Queenslanders have the right to feel safe in the buildings where they live, work and play. The Safer Buildings program is a three-part checklist to help the QBCC and building owners understand the extent of combustible cladding use in Queensland.
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.
In October 2018, the Queensland Government amended the Building Regulation 2006 to add the Building and Other Legislation Cladding Amendment Regulation. New laws regarding combustible cladding took effect in Queensland from 1 October 2018.
On 1 September 2021 the Department of Energy and Public Works remade the Building Regulation 2006. The Building Regulation 2021 provides transitional arrangements that continue the combustible cladding obligations for private building owners in Part 4A of Building Regulation 2006. It also enables a person to be prosecuted for an offence under the expired combustible cladding provisions.
Queensland building owners should refer to Building Regulation 2006 for their obligations and visit the Safer Buildings website for all necessary information on how to complete the combustible cladding checklist.
Building owners in Queensland are required to register their buildings and complete the combustible cladding checklist if the building is all of the following:
- privately-owned (not owned by the State, Commonwealth or another State)
- a class 2 to 9 building
- of type A or B construction
- had a building development approval given, after 1 January 1994 but before 1 October 2018, for building work to build the building or to alter the cladding on the building.
For information on classes of building and types of construction, please refer to the Building Codes of Australia (BCA) Classes of buildings. You may find this information on the building's Certificate of Occupancy (previously known as Certificate of Classification)—if you own a building in classes 2-9.
If you are concerned about the safety of the cladding on a building in which you work, rent or own a unit, you should contact the building's owner, manager or body corporate. They will be able to confirm if the building was required to complete the combustible cladding checklist. For privacy reasons, the QBCC cannot share information about affected buildings.
For information on building owner obligations to occupants, visit the Safer Buildings website.
Safer Buildings Taskforce
In 2019, the Queensland Government established the Safer Buildings 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.
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.
The Safer Buildings Taskforce builds on the work of the Non-Conforming Building Products (NCBPs) Audit Taskforce.