Update on WA’s cladding audit announced

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The WA government through Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston announced an update on the audit into Western Australian buildings examining potentially dangerous wall cladding.

The audit was commissioned by the state’s building regulator in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy in June 2017, where 71 people, including two Australians, died.

According to Minister Johnston, 453 buildings have been identified so far within the audit scope, with 206 being cleared and 247 buildings requiring more detailed assessment.

The Building Commissioner is reaching out to the building owner and/or strata manager, to advise them of the outcome of the preliminary assessment and provide advice on the next steps.

The audit is being headed by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s Building and Energy division, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, as well as local governments.

“I’m very pleased with the significant progress that the audit has made, and I expect the detailed assessments will see more buildings cleared,” said Minister Johnston.

“The McGowan Government is committed to keeping the property owners, residents and their insurers informed throughout this process and ensuring the safety of Western Australians.

“I have instructed the Building Commissioner to ensure building regulations close off any opportunity for developers to get around the non-combustibility requirement for cladding.”

Amendments to the Building Code of Australia early this year will ensure that all future external walls of high-risk buildings are either non-combustible or be the subject of a full-scale fire-test to demonstrate their acceptable performance.

A new report on improving the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for Australia’s building and construction industry is currently being assessed to see what further strategies are needed to improve outcomes for Western Australia.

More information about the audit is available on www.commerce.wa.gov.au/building-commission/state-wide-cladding-audit

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