Consultation on NCC 2022 public comment draft (stage 1) now open

Monday, 10 May 2021 Contemporary apartment building construction in Sydney, Australia

Don’t miss your opportunity to have your say on the next edition of the NCC.

Consultation on stage 1 of the National Construction Code (NCC) 2022 public comment draft (PCD) is now open.

Some of the more significant amendments developed for the next edition of the NCC, and covered in this first of a 2 stage release of content for public comment, include:

  • Draft provisions relating to accessible housing
  • Proposed amendments concerning allowable lead levels for certain plumbing products that contact drinking water
  • Egress provisions for early childhood centres and primary schools
  • Quantification of Performance Requirements, including Part A8
  • Bushfire protection for non-residential buildings, and
  • Stage 1 weatherproofing and waterproofing for commercial buildings.

The ABCB would also like to advise you of a number of changes to the public comment process.

Important changes for the NCC 2022 PCD process

To reduce burden on stakeholders, comment will be sought via 2 separate consultation stages.

This first stage of consultation seeks comment on all proposed NCC amendments except energy efficiency and condensation proposals that arise from project work. The public comment period for this first stage opens on Monday 10 May until 11:59 PM AEST Friday 2 July 2021.

Proposed content relating to energy efficiency and condensation project work will open for comment on Monday 19 July, as the second stage of NCC 2022 PCD. Please ensure you are a registered NCC Online user to receive notification and the consultation link once it has opened.

Within both stages of the PCD, you’ll notice the NCC’s new structure and format being implemented for NCC 2022. These changes form part of the ABCB’s Improved NCC useability initiative, delivering a more user-friendly and digitally contemporary code. Please note that feedback is not being sought on the new structure and format. Public comment is requested only on the proposed technical amendments as identified by track-change format.

More information and resources on the useability initiative are available at www.abcb.gov.au/ncc-useability.

Providing Comment

Responses to this first stage of the PCD are invited via until 11:59 PM AEST Friday 2 July 2021.

In line with the ABCB’s process for undertaking public consultation, comment will only be accepted through the ABCB’s online Consultation Hub.

To access the first stage of PCD and provide comment:

  1. Go to https://consultation.abcb.gov.au/engagement/ncc-2022-public-comment-draft
  2. From the Overview page, download the NCC volume(s) you wish to view and provide comment on. You can also download the Supporting information PDF for detailed information on the more significant/complex changes.
  3. Enter the consultation and agree to the privacy statement.
  4. Enter your contact details.
  5. Download the comment form within the consultation itself and complete, including all comments you would like to make on the proposed changes.
  6. Upload your completed form in .doc format and submit.

If you have a question about this consultation, please contact us.