Monthly Archives: October 2017


6 October 2017

The third Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF) for 2017 held in Brisbane on Friday, 6 October 2017, continued to drive decisive action on potentially hazardous aluminium cladding and other efforts to improve the compliance and safety of Australian buildings.

BMF Ministers recognise the public safety concern and clear risk arising around the use of cladding that does not comply with the National Construction Code (NCC). All Ministers agreed that they will use their available laws and powers to prevent the use of aluminium composite cladding with a polyethylene (PE) core for class 2, 3, or 9 buildings of two or more storeys, and class 5, 6, 7 or 8 of three or more storeys, until such time as they are satisfied that manufacturers, importers, and installers, working in collaboration with building practitioners, will reliably comply with:

  • the newly established standard setting test against which fire retardant cladding products are deemed to be reasonable for use in high rise settings; and
  • an established and implemented system of permanent labelling on cladding products to prevent substitution.

For its part, the Commonwealth will regularly provide the states and territories with import data on (more…)

Announcement of new CEO for the VBA

VBA names new Chief Executive

The Chief Commissioner of the Victorian Building Authority (VBA), Dr Owen Donald, today announced the appointment of Ms Sue Eddy as the building regulator’s new CEO.

Ms Eddy’s appointment follows an extensive search and selection process that commenced in June this year when Prue Digby announced her intention to retire from the role.

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Sue Eddy as the VBA’s new CEO. Sue is a talented leader with an impressive track record in fiscal management, operational strategy and stakeholder engagement, and was selected from a strong field of worthy candidates,” said Dr Donald.

A former Associate Chartered Accountant, Sue Eddy is currently Lead Deputy Secretary Corporate Services at the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources where she has direct responsibility for the department’s near $2 billion operating budget and over 300 staff. She previously headed the Budget Strategy and Reform branch of the Department of Treasury and Finance, overseeing the development of successive State Government budgets.

In announcing the appointment, Dr Donald also paid tribute to Ms Digby.


NSW Government investigation finds Griffith City Council breached law on certifying multiple buildings

“I knew what I did was illegal…”

Council planning manager Carel Potgieter told the board “I knew what I did was illegal however I thought I was doing it within my delegation…”.

Council defended their actions in a submission to the BPB, highlighting problems they face in terms of staff shortages. Council said, “the motive for non-accredited officers to sign certificates was in the interest of customer service”.