VBA Actions for the week ending 21 February 2020

Drill and spirit level
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

Practitioner Discipline

  • Show cause notices issued: 4
  • Notices of decision: 4
  • Half-day oral representations: 1

Levy Audit

  • 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.

Proactive Inspections

  • 271 inspections across 24 municipalities.
  • Building Notices issued: 1
  • Building Orders for Minor Work issued: 3

Plumbing Audits

  • Audits: 202
  • Re-audits: 19
  • Inspections: 30
  • Re-inspections: 1

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.