VBA Actions for the week ending Friday, 30 August 2019

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

Practitioner Discipline

  • Two Show Cause Notices issued for alleged breaches of the Building Act and the Domestic Building Contracts Act.

Investigations

  • Four warning letters issued.

Levy Audit

  • Nine site visits to train building surveyors, which concludes 230 such training sessions performed since May 2019.

Prosecutions

Four matters were heard in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria.

  • Two matters were adjourned.
  • One matter resulted in a fine of $1250.
  • One matter resulted in the accused being placed on a good behaviour bond until 20 December 2019, with the condition that the building work they commenced is finished before that date.

Matters finalised

  • The VBA attended two compulsory conferences at VCAT.
  • A registered building practitioner sought a stay application from VCAT against the immediate suspension of his registration.
  • An Administrative Appeals Tribunal hearing against a VBA decision to grant registration was adjourned, so additional information could be provided.

Proactive Inspections

  • 199 inspections across 28 municipalities.
  • No orders issued.

Plumbing Audits

  • Audits: 117
  • Re-audits: 27
  • Inspections: 23
  • Re-inspections: 5

Statewide Cladding Audit

  • 20 inspections were completed, five within the City of Melbourne and 15 in other municipalities.
  • 10 expert panels were conducted. From these, two buildings were rated extreme risk, four were rated high risk and four were rated moderate.
  • 17 inspections are scheduled for the week commencing Monday, 2 September 2019.