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Senate report confirms that non-conforming building product is still a major issue to Australia

Ai Group welcomes the Senate Economics Committee's report into non-conforming building product.

"This report reflects many of Ai Group's findings and recommendations in our landmark research document The quest for a level playing field: The non-conforming building product dilemma, released five years ago. The Senate report is the most comprehensive assessment of the problem to date by Government and validates our view that NCBP still remains a significant issue for the community," Innes Willox, Chief Executive of Ai Group said today.

"The QLD NCBP supply chain legislation has been in force for over a year and the experience of industry with its operation should form part of an assessment of the Queensland approach to test whether wider national adoption should be pursued.

"Closer collaboration and consultation between Government and industry is essential if the report's recommendations are to be successfully implemented to prevent future incidents such as the Lacrosse fire and the Infinity cable recall.

"Ai Group believes that the establishment of a building information database will inform regulatory decision making. However, consideration by policy makers should also be given to increasing the transparency of historical compliance documentation to the supply chain and building practitioners.

"Notwithstanding the comprehensive regulatory response, the Senate report is a timely reminder that the cladding issue is a small part of the larger NCBP problem. Australia still has some way to go to ensure that the regulatory frameworks governing the building and construction industry live up to community expectations for public safety and building integrity," Mr Willox said.  

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