About Project Remediate
Project Remediate is a three-year program to help remove combustible cladding on an estimated 225 buildings known to the Cladding Taskforce.
Eligible building owners will be helped through:
- interest-free loans over a 10-year period with repayments to commence upon completion of the work
- assurance and program management services to provide technical and practical support to owners corporations and strata managing agents
Project Remediate is a voluntary program.
Joining Project Remediate is a unique opportunity to work with industry experts in remediation solutions who will support owners and residents throughout the process.
It will lead to a:
- remediation solution that is done to your requirements at a high standard and a fair price
- building that can be fairly insured without cladding-related exclusions or premium increases.
Register your interest
Project Remediate has several registration and application processes underway.
Strata managers or owners corporations must register their interest in Project Remediate by 31 January 2022.
Cladding suppliers, building investigators or design teams registrations are open.
What are the benefits of Project Remediate?
- a 10-year, interest-free loan to fund the cost of the remediation work, with repayments commencing after the work is completed.
- certainty on the cost of remediation work through lump-sum pricing
- up-front investment in investigation and detailed design to reduce unexpected costs and delays
- program-wide sourcing of designs, expertise and services for value and efficiency.
- program management, design, building, assurance and certification work delivered by qualified, reputable industry experts
- a thorough investigation and assessment of your building to identify any issues before the work starts
- a solution to suite your building’s requirements, designed by an expert design team
- safe cladding products and systems endorsed by the Cladding Product Safety Panel
- a building that qualifies for full insurance without cladding-related exclusions or premium increases
Your building must be:
- a residential apartment building (Class 2) in NSW. This includes multi-use buildings, for example part commercial/part residential
- confirmed by the NSW Cladding Taskforce to have a high-risk combustible cladding façade that requires remediation.
Program management and quality assurance from industry experts
The support provided through Project Remediate will help you navigate the remediation process and receive a high-quality, safe and insurable solution delivered by industry experts.
Hansen Yuncken has been appointed by the NSW Government as managing contractor to coordinate all activities necessary to deliver a safe and durable solution for each building.
They will guide owners corporations through the process from start to finish, keeping them informed of work or decisions affecting the building and matters relating to design, scheduling, safety and building access.
They will procure the services of qualified and reputable industry experts to deliver the work to the highest standards of safety and quality.
ACOR Consulting has been appointed as Global Façade Consultant (GFC) to provide essential advice to guide the design of façade remediation solutions for the program.
They will develop and maintain a pattern-book of program-wide design guidelines used for each building, and work with owners corporations to develop remediation designs and a plan following an expert investigation and assessment of their building.
The GFC will work in close consultation with the Cladding Product Safety Panel (CPSP) to inform the selection of remediation products and systems to deliver a safe and insurable result.
Other measures that support the remediation services under this program include:
- verification by a qualified professional to confirm that the work and documentation is compliant with standards under the program
- regulatory powers held by the Office of the Building Commissioner to obtain building documentation, investigate building work and defects and issue orders for rectification.
Financial support for owners corporations
Owners corporations with combustible cladding are eligible for a payment of between $10,000 and $15,000 to help with strata management costs of participating in Project Remediate.
Financial support for councils
Councils can access a payment for the administration needed for buildings that join Project Remediate.
For strata communities
This free, 2-hour online course is for strata managers and owners corporations of self-managed schemes.
It explains what's involved in Project Remediate so you can help your owners corporation make an informed decision about joining.
- how the program works and the benefits
- eligibility and how to participate
For the building and construction industry
Safety standards on occupied sites
This 2-hour online course is for anyone that works in cladding remediation.
It explains the best practice standards and enhanced safety requirements that apply to replacing flammable cladding on Project Remediate worksites.
You’ll learn about:
- working on occupied sites and safely at heights
- the Possession of Site Passport
- the site risk assessment framework and incident reporting
- fire risks and how to mitigate them
Before you can start working on a Project Remediate worksite you need to successfully complete this course.
