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Question Without Notice No. 585 asked in the Legislative Council on 11 June 2020 by Hon Tim Clifford

Minister responding: Hon J.R. Quigley
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 11 June 2020

NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION CODE

585. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the minister representing the Minister for Commerce:

I refer to the McGowan government's decision to extend the provisional use of the National Construction Code 2016 and delay the implementation of the NCC 2019 to assist with the COVID-19 pandemic.

(1) As the updated NCC was developed in consultation with industry and is designed to improve productivity and safety, deliver energy savings, reduce pressure on the electricity network and set Australia on the path towards a low-carbon future, will the minister please explain how delaying the use of this code will benefit the community, given that the transition began in May last year?

(2) What consultations were undertaken to reach this decision?

(3) Does the minister concede that delaying the code will put Western Australians at a disadvantage due to sub-par construction codes?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question. The Minister for Commerce has provided the following information.

(1) The extension of the transitional provisions for the National Construction Code is intended to assist industry during this period of uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, and to allow industry to focus its resources on dealing with the pandemic.

(2) The decision was guided by representations from industry stakeholders such as the Master Builders Association and the Property Council of Australia. The Australian Institute of Architects also requested an extension of the transitional provisions of the National Construction Code.

(3) I am aware that extending the transitional period will delay the full implementation of the updates in the NCC 2019. The NCC 2016 is not sub-par, and it is open to industry to apply either version of the NCC in response to the preferences of Western Australian customers.