2018 Reforms

As Victoria's building industry regulator, the VBA is responsible for implementing the Victorian Government reforms scheduled to roll out between 2016 and 2019 through amendments to the Building Act 1993.

The reforms are designed to achieve compliance and transparency in the building industry, as well as increased consumer protection, so that people engaging building practitioners can do so with confidence.

The reforms also provide the VBA with the powers it needs to more effectively monitor and enforce compliance.

Changes effective from 31 January 2018

At a glance

  • New Entry, Inspection and Information Gathering powers

    The VBA now has greater powers of entry to conduct inspections and gather evidence to monitor and enforce compliance with the Building Act 1993 and the Regulations.

  • New and extended powers for Private Building Surveyors

    The change is designed to reduce delays for building inspections.

Building Practitioners

From 31 January 2018

The VBA has greater powers of entry to conduct inspections and gather evidence to monitor and enforce compliance with the Building Act 1993 and the Regulations.

With greater powers and more resources, you can expect the VBA to be inspecting more buildings and building sites.

New Entry, Inspection and Information Gathering powers means it is easier for the VBA to get the information it needs to investigate non-compliance and to act against those doing the wrong thing.

Other key changes you need to know about, include:

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Consumers

From 31 January 2018

Changes to the Building Act 1993 provide more protection to consumers, because the VBA has greater powers of entry to conduct inspections and gather evidence to monitor and enforce compliance with the Victorian building laws, and to act against anyone found to be doing the wrong thing.

Further changes will permit a private building surveyor (PBS) to transfer their responsibilities to another appropriately registered PBS (with the consent of the person who appointed the transferring PBS and the new relevant building surveyor), and will provide greater assurance that your building work will not suffer delays when your PBS is unable to carry out their functions.

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