2017 was a tragic turning point for the construction and safety industry with the Grenfell Tower fire in London. For Australia, it was a particularly sobering reminder of the narrowly avoided disaster at Melbourne’s Lacrosse Tower fire in 2014.
As governments, taskforces, regulators, and industry bodies continue to work together to ensure that no such tragedy happens again, the much broader discussion around non-compliant products and accountability has come into focus. In addition to the risks associated with some cladding products, the sector is coming under further scrutiny on topics such as glass, wiring and waterproofing.
In light of this changing culture, we are pleased to announce that the Australian Cladding & Building Standards Summit will be returning to Melbourne in 2018. Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, the national two-day Summit will feature solution-focused updates from state taskforces, all levels of government, leading industry bodies, insurance sector representatives, key experts, owner interest groups and emergency services. Join us for a comprehensive forum focusing on shared learning and driving change through solution driven discussion.
Raising Australian building standards – what needs to change?
At present the lack of cohesion in how construction is regulated throughout the country makes for a frustrating system, in which practitioners who operate across multiple jurisdictions face different barriers to entry and different administrative and legal requirements. Read more >>
Repairing dangerous buildings – who should pay?
As it stands, owners are having to face levies of $30,000 – $60,000 to rectify these building deficits – and there are fears that aggressive investigation work to identify unsafe buildings will further increase awareness of this issue, significantly deterring future buyers. Read more >>
Hon. Ted Baillieu
Former Premier, Victoria, Co-Chair, Victorian Cladding Taskforce
Professor Ian Bailey AM SC
Founding Chair, Society of Construction Law Australia
Dr Jonathan Barnett
Technical Director, RED Fire Engineers
General Manager, Strategy and Public Affairs, Standards Australia
Executive Officer, NSW Fire Safety and External Wall Cladding Taskforce, Executive Director, Regulatory Policy, Better Regulation Division, Department of Finance, Services & Innovation NSW
Dr Trevor Pisciotta
Director, Building, Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning Victoria
Deputy Commissioner, Queensland Building and Construction Commission
Acting Director, Fire Safety, Community Safety Directorate, Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board
Executive Director, Consumer, Building and Occupational Services, Department of Justice Tasmania
Managing Director, Weir Legal and Consulting Pty Ltd
Manager, External Cladding Audit Group, Victorian Building Authority
Chief Executive Officer, Strata Community Association
Executive Officer, City of Adelaide Building Fire Safety Committee, City Planning and Development, City of Adelaide
Technical Director, Olsson Fire & Risk
Director, Ross Taylor & Associates Pty Ltd
Partner - Commercial Litigation, McKean Park Lawyers
Member, Owners Corporation Network
Director, Egress Group Pty Ltd
Board Member, Strata Community Association Victoria