Working in an industry regulated by Building Regulations, the National Construction Code, Australian Standards and at times Building Inspectors. There is confusion as to what is the legal requirement and what do I have to comply with. So the question is “When does an Australian Standard become a legal requirement?”
To get this in 300 words, I will keep it very simple, but foolproof.
Watch out for 3rd party referencing for an Australian Standard. For example, a Fire Engineer might design an alternative solution as allowed in the National Construction Code, and in his alternative solution, he might refer to a non-referenced standard, so it becomes a compliance requirement as it is called up by a 3rd party.
Other legislation might refer to an Australian Standard, so it’s always a good idea to understand what legislative framework you are working in. For example, you might need to comply with two different sets of regulations.
One last thought is when there are conflicts between Building Regulations, National Construction Codes, Australian Standards and Building Inspectors, which one do you follow…..The answer is the highest-ranking document will prevail. I.e. The regulations will trump the National Construction Code and the National Construction Code will trump the Australian Standards.