VBA Actions for the week ending 26 September 2019

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


  • One warning letter issued.


  • Six matters were heard in the Magistrates’ Court – two plumbing and four building.
  • Guilty pleas were entered in both plumbing matters, resulting in fines being imposed.
  • Of the building matters, two were adjourned, awaiting the outcome of a related matter before the Building Appeals Board.
  • A third building matter was finalised by plea, with the Court imposing on the accused an adjourned undertaking requiring them to be of good behaviour for 12 months.
  • A fourth building matter was finalised by way of a fine.

Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal matters

  • Cerantonio v VBA – Matter resolved during a compulsory conference.
  • Ottery v VBA – Matter resolved during a compulsory conference on 30 July. Additional tasks have now been completed, closing this matter.

Building Appeals Board matters

  • Spottiswood v VBA – The BAB affirmed a prior VBA decision to not terminate the appointment of a relevant building surveyor.

Proactive Inspections

  • 132 inspections across 18 municipalities.

Plumbing Audits

  • Audits: 142
  • Re-audits: 18
  • Inspections: 25
  • Re-inspections: 1

Statewide Cladding Audit

  • Eight inspections were completed, six within the City of Melbourne and two in other municipalities.
  • Six expert panels were conducted. From these, one building was rated extreme risk, one was rated high, three were rated moderate and one was rated low.
  • 15 inspections are scheduled for the week commencing Monday, 30 September 2019.