There are hundreds of buildings around Australia covered in combustible cladding, but fixing the problem is expensive and the only government scheme is yet to hand out a single loan.
Thirty Melbourne buildings will be reassessed for fire safety after a burning cigarette sparked a six-storey blaze in combustible cladding on a high-rise apartment building.
A Melbourne CBD apartment building with combustible cladding that caught fire this week had been assessed as a "moderate risk" by the Victorian Cladding Taskforce, the Government reveals, as national ministers meet to consider calls for a ban on the potentially dangerous building product.
Right now, Townsville is more or less underwater and large parts of Tasmania are on fire. But once the world looks away, there's the question of who will pay the bill.
A truck carrying aerosol cans erupts in flames on the Hume Highway at Yass north of Canberra, backing up traffic as firefighters try to stop further explosions from occurring.
Thousands of people are left without power after light rain combines with dust to trigger fires on electricity poles scattered across the metropolitan area.