Building industry suppliers have called for standards relating to the construction of buildings in Australia to be freely available, following an interim report of the Senate Economics Reference Committee into non-compliant building products.
On the release of the findings, the Building Products Innovation Council has thrown its support behind a proposal to make Australian standards freely available online.
“BPIC has long argued that regulatory codes and especially Australian standards be free to access and use,”
“and now the Senate Inquiry agrees, ” BPIC chief executive officer Rodger Hills said.
The Committee recommended that the Commonwealth Government make all Australian standards available online, free of charge.
Currently the National Construction Code is freely available online however the standards which it references are not.
There are more than 100 primary reference standards specified in the National Construction Code and several hundred more secondary referenced standards. The average cost per document is $120, and many agree that this cost is a barrier to compliance, including Master Builders.
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