VBA welcomes VAGO report

Thursday, 28 May 2015

The Victorian Auditor-General's Office (VAGO) has today issued a report into Victoria's consumer protection framework for building construction, which includes recommendations for the Victorian Building Authority (VBA).

The VBA welcomes the report and VAGO's acknowledgement of the actions undertaken by the VBA, since its establishment in July 2013, to address previous recommendations, along with the positive steps it has taken to improve its regulatory performance in a number of areas.

The VBA has made significant efforts to transform the organisation and its culture by implementing a more systematic and risk-based approach to our regulatory function, which has been evident in our compliance and enforcement activities over the past two years.

Whilst the report acknowledges the progress made by the VBA, it also makes useful recommendations on actions we can undertake to provide greater confidence to both consumers and building practitioners that the regulatory system is operating effectively.

The VBA accepts the recommendations contained within the report and has already committed to taking steps to implement them.  Responsibilities for delivery of VAGO's recommendations that involve the VBA are shared between the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Consumer Affairs Victoria and the Building Practitioners Board.

We will continue to work closely with our valued government, peak body and industry stakeholders in the implementation of these recommendations, and will update you on the actions taken as we deliver on our commitment to be an accountable, efficient and responsive regulator.

For further details on the recommendations please refer to VAGO's report.

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