Victorian man fined and convicted for posing as a registered builder

A Melbourne man has pleaded guilty in the Werribee Magistrates’ Court to posing as a registered builder and fined $15,000.

Todd Buzza, who has several prior convictions for dishonesty, entered into a major domestic building contract by providing a quote to complete substantial renovations, without being a registered builder.

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) successfully prosecuted this case, which led to a conviction and financial penalty. The VBA only prosecutes where it is given the authority to do so under the Building Act 1993. It's important to emphasise that while the VBA is responsible for prosecuting appropriate cases, it is the Magistrate who is responsible for deciding upon an appropriate penalty, including the amount of the fine imposed.

Consumers are reminded to use a registered builder for most domestic building work worth more than $10,000, including materials and labour.

The VBA has an online consumer resource portal with information for anyone who experiences issues with builders or plumbers.

Victorians can visit to make sure their builder or plumber is registered or licensed.