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Use caution when building to the boundary

Monday, 31 March 2014

The Victorian Building Authority is encouraging anyone planning to build on the boundary of a property to make sure they accurately identify the title boundary line to avoid encroaching on an adjacent property.

The VBA's Chief Executive Officer, Prue Digby, said any encroachment may be considered a trespass of land.

"Encroachment could result in the adjacent land owner taking the property owner to court to seek to have the encroachment removed," Ms Digby said.

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ABCB to release Discussion Paper on Resilience to Extreme Weather Events

Friday, 28 March 2014

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) will be releasing a Discussion Paper on Resilience to Extreme Weather events (cyclones, floods, storm events, hail damage and storm tide) to seek feedback from stakeholders to help inform the ABCB moving forward. 

ABCB's website commencing 2 April with stakeholder feedback closing on 1 July 2014.  For more information email resilience@abcb.gov.au

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Carbon monoxide testing - training sessions

Friday, 28 March 2014

Plumbers have an important role in checking and testing appliances and equipment that produce carbon monoxide (CO). It is essential that their skills and knowledge of carbon monoxide testing procedures are up to date.

Plumbers Association, will be running Carbon Monoxide - Practical Test Procedures training sessions in April and May 2014. The training sessions are free and will provide licensed and registered plumbers with the skills and knowledge needed to test gas appliances for CO emissions.

Monoxide Training Course webpage.

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Don't move in without an occupancy permit

Friday, 14 March 2014

The Victorian Building Authority warns home and apartment owners they cannot move into a new home or apartment without an occupancy permit.

building regulations require an occupancy permit for all new homes, units and apartments.

Chief Executive Officer Prue Digby said that an occupancy permit is important as it says that your home or residence is safe to enter.

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Unpaid building permit levies - VBA acts

Friday, 7 March 2014

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has launched legal proceedings against a building surveyor who owes more than $38,000 in unpaid building permit levies.

The building surveyor failed to pass on to the VBA the levies from building permits he issued in 2013. Under the Building Act 1993 (the Act), each month building surveyors must provide the VBA with a report of the building permits they have issued, and forward the levy payments for the permits.

The VBA's Compliance and Performance Acting Director, Murray Smith, said the building surveyor has been referred to the Building Practitioners Board for an inquiry into his conduct as a result of not complying with the Act and Building Regulations 2006 (the Regulations).

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Revision to Walkways, Ladders and Platforms Standard

Friday, 7 March 2014

AS 1657 has been revised and the new 2013 version will be referenced in the National Construction Code (NCC) on 1 May 2014

changes within the industry and seeks to align current Work Health Safety (WHS) regulations and the NCC.

single stile ladders;
  • Addresses access to roofs;
  • Removes references to the regulatory authority;
  • Covers a broader scope of testing products and more complete test methods;
  • Introduced the testing of a wider range of products for use when proof of performance is required.
  • The Standard is available on the SAI global web site: www.saiglobal.com.au

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