Queensland cladding crisis updates
It appears combustible cladding could be banned on all Queensland buildings following industry support for proposed regulations discussed at the Ministerial Construction Council in July 2019.
It follows revelations 237 buildings have flammable cladding across the state.
In response to the cladding crisis, the Queensland government has imposed a three-part compliance process:
- Part 1: Buildings to be registered and for building owners to complete the combustible cladding checklist by 29 March 2019.
- Part 2: The building industry professional statement completed by 31 July 2019.
- Part 3A: Engage fire engineers and register by 31 October 2019.
Part 3B: Complete the building fire safety risk assessment, the fire engineer statement and the combustible cladding checklist by 3 May 2021.
Victoria cladding crisis updates
The Victorian government has named Dan O’Brien as the new CEO of Cladding Safety Victoria.
It follows news of a $600 million-dollar cladding rectification fund to amend faulty cladding on 500 high risk buildings. The 16 July announcement this year is a first for Australia and a win for property owners facing huge rectification costs. The funds will go towards:
- Project management support.
- Professional design services.
- Building surveying.
- Permits and approvals.
- Building materials and rectification works.
A state-wide cladding audit was carried out by the Victorian Cladding Taskforce, involving over 2,200 inspections. The findings were: 1070 buildings identified as having cladding with 500 of those classified as high risk.