VBA Actions for the week ending 13 December 2019

Inspection with pipework in the foreground
A summary of VBA prosecutions, show cause notices, notices of decision, permit levy audits, proactive inspections and plumbing activities for the week.

Investigations – Building

  • Prosecutions initiated: 1

Practitioner Discipline

  • Show cause notices issued: 4
  • Notices of Decision issued: 2


  • A matter involving a building company and its sole director was proven and dismissed with $998 in costs awarded to the VBA.

Levy Audit

  • Audits completed: 2

Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal matters

Matters finalised by orders:

  • Merhi v VBA – VCAT ref. Z932/2018
  • McGrath v VBA – VCAT ref. Z71/2019

Proactive Inspections

  • 256 inspections across 25 municipalities.
  • Building Orders – Minor Work issued: 2

Plumbing Audits

  • Audits: 139
  • Re-audits: 21
  • Inspections: 18
  • Re-inspections: 1

Statewide Cladding Audit

  • Three inspections were completed across three municipalities.
  • Seven expert panels were conducted. From these, one building was rated extreme risk, three were rated high and three were rated moderate.
  • 13 inspections are scheduled for the week commencing Monday, 16 December 2019.