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Essential information you need to know about the adoption of NCC 2019

1 May 2019 is the adoption date for the 2019 edition of the National Construction Code (NCC) by all States and Territories. The adoption date signifies that, from 1 May 2019, NCC 2019 is given legal effect by relevant legislation in each State and Territory.

If you missed hearing about the changes contained in NCC 2019 at the Australian Building Codes Board’s (ABCB) recent 2019 NCC Seminars, you can now watch the webcasts, including an additional webcast on the Plumbing Code of Australia.

Transition period
For NCC 2019, a 12 month transitional period ending 30 April 2020 applies to the energy efficiency provisions in Section J of Volume One and Parts 2.6 and 3.12 of Volume Two. During this time either the new NCC 2019 provisions or those from NCC 2016 may be used.

Delayed adoption
The new Fire Safety Verification Method (FSVM) will not be adopted from 1 May, 2019. Instead, a delayed adoption date of 1 May 2020 will apply. Keep an eye on the ABCB website as we release more information about how we are helping practitioners prepare for using the new FSVM