The Victorian Government is committed to a building system that delivers safe, quality buildings for all Victorians. It has developed a comprehensive cladding rectification strategy to reduce the fire and safety risks of private residential buildings to an acceptable and tolerable level.
Cladding Rectification Program
On 16 July 2019, the Victorian Government announced a $600 million package to rectify higher risk private residential buildings with combustible cladding. This world-leading Cladding Rectification Program is being overseen by Cladding Safety Victoria.
In May 2019, the Victorian Government also announced a $150 million package to rectify the highest risk buildings owned by the Government or public authorities.
DELWP provides governance and strategic oversight of the Cladding Rectification Program and other reform activity, including the review of the Victorian Building System.
The Cladding Safety Victoria Act 2020, which commenced on 1 December 2020, formally establishes Cladding Safety Victoria (CSV) to deliver the Cladding Rectification Program.
The Act empowers CSV to carry out all required functions to deliver the program. This includes providing funding to owners and owners corporations that are eligible for financial assistance to fix their buildings. CSV can also offer non-financial support to people living in buildings impacted by combustible cladding who may not be eligible to receive funding for rectification.
The Act ensures fairness for Victorians who have been let down by the installation of combustible cladding by extending the time limit to bring legal claims for that work by two years. This extends the deadline for combustible cladding claims from 10 years to 12 years.
Cladding Safety Victoria is the dedicated agency established to help owners and owners corporations to rectify hundreds of buildings identified through the Statewide Cladding Audit being conducted by the Victorian Building Authority.
Cladding Safety Victoria is providing support, guidance and connections to appropriately registered and qualified practitioners. Cladding Safety Victoria is also funding rectification works on hundreds of buildings found to have high-risk cladding to ensure that they are safe to occupy over the long term.
Cladding Safety Victoria is also working closely with government departments and agencies to rectify government owned and occupied buildings.
The establishment of Cladding Safety Victoria is in line with recommendations made in Victorian Cladding Taskforce final report.
More information about this program is available at Cladding Safety Victoria.
The Victorian Statewide Cladding Audit is led by the Victorian Building Authority to identify the extent of non-compliant combustible cladding in Victoria. Since December 2017, over 2200 buildings have been inspected and assessed through the audit.
For information about the Victorian Statewide Cladding Audit, including recommended fire safety actions for residents and owners’ corporations, visit the Victorian Building Authority.
The Department of Treasury and Finance’s Residential Cladding Rectification Register has been established as an open prequalification scheme for suppliers of construction works and construction services interested in projects on private residential buildings. The pre-qualification scheme only applies to private residential buildings that have been identified for the rectification and / or removal of combustible cladding products.
The Construction Supplier Register also lists prequalified suppliers with the necessary expertise and capacity to undertake works or construction related services for Victorian Government construction projects, including cladding rectification works for government owned buildings.
For information on how to apply for pre-qualification with the Residential Cladding Rectification Register or the Construction Supplier Register, visit the Department of Treasury and Finance.
Combustible external wall cladding
Learn about the actions being taken by the Victorian Government to address combustible external wall cladding on Victorian buildings.
On 13 January 2021 the Minister for Planning, under section 192B(1) of the Building Act 1993, declared that the following external wall cladding products are prohibited from being used by any person in the course of carrying out any building work in connection with buildings of Type A or Type B construction in Victoria:
- aluminium composite panels (ACPs) with a core of less than 93 per cent inert mineral filler (inert content) by mass in external cladding as part of a wall system; and
- expanded polystyrene (EPS) products used in an external insulation and finish (rendered) wall system.
The prohibition applies to any application for a building permit submitted from 1 February 2021 as specified in the declaration issued by the Minister.
The Prohibition of High-Risk External Wall Cladding Products Declaration was published in the special edition of the Victorian Government Gazette, No. S 22 Wednesday 13 January 2021.
The Minister for Planning is satisfied that use of these categories of external wall cladding products specified in the proposed prohibitions do or will likely cause occupants, members of the public and occupants of neighbouring buildings to be at risk of death or serious injury; and property to be at risk of severe damage in event of a fire. Therefore, a prohibition on the future use of these products in buildings of Type A and Type B construction is considered appropriate.
In accordance with section 192B (7) of the Building Act, the reasons for making this declaration are as follows:
- These categories of product do not fulfil the requirements of the deemed-to-satisfy provisions for Type A and Type B construction in the National Construction Code.
- Currently, the categories of product may be used as part of a performance-based solution. However, building audits conducted over recent years have demonstrated that:
- validation of performance solutions can be difficult due to a lack of documentation;
- performance solutions have been misused; and
- on-site construction standards and controls do not always ensure that the building is built to the standard intended through the design process.
- Furthermore, these products present a higher risk to occupant safety when used in Type A and Type B construction, particularly where adequate consideration is not given to:
- how individual building products will impact on the overall safety of the building at the time of construction; and
- the performance of these products and other building safety systems over the building’s lifecycle.
- Commentary from eminent professionals both within Australia and internationally have called into question the effectiveness of the current building regulatory control system’s ability to ensure that, where a performance solution is used, it:
- has full regard to all relevant risks;
- is in the best interests of the public and occupants; and
- delivers a building which achieves the level of performance expected of current and future owners.
Evidence to support the prohibition
The Victorian Cladding Taskforce
The Victorian Cladding Taskforce was established from July 2017 to July 2019 to:
- Assess the extent of non-compliant external cladding on Victorian buildings
- Advise on the rectification of non-compliant external cladding
- Recommend changes to the regulatory system.
The Taskforce was chaired by former Premier and architect Ted Baillieu, and former Deputy Premier and Minister for Planning Professor John Thwaites.
In July 2019, the Taskforce was wound up, and outstanding work of the Taskforce was transferred to DELWP, the Victorian Building Authority, and Cladding Safety Victoria as appropriate.
Page last updated: 03/11/21