NSW Legislation Update: Combustible Cladding
18 Sep 2018
1. In response to the ongoing tranches of legislative and regulatory reform regarding
combustible cladding across Australia, New South Wales has recently banned the use of
certain cladding material and passed legislation requiring the identification of buildings
that have combustible cladding.
Building Products (Safety) Act 2017
2. On 15 August 2018, the Commissioner for Fair Trading, imposed a building product use
ban on aluminium composite panels with a core composition of greater than 30 per
cent polyethylene by mass. The product ban relates to the use of the product in any
external cladding, external wall, external insulation, façade or rendered finish in
specified classes of buildings with certain storeys, including residential and commercial
buildings. The product ban, however, does not relate to the product which has passed
particular Australian Standard tests.
3. The product ban was introduced after a call was made by the Commissioner on 23
March 2018 for public submissions as to whether a building product use ban was
warranted for the use of aluminium composite panels and/or polystyrene products,
noting that similar bans are also in place in other states.