NCC 2022 (Plumbing Code of Australia)

The National Construction Code 2022 commenced in Victoria on 1 May 2023.

The National Construction Code (NCC) provides the minimum necessary requirements for health and safety, amenity and accessibility, and sustainability in the design, construction, performance and liveability of new buildings (and new building work in existing buildings) throughout Australia.

NCC 2022 Resource Hub

Updated VBA Practice Notes

Please use the link to access updated Practice Notes.

Do you have a question about NCC 2022?

Please complete the NCC 2022 - Building / Plumbing Technical Enquiry Form.

The Technical and Regulation team will provide a response within 5 to 10 business days.

ABCB NCC 2022 education resources

Access the Code in full through the ABCB website, as well as useful handbooks and guidance materials.

ABCB are also providing a series of articles that give an overview of some of the key changes and new requirements that may impact your work when NCC 2022 is adopted.

NCC 2022 VBA Roadshow

To communicate the detail of NCC 2022, the VBA hosted in-person seminars and webinars in September and October 2022.

If you missed these sessions or want to learn more, watch recordings of the NCC 2022 Roadshow webinars below.

The information presented during the VBA Roadshow was based on the NCC 2022 released at the time. On 27 October 2022, the ABCB announced that editorial corrections were to be made and an updated NCC 2022 would be released. The editorial corrections may impact on the information presented during the VAB Roadshow and therefore viewers are advised to visit the ABCB website for the latest version of the NCC 2022 and a list of the editorial corrections.

NCC 2022 plumbing FAQs

B1P5 - The static pressure within the building of not more than 500 kPa.

B2D5 - applies to all heated water installations intended for personal hygiene.

Handheld bidet hoses and trigger sprays installed next to a WC are rated as a high hazard.

S41C4 (3) (h) - A rainwater service in a designated bushfire prone area must also be installed in accordance with AS 3959.

VIC B3D3 - In addition to requirements of AS/NZS3500.1 in Victoria taps connected to recycled water must have removable handles and a non-standard inlet connection.

VIC D1F1 - A plumbing and drainage system must be designed and installed so as to operate in a way that avoids the likelihood of excessive noise of any part of the plumbing and drainage system, and minimises any adverse impact on building occupants.

Vic Part E3 - This Part sets out the requirements for the design, construction, installation, replacement, repair, alteration and maintenance of any part of a roof drainage system.

Schedule 10 - This Appendix contains variations and additions to the Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA) provisions which are considered necessary for the effective application of the Code in Victoria and shall be treated as amendments to the Code.

In plumbing terms "readily accessible" means without undue difficulty or the use of tools.  While "accessible" means tools may be required e.g. to remove an access panel. AS/NZS 3500.0 Clause 3R.5 & 3A.11