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National Construction Code (NCC) 2022

The ABCB have advised that they are currently making editorial corrections to NCC 2022. These corrections do not change the effect of the provisions, only the amendment of minor typographical errors and hyperlinks across the national requirements and State and Territory variations. Printed copies of the NCC and PDFs for download, will not be available until completion of the update. For more information visit the ABCB webpage.

The National Construction Code(NCC) sets out the requirements for the design and construction of buildings in Australia, including plumbing and drainage work. It sets the minimum required level for the safety, health, amenity, accessibility and sustainability of certain buildings.

  • Volume One: relates to Class 2 to 9 buildings.
  • Volume Two: relates to Class 1 and 10 buildings.
  • Volume Three: relates to plumbing and drainage work associated with all classes of buildings (see Plumbing Codes and Standards for more information).

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) released NCC 2022 on 1 October 2022 to allow industry time to adjust to the new requirements and structure prior to it becoming mandatory. PDFs of all volumes are available for download. Printed copies will also become available for purchase from the ABCB’s commercial providers .

NCC 2022 will be adopted by states and territories on 1 May 2023.

Noting the pressures experienced in recent times by the construction industry, Building Ministers have also agreed to transitional arrangements for the following specific requirements:

  • New livable housing requirements commence 1 October 2023
  • New energy efficiency and condensation mitigation requirements commence 1 October 2023
  • New lead-free plumbing product requirements commence 1 September 2025.

The transitional arrangements will allow practitioners to continue using the relevant provisions of NCC 2019 until the end of the relevant transition period.

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.

NCC 2019 Corrigendum V2

The corrigendum to NCC 2019 has been updated to align the expiry dates with the new date for NCC 2022, being 1 May 2023.