Constructive Notes® - Missing links in the ‘Chain of Responsibility’, 3rd edition

Government response to the risks posed by non-conforming building products continues across the various Australian jurisdictions, albeit with limited uniformity. The legislation and preliminary audit processes have been prompted primarily by two Australian incidents – the 2014 Lacrosse Tower cladding fire in Melbourne and the 2015 national recall of Infinity electrical cabling – and, more recently, the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in London in 2017.

Those events have reinforced the need to ensure that buildings are safe from the risk of the rapid spread of fire, with a particular focus on the installation of potentially combustible cladding products, whether during original construction or any later refurbishment.

Our 3rd edition Guide examines government response to date following reports released by the Senate Economics References Committee and the Building Ministers' Forum relating to non-conforming building products in Australia.

As we monitor developments and legislative changes relating to Australian jurisdictions, the Guide also outlines the additional obligations to be imposed on the building industry, resulting in expected reform to be implemented across Australia within the next three years.

To view a copy of the Guide, please click here. If you would like to receive a PDF version, please contact us by clicking here.

Carter Newell Lawyers
May 2019