Consultation is the cornerstone of the Australian Building Codes Board's (ABCB) commitment to maintaining a contemporary and relevant National Construction Code (NCC).
The NCC is updated every 3 years based on:
- required regulatory practices
- industry research, and
- public feedback and policy directions from Governments to the ABCB between publishing cycles.
A public comment draft (PCD) is released in advance of the latest publishing cycle with proposed content for public consultation, seeking comment on the suggested amendments and/or inclusions to the next edition of the NCC. All public consultation is undertaken via the ABCB's online Consultation Hub.
To reduce the burden on stakeholders, comment on the NCC 2022 PCD is being sought via 2 separate consultation stages.
This first stage of consultation sought comment on all proposed NCC amendments except energy efficiency and condensation proposals that arise from project work. The public comment period for this stage ran from Monday 10 May to 11:59 PM AEST Sunday 11 July 2021.
Proposed content relating to energy efficiency and condensation project work will open for comment in mid-to-late August (date TBC), as the second stage of NCC 2022 PCD. Please ensure you are a registered NCC Online user to receive notification and the consultation link once it has opened.
Changes to the NCC's formatting and structure
Within both stages of the PCD, you’ll notice the NCC’s new structure and format being implemented for NCC 2022. These changes form part of the ABCB’s Improved NCC useability initiative, delivering a more user-friendly and digitally contemporary code. Please note that feedback is not being sought on the new structure and format. Public comment is requested only on the proposed technical amendments as identified by track-change format.
More information and resources are available at the ABCB's dedicated useability initiative resource page.