The National Construction Code (NCC) 2015 will commence on 1 May 2015 and as a preview to that adoption in May, the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has provided the industry with free online access to the code. This is significant because the code has never been made available to the industry free of charge, as it now has been. In the past, there was a fee of almost $400 that had to be paid for access to the BCA guide and its volumes.
According to industry experts, the decision to provide the industry free access will increase the annual access from 12,000 to approximately 200,000. There are many industry groups who have been advocating for free access for the past few years.
Australian Institute of Architects CEO, David Parken had this to say:
“I am very pleased that after a number of years of calling for the National Construction Code (NCC) to be made available for free, it is now available online. We welcome this move by the Australian Building Codes Board to increase accessibility to the NCC,” “Standards and provisions such as those provided in the NCC play an important role in helping to create a more sustainable built environment so it is timely that a national review of compliance (or non-compliance) with the energy efficiency requirements in the NCC has recently been undertaken.”
The move was also welcomed by the Insurance Council of Australia. Its CEO Rob Whelan said that the reform will improve compliance with the Code. This has been a contentious issue in the past and it is hoped that finally we will be able to see Australia’s building standards raised. The NCC is an initiative of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) developed to incorporate all on-site building and plumbing requirements into a single code. Whelan went on to explain:
“Compliance with the NCC is always important, and is especially relevant in regions that are exposed to frequent and catastrophic natural hazards,” said Whelan.
“However, the industry believes the NCC could be strengthened to further improve resilience to natural hazards.”
The NCC sets the minimum requirements for the design and construction of buildings throughout Oz therefore offering free access to it, is expected to lift the quality of projects being developed.
Builders can register for the free 2015 NCC, by visiting, http://services.abcb.gov.au/NCCOnline/Account/Register.
For those just starting out in the industry, you will want to complete induction training first. This can be done by completing the mandatory White Card Course, regardless of where in Oz you plan to live and work – the White card is nationally mandated for construction workers and nationally recognised.
In order to comply with national health and safety legislation, all members of the construction industry must be in possession of the White Card. Start by visiting our homepage and you can register online, complete the course via online and telephone based assessments and receive your White Card in the mail. Thereafter you are eligible for work on any building or construction site in Oz.