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Introduction of the new Australian and New Zealand Standard Method of Measurement

New joint Australian and New Zealand Standard Method of Measurement 


Purchase Copies of ANZSMM 2018

How was this new method of measurement chosen?

Joint trans-Tasman method of measurement

Key benefits

What does the ANZSMM 2018 look like?

QS Tertiary Courses




The NZ construction industry has been using a NZ Standard -NZS4202 The Standard Method of Building Works – as a guideline for the measurement of building works since 1986. NZS4202 was last updated in 1995 and requires a major update to meet current industry practices and Standards New Zealand requirements.

Rather than updating NZS4202, the New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NZIQS) and Registered Master Builders Association of NZ (RMBA) introduced a new industry guideline for the method of measurement in February 2018.

This method of measurement is a joint Australia and NZ industry guideline based on the Australian Standard Method of Measurement of Building Works (6th Edition) and will be called the Australian and New Zealand Standard Method of Measurement 2018 (ANZSMM 2018).

We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues and company so that the industry is aware of this change in the method of measurement.



The following resources will assist you with the change from using NZS4202 to ANZSMM 2018:

Webinar Recording: An Introduction to ANZSMM 2018 

This is the presentation that NZIQS made in 6 centers around NZ during March/April 2018 and covers:

  • why ANZSMM has been introduced to NZ
  • how to read and use ANZSMM
  • how to use the ANZSMM 2018 phraseology in CostX

NZ Guidance Notes for ANZSMM 2018

There are some differences in terminology and practices between NZ and Australia. The new ANZSMM 2018 includes some changes and the addition of the two new sections as above from ASMM6. The NZ Guidance Notes for ANZSMM 2018 highlight any substantial differences (including terminology used) and provide guidance on how to use ANZSMM 2018 specifically for NZ conditions. These Guidance Notes will be updated as required.

These Guidance Notes will be shipped with orders of ANZSMM 2018.

NZS 4202:1995-Appendix A Surface Area of Ductwork as recommended in Guidance notes.   Copyright in NZS 4202:1995 is owned by the Crown and administered by the New Zealand Standards Executive. Reproduced with permission from Standards New Zealand, on behalf of the New Zealand Standards Executive, under copyright license LN001271.

Comparison Guide_ANZSMM 2018 vs NZS4202

This guide is a comparison between each section in the Australian and New Zealand Standard Method of Measurement 2018 and NZS4202 Standard Method of Measurement of Building Works (1995)

This guide is intended as a teaching aid and may also be useful for those when pricing using ANZSMM 2018. The guide includes indicative principles or possible differences in philosophy that are applied in the new method of measurement. The comparison sections are condensed, summarised and abbreviated rulings of measurement requirements of the two codes.  However, this is not an all-inclusive list of all items to be measured but an additional teaching resource and must be viewed as such. Reference to all relevant clauses in ANZSMM 2018 is essential when teaching measurement or pricing of any trade or section to ensure accurate compliance with this code.

The Tabulated Rules guidance notes are to help understand ANZSMM 2018 by knowing what information the different columns contain, how they interact, how to read and interpret them and what to expect in each column. 

Purchase Copies of ANZSMM 2018
Free Copy for NZIQS qualified members

A free copy of ANZSMM 2018 has been sent to all NZIQS members who reside in NZ with the following memberships: Affiliate, Graduate, MNZIQS, Associate, Fellow and Life.

How to order

You can purchase your copy from our online shop at the special discounted prices for a limited time. Orders are currently only being accepted for delivery within NZ.

Pricing (incl. GST)
Normal Price Special Introductory Price
NZIQS Members $80 $40
Non-Members $95 $50


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  • Payment is required at the time of order
Tertiary bookstores and Company Bulk Orders

Please contact ANZSMM Orders or 04 4735521 for special pricing for bulk orders over 10 copies.

How was this new method of measurement chosen?

An industry steering group met in 2016-2017 to investigate the options available for a method of measurement guide in NZ. These options included:

1.       Keeping NZS4202 as is

2.       Updating NZS4202 and keeping as a NZ Standard

3.       Developing a new industry standard

4.       Adopting an existing international standard

The steering group included representatives from NZIQS, RMBA, New Zealand Institute of Building and Specialist Trade Contractors Federation, as well as quantity surveyors from consultant and contractor firms.

After consideration of the advantages and disadvantages of each option, the steering group recommended the adoption of the Australian Method of Measurement of Building Works (ASMM6) as a basis for a joint Australia/New Zealand Method of Measurement.

This recommendation has been endorsed by:

  • New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors
  • Registered Master Builders Association of NZ
  • New Zealand Institute of Building
  • Specialist Trade Contractors Federation

Joint trans-Tasman method of measurement

The owners of the Australian Standard Methods of Measurement; Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors and Master Builders Australia Limited, agreed there was benefit in having a joint Australia-NZ industry guideline.

Changes have been made to the current Australian Method of Measurement of Building Works (6th Edition) to better suit NZ industry practices resulting in a new joint industry guideline for both countries: the Australian and New Zealand Standard Method of Measurement 2018 (ANZSMM 2018).

Key benefits
  • The ANZSMM 2018 is a clearer document with less opportunity for ‘grey’ areas. It gives contractors more certainty of what they are pricing and will work well in the NZ industry
  • ANZSMM 2018 is similar to the RICS New Rules of Measurement2 used in the UK and internationally recognised
  • A common method of measurement makes it easier for NZ and Australian companies to complete work across the Tasman
  • The ‘landscape’ tabulated format style is easy to follow and used internationally
  • The guideline will be owned by the respective NZ and Australian QS institutes and Master Builders Associations allowing for more frequent updates

What does the ANZSMM 2018 look like?

The ANZSMM 2018 has a tabulated format which is widely adopted internationally. It is divided into 37 Sections. These are similar to the sections in NZS4202 although there are some differences.

Instructions for using tabulated format

Section 1 covers the Introduction, General Rules and Recommendations and the remaining sections relate to separate packages of work continuing the scope, definitions and measuring rules specifically for that section.

Two new sections relevant to NZ Conditions have been added to the current ASMM6:

#38 Fire Protection

#39 Included Sums

See ANZSMM 2018 Table of Contents here

ANZSMM sample Section #5 Piling

QS Tertiary Courses

The QS diploma and degree courses will introduce ANZSMM 2018 as a method of measurement to students in 2018. Some may also teach NZS4202 alongside in 2018.

Students will be able to access all of the training resources provided by NZIQS and can purchase copies of ANZSMM 2018.


CostX have added ANZSMM 2018 to their Phraseologies, free to download for clients under maintenance here. For more information please contact 


Download the ANZSMM 2018 FAQ sheet for more information about the introduction of ANZSMM 2018.

For other queries please contact the NZIQS Executive Director, Marilyn Moffatt.