Building Practice Notes

Building Practice Notes

The VBA publishes a range of resources to inform practitioners and the community about relevant building and plumbing related legislation and standards for general guidance in respect to building or plumbing practice. These resources are owned by the VBA and may include content licensed to the VBA by third parties.

The information set out in the VBA’s resources is for general information purposes and guidance only. It is a reader’s responsibility to obtain independent advice in respect of the application of legislation, a technical instruction or industry standard relevant to their circumstances. A person’s use of the VBA’s resources is not a substitute for obtaining independent advice.

While we have made every attempt to ensure our resources contain correct information at the date of publication, the VBA makes no warranty or representation that its resources are error free. The VBA will not be liable for any loss or damage a person may suffer arising out of or in connection with the access and use of the VBA’s resources.

Current: this definition applies when a Practice Note is published and is the current version.

Under review: this definition applies when a Practice Note is being reviewed.

Superseded: this definition applies when a Practice Note is superseded.

Archived: this definition applies when a Practice Note no longer represents the advice of the VBA and is published for historical purposes only. Archived Practice Notes have not been replaced by a current version (archived) and the information contained therein may no longer meet the requirements of the Building Act 1993.

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The National Construction Code (NCC) 2022 was adopted by state and territories on 1 May 2023.. Victoria has agreed to transitional arrangements for the adoption dates of the following:

- 1 May 2024 – New livable housing requirements.
- 1 May 2024 – New energy efficiency and condensation mitigation requirements.
- 1 May 2026 – New lead-free plumbing product requirements.

Learn more about NCC 2022

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) is working to update the relevant Practice Notes to reflect these changes. These updates will be completed in 2023.

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Version History - Practice Notes

Practice Notes

This register was last updated on the 29 September 2023.

Practice Note List

Information Sheets

This register was last updated on the 28 June 2021

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