Process for the development of Performance Solutions

Regulation Impact Statement for decision

In May 2020, the ABCB agreed to include in the Governing Requirements of NCC 2019 Amendment 1 of the NCC a process for the development and documenting Performance Solutions. This Amendment which will take effect from 1 July 2021, requires all Performance Solutions be subject to the process to an extent commensurate with the complexity and risk of the design. The process is based on the ABCB’s Development of Performance Solution Guideline, published in 2014. Its inclusion is part of a package of measures aimed at ensuring compliance and enforcement systems deliver buildings that meet the objectives of the NCC and that confidence in building regulatory systems is improved.

The RIS concludes that application of the process to all NCC topics (Option 2) would be most complete and more effective in addressing the problem. Costs are considered small in the context of the potential benefits of achieving the objective of adequately demonstrating compliance with the NCC in a nationally consistent manner, transparency and accountability. Under this option the required benefits to offset costs are higher yet considered more readily achievable than under alternatives considered.

The ABCB prepared the final Decision RIS and it was assessed as compliant by the Office of Best Practice Regulation under Council of Australian Governments RIS requirements.

Cover image: Final RIS for the process of the development of Performance Solutions