VBA Actions for the week ending 6 March 2020

Apartment construction
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: 1

Investigations – Plumbing

  • Warning letters issued: 1

Practitioner Discipline

  • Show cause notices issued: 10
  • Notices of Decision issued: 1
  • Letters sent before immediate suspension for registration/licensing matters: 15
  • Immediate suspensions for registration/licensing matters: 7
  • Half-day oral representations: 1

Levy Audit

  • Number of Audit site visits: 2


  • A Supreme Court matter (Argyrou v VBA) was dismissed by consent.
  • A plumber pleaded guilty in the Ringwood Magistrates’ Court to three charges, including two counts of failing to provide a compliance certificate, and one count of carrying out plumbing work (mechanical services) without an appropriate registration or licence. The plumber was fined $3000 and ordered to pay the VBA’s costs of $1007.

Proactive Inspections

  • 313 inspections across 35 municipalities.

Plumbing Audits

  • Audits: 186
  • Re-audits: 23
  • Inspections: 25

Statewide Cladding Audit

  • Four inspections were completed across four municipalities.
  • Ten expert panels were conducted. From these, eight buildings were rated higher risk, one was rated moderate and one was low.