Proposal to include minimum accessibility standards for housing in the NCC

Monday, 6 July 2020 Image of a small timber house on an outdoor table

Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) open for public consultation addressing a proposal to include minimum accessibility standards for housing in the NCC.

In 2017, the Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF), with the support of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), directed the ABCB to undertake a regulatory impact analysis on the possible inclusion of accessibility requirements for housing into the NCC. Since this time, the ABCB has undertaken extensive consultation and in 2018 released an Options Paper that sought stakeholder input into the objectives, options and terminology to inform the development of a Consultation RIS. The paper was supported by National Consultation Forums in each capital city that provided an opportunity for stakeholders to have their say on accessible housing in-person, and have questions answered by ABCB representatives. Following the completion of the Options Paper process and forums, the ABCB published an Options Paper Consultation Report that summarised the stakeholder feedback and identified considerations for the Consultation RIS.

The Consultation RIS is now available for public consultation. It examines regulatory options that are based on the Livable Housing Design Guidelines (LHDG) Silver-level and Gold-level specifications, as well as a ‘Gold-plus’ specification developed through stakeholder consultation.

The ABCB has also released a project overview and RIS explainer document that explain the project, its timelines and the RIS process.

Feedback from stakeholders will be used to inform the Final RIS. The Consultation RIS and its supporting documents can be downloaded from the ABCB’s Consultation Hub.

Please note: The Consultation RIS and its supporting documents represent the views of the authors only and should not be construed in any way as having been endorsed by, or representing the final views of the ABCB and BMF.

Providing comment

Responses to questions on the Consultation RIS, outlined in the consultation form, are invited until 11:59PM AEST 31 August 2020. Only comments submitted using the online form will be considered.

If you have a question about the project, please submit an online enquiry (use the ‘general’ option).