understanding of the National Construction Code 2019 with a focus on the housing provisions (Volume 2). The course is especially suitable for:

  • Architects and designers
  • Council customer service staff
  • Councillors
  • Engineers
  • Environmental health officers
  • Planners
  • Rangers
  • Trainee and/or graduate building surveyors
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