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Extension of transition provisions for NCC 2019 - WA

April 28, 2020

Members were recently notified that an additional twelve (12) month extension to the transition period for the adoption of National Construction Code (NCC) 2019 will be applied.

This has now been confirmed with amendments made to the Western Australian Building Regulations 2012 (Regulations). This information sheet provides further detail on the changes and the extended transitional period more broadly.  

What has been changed?

Western Australia’s Building Regulations provide for a twelve (12) month transition period to adopt new editions of the Building Code of Australia standards prior to making a building permit application.

With the recently announced Building Regulations Amendment (3) 2020 (Amendment Regulations), an extension to the transition period has been applied for an additional twelve (12) months, with the adoption of NCC 2019 in Western Australia now being 1 May 2021.

What does this mean?

The Amendment Regulations mean that up until 30 April 2021, building permit applicants can continue to choose to apply the standards within NCC 2016 that was in effect on 12 March 2018 - being NCC 2016 Volume One Amendment 1 and NCC 2016 Volume Two.

It’s important to note that the Amendment Regulations specifically state the NCC2016 Volume 1 Amendment 1 adoption date of 12 March 2018; being that Amendment 1 contains additional provisions around life safety measures such as combustible cladding.

Furthermore, the upcoming NCC2019 Volume 1 Amendment 1 contains additional life safety measures in response to the Shergold and Weir ‘Building Confidence Report’ and should be considered for application as soon as practically possible.

Where can I find more information?

Download the Building and Energy’s Industry Bulletin 129, outlining the amendment.

If you would like to discuss any of this information further contact HIA Building Services team on 1300 650 620 or email hia_technical@hia.com.au

REF: BCA 20-28