National Construction Code 2019 Seminar Roadshow

The National Construction Code 2019 commenced in Victoria on 1 May 2019.

The National Construction Code (NCC) provides the minimum necessary requirements for health and safety, amenity and accessibility, and sustainability in the design, construction, performance and liveability of new buildings (and new building work in existing buildings) throughout Australia.

The VBA strongly encourages all building and plumbing industry professionals, including apprentices, to attend one of these industry-specific sessions, in order to reinforce and update their knowledge of the technical requirements for building and plumbing work in Victoria.

You asked, we answered

With our National Construction Code seminars now complete, the VBA is continuing to answer the questions it took on notice during each session.

We will continue to update these questions and answers over the coming weeks.

Note: New questions were added on 12 August 2019.

Plumbing Seminars

The Plumbing Code of Australia (Volume 3 of the National Construction Code) commences on 1 May.

The Victorian Building Authority will be hosting free seminars throughout regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne during May and June.

These seminars will explain the PCA changes that apply to plumbing and drainage work.

The VBA will also present on:

  • performance solutions for eaves gutter overflow provisions
  • common plumbing audit issues; and
  • compliance and enforcement.

VBA staff will be available throughout the day to answer questions on registration and licensing requirements, the VBA audits and inspections program, and how the VBA conducts its investigations.

Energy Safe Victoria will also provide an update on gas installation and appliances.

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Building Seminars

Significant changes have been made to the Building Code of Australia (Volumes 1 and 2 of the NCC), which applies to Class 2 to 9 buildings (commercial, industrial and multi-residential buildings) and Class 1 and 10 buildings (houses, sheds and carports).

The Victorian Building Authority will be hosting free seminars throughout regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne during May and June 2019.

Some of the key changes from the NCC 2016 edition include:

  • quantification
  • readability
  • fire safety and fire sprinklers in Class 2 and 3 buildings; and
  • energy efficiency.

In addition to the NCC presentations, VBA staff will be available throughout the day to answer questions on registration, the VBA inspections program and how the VBA conducts its investigations.

A specific presentation for building surveyors on the VBA’s new building permit and levy system, BAMS, will also be delivered.

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Building Permit and Levy System Seminars

In 2016, the Victorian Government commenced a three-year building industry reforms program. As part of this program, amendments to the Building Act 1993 will commence on 1 July 2019 through the Building Amendment (Enforcement and Other Measures) Act 2017.

These amendments will address:

  • difficulties in determining whether all building permit levy due has been remitted to the Victorian Building Authority (VBA)
  • concerns that some building surveyors are retaining the building permit levy for working capital, contributing to shortfalls in total levy received by the VBA; and
  • delays in the provision of information required by the regulator due to the current monthly reporting system used by building surveyors.

On 1 July 2019, the way in which the building permit levy is paid to the VBA will change, reducing some of the regulatory burden on building surveyors.

This specific presentation will provide building surveyors with detailed information relating to the new building permit and levy system, known as BAMS (Building Activity Management System).