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What is the role of an owners corporation?

Cladding Safety Victoria (CSV) assists owners corporations (OCs) with guidance and funding where eligible to rectify combustible cladding on apartment buildings. Responsibility for a building always rests with the building's owners and owners corporations and participation in CSV’s program is entirely voluntary.

However, if an owners corporation of a building deemed eligible for cladding rectification works wants to receive financial assistance from CSV, they must enter into a formal agreement before funding can be provided.

As the managers of the common property of an apartment building, owners corporations 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.

Owners corporations of buildings eligible for funding for cladding rectification within Cladding Safety Victoria's program will be guided through the process by an assigned Customer Liaison Officer. The owners corporation will be ultimately responsible for the rectification works, with funding where appropriate and expert guidance provided by Cladding Safety Victoria.

Guidance note for owners corporations involved in Cladding Rectification Program
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Essential Safety Measures

Owners corporations have a legal responsibility for the maintenance of a building’s Essential Safety Measures (ESMs) – the safety features required in a building to protect occupants in the event of a fire. If a fire occurs, well maintained ESMs can provide residents with more time to exit the building and lessen the chance of fire spreading. ESMs require ongoing care and maintenance.

ESMs may include fire detection and alarm systems, fire doors, emergency lighting and fire hydrants.

It is the responsibility of each owners corporation to:

  • ensure that the building's Essential Safety Measures, such as fire detection and alarm systems and fire extinguishers, have been maintained and can operate during an emergency;
  • keep fire doors clear of obstructions, closed and unlocked at all times; and
  • ensure all occupiers know the building’s evacuation plan and fire safety procedures.

For more information about ESMs, visit the Victorian Building Authority’s website.