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Plumbing Code of Australia - 2014 changes

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

The National Construction Code 2014 Volume Three – Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA) came into effect in Victoria on 1 May 2014. The PCA contains the technical performance requirements for plumbing and drainage works for all classes of buildings.

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Welcome to the new VBA website

Friday, 20 June 2014

We have launched our new website which is faster, mobile-friendly and provides greater access to regulatory content.

No matter how you’re connected our website is responsive, which means it’ll fit any and every screen you use.

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Submissions on new building regulations close 13 June 2014

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

The VBA and the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure (DTPLI) are engaging with building practitioners as part of the sunsetting process for the Building Regulations 2006.
This is the first stage of the sunsetting process, which involves collecting and evaluating evidence about how the current regulations are working and what changes could be made to improve them. The VBA and DTPLI have written to a range of industry stakeholder groups inviting their participation and feedback.
This stage is an opportunity for the industry and consumers to contribute to ensuring Victoria has building regulations that are comprehensive, robust and sustainable for the next 10 years.
Building practitioners can put forward their thoughts on what is working, what is not and what changes they would like to see and why through their industry association. Please contact them to find out how they would like to capture your opinion.

Practitioners who don’t belong to an industry organisation and consumers can provide their input via the submission template on the VBA website.
The closing date for submissions is Friday, 13 June 2014.

Note: There will be further opportunity to provide input on the draft regulations and the Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) in 2015.

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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. 

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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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