ABCB: Consultation periods extended: Building Confidence Report – Draft Auditing and Compliance Publication Framework, and Building Design Acceptance.

The ABCB has extended the comment period for two of its Building Confidence Report consultations.

In response to a number of stakeholder requests to extend the comment period for two of its consultations on recommendations from the Building Confidence Report (BCR), the ABCB has now extended:

Auditing and Compliance Publication Framework until 11:59PM AEDT Sunday 31 January 2021. This consultation responds to Recommendation of the BCR, which recommends that each jurisdiction makes public its audit strategy for regulatory oversight of the construction of commercial buildings (defined as Class 2–9 buildings), with annual reporting on audit findings and outcomes.

Building Design Acceptance until 11:59PM AEDT Sunday 28 February 2021. This consultation comprises approaches to several recommendations of the BCR which cover the process of design documentation, including the development and documentation of Performance Solutions and variations to approved documentation. The relevant recommendations specifically state:

    • Recommendation 13: That each jurisdiction requires building approval documentation to be prepared by appropriate categories of registered practitioners, demonstrating that the proposed building complies with the NCC.
    • Recommendation 14: That each jurisdiction sets out the information which must be included in Performance Solutions, specifying in occupancy permits the circumstances in which Performance Solutions have been used and for what purpose.
    • Recommendation 15: That each jurisdiction provides a transparent and robust process for the approval of Performance Solutions for constructed building work.
    • Recommendation 16: That each jurisdiction provides for a building compliance process which incorporates clear obligations for the approval of amended documentation by the appointed building surveyor throughout a project.

Please note that all other consultation closing dates are not affected by this extension.

Providing comment

Responses to these consultations are invited through consultation hub until their new closing dates. Only comments submitted using the online form will be considered.

If you have any questions about the extension of these consultations, or either of the consults themselves, please contact


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