Safer Buildings has been established to help identify buildings in Queensland that may have potentially combustible cladding.
The use of combustible cladding on buildings is a safety concern for Queenslanders. Building owners are responsible for ensuring the safety of occupants.
The New Cladding Laws
It is estimated that over 12,000 buildings in Queensland fall underneath the new cladding laws entitled The Building and Other Legislation (Cladding) Amendment Regulation (2018).
These new laws require building owners to report to the QBCC about the cladding material that has been used on the exterior of their building.
The new laws came into effect on the 1st of October 2018 which means that by law, some building owners will need to assess the safety of their buildings.
What buildings are affected?
Buildings that are required to be assessed must meet all four of these criteria:
- Building class 2 to 9
- Type A or B construction
- Built or modified since 1 January 1994
If you are unsure of your building class or construction type, refer to the infographic below.
Assessing your building
The Safer Buildings assessment is to be completed online by visiting the Safer Buildings combustible cladding checklist.
Many building owners will receive letters from the QBCC to prompt them to complete this, however some buildings won’t receive this notification.
Note: Not receiving a notification letter does not exempt an owner from the requirements.
What Will The Checklist Ask?
Safer Buildings is a secure website and will require you to prove your digital identity using a QGov login.
Before you get to the checklist questions, you must also confirm you are the owner or an approved agent for the building, and confirm if the building was built or altered since 1 January 1994.
Then, you will be asked 4 questions about your building.
- What is your building used for?
- How many levels are in your building?
- What is the floor area of your building?
- What building materials are used on the exterior of the building?To complete Part 1, you are required to print off, sign and upload a statutory declaration.
Completing Checklist Part 2
After you have answered the 4 simple questions in Part 1, you will find out if you have to proceed to Part 2 of the checklist.