The Hon Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Science

Assistant Minister for Science
The Hon Karen Andrews MP
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Free online access to National Construction Code

2 February 2015

A new era begins for the building, construction and plumbing industries when the National Construction Code (NCC) becomes freely available online from the 1st of February 2015.

It follows decisions made by Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers at the 2014 Building Ministers’ Forum to make the Code more accessible.

The new on-line version of the Code will improve its access and increase its use both by tradespeople and businesses, from 12,000 to a potential 200,000 across Australia.  At a minimum, this will result in savings to Australian businesses of $4.8 million.

This significant reform will also mean that building, construction and plumbing practitioners will no longer have to pay almost $400 for a copy of the document.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science, Karen Andrews, emphasised the importance of the cooperation of all governments in making this happen.

“This measure will significantly reduce red tape for Australia’s building industry, improve the Code’s useability and ensure that Australia’s building, construction and plumbing industries continue to maintain high standards,” Mrs Andrews said.

“Agreeing to eliminate costs associated with buying the code will make it more accessible to the industry and mean that these sectors can keep abreast of the latest changes.”

The Commonwealth will continue to work with the States and Territories to promote the free access Code which provides model regulations for buildings and plumbing and is given effect through state and territory legislation. It also sets minimum requirements for the design, construction and performance of buildings throughout Australia.

Details on the process to register for free online access to the NCC are available at the Australian Building Codes Board website at http://www.abcb.gov.au/.

Media contact: Mrs Andrews office 02 6277 4360