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Victoria’s Plumbing Regulations are changing

On 18 November 2018, the Plumbing Regulations 2018 will commence, replacing the Plumbing Regulations 2008.

Find out more about the new Regulations by attending our Plumbing & Gas Regulations 2018 Seminar Series.

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Complaints about practitioners or their work

The conduct of building and plumbing practitioners is a primary focus of the VBA.

Visit our Complaints portal for more information about the complaints process.

Enquiries about cladding inspections

Please enter the address of the building you wish to enquire about in the fields below.

Building Act

The Building Act 1993 governs building activity in Victoria. It sets out the legislative framework for the regulation of building construction, building standards and the maintenance of specific building safety features.

Visit our Legislation webpage to find out more.

Building Practice Notes

The VBA publishes a range of Practice Notes to assist building practitioners in the design, construction and evaluation of compliant building work.

The Practice Notes cover a range of subject areas, including building administration and processes, design and construction, and commercial building.

Visit our Practitioner Resources portal for more information.

Building Regulations

Victoria’s Building Regulations are derived from the Building Act. They specify, amongst other things, requirements relating to:

  • building permits
  • building inspections
  • occupancy permits
  • building maintenance; and
  • the enforcement of the Regulations.

Visit our Legislation webpage to find out more.

Building Standards and Tolerances

The Guide to Standards and Tolerances is a convenient reference to the minimum standards and expected quality of domestic building work. It provides references to relevant areas of legislation and gives guidance on areas of building standards not covered by legislation or most building contracts.

Changes to the Building Act

The VBA is responsible for implementing the Victorian Government’s building industry reforms following amendments to the Building Act.

The reforms are designed to achieve compliance and transparency in the building industry, as well as increased consumer protection.

Visit our Reforms portal to find out more.

National Construction Code

The National Construction Code (NCC) specifies the minimum requirements necessary for the compliant construction of new buildings (or new building work in existing buildings) throughout Australia.

It incorporates all on-site construction requirements into a single code, and is comprised of the Building Code of Australia and the Plumbing Code of Australia.

Learn more about the NCC on our Legislation webpage or the Australian Building Codes Board website.

Plumbing Regulations

Victoria’s Plumbing Regulations are derived from the Building Act. They contain, amongst other things:

  • definitions of various classes of plumbing work
  • eligibility requirements for registration and licensing
  • the fees payable for registration and licensing applications; and
  • the technical requirements that specified classes of plumbing work must comply with.

Visit our Legislation webpage to find out more.

Plumbing Codes

The Plumbing Code of Australia specifies the technical performance requirements for the design, construction, installation and deemed-to-satisfy method of all plumbing and drainage work.

Visit our Legislation webpage to find out more.

Plumbing Modifications

Plumbing practitioners may apply for a technical modification if they believe they are unable to complete a job in compliance with the relevant regulations, codes and standards.

The process allows practitioners to provide acceptable plumbing solutions that achieve the necessary performance requirements by making one-off or site-specific variations to the technical regulations.

For more information, or to download the required application forms, visit our Modifications webpage.

Plumbing Technical Solutions

The VBA publishes a range of Technical Solution Sheets to assist plumbing practitioners in the design, installation and testing of compliant plumbing solutions. Topics covered are relevant to all main and specialised classes of plumbing work.

Visit our Practitioner Resources portal for more information.

Security of Payment Act

The Security of Payment Act helps ensure that any person who carries out construction work or supplies related goods and services under a construction contract gets paid.

It provides a fast and inexpensive means of recovering payments due under a construction contract, and applies to all public and private sector projects in Victoria.

Visit our Security of Payment webpage to find out how the SOP Act can help you.

Compliance Certificates

Compliance certificates are issued by licensed plumbers to certify that their work complies with the relevant regulations, codes and standards.

They must be issued to clients (and lodged with the VBA) upon completion of any work valued at $750 or more (including materials, appliances, labour and GST), or any work involving below ground sanitary drains, gas piping or cooling towers.

For more information, visit the compliance certificate sections of our consumer and practitioner portals.

VBA360

Visit VBA360 to purchase, lodge or look up a compliance certificate.

New Owner-Builder Applications

An owner-builder is someone who takes responsibility for domestic building work carried out on their own land.

They are responsible for obtaining building permits, supervising or undertaking building work, and ensuring the work meets the relevant regulations, standards and codes.

Learn more about becoming an owner-builder in our consumers portal.

Owner-Builder eLearning Assessment

The Owner-Builder eLearning Assessment is designed to help applicants understand the duties and responsibilities they will be taking on as an owner-builder.

Applicants must successfully complete the eLearning Assessment before applying for an owner-builder certificate of consent.

Owner-Builder Application Status

Applications for an owner-builder certificate of consent are usually processed in 21 calendar days, assuming all required documentation has been provided.

Login to VBA360 to submit, manage and track your owner-builder application.

Careers at the VBA

At the VBA, our staff are our most important asset and are vital for ensuring Victorians have access to efficient and competitive building and plumbing industries.

To find a role that fits your skills and aspirations, visit our Careers portal.

About the VBA

The VBA regulates building and plumbing practitioners to ensure Victorians have access to efficient and competitive building and plumbing industries.

Our services include:

  • registering and licensing building and plumbing practitioners
  • providing industry with expert technical advice and solutions
  • undertaking inspections, investigations and audits; and
  • protecting consumers from non-compliant work and practitioner misconduct.

Learn more about the VBA by browsing our website.

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