In partnership with the New South Wales Office of the Building Commissioner, Standards Australia recently announced the launch of their new “Construct NSW” eLearning module, The Value of Australian Standards, an in-depth educational resource about construction standards.
“There are over 1 million Australians employed in the building and construction industry, with each of those individuals playing an integral role in providing trustworthy homes, buildings, and offices across the nation,” says Adrian O’Connell, Chief Executive Officer of Standards Australia.
“The construction sector can be a complex network of regulations, codes and technical infrastructure. It is important for industry to understand how Australian standards can form part of a designer or construction practitioner’s toolkit,” says O’Connell.
The eLearning module is an integral part of the work Standards Australia has been doing alongside the NSW government to foster a modern construction workforce through better education and capability building.
“Standards are developed by experienced people coming together bringing a wealth of technical knowledge and practical experience. When someone is on a job site and they’re not using a standard, they’re just making it up,” says David Chandler, OAM, NSW building commissioner.
The two-hour course includes an overview of the regulatory framework and the responsibilities of Standards Australia. It also delves into how standards are developed, the different types of guidance that exist, and the consequences associated with not following certain standards.
“Standards Australia are committed to providing pathways in which standards and information around their application can be more readily accessed. We look forward to the construction sector utilizing this new resource to get the most out of Australian standards,” concludes Connell.