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Red tape reduction cuts $8 million in building costs

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Demands on commercial builders to take out costly and unnecessary insurance policies will be lifted this month, making Victoria an even more attractive place to build and invest. 

Minister for Planning Matthew Guy said the mandated requirement for commercial builders to hold structural defects insurance has been an impediment to growing business and development in Victoria. 

Read the full media release

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VBA Mail 10 June 2014

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

The 10 June 2014 edition of VBA Mail is now available to view online.

In this edition:

  • National Construction Code available free from 2015
  • NCC 2015 - Have your say on proposed changes
  • Closure of Energy Saver Incentive scheme
  • VBA Seminar Series
  • New provisions for slip resistance standards deferred until 2015
  • VBA media releases
  • Victorian building permit activity for April 2014
  • Victorian plumbing compliance certificate activity for April 2014
  • Careers at VBA

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National Construction Code reforms

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Federal and state ministers have agreed today to significant building regulation reforms to the National Construction Code (NCC).

The Australian Building Ministers’ Forum have agreed in principle to make the 2015 National Construction Code (NCC) and future editions freely available online, with details to be finalised in the coming months. The forum agreed in principle to make the 2015 NCC and future editions freely available and online, with details to be finalised in the coming months.

The forum also agreed to move from a one-year to a three-year amendment cycle for the code, commencing with 2016 NCC.

For more information, visit the Australian Building Codes Board website.

View the media release issued by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry.

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VBA Mail 27 May 2014

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

In this edition:

  • Submissions for new building regulations close 13 June 2014
  • Domestic Builder - Managers must use registered practitioners
  • Curtain closes on VBA Seminar Series
  • Make sure you settle your levy advice
  • Costly lesson in building fire safety
  • Media release from the VBA

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VBA Mail 13 May 2014

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

In this edition:

  • Domestic building legislation reforms
  • VBA Seminar Series
  • Finalising open building permits after the death of the RBS
  • Research findings on slab heave
  • Carbon monoxide testing - Wangaratta training session
  • Building industry invited to enter Premier's Sustainability Awards
  • Media releases from the VBA
  • Careers at the VBA

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Landmark fine for kit home builder

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

A Magistrate has found a kit home supplier and its director guilty of building a kit home on a Bendigo property without being a registered builder.

The company agreed to build a pre-fabricated kit home on the property in 2011, entering into a contract with the property owner for $37,900. The owner obtained a building permit for the work as an ownerbuilder.

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VBA Mail 15 April 2014

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The 15 April 2014 edition of VBA Mail is now available to view online.

In this edition:

  • VBA seminars filling up fast
  • New information sheet for pool and spa owners
  • VBA office hours
  • Appointments strengthen industry regulator
  • Are your water supply valves WaterMark certified?
  • New provisions for slip resistance standards
  • Graduate regional building surveyors celebrate
  • Check the insurance details before work begins

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