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 Bill 2020, introduced on 3 September 2020, formally establishes Cladding Safety Victoria (CSV) to deliver the Cladding Rectification Program.
The Bill will empower 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 will also be able to offer non-financial support to people living in buildings impacted by combustible cladding who may not be eligible to receive funding for rectification.
The Bill 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.
Under section 192B of the Building Act 1993, the Minister for Planning may declare that an external wall cladding product is prohibited from being used by any person in the course of carrying out any building work in connection with the construction of a building.
The Minister for Planning has declared his intent to prohibit the following external wall cladding products from being used by any person in the course of carrying out any building work in connection with the construction of a building:
- expanded polystyrene (EPS) in external wall cladding systems on buildings of Type A or Type B construction in Victoria; and
- aluminium composite panels (ACP) with a core or lamina comprised of less than 93 per cent inert mineral filler (inert content) by mass in external wall cladding systems on buildings of Type A or Type B construction in Victoria.
The Minister has made this intent publicly known, supported by a statement of reasons.
Any person is able to make a submission, with submissions to be made no later than 31 October 2020. Submissions are to be emailed to email@example.com. After this date all submissions received will be considered by the Minister and a final decision will be made having regard to the submissions, the potential economic impacts and the appropriate timing of introducing such changes.
The categories of product specified in the proposed prohibition present a high 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.
Currently, the types of products that will be subject to the proposed prohibition do not fulfil the requirements of the National Construction Code deemed-to-satisfy provisions for Type A and Type B construction. Use of these products must instead be considered as part of a performance-based solution.
Building audits conducted over recent years has 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.
Further, commentary from eminent professionals both within Australia and internationally have called into question the effectiveness of current building regulatory control systems to ensure that, where a performance solution is used, it is done:
- having full regard to all relevant risks;
- in the best interests of the public and occupants; and
- to deliver a building which achieves the level of performance expected of current and future owners.
Evidence from technical experts and recent local fire events in Melbourne has demonstrated that these products, where used inappropriately or installed incorrectly, may be unsafe and can contribute to the spread of fire in multi-story buildings.
In light of the above factors, the use of external wall cladding product is or will likely cause occupants of the building, members of the public or occupants of neighbouring buildings to be at risk of death or serious injury in the event of a fire, and that the cladding product is likely to cause property to be at risk of severe damage in the event of a fire.
A prohibition on the future use of these products in the construction of Type A and Type B construction is therefore considered appropriate whilst practitioner behaviours and building outcomes improve with the ongoing implementation of regulatory changes.
For more information please see the frequently asked questions (DOCX, 255.2 KB).
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: 03/09/20