Demolition Work Code of Practice - Australian Capital Territory


You will be required to comply with this code if you intend to carry out work involving the demolition of a structure. Demolition works involves the demolishing or dismantle of a structure or part of a structure that is load-bearing or otherwise related to the physical integrity of the structure. A structure is anything that is constructed, whether fixed or moveable, temporary or permanent, and includes buildings, sheds, towers, chimney stacks, silos or storage tanks.

This Code of Practice is a Compliance Code. Compliance Codes are made to provide practical guidance to persons who have occupational health and safety duties or obligations. Compliance with this Code of Practice is not mandatory. Failure to comply with a Compliance Code does not give rise to civil or criminal liability. However, meeting the requirements of a Compliance Code means that you have fulfilled your occupational health and safety duties and obligations in relation to the matters covered by the Compliance Code.

The Code includes specific obligations to manage the risks associated with demolition work and to meet your occupational health and safety obligations. This Code applies to all types of demolition work and should be read in conjunction with other Codes of Practice relating to hazards and control measures relevant to the construction industry.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.


Demolition work does not include the dismantling of formwork, falsework, scaffolding or other structures designed or used to provide support, access or containment during construction work or the removal of power, light or telecommunication poles.

Eligibility requirements

You must give written notice to the regulator at least 5 days before any work commences. You must also prepare a Safe Work Method Statement before starting the work if you intend to conduct demolition work that involves:

  • demolition of a structure, or a part of a structure that is load-bearing or otherwise related to the physical integrity of the structure, that is at least 6 metres in height
  • demolition work involving load shifting machinery on a suspended floor
  • demolition work involving explosives.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

In order to manage risk, you have a duty to:

  • identify reasonable foreseeable hazards that could give rise to risk
  • eliminate risks so far as reasonably practicable
  • if it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate the risk - minimise the risk so far as is reasonably practicable by implementing control measures in accordance with the hierarchy of control
  • maintain the implemented control measures so that it remains effective
  • review, and if necessary revise, risk control measures so as to maintain, so far as is reasonably practicable, a work environment that is without risks to health and safety

Act(s) name

Work Health and Safety Act 2011 ACT

Regulation(s) name

Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 ACT

Administering agency

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Access Canberra

WorkSafe ACT

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General Enquiries

WorkSafe ACT

Access Canberra

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Phone: 02 6207 3000
Fax: 02 6205 0336