Process for fixing high-risk buildings

Find out the process and timeline for fixing your building through Cladding Safety Victoria.

The process

Your building will first need to be assessed by the Statewide Cladding Audit. See eligibility and assessment.

Will all cladding be removed?

Buildings are unique and therefore rectification solutions vary. Each building will need to be assessed on a case-by-case basis.  

Full removal may be one option available in reducing the risk posed by combustible cladding. 

Some cladding may remain on buildings if it meets safety and compliance requirements, but there might be additional safety measures needed, such as additional sprinklers, to ensure a building is safe.

Timeline for rectification works

Find out how rectification works will roll out across affected buildings.

High-risk buildings will be fixed first

The Victorian Government will commence with 15 projects. Other buildings within Cladding Safety Victoria’s scope will be prioritised based on risk, ensuring the highest-risk buildings are rectified first.

Buildings have been selected from those assessed by the Statewide Cladding Audit and deemed to be in the highest risk category. These buildings have a range of challenges that may prevent or delay rectification, including:

  • Financial difficulty 
  • Disagreements among owners regarding approach to rectification 
  • Additional challenges relevant to the individual building’s circumstances

There are a number of buildings that will need to be assessed and/or rectified. It is likely that it will take a number of years to fully complete these works.

Rectification priority will be determined based on risk. Once a building’s priority has been determined, Cladding Safety Victoria will work with owners regarding timing expectations. We appreciate your patience, as we work to ensure the highest risks are managed first.  

The Victorian Building Authority will continue to audit buildings through the Statewide Cladding Audit and refer to Cladding Safety Victoria as required. 

Cladding Safety Victoria may need to amend the rectification program schedule, to ensure buildings that have the highest risk are prioritised. 

Can I get my building fixed earlier than Cladding Safety Victoria’s timeline?

If an owners corporation wants to bring forward rectification works ahead of the timeline indicated in discussion with Cladding Safety Victoria, this may be accommodated, but will likely require owners to play a more active role in the rectification process.

In some cases, owners corporations may need to provide upfront funding for rectification works, with any assessment and determination for funding eligibility to be determined at a later stage.

Moderate to low-risk buildings

If your building is not considered to be of a higher risk, guidance may be available for you to carry out any required rectification works.

Where an owners corporation is not eligible for funding through Cladding Safety Victoria, Cladding Rectification Agreements may be accessed to support owners in accessing required funds.

A Cladding Rectification Agreement is a three-way agreement between an owner or owners corporation, a financial institution and the relevant local council. 

A financial institution lends to an owner or owners corporation and then loan repayments are paid over time through the council rates system.

To find out more, visit Cladding Rectification Agreements on the Planning Victoria website.

Reviewed 22 October 2019

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