In recent years, there have been increasing reports of non-conforming products including structural steel bolts, combustible cladding, copper pipe tubing, fire collars and products with asbestos. This has affected the safety and construction quality of Australian buildings.
The NCPR aims to gather up-to-date product conformity information from various government and industry groups to raise a greater awareness of product conformity among designers, specifiers, contractors, manufacturers and the general public.
Federal Government News
Senate enquiry into non-conforming products
An inquiry into the effects of non-conforming building products on the Australian building and construction industry. (http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Economics/Non-conforming_products)
The committee’s reporting dates are:
- 6 September 2017: Interim report – external cladding materials; http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Economics/Non-conforming45th/Interim_report_cladding
- 31 October 2017: Interim report – asbestos; and
- 30 April 2018: Final inquiry report.
Submissions to the inquiry into non-conforming building products received by the Senate Standing Committee
AIA focused on the importance of NATA/JAS-ANZ’s accreditation of conformity assessment bodies and welcomes the development of third-party product certification schemes to avoid fraudulent documentation and a lack of quality assessment.
AIB (2015), Submission #16
AIB made a recommendation for the federal government to establish a national building compliance office. The proposed office manages a National Register of Certified Construction Products (NRCCP). This facility aims to ensure compliance and improve standards.
Consult Australia made a recommendation to establish an independent Procurement Centre of Excellence to develop and implement best practice procurement and deliver value for money.
Engineers Australia identified issues caused by non-compliant products, in particular fire safety hazards in multistorey buildings. Engineers Australia emphasised the importance of accredited qualification of fire engineers. In the Submission, attention was brought to the benefits of a propose National Engineering Register (NER), aiming to be developed by Engineers Australia. https://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/sites/default/files/resources/Public%20Affairs/Senate%20Inquiry%20into%20Non%20Conforming%20Building%20Products%20(Cth%2C%20July%202017).pdf
MBA, Submission #35
Master Builders welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission to the Senate Economics References Committee Inquiry into Non-Conforming Building Products (the Inquiry) in response to the additional terms of reference into the illegal importation of products containing asbestos.
Dept of Industry & Science, Submission #43
The submission focuses on the Australian standards and conformance framework and its global position. http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Economics/Non-conforming_products/Submissions
ABCB (2015), Submission #49
ABCB suggested that adding mandatory product certification to the regulations is not necessarily the answer to the non-conforming building products issue, a review of the compliance and enforcement regimes that exist is more likely to yield the right answers. http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Economics/Non-conforming_products/Submissions
On 23 June 2015, the Senate referred the matter of non-conforming building products to the Economics References Committee for inquiry and report. An Interim Report was made to provide the context and concerns raised by various industry submissions.
AIA Interim Advisory Note
AIA has taken comprehensive measures to keep members informed about the importance of using materials that are ‘fit for purpose.’
This AIBS Policy on Building Regulatory Reform in Australia seeks to identify and define the key components of an effective building regulatory system and to demonstrate that within such a system many aspects are interconnected and support each other.
General information on non-conforming building products (NCBP) and relevant links on ABCB
State Government News
On 1 November 2017, the Non-conforming Building Products – Chain of Responsibility and Other Matters Amendment Act has come into effect in Queensland.
Information on non-conforming building products in NSW:
Building safety information on non-conforming and non-complying building products:
If you suspect that a building product is non-conforming (ie. not what it claims to be), the Department of Justice wants to know.
Background information on Non-conforming building products (NCBPs)
Building work in the Northern Territory must conform and comply with the National Construction Code, relevant technical standards and laws to make our buildings safe.
Information on Non-conforming building products (NCBPs)