Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic – which has presented a variety of significant challenges for the building industry, regulators and consumers – Building Ministers have agreed to a four-month delay to the adoption of NCC 2022.
The NCC 2022 is now expected to be adopted by states and territories from 1 September 2022.
The delayed adoption will also see adjustments to key dates in the amendment cycle process for NCC 2022 to allow stakeholders time to participate. These adjusted dates include:
- May – July 2021: NCC 2022 Public Comment Draft released for public consultation
- May 2022: NCC 2022 Preview published at ncc.abcb.gov.au
While the NCC does not specifically address ICT infrastructure, it has a significant bearing on what ICT gear is supplied and how it is installed in Australian buildings. Many elements such as product safety, fire containment and structural integrity directly impact ICT infrastructure, so a working knowledge of the relevant sections in the NCC is encouraged.
New editions of the NCC are published approximately every three years and is available free from www.abcd.gov.au.