Standards in State Library Victoria

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What is the NCC Series?

The National Construction Code of Australia (NCC) was previously known as the Building Code of Australia (BCA).  It is published and maintained by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB).

It contains technical provisions for the design and construction of buildings and other structures throughout Australia. It is given legal effect by building regulatory legislation in each State & Territory. The legislation consists of an Act of Parliament and subordinate regulations.

The Australian Building Codes Board mission is to address issues relating to safety, health, amenity and sustainability in the design and performance of buildings through the National Construction Code (NCC) Series, and the development of effective regulatory systems and appropriate non-regulatory solutions

The National Construction Code Series(NCC) has been developed to incorporate into a single-code all on-site construction requirements for buildings and other structures.  It incorporates Volumes  I and II of the Building Code of Australia and the Plumbing Code of Australia as Volume III.

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.

Accessing the latest edition of the National Construction Code

Online

The current NCC is available freely online through the Australian Building Codes Board.

To access the current NCC, it will be necessary for patrons to register individually at  the ABCB  website and follow the steps indicated at NCC 2015 Registration link. Please note that this link requires details of personal name, password  and email details which the ABCB will then verify by responding to the email. 

This process means that there is a time-lapse between the time of an individual's  registration and actually accessing the current NCC.  If you need quick access to the NCC , or if you do not wish to register as an individual please ask  for assistance  at the Information Desk.

The NCC is only available online and is no longer available in print.  Individuals will have the option to print part or all of the NCC in A4 format, from the freely available online version.

Accessing past versions of the  NCC

Previous annual versions of the The National Construction Code back to 2015 can be accessed online on the Australian Building Codes Board website (as per the above instructions for the current version). 

The National Construction Code prior to 2015 was issued in print and is available at the Library.

Prior to 2011 the publication was titled the Building Code of Australia and our Library holds issues for a number of years.

For more information about the National Construction Code and the history of the NCC go to the box on the right.

Another useful publication,  to be aware of is the somewhat dated  following handbook:

NATSPEC Handbook of building standards extracts

  • contains extracts from over 150 Australian building standards, generally describing the scope of the standards
  • in some cases the extracts are likely to be sufficient for most day-to-day purposes
  • it is intended as an entry-level reference for students, designers, specifiers and contractors interested in Australian building standards
  • the extracts are not a substitute to the full text of any of the relevant standards

About the National Construction Code

Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB)

Find out more about the National Construction Code (NCC), the History of the NCC and more about the Buidling Code of Australia and The Plumbing Code of Australia