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Monday, 10 August 2015
Page: 7868

Imported Aluminium Cladding

(Question No. 828)


Mr Kelvin Thomson asked the Minister representing the Minister for Employment, in writing, on 25 June 2015:

In respect of the danger of using imported (from China) flammable substandard aluminium cladding on high rise buildings, as demonstrated by the (a) 2012 Symposium on Fire Science and Technology where it was revealed that 59 people in China had died as a result of fire fuelled by such cladding, and (b) substandard aluminium cladding-fuelled fire in Melbourne's Lacrosse Tower in November 2014, what action, if any, has the Government taken, or will it take, to reduce the risk of such existing cladding on Australian high rise buildings.


Mr Pyne: The Minister for Employment has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

State and territory building and planning legislation sets out the legal framework for the regulation of the construction of buildings, building standards (including compliance with the National Construction Code) and maintenance of specific building safety features. The Australian Government has no direct role in regulating building products.

The Lacrosse Tower fire in Melbourne is being investigated by the Victorian Building Authority, as matters such as this are primarily the responsibility of state and territory building and planning regulators.

Work health and safety regulators are monitoring developments to determine if any action is required in relation to work health and safety, particularly for construction workers.