Accessible Housing and the National Construction Code

Kieran O’Donnell

The Australian Building Codes Board’s (ABCB) is a Council of Australian Governments (COAG) standards writing body responsible for the development of the National Construction Code (NCC), which sets out the mandatory construction requirements for all buildings. The NCC is adopted by each State and Territory through its respective legislation. The NCC includes minimum building access requirements for people with a disability, however these requirements currently do not apply to housing. In 2017, the Building Ministers Forum, with the support of all COAG First Ministers, asked the ABCB to undertake a regulation impact assessment on the possible inclusion of accessibility standards for housing in the NCC. This presentation will provide an insight into the thinking behind the project and outline how the ABCB will deliver this significant and high priority project.