Public Comment Draft


Consultation is the cornerstone of the ABCB's commitment to create a contemporary and relevant NCC that delivers good societal outcomes for safety, health, amenity and sustainability in the built environment. It is instrumental to the ongoing development and maintenance of the NCC and broader regulatory reform matters. All engagement with stakeholders is undertaken within the framework of Council of Australian Governments' principles and guidelines for good regulatory practice, and consistent with the ABCB Inter-Governmental Agreement.

NCC 2016 Volume One Amendment 1 Public Comment Draft

The NCC will be amended out-of-cycle prior to NCC 2019. This amendment is a result of a Building Ministers’ direction to the ABCB to expedite completing and adopting actions involving changes to the NCC from a comprehensive package of measures for fire safety in high rise buildings, developed following the Lacrosse Apartments fire in Melbourne. The key aspects of the amendment cover:

  • A new Verification Method that adopts the external wall testing standard, AS 5113.
  • Improving the evidence of suitability provisions.
  • Clarifying the DTS Provisions relating to the fire performance of external walls.
  • Referencing an updated sprinkler standard, AS 2118.

Supporting materials will accompany the amendment when it is published by the ABCB. The ABCB Fire Performance of External Walls and Cladding Advisory Note will be updated to reflect the amended provisions and a new Evidence of Suitability Handbook will complement the revised evidence of suitability provisions.

Feedback on the proposed NCC 2016 Volume One Amendment 1 closed on 10 September 2017. Thank you for your comments.

NCC 2019 Public Comment Draft

The NCC 2019 Public Comment Draft will be available in early 2018.

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NCC 2016 Volume One Amendment 1

Public comment draft containing NCC changes relating to fire safety in high rise buildings. Read More

The Key Dates for NCC 2019

Outlines the key dates for the NCC 2019 amendment process. Read More

Inter-Governmental Agreement

The ABCB operates under an Inter-Governmental Agreement between the nine Governments.

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