Important cladding legislation: Queensland
In October 2018, the Building and Other Legislation (Cladding) Amendment Regulation 2018 came into effect to establish the Safer Buildings program.
This law and associated government program helps the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC), building owners and owners corporations identify and rectify non-compliant combustible cladding on buildings.
The new law made it compulsory for building owners of certain building types to register their building online and to perform a three-part assessment known as the Combustible Cladding Checklist.
To date, these new laws have captured approximately 12,000 Queensland buildings requiring building owners to report to the QBCC about the material on the exterior of their building.
The Safer Buildings program is currently at part three of fulfilment. See below for a summary of each step.
- Part 1: The first step of the checklist was registration of the building through the online portal and a questionnaire to determine if your building could have combustible cladding. Owners were notified if their building could have combustible cladding and that they need to proceed to step 2. Past deadline: 29 March 2019
- Part 2 Owners engage a building industry professional to complete Form 34 – Building Industry Professional Statement and upload it to the online checklist system. Buildings identified as having combustible cladding were notified to progress to part 3A. Past deadline: 31 July 2019
- Part 3A: Owners engaged a fire engineer and registering them using the online checklist. Past deadline: 31 October 2019
- Part 3B: The fire engineer provides owners with a building fire safety risk assessment and a fire engineer statement, which can be used to complete the final stage of the online checklist. The fire engineer may recommend that you undertake short-term risk mitigation prior to official cladding rectification works. Deadline: 3 May 2021.