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Building audits

The Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) is leading a building audit in response to recent concerns regarding the use of Aluminium Composite Panels (ACP) on buildings.

ACP is frequently used for external cladding or facades, insulation and signage along with internal applications.

The building audit will be delivered across 3 phases with phases 1 and 2 being delivered in collaboration with councils, the Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) and the Country Fire Service (CFS).

Phase 1

Phase 2

Phase 3

Buildings that are being prioritised as part of phase 1 are residential buildings over 2 storeys including hotels, motels and apartments, aged care facilities, hospitals, schools, assembly buildings and buildings with occupants who may be unfamiliar with the means of escape or require assistance to escape.


Audit progress updates


The audit is aimed at identifying buildings that may be clad with ACP products of concern, determining the level of risk and delivering appropriate recommendations to ensure buildings with ACP’s are safe.

If at any stage a building is identified as presenting a risk to safety, the State Government, local council and relevant fire authority (MFS or CFS) will take immediate action as required.

The Commonwealth and all states and territories are also undertaking audits of buildings that have ACP cladding. Concerns with Commonwealth owned buildings should be directed to the Federal Safety Commissioner.

The 3 phases of the audit process are Identification, Investigation and Respond.

Buildings that have or may have the relevant cladding of interest must first be identified.

Buildings approved after 2010 with the following characteristics will be prioritised:

  • Residential buildings more than 2 storeys including:
    • Apartments
    • Hotels
    • Motels
  • Aged care facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Assembly buildings
  • Any buildings with occupants who are likely to be unfamiliar with means of escape or require assistance to escape

Identification of buildings in the Adelaide CBD is anticipated to be completed by the end of July 2017.

The next phases will be informed by the outcomes of Phase 1.

Buildings identified in Phase 1 will be investigated (which may include inspections and review of approved plans and documentation) to determine as follows:

Under the Development Act 1993 an authorised person may undertake a range of actions.

These actions range from issuing notices to alert a relevant person of any risk to safety, through to issuing emergency orders that require immediate action be undertaken.

Any responses should be proportionate with the risk identified under Phase 2.

Phase 1 of the building audit delivered in collaboration with councils will be completed by early 2018.

11 councils have self reported buildings that warrant further consideration and investigation during Phase 2

  • Adelaide City Council
  • City of Unley
  • Kangaroo Island Council
  • Town of Gawler
  • City of Port Adelaide Enfield
  • City of Burnside
  • Rural City of Murray Bridge
  • City of Campbelltown
  • City of Port Lincoln
  • City of Victor Harbor
  • City of Holdfast Bay

20 Councils have self reported that they have no buildings of concern in Phase 1

  • Yorke Peninsula Council
  • Wakefield Regional Council
  • Alexandrina Council
  • Port Augusta Council
  • Whyalla City Council
  • District Council of Tumby Bay
  • District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula
  • The Barossa Council
  • District Council of Elliston
  • City of Mount Gambier
  • Naracoorte Lucindale Council
  • Light Regional Council
  • Loxton Waikerie Council
  • Mount Remarkable
  • Adelaide Plains Council
  • District Council of Orroroo Carrieton
  • Berri Barmera Council
  • Southern Mallee District Council
  • Wudinna District Council
  • District Council of Streaky Bay

If people have concerns about buildings they own or occupy, they should contact their council for further information.

Phase 2 of the building audit is being delivered in collaboration with councils. DPTI will engage with councils who have identified buildings of concern in Phase 1 to ensure a consistent approach to investigation.

This phase will investigate the type of ACP's and the installation method used to determine if a building poses an unacceptable risk to the safety of occupants.

This may include a review of building plans and approvals, site visits or comprehensive inspections if required.

The completion date will depend on how many buildings are identified during phase one.

Buildings determined during phase 2 as possibly posing a risk may need some rectification work to improve their safety, including:

  • replacement of the ACP’s as part of the general ongoing maintenance routine
  • removal of part or all of the ACP’s as a matter of urgency
  • placement of barriers that prevent fire spread, should an ACP catch fire.

For privately owned buildings, councils will be responsible for ensuring that owners address any buildings of concern. Government will be responsible for ensuring that its own buildings are safe.

 
StatusMilestone

July 2017
Phase 1 commenced across South Australia

July 2017
Phase 1 completed in City of Adelaide

Aug 2017
Phase 2 commenced in City of Adelaide
Early 2018 Completion of Phase 1 for remaining councils
Early 2018 Commencement of Phase 2 for remaining councils
 

Contact

To learn more about building audits in your area contact your local council.

For further information phone 1800 752 664 or e-mail DPTI.PDBuildingBranch@sa.gov.au.

Page last modified Thursday, 7 December 2017