Banning dangerous cladding and keeping Victorians safe

Learn about the actions being taken by the Victorian Government to address combustible external wall cladding on Victorian buildings.

The Andrews Labor Government continues to lead the world in its response to combustible cladding with a ban on high risk cladding products on new multi-storey buildings.

Taking effect from February 1, 2021 the ban will prohibit the use of flammable aluminium composite panels (ACP) and rendered expanded polystyrene (EPS) as external wall cladding on all future multi-storey developments such as apartment buildings, and other residential buildings such as hotels and aged care facilities with 2 or more storeys.

The ban also applies to the use of these products on office buildings, shopping centres or other retail premises, warehouses, factories and car parks with three or more storeys. 

Applying the ban to new multi-storey developments limits the potential risk to the public from any future inappropriate use and reduces the risk of cladding fire incidents.

Media release: Banning Dangerous Cladding and Keeping Victorians Safe
Cladding ban: Frequently Asked Questions
CSIRO report: Fire performance and test methods for ACP external wall cladding
Cost-benefit analysis: options to ban combustible cladding in Victoria
Victorian Building Authority EPS Report

Reviewed 14 February 2021

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