Updating and Maintaining

One of the ABCB’s primary roles is to update and maintain the NCC to ensure it is part of an effective and contemporary regulatory system. Potential changes to the NCC must be considered in accordance with the Council of Australian Governments best regulation practice principles and be subject to regulatory impact assessment. The ABCB investigates alternative means of achieving a desired result; if intervention is necessary, the NCC sets the minimum regulatory requirements that are proportional to the issue addressed.

The NCC is updated based on feedback from users through the Board's Proposal for Change process, to reflect agreed outcomes from the Board's work program, and to action Government policy decisions.

The process of developing a new edition of the NCC includes producing drafts, seeking and analysing public comment, consideration by the Building Codes Committee and Plumbing Code Committee, impact assessment of changes not requiring a full Regulation Impact Statement, and endorsement by the Board.