Fire safety reforms to put consumers first

30 July 2017

Families across New South Wales will be safer in their homes with the announcement of a wide-ranging fire safety package by the state government.

Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said the 10 point plan was Australia’s most comprehensive response to the issues around London’s Grenfell Tower fire last month.

The 10 point plan includes:

  1. A comprehensive building product safety scheme that would prevent the use of dangerous products on buildings
  2. Identifying buildings that might have aluminium or other cladding
  3. Writing to the building / strata managers or owners of those buildings to encourage them to inspect the cladding and installation of cladding, if it exists
  4. NSW Fire and Rescue visiting all buildings on the list, as part of a fire safety education program. This will allow them to gather information they need to prepare for a potential fire at that building, and provide additional information to building owners
  5. Creating a new fire safety declaration that will require high rise residential buildings to inform state and local governments as well as NSW Fire and Rescue if their building has cladding on it
  6. Expediting reforms to toughen up the regulation of building certifiers
  7. Reforms to create an industry based accreditation, that will ensure only skilled and experienced people can do fire safety inspections
  8. Establishing a whole of government taskforce that will coordinate and roll out the reforms
  9. Instructing all government departments to audit their buildings and determine if they have aluminium cladding, with an initial focus on social housing
  10. Writing to local councils to follow up on correspondence they received from the state government, after Melbourne’s Lacrosse Tower fire, in 2016.

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