Drouin building surveyor fined for illegal works

Monday October 13 2014

Seven allegations, including approving stages of building work that did not comply with the building permit at two properties in Beech Forest and Drouin South, have been proven against a Drouin building surveyor.


The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) carried out an investigation into the professional conduct of building surveyor John Austin and referred the matter to the Building Practitioners Board (BPB) for inquiry.


Mr Austin was fined $2000 and ordered to not issue any further building permits from 1 June 2014, after finding that he:

  • issued a building permit for domestic building work when he could not be satisfied that the work was to be carried out by a registered builder or covered by the required insurance
  • approved stages of the building work that did not comply with the building permit
    did not give the relevant council a copy of any documents relating to the application for an occupancy permit
  • issued an occupancy permit without the required compliance certificate
  • issued a building order for minor work to the builder instead of to the owners.


The VBA’s Director of Compliance and Performance, Murray Smith, said consumers can visit the VBA website to check if their building surveyor has been the subject of disciplinary action.

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