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Victorian funding for cladding rectification the right move

Posted on : Tuesday, 16 July 2019

The Victorian Government has announced a new $600 million package to rectify buildings with combustible cladding in the state, enacting one of the key recommendations of the Victorian Cladding Taskforce final report, which was also released today.

 

The grants are expected to fund rectification of hundreds of buildings over the next five years. Half of the funding will be directly provided by the Victorian Government, while the remaining $300 million will be raised from an increase to the building permit levy over the next five years.

 

A dedicated agency, Cladding Safety Victoria, will oversee the program, manage funding and work with owners corporations. Work will begin within weeks on an initial group of 15 buildings identified as high risk by the Victorian Cladding Taskforce.

 

"The main objective of this new program is to make sure people are safe, and we support it entirely," said Scott Williams, CEO of Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia).

 

"But while this is great news for homeowners in Victoria currently living in buildings with combustible cladding, more work must be done to make sure new buildings don't end up in the same situation."

 

"To ensure compliance with our building rules, we require all roles and responsibilities in the construction sector to be clearly defined, and to be performed by competent people."

 

"We have long called for the establishment of a national taskforce to implement the recommendations of the Shergold-Weir report, and we repeat the call for that to be discussed at the Building Ministers Forum meeting later this week."