Guide to Australian manufacturing standards, accounting standards, food code, building code and design rules
Building regulations, rules and codes have been continuously evolving. For a very good coverage of the history of this evolution please see the following link at the ABCB
Note that hardcopies of older editions of the Building Code of Australia can also be accessed at the Library on request.
In order to search for building laws and regulations prior to the above dates it would be best to search the Library's online catalogue using the terms Building laws -- Victoria and selecting the "Subject" category from the drop-down menu on the right-hand side.
The above subject-based search will then lead to a range of rules and regulations which applied at different times earlier.
Prior to the consolidation of building laws and regulations into the Building Code of Australia, there were various editions of the Uniform Building Regulations which directed and defined building laws in Victoria, from 1945 to 1974.
This link to the Uniform Building Regulations will take you to the Library's online catalogue entry listing the various editions from 1945 to 1974 which were published separately and which are located in the Library's onsite storage areas.
The full-text of the Uniform Building Regulations from 1945 to 1961 can also be found in the Victoria Government Gazette which is digitised and available online. After 1961 any amendments to the regulations were merely announced in the Gazette. Searching the Government Gazette is somewhat complicated and takes some practise so the issue and date details of the various UBRs which were published in the Gazette are given below.
After 1961, the Uniform Building Regulations unless published separately and held by the Library, can be found most readily in the Victoria Statutory Rules. More recent rules can be accessed online, older issues are available in print.
Searching the Statutory Rules indexes becomes somewhat more complicated as in earlier dates they were at times listed under the Local Government Act and at later times under the Building Control Act . As always when searching indexes it is useful to familiarize oneself with the parameters of the indexes being searched and also use a range of search terms.
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