The world-renowned building professional who led the review of high-rise regulation following the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London will be part of an expert panel that leads comprehensive review of Victoria’s building system.
British engineer Dame Judith Hackitt will be part of the six-person panel that will provide recommendations to government on a more efficient, responsive and contemporary Building Act.
Dame Judith headed an independent British Government review into the regulatory system for high rise buildings in the wake of the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire in which 72 people lost their lives.
The panel will be chaired by Victoria’s Better Regulation and Red Tape Commissioner Anna Cronin who has more than 25 years’ experience in policy development.
The panel will convene next year and includes experts Lauren Solomon, Melanie Fasham, Dr Gerry Ayers and Professor Ian Bailey AM SC.
“This panel has a wealth of knowledge and experience and is the first step towards delivering the most comprehensive review ever undertaken into Victoria’s building system,” Minister for Planning Richard Wynne said.
The panel’s first task will be to establish overarching principles to guide the building system review and identify key themes to be investigated and addressed throughout the reform process.
The review will also address the recommendations of the Victorian Cladding Taskforce’s July 2019 report and the Building Confident report by Professor Peter Shergold AC and Ms Bronwyn Weir.