VBA Actions for the week ending 28 February 2020

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

Investigations – Plumbing

  • Warning letters issued: 1

Practitioner Discipline

  • Show cause notices issued: 2
  • Letters sent before immediate suspension for registration/licensing matters: 13

Levy Audit

  • Number of Audit site visits: 2


  • One matter was heard at the Ringwood Magistrates’ Court. The accused entered a guilty plea.
  • Two matters were adjourned at the Sunshine Magistrates’ Court. The VBA is considering a written request for a Diversion in relation to one of the matters.
  • A builder failed to attend the Sunshine Magistrates’ Court to answer charges on summons. A warrant was issued.

Proactive Inspections

  • 230 inspections across 29 municipalities.

Plumbing Audits

  • Audits: 137
  • Re-audits: 19
  • Inspections: 27
  • Re-inspections: 1

Statewide Cladding Audit

  • Three inspections were completed across three municipalities.
  • One expert panel was conducted, with the building rated extreme risk.