Further detailed audits are required on 12 more hospitals but have been deemed safe to operate while work is carried out to rectify the problem.
Centres with issues include the Royal Women’s, Casey Hospital, Sunshine Hospital and the North Wing expansion of the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Non-compliant cladding in all health centres will be removed with fire safety experts recommending a program of works.
The cost of rectification works on government buildings remains unknown.
The Victorian Cladding Taskforce identified 1,400 buildings “as most likely” having aluminium composite panels (ACP) with a polyethylene (PE) core or expanded polystyrene (EPS).
But no evacuation orders have been issued on the small number of buildings that have been formally audited and the Government said there was no risk to residents in those buildings.
The taskforce called on the Victorian Building Authority to examine those buildings and give them a danger rating of low to extreme.
It also recommended that materials be restricted for future use on buildings above two storeys.
‘Everybody needs to lift their game’
Planning Minister Richard Wynne said the report painted a picture of industry non-compliance with a “culture of cutting corners.”
“We’ll crack down on those who flout the rules,” he said.
“Everybody needs to lift their game.”
The Victorian Building Authority has been directed to audit 10 per cent of Victoria’s buildings every year, up from less than 2 per cent annually.
The Victorian Cladding Taskforce interim report was triggered by the 2014 fire in the Lacrosse building in Docklands.
The taskforce said much work was required but highlighted the use of highly flammable cladding was a global problem and Victoria was well placed to deal with the issue.
The taskforce, chaired by former premier Ted Baillieu and deputy premier John Thwaites, identified three main reasons for the use of dangerous cladding:
- The supply and marketing of inappropriate products
- Poor compliance in industry
- Failure of regulation
There has been an audit of 1,100 government buildings in the health and housing departments, with Victoria’s 44 high-rise public housing units deemed safe.
The Government will appoint a new state building inspector to deal with the issue and the use of combustible cladding.
Work has already begun on rectifying issues at the Royal Women’s Hospital.
The panel is encouraging building owners to carry out their own checks to ensure their buildings are safe.
Mr Baillieu said the entire sector needed to improve.
“We want to see maximum levels of compliance and more of an effort for the industry to accept responsibility and ensure everyone is safe.”
The deadly Grenfell fire in London highlighted how dangerous combustible cladding could be.
The state wants tougher import rules on building products.