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Cladding Safety Victoria seeks Clerk of Works

The first CEO of Victoria’s new building agency, Cladding Safety Victoria, has been appointed by Planning Minister Richard Wynne.

Cladding Safety Victoria (CSV) has undertaken an expression of interest for a Clerk of Works role to support the $600 million Cladding Rectification Program.

The Clerk of Works will ensure the program adheres to the contract schedule, quality and health and safety management requirements.

The Victorian Cladding Taskforce said the clerk of works process has largely disappeared from the building and construction industry and recommended restoring it as part of a long-term reform strategy in Victoria.

The Statewide Cladding Audit is underway, with more than 600 buildings across the state now referred to CSV.

The organisation has met with more than 450 individual owner corporations to discuss how it will assist in the removal of cladding removal on their building.

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An Independent Project Manager (IPM) will be appointed to manage the rectification process for each building once a funding decision has been made.

The IPM will work closely with owner corporations to help guide them through the process to ensure rectification works occur smoothly. More than 100 IPMs have been appointed to manage individual projects.

Technical inspections have been completed on more than 270 buildings, with plans developed to rectify each.

In addition, the Cladding Safety Victoria Bill will formally separate CSV from the Victorian Building Authority and establish it as the responsible authority for delivering the Cladding Rectification Program.

Cladding Safety Victoria CEO Dan O’Brien said the Victorian Government is one of the few in the world that’s financially supporting owners to remove higher-risk cladding.

“We’re paying close attention to the quality of the workmanship in our program. The Clerk of Works will provide ongoing checks to ensure work is done to the highest standard,” O’Brien said.

“Assembling a team of Independent Project Managers was crucial to ensure that owners corporations are working with registered and qualified practitioners from start to finish.”

“Works are underway across more buildings every week. We’re working to have four hundred private residential buildings under construction over the next two years, which will get more cladding off apartments sooner and continue to support Victoria’s construction industry in the wake of COVID-19.”

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