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2021-07 AAG and ANUHD submission National Construction Code 2022

The National Construction Code (NCC) is updated every 3 years, based on required regulatory practices, industry research, public feedback provided and policy directions from Governments to the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) between publishing cycles. Updated content is included in the public comment draft for consultation, seeking comment on the suggested amendments and/or inclusions to the next edition of the NCC.

The more significant amendments developed for the next 2022 edition of the NCC, and covered in this first of a 2 stage release of content for public comment, include draft provisions relating to accessible housing as presented in the Livable Housing Design ABCB Standard public consultation draft.

The Livable Housing Design ABCB Standard public consultation draft is based on the Livable Housing Design Guidelines (LHDG) Silver-level specifications, which is in line with the majority of the Building Minister’s decision on 30 April 2021 to “include minimum accessibility provisions for residential housing and apartments in the National Construction Code (NCC) 2022 based on the Livable Housing Design Guidelines (LHDG) silver standards.”.

AAG and ANUHD submissions in response to draft NCC 2022

In its submission, AAG acknowledges the significant step in the right direction made by the majority of the Building Minister’s in their decision on 30 April 2021 to include the LHDG silver standards in the NCC. However, AAG notes that it called for a minimum of LHDG gold standards in its earlier submissions on this topic, see:
- AAG’s November 2018 Submission in response to the ABCB’s Accessible Housing Options Paper and attached AAG Position Paper: Regulating accessible housing enables all Australians to age in a place of their choosing
- AAG’s August 2020 response to the Consultation RIS

AAG is a member of the Australian Network for Universal Housing Design (ANUHD) and supports the ANUHD submission in response to the draft NCC 2022.

In addition, AAG requests that some further changes be addressed to allow Australians to age in a place of their choosing.

Download AAG's submission to the ABCB in response to the draft NCC 2022 here

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