Proposed ban on use of certain types of aluminium composite panels

On 23 March 2018, the NSW Commissioner for Fair Trading, Rose Webb, called for public submissions about whether a building product use ban was warranted for certain types of external cladding on buildings and if so, what the terms of a ban might be.

The Commissioner would like to thank those persons, organisations and bodies that provided submissions.

A building product ban can be made if the use of a building product poses a safety risk.

The Commissioner is giving notice of her intention to impose a building product use ban to prohibit the use of aluminium composite panels with a core comprised of greater than 30 per cent polyethylene by mass in any external cladding, external wall, external insulation, façade or rendered finish in certain multi storey buildings, subject to specific exceptions.

The terms of the intended ban and the reasons for imposing it are set out in the intended ban notice.

Manufacturers are being provided with at least 48 hours’ notice of the intention to impose the ban in accordance with the Building Products (Safety) Act 2017.

The building product use ban is intended to come into force on Wednesday 15 August 2018 and will remain in force until it is revoked.

Any person or corporation who does not comply with the requirements of the ban can be subject to fines. A corporation found to be using a banned building product can be fined up to $1.1 million and individuals can be fined up to $220,000.

If you have any enquiries about the proposed building product use ban please contact NSW Fair Trading online or by calling 13 32 20.

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