Sunsetting of the Building Regulations 2006

The Building Regulations 2006 (the Regulations) will end on 6 June 2016 to meet the requirements under section 5 of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994. The Regulations are reviewed every 10 years to evaluate how well they are working and the potential for redundant, new or amended regulations. This is known as 'sunsetting'.

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has continued to provide support to the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (DELWP) and PricewaterhouseCoopers in the evaluation of the Regulations. The VBA's role in the project is primarily to collect evidence and provide subject matter expertise. The Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) and draft Regulations are scheduled for public consultation in October 2015.

The VBA Sunset Team is working with internal and external stakeholders such as Council municipal building surveyors (MBS) to source relevant information for the RIS. In addition, expert groups have commenced on specific regulatory topics. The groups consist of a wide range of stakeholder representatives with specialist expertise.

Prior to release of the draft Regulations and supporting RIS, practitioners are encouraged to contact their relevant association if there are particular issues with the Regulations they would like to see addressed (submissions may have already been put forward by your association). Alternatively, the VBA is happy to forward your feedback directly to DELWP.

Once further information is available, the VBA will advise stakeholders of the draft Regulations and RIS release date, including commencement of the public consultation process.

You can view the Regulations via the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents website.

For more information email sunset2016@vba.vic.gov.au

Industry consultation

The sunsetting process of the Building Regulations 2006 (the Regulations) has included an initial submissions process requesting feedback from registered building practitioners and building industry stakeholders.

Submissions have been analysed, and DELWP has been developing preliminary recommendations for amendments. There will be further opportunity for stakeholder input and additional submissions following the release of the resulting Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS).

For more information email sunset2016@vba.vic.gov.au