The results of a thorough audit of more than 1100 health services buildings were released on Friday, 1 December 2017 alongside the Victorian Cladding Taskforce Chairs’ interim report.
While the report found there was a “culture of non-compliance” in some areas of the building industry, non-compliant cladding was confirmed on just nine hospital buildings.
Another 11 hospital buildings will undergo more detailed assessments to confirm that they meet building standards.
All of the hospital buildings are safe to occupy – including the ones where cladding is being removed.
All non-compliant cladding will be removed and replaced, enhancing mandatory fire safety measures in Victorian hospital buildings.
These include monitored sprinkler systems, an alarm system with an immediate response from the fire brigade and round-the-clock staffing.
Because of these and other measures, all of the state’s hospitals will continue to provide uninterrupted high-quality health services for Victorians.
The Department of Health and Human Services is working with health services to make sure patients and staff are informed about works to assess or remove cladding on hospital buildings.
For seven of the nine hospitals where it’s confirmed works must take place, they will be completed within 18 months.
To learn more, read the Reviewing Health Services Buildings Fact Sheet.