Have your say on Non-conforming Building Products

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Non-conforming building products and materials are those that do not meet the required standards for the use in which they are intended.

Non-conforming building products and materials can cause serious health and safety issues for Victorians and the Victorian Government is concerned that they are making their way into the Australian building and construction industry supply chain.

This national issue is critically important and complex. Many industry sectors could be affected such as manufacturing, importation, retail and construction.

To address this issue, on 31 July 2015, the national Building Ministers' Forum established the Senior Officers' Group (SOG). The SOG was asked to report within 6 months on ways to minimise the risks to consumers, businesses and the community associated with failure of building products to conform to relevant laws and regulations and at the point of import.

The SOG is comprised of two senior officers from each State and Territory as well as the Commonwealth. The Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works is the current secretariat for the SOG. Queensland is also the Chair of the SOG and the Deputy Chair is Victoria.

The Victorian Government has also been involved. On 23 June 2015 the Senate referred the issue of non-conforming building products to the Senate Economics Reference Committee. The Committee will report by 10 May 2016. The Victorian Government provided a submission to the Senate inquiry.

Senior Officers' Group on non-conforming building products

The SOG developed strategies to address non-conforming building products. These outcomes were considered and given in-principle agreement by the Building Ministers' Forum on Friday 19 February 2016.

Have your say on the strategies for addressing non-conforming building products

The Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works, as the SOG Secretariat, is coordinating feedback on implementing the strategies to address non-conforming building products, outlined in the SOG's report.

We encourage you to let us know your feedback by reviewing the SOG report's strategies and answering the following questions:

  1. Do you have any feedback that would assist with implementing the agreed recommendations/strategies?
  2. Are you aware of any impediments to implementing the agreed recommendations/strategies, and do you have any suggestions for overcoming them?

Written submissions

Please send written submissions by:

  • Email: BCQ-NCPSOG@hpw.qld.gov.au
    Feedback on the strategies to address non-conforming building products (as email subject line)
  • Mail:
    Feedback on the strategies to address non-conforming building products
    GPO Box 2457
    Brisbane QLD 4001

Submissions close 5pm, Monday, 18 April 2016. Submissions will not be accepted after this date.

More information

  • For additional information on the Building Ministers Forum, visit the Australian Government's Department of Industry, Innovation and Science website.
  • For further questions about the SOG, please email BCQ-NCPSOG@hpw.qld.gov.au

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