Industry calls for national action at Building Ministers’ Forum

Posted on : Thursday, 7 February 2019

This Friday, Fire Protection Association Australia's (FPA Australia) Deputy CEO/General Manager of Technical Services Matthew Wright will travel to Hobart at the invitation of the Building Ministers' Forum (BMF) to attend their upcoming meeting.


In light of this week's Neo200 fire in Melbourne, The BMF meeting is expected to be focused on combustible cladding and the broader compliance problems in the Australian construction sector it has exposed.


At the meeting, FPA Australia will renew its call for the recommendations of the Shergold-Weir Building Confidence report to be implemented in a nationally-consistent fashion.


"While the Shergold-Weir report set out a clear roadmap to address the problems with building compliance in June last year, we still haven't seen any affirmative action on its recommendations at a consistent state and territory or national level," said Mr Wright.


"At the moment, every time Australians buy an apartment they are playing Russian roulette when it comes to compliance, even if that apartment is brand new. To stop that happening, we need the Shergold-Weir recommendations to be implemented consistently across the country."


"Someone in Sydney deserves their home to be as safe as someone in Melbourne or Perth or Darwin."


"Industry has to be part of the compliance fix, and we're pushing ahead in a range of areas. But to truly address this issue and deliver the buildings Australians deserve, government needs to be as dedicated to this as we are."


FPA Australia believes that the success of the Shergold-Weir recommendations is dependent on their nationally-consistent implementation.


The Association is calling on the BMF to establish a new National Construction Code Implementation Taskforce (NCCIT), drawing together government and industry to manage the development of a model NCC Administrative Code to harmonise requirements and compliance with the NCC across all states and territories wherever possible.

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