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Tracking Aluminium Composite Panels across NSW

18 December 2017

Joint media release with the New South Wales Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Victor Dominello MP, and the New South Wales Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, Matt Kean MP

A pilot program to track the movements of Aluminium Composite Panels (ACPs) will be rolled out across New South Wales in a collaborative approach to maintaining building safety.

The pilot will involve a number of manufacturers and suppliers of external wall façades providing data to the New South Wales Building Regulator to help track what types and where ACPs are being used, which will greatly assist the Regulator’s compliance monitoring capability.

The announcement was made today after a joint meeting between Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Craig Laundy, New South Wales Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello, New South Wales Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Matt Kean, along with building material manufacturers and suppliers.

Minister Laundy said this program was a logical step to ensuring Australians could continue to have faith in the built environment and applauded the companies for participating in the pilot.

“ACPs have multiple uses in building construction. This pilot program will enable us to record all its uses and identify any inappropriate uses,” Minister Laundy said.

“This pilot program is another example of industry and governments working together to improve compliance, so we can restore confidence in the use of aluminium cladding products in Australia’s built environment,” he said.

NSW Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Matt Kean said NSW has just introduced tough new laws to make sure that building products are not being used unsafely.

“While not all cladding is unsafe, after Grenfell, we need to ensure that we identify any high rise buildings that may have a fire risk due to cladding,” Mr Kean said.

“This pilot program will help us find buildings where aluminium composite cladding has been used so we can make sure those buildings are safe.”

Minister Dominello said New South Wales was the logical choice to host the pilot program.

“New South Wales has the highest population of any Australian state and territory,” Minister Dominello said. But we also have a sophisticated data analytic capability.

“Our digital architecture is world renowned and we are pleased to be working with these businesses and the federal government to ensure the safety of our built environment.”

The new pilot project also complements the Commonwealth’s ongoing program to provide the states and territories with import data on aluminium composite cladding and other building products.

The import data sharing arrangement between governments helps reduce information barriers and support states and territories to track movements of cladding and ensure these products are used in ways that comply with the National Construction Code.

The Commonwealth is also currently investigating new ways to make the import data process even better.

This includes plans to link polyethylene core aluminium cladding with a unique identifying number in Commonwealth border systems to help further refine the data received by states and territories.

Media contact: Minister Laundy's office 02 6277 4345