Home  »  About Us  »  Advocacy & Campaigning

We work closely with government agencies and industry groups to champion the Building Design profession as a respected authority within the industry.  We are represented on a number of major, influential government Committees and Boards and will continue to push the Government to support the Building Design profession.

We provide thought leadership through the development of policy and research, utilising the expertise of our members within the following departments: 

Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC)

BRAC is a committee of building industry representatives that has two roles set out in the Building Act 1993:

  • to provide advice to the Minister for Planning on draft building regulations
  • accreditation of building products, including construction methods, design components or systems connected with building products

The Nationwide Home Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) Stakeholder Consultative Group

NatHERS is administered by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources on behalf of all states and territories within Australia.  It provides homes with a star rating out of ten based on an estimate of a home’s potential (heating and cooling) energy use.

Better Apartments Design Standards

The Better Apartments Design Standards is a policy of the Victorian Government’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning policy to set out how apartments can be designed to provide good functional places to live.

Office of the Victorian Skills Commissioner Advisory Group

The Advisory Group consists of representatives of the building and construction industry to provide advice to the VSC on industry intelligence around priority growth sectors, skill demand pressures and future industry skills needs.

Victorian Advanced Building Studies Network (VABSN)

The Victorian Advanced Building Studies Network is a group of teachers, co-ordinators and lead educators from the disciplines of Building Construction, Building Design and Surveying.  It comments on training outcomes of TAFE courses with associated regulatory bodies and industry associations.