The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) is a standards writing body responsible for the National Construction Code, WaterMark and CodeMark Australia Certification Schemes.

We are a joint initiative of the Commonwealth and State and Territory Governments in Australia, together with the building and plumbing industries to improve productivity through the consolidation of all on-site construction requirements into a single code.

Our focus is on developing and maintaining minimum, proportionate and cost effective technical requirements that provide for the health and safety; amenity and accessibility, and sustainability of buildings. Moreover, the ABCB endeavours to make sure the Code is an industry staple—working hard to consolidate and simplify the technical requirements, improving industry understanding and ensuring national consistency

Established by an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA), the Board consists of 18 members, including:

  • an independent Chair,
  • a representative from the Commonwealth, state and territory agencies responsible for building matters,
  • up to seven industry representatives; and
  • a representative of the Australian Local Government Association.

The ABCB reports to the Australian Government Minister and State and Territory Ministers responsible for building and plumbing regulatory matters, known as the Building Ministers' Meeting.

The work of the ABCB is delivered by the ABCB Office.


Name Position Organisation Representing 
Glenys Beauchamp PSM     Chair 
John Tansey Executive Director Regulatory Policy, Better Regulation Division Department of Customer Services NSW
Sue Eddy Chief Executive Officer Victorian Building Authority Vic
Ainslie Barron Executive Director Building Policy, Department of Energy and Public Works Qld
Saj Abdoolakhan Executive Director Building and Energy, Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety WA
Jodie Evans Associate Director Department of Trade and Investment SA
Peter Graham Executive Director Consumer, Building and Occupational Services, Department of Justice Tas
Ben Ponton Director-General Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate ACT
Mark Meldrum Executive Director Land Services, Department of Planning and Infrastructure NT
Judith Blake A/g General Manager Business Settings, Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Commonwealth
Rolph Vos General Manager West Tamar Council Local Government
Penny Cornah Executive Director Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland Industry
Stephen Kip Director SKIP Consulting Pty Ltd Industry
Richard Choy Chief Executive Officer NATSPEC Industry
Kristin Brookfield Chief Executive Housing Industry Association Industry
Wayne Smith Chief Executive Officer National Fire Industry Association Industry
Dan Perkins Managing Director Perkins Builders Industry
Melissa Chandler Technical Manager Lendlease Industry