In an effort to ensure industry standards are met throughout the construction process, a free online
National Construction Code has officially been released.
The Australian Building Codes Board has given access to the code as a preview to the 1 May adoption date.
It has been described as an important step forward in the continued safety of construction sites in a rapidly developing technological and structural world.
It is expected to increase annual access from 12,000 to approximately 200,000 building practitioners.
Chief Executive Officer of Urban Taskforce Chris Johnson said, “the agreement between state, territory and the national government to provide the National Construction Code online and free of charge will help maintain standards in the construction and development industry – the more the world of planning and development uses online regulations and controls the more time is available to focus on developing quality products.”
Mr. Johnson continued to say that, “The New South Wales Government is investigating in e-planning and the flow on to national building codes that help the industry become more efficient is important. At the national level many Australian Standard that the National Construction Code refers to will also need to be available free of charge online.”
“The New South Wales Government planning system is catching up with countries like Singapore and Norway where most planning processes are now online. Within a few years the whole process from strategic planning, to planning controls, development applications, assessments, compliance with the many state and national codes and even community information of what a project looks like will be available online,” Mr. Johnson said.
The code was previously $400 but is now completely free for the building industry.