This year, the ABCB Office celebrated all things plumbing through 2 significant events: the 10th anniversary of the Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA) as a volume of the National Construction Code (NCC), and World Plumbing Day.

These two significant events bring together the link between good quality plumbing and improved health, greater environmental sustainability and increasingly, economic prosperity.


The ABCB released the performance-based Building Code of Australia (BCA96) in October 1996. It wasn’t until 2004 that the PCA was developed as a performance-based code, compatible with the BCA in its structure and operation.

In 2011, the ABCB released the first NCC with the PCA as Volume Three. This represented the consolidation of building and plumbing regulations. NCC 2011 was adopted by states and territories on 1 May 2011.

The PCA has since been used Australia wide and generally mirrors the philosophy of the World Plumbing Council through the objectives of the code relating to ensuring safe water services and sanitary plumbing and sanitary drainage systems.

Further information about the history of the PCA is available.

World Plumbing Day

World Plumbing Day is celebrated annually on 11 March. It’s a date that has been fixed on the calendars of the world plumbing community since its establishment by the World Plumbing Council in 2010. It is now a fixture on the calendars of political and social institutions worldwide.

The ABCB acknowledges World Plumbing Day and the significance it plays in supporting the plumbing industry.


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