The Building Code of Australia (BCA) is a uniform set of technical provisions for the design and construction of buildings.

What is the Building Code of Australia?

If you’ve ever planned or carried out the design and construction of a building, there’s a good chance you’ve come across the Building Code of Australia (BCA). While it may seem complicated, it’s a very necessary uniform set of technical provisions that ensure everyone who’s building in Australia are building safe and compliant structures.

The code outlines many requirements designers, engineers and builders must follow, and is used as a national standard when inspecting and approving private and public building and structures including ramps, rails and steps.

Luckily for Adapta clients, we’ve done the hard work for you and design and manufacture all of our products to the standards set by the BCA. No matter what your design, we work with you to manufacture an access solution kit that fits your needs while remaining safe and consistent with national standards. Thanks to our pre-approved designs, you can easily install your kit using the step-by-step instructions provided and don’t need to worry about inspection or approval by a governing body.

If you have any questions about the BCA and how it applies to your access needs, you can get in touch with our expert team for a chat. For more details on the BCA, read below.

Who produces the BCA?

The BCA is produced and maintained by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) and given legal effect through the Building Act 1975. The ABCB is a joint initiative of the Australian Government and state and territory governments. The ABCB addresses safety, health, amenity and sustainability issues through the National Construction Code (NCC).

Does the BCA change?

Yes, the BCA is reviewed and updated each year to include various regulatory and technical changes. It’s important that you’re aware of relevant changes and understand how they affect your building project. Changes may affect steps you need to take in order to comply as well as the cost to meet the standards.

Reference documents and standards

The BCA is supported by a number of reference documents. These documents provide specific detail on how to comply with the BCA and include a number of Australian Standards.

The BCA, which must be read in conjunction with the Building Act, is published in two volumes: Volume 1 Commercial Buildings (Class 2–9 Buildings) and Volume 2 Residential Buildings (Class 1 and 10 Buildings – also known as the Housing Provisions).