VBA Actions for the week ending 8 November 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.

Investigations – Plumbing

  • One warning letter was issued.

Practitioner Discipline

  • Two Show Cause Notices were issued.


  • A tradesman was convicted and fined $95,000 for demolishing two houses in Springvale and one house in Noble Park in 2013 and 2017 respectively.
  • Two other matters were adjourned. In one of these, a person was arrested and bailed to attend court in response to an arrest warrant issued in August last year.

Levy Audits

  • Audit site visits: 1

Administrative Appeals Tribunal matters

Three matters were finalised:

  • Barakat, Ahmad v VBA – AAT ref. 2018/2236
  • Friscic, John Anthony v VBA – AAT ref. 2019/6203
  • Ruzeu, Paul v VBA – AAT ref. 2018/2964

Proactive Inspections

  • 125 inspections across 25 municipalities.
  • One Building Order for Minor Works issued.

Plumbing Audits

  • Audits: 156
  • Re-audits: 38
  • Inspections: 25
  • Re-inspections: 2