Building regulation–responding to combustible external cladding
2021-22
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Overview

In July 2017, following the Grenfell Tower fire in London the previous month, the NSW Government announced a 10-point fire safety reform plan intended to be Australia’s most comprehensive response’ to that disaster.  

The NSW Government established an inter-departmental entity, the NSW Cladding Taskforce, to coordinate and roll out the reforms, including to identify and make safe any buildings in New South Wales that may be affected by combustible cladding. The Cladding Taskforce is chaired by the Department of Customer Service and includes the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, Fire and Rescue NSW, Treasury and the Department of Premier and Cabinet. 

This audit will assess how effectively the Department of Customer Service and the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment have led reforms to manage the fire safety risk of combustible external cladding on existing residential and public buildings. In doing so it will seek to determine whether: 

  • Fire safety risks of combustible external cladding on existing buildings have been identified and remediated
  • There is a comprehensive building product safety scheme that prevents the dangerous use of combustible external cladding products on existing buildings
  • Fire safety certification for combustible external cladding on existing buildings is being carried out impartially, ethically and in the public interest by qualified experts.

The expected tabling date for this audit is the first half of 2022.