In addition to the annual NCC Public Comment Drafts and the Consultation Regulation Impact Statements (RIS), the ABCB consults on other documents from time to time.
A description of other documents currently open for public comment can be found below
Archived consultation documents can be found under the archived documents tab associated with this page.
The ABCB is seeking feedback on proposals via a Directions Report on potential changes to the NCC to improve emergency egress from buildings for all occupants including people with disability. The report can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.
The proposals in the report seek to provide safe, equitable and dignified egress from a building for all occupants in an emergency, consistent with the objectives of the Disability Discrimination Act. The buildings concerned are covered in the Volume One of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and include Class 3, Classes 5 to 9 and certain common areas of Class 2 buildings.
This report seeks to inform further assessment of proposed changes to the NCC by engaging with stakeholders and:
The Access to Premises Standards came into effect in 2010 and a matter that was unable to be included in the Standards was emergency egress for people with disability. In recognition of the needs of people with disability and the complexity of potential solutions, the ABCB was tasked with the identification of egress solutions that could be included in the BCA as soon as possible.
The ABCB adopted a strategy to include amendments to D-t-S Provisions incrementally, and the development of a non-regulatory handbook for lifts used in evacuation. In accordance with this incremental strategy, changes proposed in the Directions Report build upon improvements to the accessibility of egress paths which were included in NCC 2013 Volume One. the proposals outlined in the report are intended to be included in NCC 2015, subject to stakeholder feedback and impact assessment and include;
Issues associated with requiring 'places of refuge' to achieve the objectives of the DDA are also explored in this report.
How to provide comments
To provide feedback on the prosposals, download a copy of the response form by clicking here and submit the form by 1 November 2013 either via email at email@example.com, or, Attention: Project Manager - ABCB Emergency Egress Directions Report and post to:
Australian Building Codes Board
GPO Box 9839
Canberra ACT 2601
Updated: 03 October 2013
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