Cladding Safety Victoria Appoints CEO

Former Chief Executive of Incolink Dan O’Brien has been announced CEO of Cladding Safety Victoria. 

CSV was established by the Andrews Government this year to oversee $600 million of rectification works on hundreds of high-risk buildings across the state.

O’Brien’s experience in the public sector includes being Chief Executive of Regional Development Victoria, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Regional Development, Art and Sports (Federal), and as a Director of VicTrack.

The agency will manage funding for rectification and work with owners corporations to ensure all affected buildings are safe and compliant with new regulations. 

The establishment of a dedicated agency was a key recommendation of the Victorian Cladding Taskforce.

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According to a statement from the Minister for Planning Richard Wynne, Cladding Safety Victoria will conduct the most comprehensive cladding audit in the world.

“Dangerous cladding is an international problem and Victoria is leading the world in responding to it – establishing CSV to oversee landmark investment to fix hundreds of high-risk buildings across the State,” Mr Wynne said. 

Cladding Safety Victoria will operate as a subsidiary of the Victorian Building Authority, with O’Brien reporting to Chairman Dr Owen Donald. 

It is believed over 900 buildings across Australia are affected by combustible cladding. 

A Victorian Government residential development in Coburg was found to have combustible panels. The 200-unit tower was a joint project with Places Victoria. 

Aluminium composite panels have been responsible for two building fires in Melbourne’s CBD, and were most notably the cause of London’s 2017 Grenfell Tower fire, which caused 72 deaths. 

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