On 23 June 2015, the Senate referred an inquiry into non-conforming building products to the Senate Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 12 October 2015. On 15 September 2015, the Senate granted an extension to the committee to report by 3 December 2015. On 23 November 2015, the committee was granted a further extension to report by 16 March 2016. On 15 March 2016, the Senate granted the committee an extension to report by 10 May 2016.
On 4 May 2016, the Senate granted the committee an extension to report by 30 September 2016.
On 11 October 2016, the Senate agreed to the committee's recommendation that this inquiry be re-adopted in the 45th Parliament.The committee is to report by 25 May 2017.
On 30 March 2017, the Senate granted an extension to the committee to report by 31 August 2017 for the interim report on the illegal importation of products containing asbestos, and 31 October 2017 for the final report.
In light of the tragic fire at the Grenfell tower in London in June 2017, the committee has agreed to prepare an additional interim report on the implications of the use of non-compliant external cladding materials in Australia as a priority. On 17 August 2017, the Senate agreed to extend the reporting dates for the interim report on asbestos and the final reporting date. The reporting dates have changed as follows:
- 6 September 2017: Interim report – external cladding materials
- 31 October 2017: Interim report – asbestos
- 30 April 2018: Final inquiry report.
All correspondence and evidence previously received for this inquiry has been made available to the new committee. This means that submissions already provided to the committee about this issue do not need to be re-submitted.
The committee intends to refer to all evidence received during the 44th Parliament.
On 13 October 2016, the committee resolved to re-open submissions to the inquiry. As part of its broader inquiry, the committee resolved to inquire into the illegal importation of products containing asbestos and adopted additional terms of reference.
The committee had asked to receive submissions by 1 December 2016. On 24 November the committee resolved to keep submissions open until 18 January 2017.
Submissions closed on 18 January 2017.