Propose a Change

The Proposal for Change (PFC) process is used to consider technical proposals to change the NCC, which could relate to either Volumes One and Two (the BCA), or Volume Three (the PCA). Technical proposals do not include those which address matters of public policy or for which direction from government is required before a change to the NCC can be considered.

The PFC process is consistent with the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) best practice regulatory principles to ensure appropriate rigour is used in the assessment of proposals.


Those seeking to propose a change are required to provide justification to support their proposal. This justification should be proportionate to the size of the proposed change or its potential impacts.
Justification should include:

  • a description of the proposal;
  • an explanation of the problem it is designed to resolve;
  • evidence of the existence of the problem;
  • how the proposal is expected to solve the problem;
  • what alternatives to regulation have been considered, and why they are not preferred;
  • who will be affected and how they will be affected; and
  • any consultation that has taken place.


Submitted proposals are reviewed and considered for tabling at a meeting of the relevant building or plumbing technical Committee.

If the proposal is considered to have merit, the Committees may recommend that changes be included in the public comment draft of the relevant volume. Submissions for the NCC 2022 public comment draft are no longer accepted. Submissions for the NCC 2025 public comment draft will need to be made by August 2023 to allow sufficient time for consideration prior to the release of the NCC 2025.

In order to make the most effective use of resources, reduce unnecessary churn and focus on priorities, PFCs that address matters of public policy, repeat previous submissions, involve matters outside the purview of the NCC or the purpose of which would make no material change to a provision are discouraged.

Information submitted will not be released unless required by law, but may be made available to the ABCB and its Committees if required. Information collected may be subject to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.


A PFC must be developed using the prescribed PFC Template, in Microsoft Word format only. A Guideline to Preparing a PFC has been developed to provide further assistance in your preparation of a PFC.

The completed PFC must be submitted using the PFC upload form.

Proposal for Change template

This template must be used when developing proposal to change the NCC. Read More

Guideline to preparing a Proposal for Change

Assists in developing a proposal to change the NCC. Read More
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