Changes to the National Construction Code

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Decisions have been made by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) for the inclusion of the definition of building complexity and the process for documenting Performance Solutions in the proposed National Construction Code (NCC) 2019 Amendment 1.

The preview of the National Construction Code (NCC) 2019 Amendment 1 noted that two proposed changes were still to be confirmed:

  • a new defined term – ‘building complexity’ – that may be used in the future to identify buildings for which additional oversight is appropriate; and
  • a new provision to require that a process be followed to improve the documentation for Performance Solutions.

At recent meetings of the Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF) and the ABCB, the status of the proposed changes has been determined. The outcomes are outlined below.

Definition for ‘building complexity’

The defined term ‘building complexity’ will not be included in NCC 2019 Amendment 1.

The BMF has determined that the ABCB publish the definition for building complexity on its website. A consultation period will be open for a six-months, during which time further work will be undertaken by the ABCB on the related regulatory interventions, in consultation with states, territories and industry stakeholders.

Click here to download the Exposure Draft and any comments provided.

Process for the documentation of Performance Solutions

The Board has agreed to include the new provision for the process to document Performance Solutions in NCC 2019 Amendment 1.

Click here to download the Final Regulation Impact Statement.

The Board determined that the process for documenting Performance Solutions set out in NCC 2019 Amendment 1 will not come into effect until 1 July 2021. It should be noted, however, that appropriate documentation for Performance Solutions should be occurring now and that the process outlined in Amendment 1 can be used for this purpose.

Adoption of NCC 2019 Amendment 1

NCC 2019 Amendment 1 will be adopted by the States and Territories from 1 July 2020. The ABCB will not be issuing an updated preview of NCC 2019 Amendment 1. The final version will be available from 1 July 2020.

Click here to download previews to these amendments and the NCC itself.