Consultation Hub

Consultation is the cornerstone of the Australian Building Codes Board's (ABCB) commitment to maintaining a contemporary and relevant National Construction Code (NCC). The consultation process also relates to our CodeMark and WaterMark product certification schemes. This hub is a place for you to find and participate in consultations that interest you.

Consultations will be displayed below once available. Alternatively, you can search for consultations by keyword or interest.

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We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We asked

We asked for your input to a model guide on experience needed for building surveyor registration. The guide aims to help people obtain and prove they have experience of sufficient depth and breadth to be registered as a building surveyor. There is also a section for supervisors.

You said

You provided many good suggestions to improve the model guide. Views varied on how may experience reports were sufficient to prove experience, with suggestions ranging from none to around 50. Almost all submissions advised that a minimum number of work examples should not be required.  

We did

The BCR Implementation Team used your feedback to inform the Model guide on evidence of experience for building surveyor registration, which will be considered by the ABCB and Building Ministers later in 2021.  If they agree, the model guide will be published on the ABCB website.

We asked

We sought your views on what was needed to provide more certainty in compliance pathways for building products; reducing the cost of compliance and the likelihood of defects. 

You said

We received 47 responses. Responses supported the need for greater controls on the supply of building products, clearer rules on their appropriate use in building projects and stronger enforcement.  You provided advice on how this can work better within the existing frameworks and through the product conformance infrastructure and traceability standards.

We did

The BCR Implementation Team used your feedback to inform the final draft National Building Product Assurance Framework.

The Framework will be presented to Building Ministers for endorsement in late 2021 and is expected to be published on the ABCB website shortly thereafter.

We asked

We sought your views on options to improve integrity in the building approvals process and strengthen a building surveyor’s role in enforcement when they are undertaking a statutory function.

You said

We received 53 responses. There was general support for the majority of proposals which aimed to address the matters described in the Building Confidence Report (BCR). These included matters such as:

  • Documenting the appointment and termination of a building surveyor
  • Ensuring key information is provided to relevant parties
  • Having necessary conflict of interest controls, and
  • Having appropriate enforcement powers for building surveyors.

We did

The BCR Implementation Team used your feedback to inform the development of Model Guidance for building surveyor integrity and their role in enforcement.

The Model Guidance will be presented to Building Ministers for endorsement in late 2021 and is expected to be published on the ABCB website shortly thereafter.