ABCB announces out-of-cycle NCC amendment

Posted on : Wednesday, 25 September 2019

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has announced it will undertake an out-of-cycle amendment for the National Construction Code (NCC) 2019, enhancing fire safety measures and adding clarifications.


NCC 2019 Amendment 1 will contribute to some of the recommendations made by the Shergold-Weir Building Confidence report into the problems with quality and compliance in Australia's construction sector.


The amendment will include:


  • Enhanced fire safety measures for early childhood centres in high-rise buildings;
  • A defined term for 'building complexity' to be used to identify buildings for which increased supervision of design and construction is appropriate through subsequent initiatives being developed in response to recommendations of the Building Confidence report;
  • Provisions that set out the process to be followed, including the creation of a Performance Based Design Brief, to improve the quality and clarity of Performance Solutions for both approval and auditing purposes. This is also in response to recommendations of the Building Confidence report;
  • Clarification of existing concessions for low-rise Class 2 and 3 buildings;
  • Reference to a new Technical Specification for the permanent labelling of Aluminium Composite Panels; and
  • Minor corrections.


Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) is supportive of these proposed amendments, which have been put forward by the ABCB following the organisation's engagement with industry.


ABCB has released a public comment draft of NCC 2019 Amendment 1 for public consultation, and FPA Australia will be submitting feedback on behalf of the industry.


Members are also able to submit comment directly here. The public comment period closes on 11 October 2019.