Owners corporations are the managers of the common property of an apartment building, and are ultimately responsible for managing and rectifying issues brought to their attention through Building Orders and Building Notices issued by the Victorian Building Authority or the local council. This includes notices and orders in relation to the rectification of combustible cladding.
Cladding Safety Victoria funds rectification works for higher-risk buildings. For buildings within this scope, Cladding Safety Victoria assists owners corporations to rectify combustible cladding on their apartment buildings. Responsibility for the building always rests with the owners and owners corporations and participation in Cladding Safety Victoria’s program is entirely voluntary.
What is the role of an owners corporation in our Program?
The owners corporation is an essential part of any process to rectify non-compliant cladding.
What coronavirus resources are available to help owners corporations?
Owners corporations are encouraged to provide residents and tenants with safety information about coronavirus. Please download this poster which can be provided to residents in buildings where cladding work is underway:
I’m not sure if my building is eligible under Cladding Safety Victoria’s program – how can I find out more?
Cladding Safety Victoria has advised that our building is eligible for cladding rectification works under its program – what now?
Owners corporations of buildings within the program will be guided through the process to rectification by Cladding Safety Victoria, who will appoint a Customer Liaison Officer to assist with the process. The owners corporation will be ultimately responsible for the rectification works, with funding where appropriate and expert guidance provided by Cladding Safety Victoria. Find out more about .
If Cladding Safety Victoria have contacted the owners corporation about their involvement in the program, should I advise tenants in the building?
Once contacted by a Customer Liaison Officer at Cladding Safety Victoria, we advise that you contact all tenants living in the building to inform them of involvement in the program and to remind all tenants to be fire safe. To help with this process, owners corporations can advise tenants of our website for more information and remind tenants of practical fire safety tips to ensure they keep themselves, their families and their residence safe from the risk of fire.
Combustible cladding replacements you can claim
To claim a deduction, you must replace the combustible cladding with fire resistant cladding. You must treat replacement of combustible cladding as capital works. This is because the ATO treats the replacement of cladding as:
- an entire functional structure (being the outer covering of the building)
- an improvement in the function of the outer covering of the building
Combustible cladding replacement doesn’t meet the requirements to be deductible as a repair or environmental protection activity.
How can owners corporations ensure buildings are fire safe?
How can I contact Cladding Safety Victoria for more information?
We’ve provided information on our website about the program, your building’s eligibility, funding and the steps to rectification. If you can’t find what you’re looking for or have questions, contact Cladding Safety Victoria:
Reviewed 12 July 2021