VBA Actions for the week ending 15 March 2019

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


  • Pool owners appeared in the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court on 6 March 2019. They pleaded guilty to one charge each of failing to comply with a Building Order. The Magistrate found the matters proven and, without conviction, imposed on each a six-month Good Behaviour Bond. Each party was ordered to pay costs to the VBA.
  • A person holding himself out to be a practitioner appeared in the Bendigo Magistrates’ Court. He was represented and entered guilty pleas to all seven charges. The matters were found proven and an aggregate fine of $3000 plus costs was imposed.
  • A home owner appeared in the Ringwood Magistrates’ Court. He pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to comply with a Building Order. The Magistrate imposed a fine of $1000 plus costs to be paid to the VBA.

Show Cause Notices

  • Two show cause notices were issued, arising out of alleged non-compliance by building practitioners, with orders issued by Domestic Building Dispute Resolution Victoria.

Proactive Inspections

  • 67 inspections completed in 20 municipalities.

Plumbing activities

  • Audits – 184
  • Inspections – 23