Consultation is the cornerstone of the ABCB's commitment to maintaining a contemporary and relevant NCC. Good societal outcomes for safety and health; amenity and accessibility, and sustainability in the built environment by engaging constructively with the community and industry and a collaborative approach in confronting key issues, affecting the building and plumbing industries, provides significant benefits for all.
The ABCB seeks input from a range of stakeholders. These include building and plumbing professionals, research communities, industry peak bodies, local governments, special interest groups and the community. The ABCB also encourages stakeholder involvement in project-specific committees and working groups. The feedback received from these groups assists in fully informing strategic, policy, technical, administrative and societal issues.
Proposals for change allow anyone to put forward changes to the NCC. Consultation on proposed NCC changes occurs through the Public Comment Draft. Costs and benefits are also assessed as part of Regulation Impact Analysis. From time to time, the ABCB also seeks consultation on other documents used to inform NCC development.
Public comment is also sought on new or amended WaterMark product specifications.
Meaningful consultation promotes trust between industry, the community and government. Transparency allows stakeholders to see and judge the quality of government actions and regulatory decisions. It also provides an opportunity to participate in developing policy solutions and encourages broad ownership of solutions.
Early consultation is instrumental to the technical amendment processes of the NCC and on broader regulatory reform matters. Consultation assists in the ABCB's role as the regulatory ‘gatekeeper', which includes considering alternatives to regulation, such as education and awareness raising activities.
Through consultation, the ABCB aims to:
- Promote trust between stakeholders and decision-makers through a transparent regulatory decision-making process.
- Enhance relationships with stakeholders by providing greater opportunities to participate in the development of the NCC.
- Maximise the input of specialist knowledge and timely involvement of stakeholders.