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Action to progress cladding solutions welcomed

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The MAV and councils have welcomed the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) being appointed as the responsible authority for 283 higher-risk buildings with combustible cladding.

The MAV and councils have welcomed the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) being appointed as the responsible authority for 283 higher-risk buildings with combustible cladding.

Council Municipal Building Surveyors (MBSs) have important local knowledge and have been working collaboratively with the VBA to identify and refer at-risk buildings for assessment. In many cases, MBSs have also issued building notices and orders for these buildings to actively address safety concerns.

The MAV and councils experts have also been working to assist, where possible, with the increased VBA expertise and resourcing required to resolve cladding issues. This demonstrates recognition of the expertise found within councils, and the respect shared between councils and the VBA as co-regulators of our building system.

It makes sense to centralise the response to buildings initially assessed as higher risk. It will achieve a more consistent approach, and the response can be prioritised based on the requirements of each building, rather than being impacted by how many buildings require response within the resourcing constraints of a single council.

The scale of the cladding issues are complex and have been years in the making. The MAV, councils, the VBA , the Minister for Planning and the Cladding Taskforce have all worked hard to develop the most effective approach to cladding that prioritises community safety.