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Pre-fab construction

HIA’s project as part of the Pre-Fab Innovation Hub will develop a report that identifies and analyses the regulatory barriers for off-site construction in housing.

Australia’s building codes and standards, along with the regulatory systems that apply to zoning land and approving the construction of buildings, are written based on traditionally (conventionally) constructed buildings, products, practices and systems.

As a result, they introduce challenges with regulatory acceptance and approvals with respect to off-site construction methods, including prefabricated (pre-fab) and modular construction.

HIA Project

This project will develop a report that identifies and analyses the regulatory barriers for off-site construction in housing.

The report will investigate the identified barriers in detail and identify recommendations and/or proposals to overcome these barriers and enable more tailored planning and building regimes that appropriately recognises off-site construction systems.

Recommendations may include:

  • Changes to the National Construction Code (NCC)
  • Australian Standards and State planning
  • Building regulatory frameworks


Phase 1 - the briefing paper

This briefing paper is part of the first phase of the project providing background information and identifying key issues that have been identified by the project team.

The briefing was recently available for stakeholders to review and provide comments. The briefing paper is also being supported by targeted consultation which involves interviewing and/or surveying the interested parties to further identify and examine regulatory barriers for off-site construction.

The consultation period is now closed. Interested parties can still provide feedback to the paper by emailing the team at hia_technical@hia.com.au.

Swinburne University of Technology (SUT) is undertaking the research and development work on this project on behalf of HIA.

Phase 2 - report

The second phase of the project will lead to the preparation of a final report which will incorporate the findings from the consultation and the recommendations for further work and/or proposals for addressing the identified regulatory barriers.

HIA recently published an interim report, including a suite of draft recommendations based on the feedback on the briefing paper, interviews undertaken, international review of other countries. This Interim Report will be followed up by the publishing of a final report later this year.

Feedback on the interim report can be provided by emailing the team at hia_technical@hia.com.au.

Why are we doing this

These regulatory barriers can be time consuming and costly and results in inconsistent outcomes for industry and consumers, with the potential for non-approval.


This can also result in manufacturers and suppliers being hesitant to bring new products and systems to market given the inconsistency and uncertainty.
Graham Wolfe


Given the likelihood of a steady increase in fast-tracked building construction, a vast number of construction projects including housing, will move to off-site and modular or systems-based construction methods over the next 5, 10 and 20 years.

It is therefore critical that there is a clear understanding of the regulatory barriers that exist today and that potential solutions are identified now.

Pre-fab Hub

HIA’s project forms part of series of projects as part of the Pre-fab Innovation Hub.

The Pre-fab Innovation Hub was announced by Karen Andrews, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology on 16 June 2019 to support Australia’s manufacturing and building and construction industry.

As part of the funding agreement with the Commonwealth, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) first undertook a feasibility study for a manufactured building hub for the prefabricated building industry. The Hub allows the development and implementation of the following outcomes:

  • support links between the construction and manufacturing sectors to enable businesses to benefit from advanced manufacturing processes
  • support new technologies and innovations enabling the transformation of the industry to provide smarter, more affordable and more sustainable construction solutions for Australians
  • grow the manufactured buildings eco-system to improve business capability to incorporate advanced technologies and processes within industry

The Pre-fab Hub is supported by a Steering Committee comprised of broad range of experts with representatives from industry, research organisations, including HIA and Pre-fab Australia.


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