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AUSTRALIAN BUILDING CODES BOARD
Annual Business Plan 2009–10
Building regulation continues to be one of COAG’s National Reform Agenda hotspots. The ABCB
Business Plan summarises efforts to deliver regulatory reform that contributes in particular to
maintaining housing affordability and employment, delivers on government priorities such as access
for people with a disability and bushfire mitigation, seeks to reduce variations, minimise regulatory
overlap and ensure a measured response to sustainability. Energy Efficiency has been identified as
a priority for COAG and has a strong focus in this year’s Business Plan, as does life safety.
The ABCB provides Australia with a national building regulation reform vehicle. It uses well
established impact assessment and consultation mechanisms to ensure that any regulatory reform
action is effective and proportional to the issue being addressed. Through its strong gatekeeper
role, the ABCB strives to reduce regulatory burden.
Further detail is now provided on ABCB activities that support COAG’s reform agenda and address
objectives of the Building Code of Australia (BCA).
ABoUt tHe ABCB
The ABCB is a joint initiative of all levels of government in
Australia, together with the building industry. Its mission
is to oversee issues relating to health, safety, amenity and
sustainability in building.
The ABCB promotes effi ciency in the design, construction
and performance of buildings through the national
Building Code of Australia (BCA), and the development of
effective regulatory and non-regulatory approaches.
The Board aims to establish effective and proportional
codes, standards and regulatory systems that are
consistent between States and Territories.
FoCUS oF BUSINeSS PLAN
The 2009-10 Business Plan places a strong emphasis on the ABCB’s core function – maintaining and updating the BCA by ensuring
good regulatory practice in response to calls for regulation. A relevant, contemporary building code, achieved through rigorous
assessment of emerging issues and ongoing review of existing provisions, is a critical contributor to an effi cient building and
construction industry, a safer built environment and a strong national economy.
Life safety remains a core business priority in the Business Plan. The ABCB will be adopting the new bushfi re standard AS 3959 2009
for residential buildings in the BCA for 1 May 2010.
Energy effi ciency is a priority for COAG. In support of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) the COAG Working Group on
Climate Change and Water has developed a National Strategy for Energy Effi ciency (NSEE), including a package of measures for
residential and commercial buildings across Australia. To this end, the ABCB will be responding to the requirements of the strategy.
reSPoND to DIreCtIoN SettING eStABLISHeD By mINISterS
energy efficiency and Climate Change Adaptation
The NSEE will help households and businesses reduce their energy costs, improve the productivity of the economy and reduce the cost
of greenhouse gas abatement under the CPRS. The BCA will be the vehicle to help deliver these objectives by 2010, giving the ABCB
a challenging task. An illustration of the timelines associated with this important initiative may be found on the centre pages of this
Collaboration with the Commonwealth Department of Climate Change to evaluate the robustness of the BCA provisions against the
predicted changes in natural hazards due to climate change is also being progressed.
Access for People with a disability
The ABCB has provided advice to the Commonwealth Government to develop Premises Standards to align the BCA with the Disability
Discrimination Act. Following Government consideration of the fi ndings of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Legal
and Constitutional Affairs inquiry, as reported in “Access All Areas”, the ABCB will respond to Government direction as needed.
DeLIVery oF tHe reForm AGeNDA to mINImISe tHe BUILDING reGULAtory BUrDeN
Reform of the building regulatory regime remains a priority for the ABCB. In these times of economic slow down, good regulatory
practice will help ensure that building regulations do not impact negatively on employment or housing affordability. The ABCB strives
to minimise the regulatory burden to keep compliance costs associated with building and construction down.
The Board will also continue to advise relevant policy owners of the benefi ts of the ‘Gate way’ model to limit local government
interventions into building regulations.
The ABCB remains ready to respond to Government direction on the development of a new National Construction Code (NCC) that
could consolidate all on-site regulatory requirements. COAG has agreed to extend the implementation of the NCC by 12 months to
enable a more comprehensive solution to be developed by the Commonwealth in consultation with stakeholders.
