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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 26 October 2017) . . Page.. 4473 ..

Aluminium composite panels—Summary of findings—Phase 1 Audit—30 June 2017, Table compiled by ACT Health—

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the papers.

Leave granted.

MR GENTLEMAN: I table a report in response to the motion of 20 September 2017, on aluminium composite cladding. The report includes, firstly, an update on planning and works to remove and replace aluminium composite panels at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children; a list of ACT Health buildings assessed for aluminium composite cladding and the findings of the ACT Health desktop audit; an update on the audit of ACT government buildings, including findings to date; and a report on issues raised by the ACT government in 2009-10 relating to the non-compliant use of aluminium composite panels and how the ACT government ensures the fire safety of all buildings.

I also table a copy of the report Combustible facade cladding—preliminary fire safety assessment, ACT Health Procurement and Capital Works Centenary Hospital for Women and Children Garran ACT CA 170095. As the report outlines, our highest priority to date is to work through the buildings that provide residential accommodation and buildings where it may be difficult for occupants to evacuate on their own, such as hospitals and schools.

The report outlines that ACT Health has identified five additional buildings for further investigations and that there are other government buildings that do have ACPs. The whole-of-government working group is continuing to work through the implications of this type of cladding. The working group, along with expert engineering advice, will assess the suitability of the use of ACP materials on all building types across the ACT government property portfolio.

Where the use of ACP has been identified, current indications are that it is often used as an attachment or on buildings where its use would pose a low risk. Work will be finalised to confirm the type and fire resistance of ACPs used on buildings, and that the use and location of any ACP does not pose a risk to occupants safely evacuating a building in a fire.

When building ministers met early in October we all agreed to use our laws and powers to help prevent the non-compliant use of combustible ACPs. The report I am tabling today outlines the ACT’s building approval process and how combustible ACPs are treated under that process. This is a great example of how our laws and regulations continue to be applied to make sure that ACPs are used appropriately in the territory. I thank members for their interest in this matter and look forward to providing further updates as the review progresses.


Mr Ramsay presented the following paper:

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