Building cladding review


Cladding describes the material used to cover the external wall of a building.

Common materials used for cladding include:

External cladding material can be part of the wall or used as an attachment. Cladding materials can meet the ACT’s building safety standards if they are installed in accordance with the National Construction Code (NCC).

Purpose of the review

The ACT Government is carrying out a review to determine whether combustible cladding materials have been used in a way that doesn’t comply with ACT building standards, or poses an unacceptable risk to building occupants.

An Inter-agency Building Cladding Review Group has been established to:

Buildings covered by the review

The review will initially include all buildings with National Construction Code classifications of Class 2–9 buildings in the ACT covered by the Building Act, with priority for buildings including classes 2, 3, 4, and 9 classifications of two storeys and higher.

Class 2, 3 and 4 buildings are residential buildings such as:

Class 9 buildings include:

It can be more difficult for occupants to safely evacuate these buildings.

Single and attached dwellings (class 1 buildings) and associated buildings such as sheds, garages and carports (class 10 buildings) are not included as the fire safety risks for these buildings are lower and so there are fewer restrictions on the type of material used for external walls in these buildings.

The review does not include buildings located in the ACT but owned by the Australian Government. The Australian Government has undertaken to review its own buildings.

The review group

The review group members are:

EPSDD chairs and coordinates the group.

Terms of reference

The review group will:

Amendment to the National Construction Code

The Building Ministers’ Forum directed the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) to expedite changes to the NCC from a comprehensive package of measures for fire safety in high rise buildings developed following the Lacrosse Apartments fire in Melbourne in 2014. At its 23 November 2017 meeting, the ABCB endorsed the release and adoption of NCC 2016 Volume One Amendment 1. The Amendment took effect on 12 March 2018. All approval applications made from this date must comply with the NCC 2016 as amended.

The main aspects of the amendment include:

More information

Find out more about:

If you have any information that would help to identify the non-compliant use of ACPs or other combustible cladding materials on a building in the ACT, contact the Building Cladding Working Group on 02 6207 8370 or claddingreview@act.gov.au.