Important Announcements

Transitioning Referenced Documents

29/03/2017
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Two NCC referenced documents end their transitional period on 30 April 2017.

When new editions or amendments to documents are referenced in the NCC, sometimes they are referenced alongside an older version for a period of time. This allows industry time to transition from the old version to the new one. Once the transition period ends, compliance with the old version is no longer permitted under the NCC’s Deemed-to-Satisfy (DTS) Provisions. These transitional arrangements are described in a note where the document is listed in the Schedule of Referenced Documents in Section A of NCC Volume One and Part 1 of NCC Volume Two.

This affects two referenced documents in Volumes One and Two of the NCC, with the transitional period ending on 30 April 2017. These documents contain requirements for smoke alarms and termite management.

AS 3786 – Smoke alarms

Referencing the newer 2014 edition of this Australian Standard in NCC Volumes One and Two triggered a two year transition period for the 1993 edition. This period ends on 30 April 2017 so from 1 May 2017, only the 2014 edition will be able to be used under the DTS Provisions.

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AS 3660 - Part 1 Termite management – New building work

Referencing the newer 2014 edition of this Australian Standard in NCC Volumes One and Two triggered a two year transition period for the 2000 edition. This period ends on 30 April 2017 so from 1 May 2017, only the 2014 edition will be able to be used under the DTS Provisions.

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Which version of the NCC or Standard applies to my project?

If you have any doubt about the version of the NCC or Australian Standard that applies to a particular project, and therefore what is a valid compliance option, you should seek advice from your approval authority or State or Territory Building Control Administration.

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