Building accessible places

Australian legislation requires buildings to be accessible for people with a disability.

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) administers the National Construction Code (NCC), including the Building Code of Australia volume 1 and 2 and the Plumbing Code of Australia volume 3, which sets the design and structure standards of buildings in Australia. The Building Code of Australia is used by architects, town planners, engineers and councils when designing buildings, streets, parks and all other public areas.

Obligations for the building industry

People who work in the building industry have certain obligations under the Australian Building Codes Board and associated Australian building standards, including the Disability (Access to Premises-Buildings) Standards 2010.

New buildings must comply with the National Construction Code (NCC) and the Disability (Access to Premises-Buildings) Standards when they are constructed. Older buildings must comply with these standards when the owner, person or business using the building carries out major renovations or changes.

The Australian Human Rights Commission publishes standards, guidelines, advisory notes and frequently asked questions on access to premises to help developers construct new buildings and facilities that meet requirements in the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.

Livable Housing Design Standard

The objective of the new Livable Housing Design Standard (LHDS) is to make homes more accessible for all.

As part of the Queensland Building Plan, the government committed to increasing the supply of accessible housing by including a mandatory minimum accessibility standard in the NCC 2022.

  • NCC 2022 will be available from 1 October 2022 for those who wish to use the new provisions.
  • NCC 2022 will commence on 1 May 2023, with a transition period to 1 October 2023 for the Livable Housing Design Standard provisions.

The transitional arrangements will provide time for industry to adjust, noting the pressures experienced in recent times.

The government will work with industry on a communication and engagement strategy to support the industry’s implementation.

More information

You can contact the Australian Building Codes Board on 1300 134 631 or email NCC@abcb.gov.au with any general queries.

Information about other building-related topics is available on the Queensland Government's Homes and housing website.