Encyclopedia of Earthquake Engineering

2015 Edition
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Structural Design Codes of Australia and New Zealand: Seismic Actions

  • George P. KouretzisEmail author
  • Mark J. Masia
  • Clive Allen
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-35344-4_120


Australia; Design; Earthquake; New Zealand; Seismic actions; Structural


The design of structures to resist earthquake effects in Australia and New Zealand follows the pertinent Australian Standard AS 1170.4:2007 and New Zealand Standard NZS 1170.5:2004 provisions. Both Standards are based on the common Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1170:2002 on structural design actions; and although they share elements such as the site subsoil classification system, they incorporate certain provisions such as the near-fault factor in NZS 1170.5:2004 to account for the different seismotectonic regime of the two countries. Indeed, Australia is an area of generally low seismicity, with the most catastrophic recent event being the 1989 Newcastle earthquake of magnitude M= 5.6, which resulted in 13 casualties and significant damages in the wider Newcastle area. On the other hand, New Zealand is located on the boundary between the Indo-Australian and Pacific Plate and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • George P. Kouretzis
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mark J. Masia
    • 1
  • Clive Allen
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentThe University of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia