The Victorian Building Authority commenced Monday 1 July 2013. It replaced the Building Commission and Plumbing Industry Commission. This website is under development. In the meantime, please visit the existing sites using the links above for more information.
Welcome to the new Victorian Building Authority (VBA).
The launch of the VBA is a fresh start for building industry regulation in Victoria. It is the first step in ensuring the ad hoc approach to industry regulation over the past decade is brought to an end.
A strong economy needs a strong building sector and a strong building sector needs a strong regulator. The establishment of the VBA delivers on this commitment.
The VBA starts work on 1 July 2013 as the new integrated regulator of the building and plumbing industries. It replaces the Building Commission and the Plumbing Industry Commission. Over time it will also be responsible for the regulation of architects.
The VBA will deliver strong governance across the entire building industry and together with the reforms recently announced in the Domestic Building Consumer Protection Reform Strategy will improve the building practitioner registration processes and the building permit system to deliver confidence to consumers and industry.
The VBA will be a regulator focused on industry regulation. This means that it will be strong in administering and enforcing building safety and amenity. It will effectively monitor the performance of the system and determine any necessary interventions that need to be implemented. It will ensure that the regulatory framework is efficient in issuing building and occupancy permits. It will deliver best practice regulatory outcomes.
A new corporate governance structure has been put in place. We have appointed an independent board of commissioners who will be responsible for the strategic management of the VBA. This will provide the foundation for high performance with lines of accountability that are clear, simple and transparent.
With the further reforms due to be implemented over the next 12 months the VBA will become the one-stop shop for building regulation. It will focus on dispute prevention rather than dispute resolution and if building disputes do arise, it will seek to resolve them quickly, fairly and efficiently.
The establishment of the VBA is only one component of a package of significant reforms. The government is also taking steps to improve the consumer protection framework now. From 1 July 2013, the Building Practitioners Board (BPB) has been given additional disciplinary powers in the short term. These powers will transfer to the VBA when the BPB is abolished in the next phase of reforms.
We have also introduced the requirement for an authorisation for a police check for applications for registration of building practitioners and registration and/or licensing of plumbers. This will assist the BPB and VBA to ensure that only suitably qualified and competent people are registered to undertake building work in Victoria.
Collectively these measures demonstrate the Victorian Government’s commitment to implement all the recommendations of the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office and the Victorian Ombudsman. We have acted to ensure that all Victorians can have confidence in the building industry.
THE HON. MATTHEW GUY MLC
Minister for Planning
- Media Release: The Hon. Matthew Guy MLC, Minister for Planning: A fresh start for Victoria's building industry regulation
- Media Release: VBA Chair signals new era
- KPMG Report: Establishment of the Victorian Building Authority
- Factsheet: A fresh start for building industry regulation
- Factsheet: VBA Frequently Asked Questions
- Regulations: Building Regulations 2006 (as at 9 July 2013)
- Legislation: Building and Planning Legislation Amendment (as at July 2013)
- Legislation: Building Act 1993 (as at 1 July 2013)
- Legislation: Building Amendment (Places of Public Entertainment) Regulations 2013
- Newsletter: Practitioner Magazine (Winter 2013 edition)
- Media Release: New Chief Executive for the VBA
- Media Release: The Hon. Matthew Guy MLC, Minister for Planning: New head for Victoria's building regulator
- Media Release: VBA investigating collapse
- Media Release: Building permits up on 2012
- Annual Report: Building Commission 2012-13
- Annual Report: Plumbing Industry Commission 2012-13
- Media Release: Change in executive at VBA
- Media Release: VBA takes action on unsafe site
- Media Release: VBA issues order for unfenced pool