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Quality and compliance can make or break your build.

Understanding quality and compliance can be confusing so we’ll start with what the difference is between the two:

Quality means: “The standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of something.” It’s the perceived value of the product compared to other similar options in the market. Quality relates to design, reliability, and durability which all contribute to the product’s value and quality perception.

Compliance is: “The action of fact of complying with a wish or command.” So, if an authoritative body sets some rules to abide by, manufacturers must stick to them when designing and manufacturing their products.

Quality is related to the standard of the products being manufactured and it isn’t a requirement by law, whereas compliance is the act of meeting regulations set by a regulatory body. One is the judgment of the manufacturer, and the other is enforced on them.


In the Australian Construction Industry, all building work must conform and comply with the National Construction Code (NCC) to make sure our buildings are safe and durable. All the products and materials used in the build must also be ‘fit-for-purpose’.

Recently there’s been concerns about risks of substandard or non-conforming building products and materials being used or being used incorrectly which makes them non-compliant. Non-conforming and non-compliant products can cause considerable costs from repairing and replacing products, to potential safety risks and even building failure.

What is the National Construction Code?

The National Construction Code (NCC) is a national building code for the construction of all buildings and structures in Australia. The NCC consists of three volumes;

  • Building Code of Australia, Volume One (Class 2 – Class 9 buildings)
  • Building Code of Australia, Volume Two (Class 1 & Class 10 buildings)
  • Plumbing Code of Australia, Volume Three

What is the Building Code Of Australia (BCA)?

The BCA is a set of technical requirements for the design and construction of buildings throughout Australia. It applies to new buildings and new construction work on existing buildings.

The BCA is a performance-based code which means the standards outlined in the BCA have legal effect to ensure that the Australian Construction Industry complies with the minimum requirements for health, safety, and sustainability.

The Performance Requirement is the minimum level of performance that a building must meet. The Performance Requirement is mandatory for compliance, but the BCA allows for choice when it comes to how this compliance is met.

The BCA outlines three options to develop a building solution:

  • using a deemed-to-satisfy solution
  • using a performance solution, or
  • using a combination of both

Who is responsible?

Everyone has a responsibility to be aware and make sure the right products are used for the right purposes. Depending on your place in the supply chain you can face specific risks and liabilities if products you utilise in your build are non-compliant or non-conforming.

Why do you need to consider both for your product?

Both quality and compliance are important for products and also businesses. With a focus on both quality and compliance, products continue to improve, customers, therefore, continue to use and rely on them.

Do FTI’s products comply and conform?

FTI have a qualified in-house design team who examine buildings, particularly stair cores, all day every day.
They pick up potential compliance issues during the design phase and highlight them to customers before they’re finalised. We’ve come up with our own guide on Handrail Compliance which outlines the most common issues we come across, click here to request a copy.

Substantiating the compliance of our products we have reports and documentation which has been endorsed by well-known Engineers in the industry which provide assurance as to the compliance and conformance of FTI products including Fast tread® preformed stairs & our ancillary products, contact us to request a copy.

Our customers can be assured of the quality of FTI Products, so much so that we enjoy a high level of repeat business, coupled with FTI supplying well over 2,500 buildings internationally.

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You can trust Fast Tread®
to be compliant with:

• AS/NZS1657:2018
for fixed platforms, walkways, stairways, and ladders
• AS/NZS1428.1:2009
for design for access and mobility
• AS/NZS1170.1:2002
for structural design actions
• AS/NZS3990:1993
for mechanical equipment
• AS/NZS4100:1998
for steel structures
• AS/NZS4991:2004
for lifting devices
• AS/NZS1554.1:2011
for structural steel welding
• AS/NZS4761:2001
for steel reinforcing materials

Compliance assured for your peace of mind. For more information, contact our design team.