The use of non-conforming building products is becoming one of the most significant health and safety issues in Australia. It is hard to keep up to date.
Norton Rose Fulbright will track all regulatory change, special reports and key actions taken by governments relating to this topic on this page. We welcome your feedback – if there is any additional relevant information we can include, please contact a member of our team.
Going forward, new information will be highlighted on a weekly basis.
- The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) is seeking feedback from practitioners and consumers on proposed changes the National Construction Code 2019. Changes include removing the ability to use bonded laminated material where a non-combustible material is required.
- The ABCB is seeking feedback on four Consultation Regulation Impact Statements (RIS), as part of the NCC 2019 Public Comment Draft, including an RIS relating to fire safety in Class 2 and Class 3 residential buildings. Opportunity to comment closes 13 April 2018.
- Draft regulation released by Planning NSW inviting submissions on new requirements for suppliers, manufacturers and importers regarding combustible cladding. Media release here.
- Composite cladding audit by Tasmanian Director of Building Control published 19 January 2018.
- Building Amendment Regulations 2017 (TAS) commenced 27 December 2017 restricting the use of aluminium composite panel cladding with a polyethylene core in Tasmania via the Product Accreditation processes in the Building Act 2016.
- Message from the CEO of the Victorian Building Authority 15 January 2018 announcing the commencement of a state-wide audit of apartment complexes, sporting arenas, schools, hospitals, etc. identifying ,assessing and rectifying risks arising from combustible cladding.
- Building Products (Safety) Act (NSW) commences by proclamation 18 December 2017
- Senate inquiry produces its interim report on Asbestos (see Senate inquiry)
- The Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works has prepared a Code of Practice on non-conforming building products (see other government announcements)
- Queensland's Building and Construction Legislation (Non-conforming Building Products - Chain of Responsibility and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2017 commenced on 1 November 2017 (see regulatory change)
Other government announcements
State task force and audits
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