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 Termite standards

Termite management systems legislation is administered by the department under the Building Code of Australia.

Following mounting industry and public concerns regarding the effectiveness of termite management systems, the Queensland Government reviewed the provisions contained in the Building Code of Australia.

The provisions were reviewed in consultation with industry, community, local government and state government representatives.

The review included 2 workshops, which identified the following main issues of concern:

  • Currently available chemicals used in a hand sprayed chemical barrier do not have a reasonable life span when compared to the life of the building. If installed under a concrete slab, re-treatment or replenishment may be difficult.
  • Chemical barriers applied to the perimeter of the house are being inadvertently damaged or bridged. This may occur when the occupiers of a house carry out landscaping or when contractors are engaged to perform work for the owner.
  • The current provisions of the Building Code of Australia only require the structural elements of the building to be protected against termite damage. Consumers also expect the protection of non-structural elements such as skirtings and architraves.
  • Homeowners must be made more aware of the type of termite management system installed in their home and how it should be maintained.
  • AS3660.1—Termite Management Part 1: New Building Work essentially assumes that regardless of the type of termite management system used, regular competent inspection is necessary to ensure that it has not been bridged or breached and that it is properly maintained. This regular inspection requirement appears not to be occurring, perhaps due to homeowner ignorance that a barrier has been installed.


Last updated 06 August 2012    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)


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