VBA Actions for the week ending Friday, 6 September 2019

Timber frame inspection
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.
  • Two Notices of Decision issued for alleged breaches of the Building Act and the Domestic Building Contracts Act.


  • One warning letter issued.
  • One educational letter issued.

Levy Audit

  • Four site visits to train building surveyors.


  • Five matters were heard in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria. Two were finalised by way of fines.
  • The County Court of Victoria handed down its decision in the Corkman Hotel appeal.

Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal matters

  • One matter was finalised (Faine v VBA – VCAT ref. Z376/2018).
  • Four administrative mentions were held.
  • Three directions hearings were held.

Building Appeals Board matters

Two hearings were conducted before the BAB.

  • One related to an application to terminate a relevant building surveyor and replace them.
  • The other related to an application dealing with a building that had cladding attached to it.

Both matters were finalised. The BAB will hand down its decisions in due course.

Administrative Appeals Tribunal matters

  • One administrative mention was held.
  • One directions hearing was held (via telephone).

Proactive Inspections

  • 207 inspections across 26 municipalities.
  • No orders issued.

Plumbing Audits

  • Audits: 232
  • Re-audits: 32
  • Inspections: 33
  • Re-inspections: 2

Statewide Cladding Audit

  • 20 inspections were completed, five within the City of Melbourne and 15 in other municipalities.
  • Four expert panels were conducted. From these, one building was rated high risk and three were rated moderate.
  • 18 inspections are scheduled for the week commencing Monday, 9 September 2019.