Frequently Asked Questions

Detailed information about the National Construction Code (NCC) and how it works is available under the NCC section of this website.

Please contact the certification authority responsible for the approval of your building.

NCC 2016 Volume One Amendment comes into effect from 12 March 2018.

NCC 2016 Volume One Amendment 1 preview is available for download from the NCC Suite from 19 January 2018. All final NCC 2016 Volume One Amendment 1 documents will be made available from the Resource Library from 12 March 2018.

NCC 2016 Volume One Amendment 1 includes the following:

  1. The introduction of a new Verification Method (CV3) for testing of external wall assemblies for fire propagation. CV3 references a new testing standard, AS 5113-2016 ‘Fire propagation testing and classification of external walls of buildings’, and in most circumstances requires additional measures (e.g. enhanced sprinkler protection) to mitigate the hazard presented by a combustible façade.
  2. Revision of the NCC’s evidence of suitability provisions, including clarifying the application and language of A2.2, strengthened wording of the current options, and a new requirement to consider the ‘appropriateness’ of the evidence being presented to support the use of the material, product, design or form of construction.
  3. Clarification of provisions, including provisions relating to external wall claddings and attachments, provisions that provide exemption to the non-combustibility requirements, and provisions that control the fire hazard properties of building elements.
  4. Increased stringency for the sprinkler protection of balconies of residential high rise buildings through referencing an updated sprinkler standard, AS 2118.1-2017 ‘Automatic fire sprinkler systems – General systems

Volume One of NCC 2016 was amended at the request of Building Ministers. This change adopts changes to the NCC from a comprehensive package of measures for fire safety in high rise buildings. This Amendment is known as 'NCC 2016 Volume Amendment 1'.

No changes were made to Volumes Two or Three of NCC 2016.