What you need to know about BRAC
The Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC) comprises building industry representatives and has two roles set out in the Building Act 1993. The Committee provides advice to the Minister for Planning on draft building regulations and also accredits building products, construction methods and components or systems connected with building work.
The BRAC considers proposed amendments to the Building Code of Australia (BCA), proposed Australian Standards referenced in the BCA and Victorian building regulation amendments.
The Building Commission also seeks the advice of the BRAC on technical, administrative and regulatory issues. This can include seeking responses to fire reports prepared by Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board and Country Fire Authority, matters raised by other industry bodies and its members, as well as matters raised by other statutory bodies.
Assessing product accreditation applications against the performance requirements of the BCA is also the BRAC's responsibility. The product accreditation process relates to innovative solutions that are difficult to assess by individual building surveyors. Central assessment provides the opportunity for consistency and greater efficiency. The BRAC cannot consider applications for building products in circumstances where the product complies with the deemed-to-satisfy provisions of the BCA.
Further details on the accreditation role can be found in this website through the Building Commission's Building Product Accreditation brochure.