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VBA Industry Alert on use of combustible materials in external wall construction

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

The VBA has released an Industry Alert designed to clarify circumstances where combustible materials may be used in the construction of the external walls of certain buildings. The Alert follows the release of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade's post incident analysis report into the Lacrosse apartment fire and the Victorian Building Authority's (VBA) audit of Class 2, 3 and 9 buildings. Through the audit the VBA has become aware of considerable variation in industry understanding regarding the use of aluminium composite panels (ACP) and other combustible materials in the construction of external walls.

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VBA releases External Wall Cladding Audit Report

Thursday, 18 February 2016

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) External Wall Cladding Audit has found Melburnians can continue to have confidence in the safety of the buildings they live in and use but that non-compliance in the use of external wall cladding materials is unacceptably high.

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Improved licensing and registration process launched on 1 February 2016

Friday, 29 January 2016

From Monday 1 February, the VBA will be implementing an improved system of registration and licensing for plumbers and builders. The new process is designed to deliver better outcomes for Victoria's building and plumbing industries and consumers by making the system simpler to use, which will ultimately reduce the regulatory burden on industry. The system guides applicants through the registration process making it easier for them to see if their supporting qualifications meet the necessary standards and if not, what more is required to be provided before submitting an application.

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