Research done in Europe and the UK, the USA and Canada by the ASI, has shown the Australian steel industry that an industry association-led compliance scheme provides long term benefits to its industry. These schemes enjoy the full support of the fabricator members in these countries. New Zealand is in parallel introducing a similar compliance program later this year based on the same philosophy as in Australia.
The Australian construction industry requires project cost to be balanced against a basic requirement that steel products be manufactured, installed and operated safely.
To achieve this, all products and fabricated assemblies must meet the full requirements of the relevant Australian Standards specified, regardless of country of origin.
The National Structural Steel Compliance Scheme seeks to provide this balance between quality, safety and cost and the Steelwork Certification Authority (SCA) provides the structure for implementing and maintaining the certification of complying fabrication companies.