Courses & Units

Legislation and Standards in Construction ZAX103


This unit will familiarise you with the legislation framework, Australian standards and codes of practice for construction of buildings and civil structures. Key areas covered will include construction codes, work health and safety, Aboriginal and cultural heritage, and environmental legislation. It is important for paraprofessionals within the building and civil construction industries to correctly identify, interpret and apply these regulatory requirements to construction projects. You will have structured opportunities to develop your literacy in construction standards and legislation through industry-specific case studies and real-world research activities.


Unit name Legislation and Standards in Construction
Unit code ZAX103
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
University College
Discipline Business and Management UC
Coordinator Mr James Eaves
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify key legislation that applies in the Australian building and civil construction sectors.
  • Interpret and apply required Australian Standards and Codes of Practice to relevant building and civil construction activities.
  • Communicate requirements and challenges associated with compliance with legislation and standards in construction projects.

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


Teaching Pattern

Weekly tutorials (late afternoon) and 1 x full day face-to-face workshop per semester.

AssessmentAT1: Oral Presentation: Australian or International Standard or Code of Practice (30%)|AT2: Legislation Case Study (35%)|AT3: Review of Reporting Requirements for a Building or Civil Structure (35%)
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