Victorian Statewide Cladding Audit
The VBA is leading the Victorian Statewide Cladding Audit on behalf of the Victorian Government.
In 2017 the Victorian Government established a Victorian Cladding Taskforce to investigate and address the use of non-compliant building materials in Victoria. The Statewide Cladding Audit was established following the recommendations of this taskforce.
The project's focus is on reducing the fire safety risk of buildings found to have combustible cladding – such as expanded polystyrene (PDF, 811.36 KB) or aluminium composite panels (PDF, 733.02 KB) with a polyethylene core.
The Minister for Planning announced a prohibition (PDF, 485.37 KB) on the use of the external wall cladding products ACP and EPS for any building work in connection with buildings of Type A and Type B construction, effective 1 February 2021.
Since its origin, the taskforce has conducted over 2200 inspections.
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. Find out more about the inspection process in Cladding FAQs.
The audit – at a glance
Buildings constructed after March 1997 that fall into the following classes under the National Construction Code are in scope for this review.
Class 2 buildings
Buildings in this class include apartments. Only buildings of three or more storeys will be audited.
Class 3 buildings
Buildings in this class include hotels, motels and student accommodation. Only buildings of three or more storeys will be audited.
Class 9 buildings
Buildings in this class include hospitals, schools and aged care facilities. Only buildings of two or more storeys will be audited.