The National Construction Code (NCC) incorporates all on-site building and plumbing requirements into a single code, setting out the minimum requirements for the design, construction and performance of buildings throughout Australia.

In Queensland we also refer to the Queensland Development Code (QDC), which contains, amongst other things, Queensland variations to the National Construction Code and consolidates Queensland-specific building standards into a single document.

The QDC covers Queensland matters that are outside the scope of, and in addition to, the National Construction Code (e.g. requirements for energy efficiency).

The Building Code of Australia (BCA) and Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA) are given legal status in Queensland by reference in the Building Act 1975 and the Plumbing and Drainage Regulation.

If you’re not working with the right version of the NCC, you’re in breach of their statutory and contractual obligations, so make sure you’re across the recent changes:

NCC compliance is a statutory requirement, and you should always review and check that your work complies with the applicable sections of the code.

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If you need assistance with interpreting and applying either the QDC or the NCC, contact our Housing team for member-exclusive advice and assistance. If you haven’t found the answer to your questions on our website, give us a call or email us.

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