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Cladding Safety Victoria has sped up rectification works to get more cladding removed from apartments sooner and support the construction industry in the wake of COVID-19.
Program funding has been fast-tracked and builders of good repute will be allowed to come back and perform rectification works on their original buildings.
This model provides a guaranteed line of construction work, sending a strong message to the building and property sector – who employ almost one tenth of Victorians – that we are working hard to assist in protecting jobs during COVID-19 while also making buildings safer, faster.
We expect the time it takes to have rectification plans in place to be reduced from 33 weeks to 16 weeks where the original builder is involved.
Strict vetting and monitoring processes around practitioner conduct will provide robust assurance that the practitioner is able to work in the program.
Every building is individual and comes with its own complexities. Cladding Safety Victoria is working through the problems directly with owners corporations to put a firm plan in place for rectification and that will continue for buildings where the original builder is unsuitable.
In cases where the original builder is ineligible to participate, or chooses not to, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning will chase cost recovery.
Building practitioners that have done the wrong thing remain financially liable.
Our cladding rectification program is the first of its kind and we’re making sure our program adapts and evolves through the COVID-19 pandemic.