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National Construction Code of Australia (NCC) Online Guide [formerly BCA - Building Code of Australia]  

This introduction to the NCC Online covers the 3 volumes of the Building Code of Australia, as well as the Guide to the BCA & the BCA Archive. Volume 3 is the Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA).
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Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB)

The National Construction Code of Australia (NCC)  (previously the BCA - Building Code of Australia) is published, maintained and updated by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB).

Access the NCC here.

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.

The NCC comprises the Building Code of Australia (BCA), Volume One and Two; and the Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA), as Volume Three.

 Volume One:       pertains primarily to Class 2 to 9 buildings.

 Volume Two:       pertains primarily to Class 1 and 10 buildings.

 Volume Three:    pertains primarily to plumbing and drainage associated with all classes of buildings.

 The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) is a joint initiative of all levels of Australian Government via the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).

The Board was established in an inter-government agreement signed by the Australian Government and State and Territory Ministers responsible for building regulatory matters on 1 March 1994 and reaffirmed by Ministers in April 2006.

 The ABCS's Mission

  • The Australian Building Codes Board addresses issues relating to safety, health, amenity and sustainability in the design and performance of buildings through the National Construction Code (NCC) Series, and the development of effective regulatory systems and appropriate non-regulatory solutions.

 Specifically, the ABCB:

  • maintains and updates the National Construction Code of Australia (NCC);
  • provides the community with cost-effective and efficient regulations to aid the design, construction and use of buildings throughout Australia;
  • responds to government and industry calls for minimum necessary regulation to facilitate, not inhibit, business;
  • supports the Council of Australian Government (COAG) in the pursuit of its National Reform Agenda that aims to address issues relating to climate change, human capital, competition and regulatory reforms to lift Australia's prosperity.

NCC Online - free from 2015

Future online editions, commencing with the NCC 2015, will be made freely available with the release of a pre-registration process commencing from 1 December 2014. From 1 February 2015 registered users will have access to a free preview of NCC 2015 online and PDF prior to its adoption date of 1 May.

As of NCC 2015, the ABCB will no longer produce hard copy versions of the NCC.  Instead users have the option of printing the complete NCC set or individual volumes from the digital download files. Printing has also been enabled within the online service. Alternatively individuals can arrange for a printed copy to be purchased through their local print/copy shop for personal use from the digital download files available from the ABCB website. Each of these options will be available as of 1 February 2015 as a preview to the 1 May adoption date.

Find out more about the NCC free online by clicking here.



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Guide to the National Construction Code of Australia (NCC) prepared by the Library of The University of Newcastle, Australia

Faculty Librarian

Lisa Ogle
Faculty Librarian for
Engineering and Built Environment

Auchmuty Library L313a

Ph: 02-49218621

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