Queensland Government is increasing the cost to build a home
Substantial changes to the National Construction Code (NCC 2022) are being implemented in Queensland from 1 October 2023, but no other state is introducing them this year. Other state and territory governments, other than the ACT, acknowledge the challenging conditions facing builders, as well as the housing affordability crisis around Australia.
The amount of the cost increase will depend on the type of house and location. Two-storey and raised homes are expected to have the greatest cost increases.
Master Builders Queensland is working hard to advocate for a longer transition. We have also requested reasonable exemptions from some requirements where the cost far outweighs the benefits. Unfortunately, the government is not listening.
Tell us your story
While our formal petition to the Queensland Government has now closed, you can still have your say! If you have feedback on the increased costs to build or renovate as a result of the NCC 2022 changes, or unhappy clients, or difficulty complying with the changes, tell us your experiences.
The Queensland Government has agreed to a 6 month implementation review of the NCC changes, and we will include our members’ feedback as part of that process. We will not identify members unless given permission to do so.
Want to get in touch with government directly?
Email Minister Mick de Brenni, Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen and Minister for Public Works and Procurement, with our email template or contact your local Member of Parliament. Use our easy one click email button below to get the ball rolling. You can change the text and/or add your own words to the email if you'd like. You may also wish to copy the Hon Tim Mander MP, Shadow Minister for Housing and Public Works at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What will these changes mean?
The changes will mean, from 1 October this year, your new home will need:
- Step-free access path from the site boundary or connected parking area (limited exemption applies where no suitable location for path, strict rules apply)
- If step-free access is via parking space it must be minimum 3200mm wide and 5400mm long
- Landing at the entrance at least 1200mm x 1200mm (unless step-free access is via connected parking or there is an exemption)
- Entrance door and internal doors on entry level and to the bathroom with the accessible shower must have an 820mm clear opening (minimum 870mm wide door) and step-free doorway thresholds (no more than 5mm step allowed)
- Corridors must be minimum 1000mm wide on entry level and along path of travel to accessible shower (if on another level)
- One large toilet space on entry level (even if no living areas on that level) – a minimum clear space of 1200mm x 900mm in front of the toilet pan, clear of the door swing and vanity is required
- One hobless and step-free shower (can have lip of maximum 5mm)
- Reinforced walls around the hobless shower, accessible toilet and bath (if there is one)
- Increase in energy efficiency from 6 stars to 7 stars NatHERS and a new ‘whole of house’ assessment of appliances. Note that if no air conditioning is provided in the building contract a worst case rating will be assumed.