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NCC 2019 Preview Released

February 17, 2019

The new edition of the National Construction Code (NCC) 2019 has been released on the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) website.

NCC 2019 is the first edition since moving to a three year amendment cycle, and contains an unprecedented level of changes across all three volumes.
For housing the changes affect nearly all parts, including fire safety, weatherproofing, stairs and balustrades, masonry, energy efficiency and more.

Users of Volume Two (the Housing Provisions) will particularly be encouraged to see a substantial amount of content being incorporated into the NCC itself rather just referring to Australian Standards. HIA has been working with the ABCB over a number of years to ensure the Housing Provisions remain contemporary and meets the needs of practitioners.
The new version has been released as a ‘preview version’ ahead of the new NCC version being effective from 1 May 2019, subject to state and territory transitional arrangements and transitional arrangements for the energy efficiency provisions. The preview is released ahead of the new version to give practitioners the opportunity to review and start to prepare for the changes.
In Western Australia, a transitional period of 12 months is provided, where both the current NCC and the one in effect 12 months prior can be used. This means until 1 May 2020, both the 2019 and 2016 versions of the NCC can be used in Western Australia.

HIA will be running a seminar in Perth during May to provide information on the relevant changes as they effect residential buildings.
Builders, trade contractors, construction and project managers, designers, specifiers, building surveyors/certifiers and people providing products to residential buildings are encouraged to register their interest in attending one of the HIA NCC Seminars listed below.
Further information on the seminars can be found by emailing
HIA will also be producing member information material on the changes and conducting additional awareness raising activities.
Practitioners are encouraged to review the new edition and start to prepare for the changes prior to them taking effect.

Contact for further information.