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Cladding Product Safety Panel

An expert panel of building and construction specialists supports the removal of unsafe cladding in NSW.

The Cladding Product Safety Panel (CPSP) has expertise in fire safety engineering, product testing, building surveying and certification, and construction and building insurance. Panel members were appointed by the Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation on 29 July 2020.

The CPSP provides expert advice to the NSW Cladding Taskforce and the Cladding Support Unit on the suitability of cladding replacement products and external wall assembly methods.

It will ensure guidance is available to local councils, consent authorities and building owners to make consistent, sustainable and cost-effective decisions in relation to rectification work.

The CPSP is also designed to ensure that rectified buildings can be fully and affordably insured, by enabling the insurance industry to better quantify cladding risks and risk control measures.

About the panel

The CPSP is an advisory committee for the Commissioner for Fair Trading, Building Commissioner and the Fire Safety & External Wall Cladding Taskforce pursuant to section 9B of the Fair Trading Act 1987. The eight-member panel is chaired by Professor Mark Hoffman, who led the investigation into building failures at Mascot and Opal towers.

The following have been appointed until 28 July 2023:

  • Chair - Professor Mark Hoffman
  • Member - Mr Stephen Durnford, NSW Department of Customer Service
  • Member and Deputy Chair - Dr Marianne Foley, building and construction expert
  • Member - Mr Allan Harriman OAM, fire safety engineering expert
  • Member - Mr Robert Marinelli, building surveying and building work certification expert
  • Member - Mr Stephan Netting, Fire and Rescue NSW
  • Member - Professor Bijan Samali, fire safety engineering expert
  • Member - Mr Karl Sullivan, Insurance Council of Australia

The CPSP will meet to review and discuss matters and formulate advice. The Department of Customer Service provides secretariat and other services to support the Panel’s work.

The panel’s role

The CPSP will only provide expert advice, it  does not have regulatory or decision-making powers. Consent authorities (local councils) remain the relevant regulatory authorities responsible for assessing the safety and compliance of buildings, issuing and enforcing rectification orders and determining the suitability of rectification proposals.

The CPSP will provide advice to the Cladding Taskforce and the Cladding Support Unit, which will share relevant advice with local councils in line with the existing support arrangements. Advice that is of wider interest or application will be published and made available for building owners and industry practitioners to access when they are making decisions about particular products or solutions that might be used in the rectification of buildings.

What the panel will consider

The CPSP will consider cladding products and assembly methods available in the NSW marketplace, with a particular focus on new or novel products or solutions. Local councils can request that the panel consider specific matters  when the Council is assessing particular remediation plans put forward by building owners, especially where they involve new or novel products, installation methods or fire safety solutions. The Panel’s Chair will determine the particular matters to be considered, in consultation with the Cladding Taskforce and the Building Commissioner.

Matters can be submitted for consideration by contacting the CPSP Secretariat.

For more information, please contact the Cladding Product Safety Panel – Make an enquiry.

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