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Lessons learnt from the Victorian Building Authority’s cladding audit in 2015
This paper provides a brief history of the first audit of cladding conducted in Australia, commencing in 2015, and provides details on the lessons learnt from the process. This includes the need for regulators to set clear expectations when addressing non-compliant issues, the standard of certification by practitioners and greater clarity in the construction codes. Some material from this paper has been drawn from previous submissions by the VBA to other bodies, such as the Australian Federal Senate Parliamentary Inquiry into Non- Conforming Building Products (Senate Inquiry).
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Murray Smith is a Director at the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) in Melbourne Australia. The VBA is the regulatory agency responsible for the registration and monitoring of practitioners and standards in the building and plumbing industry across the State of Victoria. Murray has led three separate divisions at the VBA. He has been responsible for investigations, audits, levy collection, proactive inspections, complaints, customer service and the establishment of the state-wide audit for building fire safety. Murray holds a Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice Administration) and a Master of Business (Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the USA. He has also attended an executive programme at the Harvard Kennedy School for senior executives in state and local government.