Are you our next building or plumbing cadet?

A Cadetship with the ABCB is your opportunity to build on your qualifications and expertise, and gain a great insight into the NCC.

The ABCB is the national standards writing body responsible for the development of the NCC, and administration of the WaterMark and CodeMark Product Certification Schemes.

Working at the ABCB provides a unique insight into building regulation and development. You’ll get to work alongside industry and governments, and highly respected professionals to develop world-class building and plumbing codes.

An ABCB Cadetship offers:

  • 12-months training and development with experts in building codes and standards
  • 3 rotations to experience diverse roles and responsibilities across the agency
  • starting salary of $63,117, plus 15.4% superannuation (non-ongoing APS 3)
  • relocation assistance if you’re moving to Canberra
  • possibility of an ongoing position on successful completion of the program.

This is an excellent opportunity for those considering a career pathway in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) stream, or interested in a career in the Australian Public Service (APS).

The ABCB is seeking applicants who are passionate about the built environment, strong team members, good communicators, and who like to show initiative when researching and exploring creative solutions.

If this sounds like you, take the next step in your career and find out how you can apply.

Applications close on Friday 30 September 2022.

“Within my first 4 months of this cadetship I have worked on how climate change impacts the national construction code; advised on procurement process; learnt in detail about Australian standards and how to interpret and change them to better inform policy outcomes; learnt how to write policy and the importance of good policy writing; been exposed to excellent networking events and met various industry professionals.


One of the best thing I have gained from this experience is the exposure to so many talented and dedicated staff. You talk to the senior managers and the CEO on a near daily basis and everyone is extremely open to your development and overall success. You also have the opportunity to add value to office with your own personal and industry experience. I firstly studied exercise physiology at university and then became a carpenter (strange I know, but that’s life). It’s honestly one of the best jobs I’ve had and there is so much more to learn. If you feel like you have something to add, you probably do!” - Current ABCB Cadet, Qld.

“The time I spent at the ABCB as a Cadet was an invaluable experience. Not only did my knowledge of building codes and how they are established grow, I also developed the soft skills required to achieve success in any career. Learning about the way codes are developed has given a much greater appreciation for the process and is something I continue to educate industry on. I learnt a lot about myself, my capabilities and my potential whilst working at the ABCB. I owe much of that to the wonderful people I was able to work beside and for the guidance they offered me. Choosing to spend a year at the ABCB has set me apart from peers in a unique way and for that I am grateful.” - Past ABCB Cadet, VIC