Victorian Cladding Audit
The VBA is leading the Victorian Statewide Cladding Audit on behalf of the Victorian Government. The project’s focus is on reducing the fire safety risk of buildings found to have combustible cladding – such as expanded polystyrene or aluminium composite panels with a polyethylene core.
If the apartment building where you live is inspected as part of the project, you will receive a letter from the VBA. Building managers, building owners or owners’ corporations will also be contacted by the VBA prior to an inspection taking place.
Fire safety actions you can implement straight away are available below, and translated into 10 languages.
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On 1 December 2017, the Victorian Cladding Taskforce issued an interim report on the non-compliant use of building materials in Victoria.
Recommended fire safety actions for residents, building owners, owners' corporations and facilities managers are outlined in a Taskforce advisory note.
The Victorian Cladding Audit at a glance
The Victorian Cladding Taskforce has identified approximately 1400 buildings to be reviewed by the VBA as a matter of priority. These buildings were constructed after March 1997 and fall into the following classes under the National Construction Code:
Buildings in this class include apartments. Only buildings of three or more storeys will be audited.
Buildings in this class include hotels, motels and student accommodation. Only buildings of three or more storeys will be audited.
Buildings in this class include hospitals, schools and aged care facilities. Only buildings of two or more storeys will be audited.
Who do I speak to about a fire safety concern?
When reporting a fire-safety issue, excluding a fire emergency, you should contact the following authorities in this order:
- Owners' corporation or rental manager
- Your local council
- Fire services.
Steps you can take now
There are a number of easy steps you can take today to reduce the risk of fire.
- Make sure you have working smoke alarms in your apartment and in the rest of the building.
- Never store flammable materials or waste on your balcony.
- Never cover air-conditioning units with clothes or other materials.
- Keep flammable objects away from cladding.
- Keep fire doors clear at all times.
- Familiarise yourself with your building's fire escape plan. If unsure, talk to your owners' corporation.
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