A summary of VBA prosecutions, show cause notices, notices of decision, permit levy audits, proactive inspections and plumbing activities for the week.
Investigations – Building
Prosecutions initiated: 3
Investigations – Plumbing
Warning letters issued: 1
Show cause notices issued: 4
Notices of decision: 4
Half-day oral representations: 1
Number of Audit site visits: 2
A handyman was fined $2000 and ordered to pay costs of $1066 by the Bendigo Magistrates’ Court for carrying out gasfitting, water supply and sanitary plumbing work without qualifications or accreditation.
A licensed plumber pleaded guilty to four charges of carrying out non-compliant roofing work and one charge of issuing a compliance certificate knowing it contained false or misleading information. The Wodonga Magistrates’ Court imposed a twelve-month undertaking to be of good behaviour, ordered the plumber to pay the VBA’s costs of $1033 and ordered them to make a $1000 donation to the Magistrates’ Court fund.
A plumber who was once registered in Victoria was convicted and fined $4000 by the Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court for carrying out specialised plumbing work without a registration or licence. The former plumber was ordered to pay the VBA’s costs of $1160.
A commercial builder was prosecuted for carrying out domestic building work without appropriate registration or insurance. The builder was convicted and fined $10,000 by the Geelong Magistrates’ Court. He was also ordered to pay the VBA’s costs of $952.
271 inspections across 24 municipalities.
Building Notices issued: 1
Building Orders for Minor Work issued: 3
Statewide Cladding Audit
Five inspections were completed across five municipalities.
Five expert panels were conducted. From these, one building was rated extreme risk, one was rated high and three were rated moderate.
Three inspections are scheduled for the week commencing 24 February 2020.