New online building tool to help educate consumers and owner builders

Monday November 7 2016

Victorians planning to build or renovate now have a handy addition to their tool kits.

On 24 October 2016, the Victorian Government launched the Building Tool, a new online domestic building tool which streamlines access to building and renovating information to help people make informed decisions, understand their legal rights and obligations, and resolve issues such as defects or delays.

Users will answer questions about their building needs, which the tool will use to direct them to appropriate information on the Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV), Victorian Building Authority (VBA) and Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA) websites.

Topics include builder registration, contracts, insurance, plans and permits, information for owner-builders and advice on resolving problems.

VBA CEO Prue Digby said the tool would help people find a wealth of information available across the CAV, VBA and VMIA websites. "The VBA, CAV and VMIA worked closely to create the new online tool which will help consumers navigate insurance, dispute resolution and the regulatory framework," she said. "Consumers must have access to the information they need to give them confidence in their building projects."

The online tool is a Victorian Government initiative designed to make the building process easier to understand.

The Building Tool can be found at building.vic.gov.au

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