Termite protection

This page has recommendations and requirements for protecting your home from termite damage. 

Getting advice

If you are planning to build, discuss your termite protection options with your builder or pest control specialist before commencing work. 

Talk to a building certifier to make sure your proposed termite protection method will give the level of protection required by building laws. Read about engaging a registered building certifier

National requirements

Builders must comply with the termite management requirements set out in the National Construction Code.

The code sets out minimum requirements for structural elements such as the walls, roof and floor framing to reduce the risk of termite infestation.

Other elements of a build can be at risk from termite infestation including door jambs, window frames and reveals, architraves, skirting and cabinetry. A termite management system will help to protect these elements.

Maintenance of your termite management system

Regular maintenance and monitoring is very important to ensure the effectiveness of termite management systems. 

Chemical systems have a limited life and need a higher degree of maintenance and replenishment.

Physical systems such as concrete slab, exposed slab edge, metal shielding, stainless steel mesh or graded stone are usually designed to last for the lifetime of the building but require more frequent inspections.

You should regularly inspect your building yourself and have a licensed pest controller inspect and report on your home every 12 months.

Last updated: 22 March 2016

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