In direct response to our advocacy to the Building Ministers Forum, the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) is undertaking Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) of options for potential minimum accessibility standards for housing, to be applied through the NCC. Called the Accessible Housing Project, it includes any housing that has features to enable use by people either with a disability or through their life stages. The RIA will consider the Livable Housing Design Guidelines Silver and Gold level specifications as possible options for a minimum accessibility standard, and additional options identified through consultation.
Options Paper Consultation Report
The Options were outlined in the ABCB’s Options Paper and was accompanied by a national consultation last year. The result of that consultation is now available in the Options Paper Consultation Report.
RIS tender is now closed.The ABCB has appointed The Centre for International Economics to perform the RIS.
Technical review of the draft NCC provisions is now underway.The ABCB have developed draft provisions with a technical review being undertaken by members of the ABCB’s Building Codes Committee and other experts.
The Consultation RIS is expected to be available for public comment in the first half of 2020.The RIS process continues post-consultation, leading to a Final (or ‘Decision’) RIS that takes into account comments on the Consultation RIS and is provided to governments to assist them in deciding whether or not to proceed with regulation (i.e. a change to the NCC).
Proposed changes to NCC will be available for public comment in 2021 If, after considering the Final RIS, governments decide to make a change to the NCC, the proposed change will appear in the NCC public comment draft in 2021.
Government approved changes will be in the NCC in May 2022
Although the National Disability Strategy committed to all new housing with an agreed universal design standard, the changes will not come into effect until the next review of the NCC in May 2022.