Oct 08, 2019
Joel Jenkins, Operations Manager
Victoria’s Statewide Cladding Audit

In 2017 the Victorian Government established a Victorian Cladding Taskforce to investigate and address the use of non-compliant building materials in Victoria. The Statewide Cladding Audit was established following the recommendations of this taskforce. https://www.vba.vic.gov.au/cladding/cladding-audit

The project's focus is on reducing the fire safety risk of buildings found to have combustible cladding – such as expanded polystyrene or aluminium composite panels with a polyethylene core. Buildings constructed after March 1997 that fall into the following classes under the National Construction Code are in scope for this review.

Since its origin, the taskforce has conducted over 2200 inspections.

Reporting to the Assistant Director – Cladding Operations, Joel leads a team of six direct reports, 19 indirect reports and more than 60 contractors to deliver the operations outcomes for the Statewide Cladding Audit.

Key activities include managing the scheduling, inspection and expert panels functions, providing advice to Municipal Building Surveyors, delivering continuous improvement to meet program goals and providing regular project reporting to the CEO and Government.