Non-Conforming Building Products
The Queensland Government has established an Audit Taskforce to identify Queensland buildings with a potential fire risk in relation to external wall cladding through targeted audits. The Audit Taskforce is working to identify government and privately owned buildings of possible concern.
Work is being prioritised, starting with hospitals, aged care facilities, schools, accommodation buildings, high occupancy public and private buildings, and high-rise office buildings.
The Taskforce is made up of representatives from the Department of Housing and Public Works, Queensland Health, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) and the QBCC.
In relation to privately owned properties, the QBCC is supporting local authorities to identify any buildings of concern.
Investigations include a review of building certification documents, visual inspections by building surveyors and/or fire engineers, and independent tests of any material of concern in accredited laboratories.
Are Queensland buildings safe?
Maintaining the safety of Queensland buildings involves many factors, including the adequacy of existing fire safety installations and systems.
It is important to note that investigations by the Audit Taskforce are in addition to an already strong building safety system in Queensland. Mandatory fire safety installations and systems in commercial and accommodation buildings may include fire alarms, sprinkler systems, and evacuation requirements. Hospitals have comprehensive emergency safety measures in place.
If issues are identified during the audit process, the Audit Taskforce will work closely with building owners and local authorities to explore solutions.
While the risk of an incident is low, if you have any concerns about the cladding on your building please call the QBCC on 139 333, Alternatively, contact the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services via the enquiries area on its website.
You can also view the fact sheets below for more information: