WA audit expanded after London tower fire


The West Australian Building Commission is expanding its audit of aluminium composite panels following the Grenfell Tower fire in London.

The scope includes all high-risk high-rise buildings that have cladding, and permit authority certification records will be used to identify buildings that require further assessment to ensure they meet Australian standards.

"The Grenfell Tower fire has tragically reinforced the need to ensure buildings are safe and puts particular focus on refurbishments of old buildings," WA Building Commissioner Peter Gow said on Tuesday.

"The audit will give West Australians confidence that the buildings they occupy are built properly and remain safe to occupy and use."

Mr Gow said the audit required significant work and would not be quick or easy.

"Buildings in which people sleep, such as apartments, hotels and other short stay accommodation, are high-risk and will be prioritised in the audit," he said.

Foyer Oxford in Leederville, which has 98 apartments for youths, including 24 for young parents and their children, was recently found to contain non-compliant cladding.

At least 80 people died when fire engulfed the London tower block last month.