The Accessible Housing project is undertaking Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) of options for potential minimum accessibility standards for housing, to be applied through the NCC. Accessible housing is any housing that includes features to enable use by people either with a disability or through their life stages. The RIA will consider the Livable Housing Design Guidelines Silver and Gold level specifications as possible options for a minimum accessibility standard, and additional options identified through consultation.
In August 2018, the Building Ministers’ Forum agreed that the ABCB will develop an Options Paper on accessible housing possibly being regulated through the NCC.
The Accessible Housing Options Paper was released for public consultation between September and November 2018 to seek broader community and industry input and refine the details of the objectives, options and terminology that will be considered in a formal Regulatory Impact Statement, expected to begin in the first quarter of 2019.
Comment on the Options Paper is now closed.
National Consultation Forums
In October and November 2018, the ABCB held a series of consultation forums in each capital city. These forums provided an opportunity for stakeholders to have their say on accessible housing in-person, and have questions answered directly by representatives of the ABCB. These forums are now completed, however a video recording is available.
Options Paper Consultation Report
Following the completion of the Options Paper process and the National Consultation Forums, the ABCB has published an Options Paper Consultation Report that documents, in summary form, stakeholder feedback and identifies considerations that will shape the next stage of this project, the Regulation Impact Statement (RIS).
Accessible Housing Options Paper released for public comment
Accessible Housing National Consultation Forums
Consultation Outcomes Report
Work begins on RIS
Conclusion of RIS process
Development of content for NCC 2022 (if directed by Governments)
Consultation on NCC 2022 public comment draft
Decision on inclusion of accessible housing provisions
ABCB Board determines NCC provisions if Governments decide to proceed
NCC takes effect in all States and Territories on 1 May
If you have any questions regarding this project, please email NCCawareness@abcb.gov.au.