Variation reduction strategy
Under the IGA, signatory Ministers have committed their jurisdictions to restricting any new variations by, as far as practicable:
limiting variations to those arising from particular geographical, geological or climatic factors, as defi ned in the BCA; requiring that
any variations be subject to a regulatory impact assessment; and requiring that any variation be approved by the State or Territory
Minister. The IGA also commits States and Territories to take reasonable steps to consolidate all of their mandatory requirements
affecting the design, construction and performance of buildings into the BCA.
The Variation Reduction Strategy (VRS) is a project included in the Business Plan which aims to deliver this goal. Consolidation of
non-BCA variations (building controls contained in other legislation or policy) into the BCA will increase accessibility, transparency,
accountability and consistency. To this end, the ABCB’s National Technical Summit in April 2009 focused on a program to accelerate
variation reduction. There was progress in reducing variations to the national code, with some changes to occur in BCA 2010, whilst
variations to be resolved in further editions of the BCA were also identifi ed.
DeLIVery oF BoArD Core CoDe WrItING BUSINeSS
A primary role of the ABCB is to maintain and update the national BCA to ensure effective regulatory systems. Within this framework
the ABCB must carefully manage the complex demands of issues that impact on life safety, health, amenity, accessibility and
All potential changes to the BCA must be considered in accordance with COAG best practice regulatory principles and be subject to a
regulation impact assessment.
The initial presumption for the ABCB is not to introduce new or increased regulation and instead, investigate alternative means
of achieving the desired result. If intervention is necessary, the BCA sets minimum acceptable regulatory requirements that are
proportional to the issue being addressed.
2008-09 KeY AChieVeMenTs 2009-10 KeY PerforMAnCe indiCATors
• Delivered BCA 2009 in line with COAG Principles
• Ministerial endorsement of ABCB Business Plan by Aug 2009
• ABCB regulation reform Business Plan for 2008-09 endorsed by
Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF)
• COAG fully informed about impact of planning and local
government interventions into building regulations
• BCA robustness to meet adverse impacts of climate change
• Reduced State and Territory code variations in BCA 2009 and
conducted a National Technical Summit that focused solely on
• Responded to Government direction on climate change
abatement policy intent
• Agreed to the inclusion of new bushfi re standards for residential
buildings in BCA 2010
• BCA 2009 Information Seminars held in capital cities with over
1600 delegates in attendance
• Released Digital TV Antenna Systems Handbook and collaborated
with Dept of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
to release Digital TV Antenna Systems for Homes Handbook
• Released Impact Assessment Toolkit
• Completed preliminary impact assessment of amenity issues
associated with passenger lifts in Class 2 residential buildings
• Delivered the ABCB 2009 National Conference to the satisfaction of
industry and other stakeholders by September 2009
• Completed regulatory impact statement for increasing the energy
effi ciency requirements for all classes of buildings by January 2010
• BCA 2010 Information Seminars held in capital cities by April 2010
• Delivered BCA 2010 by May 2010 in line with COAG Principles
• Reduced State and Territory Code variations in BCA 2010 by
• Responded to relevant parts of the National Strategy for Energy
Effi ciency, as requested by COAG, by June 2010
• Responded to Government direction on disability access in
buildings by June 2010
• Responded to Government direction on climate change requests
by June 2010
• Completed regulatory impact statement for proposed BCA slips,
trips and falls provisions by June 2010
• Completed regulatory impact statement for proposed BCA
provisions for the mitigation of the effects of salinity in saline
prone areas by June 2010
• On bushfi res,adopted a new Standard in BCA 2010 and assisted
the Victorian Royal Commission on Bushfi res as required by
• Completed regulatory impact statement for proposed BCA
provisions relating to cyclones and climate change by June 2010
ABCB WorK ProGrAm 2009-10
Nationally Consistent & Cost effective
Safer and more Socially Inclusive
A more Sustainable Built environment
Informed and responsive Building Industry
Increased Practitioner Skills & Competencies
Business PlAn PrioriTY ProJeCT nAMe ProJeCT ouTPuT
RESPOND TO MINISTERS’ DIRECTION SETTING
Sustainability - National Strategy for Energy Effi ciency
Subject to a RIS, increase the stringency of energy effi ciency requirements (incl. hot water and lighting) for all classes of buildings for
Access for People with a Disability
Respond to Government policy direction on disability access to buildings as it applies to the BCA.
