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National Construction Code of Australia:  NCC Online

This introduction to the NCC Online covers the 3 volumes of the Building Code of Australia, as well as the Guide to the BCA and the BCA Archive


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.
  • NCC Guide: Provides guidance to NCC 2016, Volume One for multi-residential, commercial, industrial and public buildings and structures.
  • NCC Consolidated Performance Requirements: Contains all the Performance Requirements as extracted from Volumes One, Two and Three and supporting General Requirements.


What is the NCC?

The National Construction Code is a uniform set of technical provisions for the design and construction of buildings and other structures throughout Australia.

The Goal of the NCC is to enable the efficient achievement of a nationally consistent and minimum necessary building design and construction standards of relevance to;

  • health
  • safety (including structural safety & fire safety)
  • amenity, and
  • sustainability objectives.

Matters covered in each Volume of the NCC include:

  • structure
  • fire resistance
  • access & egress
  • services & equipment
  • certain aspects of health & amenity.

The NCC allows for variations with regard to climatic, geological or geographic conditions.