Consultation is the cornerstone of our commitment to create a contemporary and relevant NCC that delivers good societal outcomes for safety, health, amenity and sustainability in the built environment. The ABCB recognises the value of engaging constructively with the community and industry when maintaining and updating the NCC. A collaborative approach in confronting key issues, affecting the building and plumbing industries, provides significant benefits for all stakeholders.
The ABCB seeks input from government and industry stakeholders, and advice and assistance from building and plumbing professionals, research communities, industry peak bodies, local governments, special interest groups and the community. In addition, the ABCB encourages key stakeholder involvement in project-specific committees and working groups. The feedback received from these groups assists in covering the full breadth of strategic, policy, technical, administrative and societal issues.
The proposal for change process enables anyone to put forward changes to the NCC. Consultation with stakeholders is undertaken on the NCC public comment draft, and the assessment of costs and benefits is undertaken as part of Regulation Impact Analysis process.
Furthermore, from time to time, the ABCB also seeks consultation on other consultation documents that inform the development of the NCC.
Meaningful consultation can promote 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 for stakeholders to participate in the development of 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 consideration of 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.