Fire safety and external wall cladding

On this page you'll find information for owners, tenants, strata managing agents and building, property or maintenance managers, and real estate agents.

The Taskforce

In response to the Grenfell Tower fire in London, an inter-agency Fire Safety and External Wall Cladding Taskforce was created to ensure that fire safety for residential buildings are prioritised and properly addressed. This taskforce is led by the Department of Finance, Service and Innovation. For updates on the work of the taskforce, see the Department of Finance, Service and Innovation website.

For owners

 

Find out if your building has aluminium cladding

Contact your strata managing agent, building manager, property manager or maintenance manager and ask them to review all design and construction documents to determine whether external wall cladding made of aluminium composite panels was used on your building.

Check whether your building’s fire safety statement is up-to-date

Your strata managing agent, building manager, property manager or maintenance manager should be able to advise you. You should also ensure that all fire safety maintenance measures have been addressed. Annual fire safety statements should be prominently displayed in your building.

Ensure a fire safety professional has inspected any cladding

If aluminium composite panels have been used on your building, ask the strata managing agent, building manager, property manager or maintenance manager if  a fire safety professional has:

  • reviewed and inspected the cladding - including the suitability of the type of material used and installation method
  • checked the overall fire safety of the building
  • provided an assessment of any steps required to maintain or improve the building’s fire safety.

If this has not been done, you should ask for this to be arranged.

Take immediate action to make any recommended changes

Make any recommended changes to the building.

For tenants

 

Find out if your building has aluminium cladding

Contact your real estate manager or private landlord and ask them to contact the owner, strata managing agent, building manager, property manager or maintenance manager, requesting they review all design and construction documents to determine whether external wall cladding made of aluminium composite panels was used on your building.

Check whether your building’s fire safety statement is up-to-date

Your real estate agent or private landlord can check with the relevant owner, strata managing agent, building manager, property manager or maintenance manager. You should also ensure all fire safety maintenance measures have been addressed. Annual fire safety statements should be prominently displayed in your building.

Ensure a fire safety professional has inspected any cladding

If aluminium composite panels have been used on your building, ask your real estate agent or private landlord if a fire safety professional has:

  • reviewed and inspected the cladding - including the suitability of the type of material used and installation method
  • checked the overall fire safety of the building
  • provided an assessment of any steps required to maintain or improve the building’s fire safety.

If this has not been done, you should ask for this to be arranged.

For strata managing agents and building, property or maintenance managers

Strata managing agents, building, property or maintenance managers for  multi-story residential buildings should:

Find out if the building has aluminium cladding

Review all design and construction documents to determine whether external wall cladding made of aluminium composite panels was used on the building.

Check that the annual fire safety statement for the building is up-to-date

You should also ensure that all fire safety maintenance measures have been addressed.

Engage a fire safety professional

If aluminium composite panels have been used on the building engage a fire safety professional to:

  • review and inspect the cladding - including the suitability of the type of material used and installation method
  • check the overall fire safety of the building
  • provide an assessment of any steps required to maintain or improve the building’s fire safety.

Take immediate action to make any recommended changes to the building

Engaging a fire safety professional

It’s recommended that you only engage an experienced professional that is a 'fire protection' specialist or a 'fire safety engineer'. Most experienced professional will be members of industry professional bodies - Fire Protection Association Australia, the National Fire Industry Association or Engineers Australia. Details of accredited certifiers are available on the Building Professionals Board website.

It’s important to remember that the presence of aluminium composite cladding on a building does not mean it is non-compliant or a safety hazard, the configuration and how it has been used will also be relevant.

For real estate agents

Real estate agents currently leasing apartments in multi-story residential buildings should ensure the buildings are safe by checking the external wall cladding. They should also ensure that appropriate fire safety measures are in place.

You should contact the relevant owner, strata managing agent, building, property or maintenance manager and ask them to:

Find out if the building has aluminium cladding

They should review all design and construction documents to determine whether external wall cladding made of aluminium composite panels was used on the building.

Check that the annual fire safety statement for the building is up-to-date

They should ensure all fire safety maintenance measures have been addressed.

Ensure a fire safety professional has inspected any cladding

If aluminium composite panels have been used on the building, ask the strata managing agent, building manager, property manager or maintenance manager if a fire safety professional has:

  • reviewed and inspected the cladding - including the suitability of the type of material used and installation method
  • checked the overall fire safety of the building
  • provided an assessment of any steps required to maintain or improve the building’s fire safety.
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