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Coalition Government acts to address use of faulty building products in construction industry

26 November 2014

The Coalition Government is taking action to protect families building their homes from faulty building products and materials.

Bob Baldwin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, has convened a national meeting with building industry leaders to address the influx of non-conforming building products flooding the Australian market.

“These faulty products are not meeting Australian standards and causing significant risk of fire or failing the most basic of stress tests,” Mr Baldwin said.

“Families building a new home or renovating their home should be able to have confidence that their dream build is being completed to the highest standards with the best quality products.

“I have called this meeting today to develop an action strategy with industry to stop these unsafe practices from occurring,” Mr Baldwin said.

A recent ACCC investigation resulted in an urgent recall of faulty electrical wiring affecting an estimated 40,000 households and businesses across Australia.

A recent Australian Industry Group survey also found that 92 per cent of builders surveyed had been offered faulty materials or products to buy.

Industry members attending include the Master Builders Association, Housing Industry Association and Property Council of Australia.

Faulty building material can be reported to the ACCC.

The Australasian Procurement and Construction Council’s (APCC) guide to Australian compliant materials can be found at http://www.apcc.gov.au/

Media contacts: Mr Baldwin's office 02 6277 4200