Sustainability - Adaptation
Develop a RIS for consideration by the Board in late 2009, which analyses proposals to improve the design and construction of buildings in
areas subject to cyclones as a result of climate change.
Sustainability - Materials and Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ)
Monitor programs relating to materials use and IEQ.
Protection from Threats and Natural Disasters
Assessment of BCA implications arising from protection of critical infrastructure.
Bushfi re Royal Commission
Preparation for and representation at Victorian Royal Commission on bushfi res and follow-up initial action on Board announcement
on Bushfi re Bunkers on 24 Sept 2009.
Local Government Intervention - Building / Planning Delineation
Draw policy owners' attention to the 'Gateway' model for reducing building and planning overlap.
Buildings in Flood Prone Areas
Research options and recommendations submitted for Board direction.
DELIVER REGULATORY REFORM, CONTRIBUTING IN
Variation Reduction Strategy
A reduction in State/Territory BCA variations in BCA 2010 and report to Ministers.
PARTICULAR TO IMPROVED HOUSING AFFORDABILITY
Impact Assessment of all Regulatory Change Proposals
Effective regulation impact assessment processes in consultation with the OBPR and in accordance with COAG regulatory principles.
Quantifi cation of Performance Requirements
Measurable BCA performance requirements and/or additional verifi cation methods.
Facilitation of National Consistency in Technical and Administrative Systems
Interaction with existing national forums and administrations to facilitate a nationally consistent approach to building regulations.
Non Regulatory Handbooks
Manage the development of non-mandatory handbooks on matters not suitable for regulation.
Product Certifi cation - Codemark
Management and facilitation of Australian/New Zealand third party product certifi cation scheme.
DELIVER BOARD CORE CODE WRITING BUSINESS
Maintain and Update the BCA
Improved and up to date BCA technical requirements.
Standards Coordination and Committees
Documents, including Australian Standards, which are suitable for regulatory use and referencing in the BCA.
Emergency Egress for All Occupants
Consider research and advise Board on the development of provisions for emergency egress for all occupants including people with disabilities.
A RIS for consideration by the Board on BCA provisions for mitigation of the effects of salinity in saline prone areas.
Strategic Research Activities
Research to inform decisions on future BCA and non-regulatory measures through the relevant research bodies, Australian Research
Council and the National Adaptation Research Plan (Settlements and Infrastructure).
Slips, Trips and Falls
A RIS for consideration by the Board in early 2010, which analyses proposals to improve the design and construction of buildings to reduce the risk
of slips, trips and falls by building occupants.
Smoke Alarms in Residential Buildings
Recommendations on types and locations of smoke alarms in residential buildings submitted for Board direction.
Fire Safety in Early Childhood Centres
Liaise with the Australasian Fire Authorities and Emergency Services Council (AFAC) requesting assistance in obtaining evidence to
determine the nature and scope of the problem.
External Noise in Residential Apartment Buildings
Liaise with the Planning Offi cials Group (POG) requesting as a matter of urgency that planning offi cials develop and agree on national
noise zone mapping/criteria.
Class 1b and 3 Building Classifi cation and Use
Administrations and industry to agree on building defi nition changes.
BCA Advisory Service
BCA advice to subscribers, practitioners and the general community.
BCA Awareness and Training
National information seminars and training materials to enhance awareness and understanding of the BCA among practitioners, the
tertiary sector and community.
BCA Marketing and Promotion
Raised awareness of the BCA and other ABCB activities.
Delivery of an ABCB Conference supported by industry.
International Code Research and Collaboration
Access to international research and regulatory developments to inform the Board.
minimum necessary Performance-Based
reduced reliance on regulation including
Strengthen reforms to Building
transparency, Accountability and
Direction Setting to Align with Strategic
Greater National Consistency including
Codes to Achieve Health, Safety, Amenity
increased Practitioner Skills and
regulation (through International
international Consultation including increased
Priorities as established by ministers
Variation reduction Strategy
and Sustainability of Buildings