The improved NCC useability project critically builds on the successful implementation of free online access to the code. The project is expected to result in a more user friendly online NCC that is better understood by a broader base of practitioners.
The overall strategy to improve useability of the NCC has four main components (readability, digitisation, education and product development) and there are cross-over implications for each project element.
The availability of free online access has resulted in a larger and broader cross section of practitioners and other users accessing the NCC. While the current format may be appropriate for the traditional practitioner base, a revised and more ‘user friendly’ NCC, accessible to a broader audience, is needed in the future.
Under The Next Instalment of Building Regulatory Reform, an initiative to improve NCC readability was identified as one of the more significant undertakings by the ABCB and is central to being able to improve practitioner understanding and therefore competency of the code. It will involve the re-packaging of the NCC to simplify its use and therefore make it more accessible to the wider audience that are exposed to the NCC as a result of making it available free online.
The initiative will initially relate to NCC language and to a lesser extent, the NCC format. The development of possible changes is intended for inclusion in the NCC 2019 Public Comment Draft. The initiative may be expanded over time to consider a consistent structure within the three volumes of the NCC.
The regulatory reform agenda outlines digitisation improvements to enhance practitioner access and understanding of the NCC through a range of new and refreshed technologies, which are to be implemented to support the release of NCC 2019. The initiative will specifically take into account the increased range of abilities and needs of NCC users, particularly those stemming from the introduction of the free NCC.
New education materials will be developed in tandem with the implementation of readability and digitisation improvements. The same principles to simplify the language of the NCC will be used in the development of these resources.
The ABCB will continue to identify and develop a new range of supporting products and materials to assist i the understanding and awareness of the NCC. This will include:
- Practitioner materials for download and online viewing;
- Education materials for practitioners, students, educators and trainers; and
- Information videos, webcasts and presentations.
These products and materials are designed for all levels of knowledge and experience within the building, construction and plumbing industries.
The ABCB welcomes feedback on existing products and materials and along with suggestions from stakeholders on new opportunities to increase useability and understanding of the NCC.