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UNIFORM HOME BUILDING CODE

Statement by Senator the Hon. Dame Annabelle Rankin, D.B.E., Minister for Housing

Australia's first uniform home building code has just

been produced in tentative form. Dame Annabelle Rankin, the

Federal Minister for Housing, tabled copies of the document

in the Senate today. She said that house building formed a

large proportion of all building in Australia and the home

building code was a major contribution towards the establishment

of uniform constructional requirements for housing throughout

the nation.

"Differing regulations for home building, and particularly

for home building materials traded interstate, are as out of date

as differing railway gauges", said the Minister."We need a

uniform Australia-wide market for building materials".

The tentative home building code is to be presented to

the Interstate Standing Committee on Uniform Building Regulations,

which is currently preparing a code to rationalise requirements

for all types of building throughout Australia. The technical

requirements in the code have already been approved by the

Commonwealth Experimental Building Station, which provides the

secretariat for the Interstate Standing Committee.

The Tentative Code will be sent to the principal lenders

for housing and to all those bodies in the States which have

an interest in constructional requirements for housing, such

as the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, the Master

Builders' Federation and the Housing Industry Association, in

order to obtain their opinions on it.

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"We are looking for comments and suggestions from every

part of the industry, and from anyone with an informed view on

house building constructional needs", said the Minister. "Anybody

who wishes to receive a copy of the Code should write to the

Secretary of my Department at Box 690, Post Office, Canberra

City, 2601. There is no charge, and I hope people will read

the document and let us have their views, preferably not later

than 31 August next."

Canberra

10 June 1970.