27 July 2018
On Friday 27 July the Queensland Government announced that the Building and Other Legislation (Cladding) Amendment Regulation 2018, which amends the Building Regulation 2006 and State Penalties Enforcement Regulation 2014, would commence 1 October 2018.
This is available at https://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/view/html/asmade/sl-2018-0110
We have been advised that you please note the following timeframes outlined in the regulation:
Commencement – 1 October 2018
Completion of part 1 – 29 March 2019
Completion of part 2 – 29 May 2019
Engagement of fire engineer – 27 August 2019
Completion of part 3 – 3 May 2021
Information to support the regulation is being finalised and will be available through the HPW website.
Representatives from AIBS were invited to provide feedback into the draft regulation. Whilst applauding the proactive approach the Qld Government has demonstrated with respect to the issue of non-combustible cladding, AIBS did not support the Building and Other Legislation (Cladding) Regulation in its draft form.
Concerns with the draft regulations included:
Whilst it was pleasing to note that some AIBS concerns with respect to the draft Regulations were considered and adopted by the Department, on balance AIBS remains of the opinion that in a number of respects the Building and Other Legislation (Cladding) Amendment Regulation 2018 lacks certainty and may create liabilities to a range of building professionals who had acted in good faith at the time of the construction of the affect buildings. For this reason AIBS did not support the introduction of the Building and Other Legislation (Cladding) Amendment Regulation 2018.
AIBS will however continue to advocate on behalf of members in relation to this and other important issues.