Apartment owners guide
The apartment owners guide (PDF, 1.23 MB) helps strata communities understand the Project Remediate program, how to join it and what's involved.
Flammable cladding support for strata communities
The flammable cladding support for strata communities guide (PDF, 764.96 KB) helps owners corporations understand Project Remediate.
Strata resolution / motion examples
Owners corporations who join Project Remediate need to agree to several things over the course of the program. This document provides some examples of motions for your Owners Corporation meetings (DOCX, 54.92 KB).
We hosted two briefings on 1 September 2021 - one for the building and construction industry and one for strata communities and councils.
The briefings featured everyone involved in Project Remediate, including:
- the Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation, The Hon. Kevin Anderson MP
- the NSW Building Commissioner, David Chandler OAM
- the Project Remediate team
- the Project Remediate Managing Contractor Hansen Yuncken
- SafeWork NSW
- Fire and Rescue NSW
- Strata Community Association, and
- workplace safety and cladding subject matter experts.
Materials from the briefings include:
- a video recording and transcript,
- the agenda,
- PowerPoint presentations and
- common questions from each briefing.
Key dates for Project Remediate
|Expression of Interest (EOI) process for program assurance managing contractor||Closed||17 March 2021|
|EOI process for financial providers||Closed||30 March 2021|
|Register your interest for the program||Open||until 31 January 2022|
|Managing contractor appointed||Closed||August 2021|
|Global Façade Contractor appointed||Closed||October 2021|
|Financial providers appointed||Pending||Late 2021|
|Remediation scoping and design||Open||from late 2021|
|Remediation work||Pending||from early 2022|
Questions and answers
The term ‘cladding’ refers to lightweight panels that have been applied to a building’s external walls or to any other external area of the building.
Some types of cladding, made from aluminium composite panels (also called ACPs) and other metal composite materials, have been recognised as posing increased fire safety risk if they are selected or installed incorrectly.
The Cladding Taskforce considers buildings high-risk if they have combustible cladding of a type, amount and configuration that increases the risk of fire spread and the risk to occupants and/or firefighters in the event of a fire.
Owners will have been contacted by the consent authority (local council or Department of Planning, Industry and Environment) or the NSW Cladding Taskforce if their building has been identified by government.
If you believe that your building has this type of cladding and it has not been identified by authorities or been assessed by a qualified professional, you should:
- contact the local council or consent authority for your building, if you have not already done so, to discuss the status of your building
- refer to any fire safety assessment reports that may have been obtained for your building
- consider having an authorised representative of the owners corporation register your interest in Project Remediate.
If you are a tenant, contact your building owner as they will have been informed by either Department of Planning, Industry and Environment or Local Council about whether the building has potentially combustible cladding. The building owner will also know the status of the building assessment if this has been completed.
Where the owners corporations have already arranged the commencement of remediation work, and they are interested in joining Project Remediate, they can register their interest. The Office of Project Remediate will contact all registrants to request the relevant documentation related to the status of investigations, design and remediation work. These records will be reviewed individually to determine if the remediation work meets the program’s standards. The Office of Project Remediate will inform the owners corporation of the conditions that would apply for their building to join the program.
What if we have already completed remediation work?
Owners corporations that have already completed remediation work and are interested in Project Remediate may register their interest. The Office of Project Remediate will contact all registrants to request the relevant documentation related to completed works. These cases will be reviewed individually to determine if the work completed meets the program’s standards.
The Office of Project Remediate will inform the owners corporation of the conditions that the building work would need to meet to be considered for a loan or other financing arrangement.
Project Remediate is not mandatory. It is one way of getting the cladding remediated. If a building is identified as eligible, it is up to the owners corporation to decide how to fund and deliver the required cladding remediation. If not joining the program, the owners corporation can choose to arrange their own remediation work in consultation with the consent authority (usually local council).