Non-Conforming Building Products
NCBP Audit Taskforce
The Queensland Government has established the Non-Conforming Building Products Audit Taskforce to identify Queensland buildings with a potential fire risk in relation to external wall cladding through targeted audits. The Taskforce is working to identify government and privately-owned buildings of possible concern.
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 Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC). Work has been prioritised, starting with hospitals, aged-care facilities, schools, accommodation buildings, high-occupancy public and private buildings, and high-rise office buildings.
The QBCC is supporting local authorities to identify any privately owned 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.
I think I have cladding on my building. What should I do?
Buildings with cladding are not necessarily dangerous. There are many factors that need to be taken into account, including existing fire safety systems, so each case needs to be carefully reviewed and assessed by experts.
If you are a tenant in the building or own a unit in the building, contact the building owner, building manager or body corporate official and alert them of your concerns.
If you are a building owner, we advise you to contact a building industry professional to help you assess whether your building has potentially combustible cladding.
Owners should engage an industry professional to help you to assess the cladding on your building and if necessary, suggest a rectification method. Mitigation measures may include the installation of a fire engineering or performance solution, such as an extended sprinkler system or by complete or targeted removal of any non-compliant materials.
If you do not already know a suitable fire engineer, a list is available from industry peak bodies, including:
- Fire Protection Association Australia – phone 1300 731 922 – www.fpaa.com.au/provider
- National Fire Industry Association – phone (07) 3882 6924- www.nfia.com.au
- Engineers Australia – phone 1300 653 113 www.engineersaustralia.org.au
- Board of Professional Engineers (Qld) – phone (07) 3210 3100
- The Institution of Fire Engineers – phone (08) 8278 9844
If you do not already know a suitable building certifier, a list is available from industry peak bodies, including:
- Australian Institute of Building Surveyors – phone 1300 312 427 – www.aibs.com.au
- Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors – phone 02 9216 2333 – www.rics.org
Additional information is available at the end of this page, and you can also call the QBCC on 139 333.
Are Queensland buildings safe?
Maintaining the safety of Queensland buildings involves many factors, including the efficiency of existing fire safety installations and systems.
It is important to note that investigations by the 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 Taskforce will work closely with building owners and local authorities to explore solutions.