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Building it right

As a builder or contractor it's vital that you understand and comply with the building codes and standards. Get the right advice from our team of specialists.

Building it right

As a builder or contractor it's vital that you understand and comply with the building codes and standards. Get the right advice from our team of specialists.

At HIA, we get it. We know it can be confusing and sometimes frustrating when it comes to knowing everything about the Building Codes of Australia and Australian Standards. That's where HIA can help you stay on track with the ever changing standards and regulations.

Our vast library of resources and guides has been put together by our team of experts who understand the ins and outs of technical requirements in the building industry. 

Building codes

National standards provide set technical requirements for the design, construction and performance of buildings; plumbing and drainage systems. Our team of experts can help you understand what you need to know in your day-to-day building work.

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Australian standards

All builders and contractors working in the residential building industry must follow the Australian Standards as set out in the National Construction Code (NCC).

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Getting it right on site

Every time you enter any worksite it's important to understand the regulations around building near water, gas and electrical pipelines but also other factors such as trees which could cause immediate or future issues on the site.

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Bushfire resources

It's vital to understand bushfire regulations to ensure homes are built to the right regulations and advice. See the latest guidance for building in bushfire prone areas.

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Kitchens and bathrooms

It's not just about design and style when it comes to kitchens and bathrooms, it's also about ensuring these spaces are practical and functional for every day use.

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Stairs and barriers

Find out the latest Australian standards and requirements for installing stairs, balustrades and handrails for residential buildings, as well as wire barriers and temporary fencing for building sites.

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Building it right Building codes Australian standards Getting it right on site Bushfire resources Kitchens and bathrooms Stairs and barriers Getting approval to build Building approvals Development and planning approvals Subdivision and strata rules Building materials and products Concrete, bricks and walls Getting products approved Use the right building products for the job Sustainable homes Energy efficiency Sustainable home design Managing your safety Dealing with asbestos Falls from heights Safety rules Working with silica Building your business Communication for your business Growing your business Kitchen, bathroom and design Maintaining your business Managing your business Handling disputes Working with contractors Managing compliance Managing your employees Dealing with contracts COVID-19 Managing your business Managing your site

Contracts Online 


The industry’s go-to digital platform. 

No matter the size of the job, a watertight building contract is critical to protect your business, and the current climate presents a great opportunity to go digital with your contracts.

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HIA Tradepass


HIA TRADEPASS takes the hassle out of collecting and verifying contractor business information and registrations. Developed by HIA specifically to suit the needs of residential builders.

  • Save time and money – get on site quicker
  • Less time on paperwork and more time building

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Join Australia’s largest national association for the residential building industry.

Gain access to a huge range of industry products and business services. All designed to help you manage, operate and grow your business.



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Put your mind at rest and speak to one of our industry experts, we’re confident that our extensive industry knowledge will cover whatever questions or issues you may have.