Victoria takes the lead in the cladding saga, and what others are doing

Finding it hard to keep up with changes to combat the cladding crisis? Here’s what is happening across Australia.

It’s been over two years since a fire destroyed the Grenfell Tower in London, sparking widespread concern about faulty building materials and industry regulation.

While change has been slow, laws and regulations have shifted around the world including Australia.

As the cladding saga continues, here are the latest updates across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland:

Victoria

Just last week, the Victorian government 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 is a first for Australia and a win for property owners facing huge rectification costs.

A state-wide cladding audit has been made by the Victorian Cladding Taskforce, involving over 2,200 inspections.

New South Wales

David Chandler has won the title of NSW Building Commissioner with his new role commencing on 14 August.

It comes at an interesting time as the state battles a cladding crisis and Sydney recovers from the Opal Tower and Mascot Tower scandals.

The NSW government introduced laws that came to fruition last October, which has meant building owners or their nominated representatives are required to register certain buildings to an online portal.

While the government is enforcing measures, property owners have been left footing the bill for external cladding removal and remediation costs.

In a bid to address concerns, the NSW Strata Community Association met with Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation, Kevin Anderson. On 31 July, the representative body delivered a seven-point plan to the minister on building standard failures and flammable cladding problems.

Queensland

Combustible cladding is set to be banned on all Queensland buildings following industry support for proposed regulations discussed at the Ministerial Construction Council last month.

It follows revelations 237 buildings have flammable cladding across the state.

In response to the cladding crisis, the QLD 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.
  • Part 2: The building industry professional statement completed by 31 July.
  • Part 3:  Engage fire engineers by 31 October and complete the building fire safety risk assessment, the fire engineer statement and the combustible cladding checklist by 3 May 2021.

With all the different state regulations around cladding it can be hard to keep up. If you have further questions about cladding, ask us a question at www.stratafaq.com.au or subscribe to our newsletter to keep up-to-date with the latest industry news.