VBA Announces Audit Program on Non-Compliant Cladding

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has today used its performance audit powers in the next stage of its inquiry to ensure that buildings have been built with compliant cladding.

As outlined in the attached latest news item, available on the VBA website, the regulator has identified some 170 buildings that it will immediately target as part of the audit program and has written to the relevant building surveyor and builder for each of the building projects requiring information to demonstrate the suitability of cladding material approved and used in construction.

The initial scope of the audit will extend to Class 2, 3 and 9 buildings which, in accordance with the Building Code of Australia, are required to have non-combustible external walls.  The buildings identified are around inner Melbourne and were built between the 1st of January 2005 and the 30th of April 2015.

It is important to note that these buildings have not been identified as being non-compliant. The VBA is taking a risk-based approach to satisfy itself that the types of cladding material used will not compromise the building’s continued safe occupation.

Other actions already underway by the VBA to identify the non-compliant use of cladding will continue. These include the investigation of practitioners involved in the Lacrosse building and a request to 20,000 practitioners to provide details of any buildings they might suspect may have used an aluminium composite product in a non-compliant way.

If the VBA identifies that any cladding materials have been used in a potentially non-compliant manner, it will take the following steps:

  1. Notify the local Municipal Building Surveyor, who will
    1. inspect each location and determine if there is a risk to occupants and notify them of the results of that inspection and any further actions that might be required; and
    2. notify the VBA of the results of the inspection
  2. Notify the relevant fire service; and
  3. Notify the general public by posting the details on the VBA website.