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. The committee was granted a number of extensions and the inquiry lapsed at the dissolution of the 44th Parliament. The committee tabled an interim report, Safety—'not just a matter of good luck' on 4 May 2016. On 11 October 2016, the Senate agreed to the committee's recommendation that this inquiry be re-adopted in the 45th Parliament.
On 13 October 2016, 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.
In light of the tragic fire at the Grenfell Tower in London in June 2017, the committee agreed to prepare an additional interim report on the implications of the use of non-compliant external cladding materials in Australia as a priority. The committee tabled its report, Interim report: aluminium composite cladding on 6 September 2017.
The committee has been granted a number of extensions. The committee's present reporting dates are:
- 22 November 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.
Submissions closed on 18 January 2017.