Municipal Infrastructure Design Standards


Please note that these documents are only for reference and must not form part of any design or construction contract unless otherwise specifically instructed by the relevant parties.

These documents have been made available as part of a two (2) year trial of the new Municipal Infrastructure Design Standards and have been released specifically for review and comment only. These documents will ultimately replace the current Design Standards for works within developments, as well as minor municipal works, at the end of 2017 trial period.

For further details on the use of these documents, and to submit comments, please contact the Senior Capital Works Engineer at

The new Municipal Infrastructure Design Standards utilise the AusSpec document framework. This framework provides a level of design consistency across all local government jurisdictions in Australia, and reflects the most up-to-date industry practice. A number of local and regional government jurisdictions have adopted the AusSpec document framework as the primary technical framework for their design standards.

The ACT Government has adopted the AusSpec document framework. Each of the MIS documents provide detailed ACT specific design guidance for civil assets as well as references to a number of relevant design documents. The MIS documents have been designed to be read in conjunction with these relevant referenced design documents.

The design of municipal assets in the ACT must be in accordance with the Municipal Infrastructure Design Standards. Where any differences in practice exist between referenced design documents and the Municipal Infrastructure Standard, the later will prevail.

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We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.