The National Construction Code

The National Construction Code (NCC) ‘is an initiative of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) developed to incorporate all on-site construction requirements into a single code’ (ABCB 2013).

The NCC comprises the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and the Plumbing Code of Australia:

  • Volume One: BCA (primarily Class 2 to 9 buildings)
  • Volume Two: BCA (primarily to Class 1 and 10 buildings)
  • Volume Three: Plumbing Code of Australia

The BCA is published by the Australian Building Codes Board and has been updated and published on an annual basis since 1996.  The BCA is adopted by reference into each State or Territories building legislation.

By Lee Wilson, Disability Access / DDA Consultant, Melbourne, Victoria