Victorian Government appoints cladding safety CEO and proposes new apartment designs

Victorian Government appoints cladding safety CEO and proposes new apartment designs
Victorian Government appoints cladding safety CEO and proposes new apartment designs

The Victorian Government program tackling high-risk cladding has appointed Dan O’Brien as its chief executive.

Cladding Safety Victoria (CSV) was established by the Labor Government to oversee a $600 million program of rectification works on hundreds of buildings across Victoria found to have high-risk cladding.

O’Brien will lead the agency as it manages the funding and works with owners corporations from start to finish to make sure buildings are safe and compliant with all regulations.

The establishment of a dedicated cladding agency was a key recommendation of the Victorian Cladding Taskforce, which has worked with the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) to conduct a global cladding audit of buildings.

O’Brien has experience in the public and private sector, most recently as Chief Executive of Incolink – delivering services to Victoria’s building and construction industry.

He’s also held executive roles at the National Australia Bank and Medibank Private, and senior roles in both the Victorian and Federal governments – including Chief Executive of Regional Development Victoria and Deputy Secretary of the Department of Regional Development, Arts and Sports (Federal).

He was also Chief of Staff to former Victorian Premier John Brumby and is currently a Director of VicTrack and the Brodies Law Foundation.

O’Brien will report to Victorian Building Association Chairman Dr Owen Donald when he starts in the role this month.

The Victorian Government is also set to introduce new design standards for the outside of apartment buildings, to ensure new developments are built to a "high-quality, and improve the look and feel of local neighbourhoods".

In 2017, the Labor Government introduced the Building Better Apartment design standards to ensure apartments have adequate daylight, storage, ventilation, acoustic performance, energy and waste efficiency.

The proposed changes will affect landscaping, external walls, vehicle access, site servicing, wind effects and the management of building construction impacts.

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