The Furniture Cabinet Joinery Alliance Limited (FCJA) has strongly endorsed the decision to hold a Senate inquiry into non-conforming building products, following repeated calls for action by all relevant sectors of industry.
The FCJA has been advocating extensively on this issue, directly in its own right, as part of the broader collaborative effort under the Construction Product Alliance on non-conforming product and in conjunction with its member associations.
Indeed FCJA Board Member, Tracey Gramlick (CEO of Australian Windows Association) has been right at the forefront of these representations, ensuring that all parties are well aware of the adverse implications of the lack of regulatory compliance by such imported products.
As Tracey commented on the ABC’s 7.30 Report on 25 June 2015, "Non-compliant products have reached tipping point. It's flooding in at the moment." And lack of enforcement of the relevant regulations and appropriate confirmation of standards certification is undermining the local industry. As Tracey has highlighted, she has come across hundreds of falsified test reports and dozens of fake standard certificates in the window industry alone.
It is thus pleasing to see that the Senate resolved on 23 June, following a motion by cross bench Senators Xenophon, Madigan and Lambie, for the Senate Economics Reference Committee to conduct an inquiry into non-conforming building products, for Report to the Senate by 12 October 2015.