Previous sessions

Proactive Inspection Program Findings: Fire Separation Construction

In this 10th  session of the Practitioner Education Series, the focus was our Proactive Inspection Program Findings on Fire Separation Construction. Fire Separation Construction continues to be a key area of concern identified across multiple building sites over the last few quarters.

Nicholas Eastmure, Team Leader from Inspection Services illustrates the importance of Separating Walls and shares valuable insights from the PIP findings.

The presentation video is available to watch below or you can download the presentation (PDF, 6091.99 KB).

The first session in the Practitioner Education Series was presented by Dr Weng Poh, Principal Fire Safety Engineer, Victorian Building Authority.

Dr Poh explained how designers need to consider the essentials to ensure the NCC objectives are achieved and improve the standard of fire safety design by exploring the ‘why, what, and how’, including;

  • Why are performance provisions and design solutions important?
  • What is performance design all about and what does good practice look like?
  • What are the upcoming changes on 1 July and how they impact building practitioners?
  • How can we utilise the NCC and IFEG to ensure full coverage?
The presentation video is available to watch below or you can download the presentation. (PDF, 3013.45 KB)

The second session in the Practitioner Education Series was presented by Keesje Wassink, Acting Manager, Building Audit, VBA.

TAs a result of the audit conducted by the VBA of domestic dwellings in bushfire prone areas, we have identified a quality gap in the documentation and assessment of proposed works to construct new dwellings in accordance with AS 3959.  This webinar will report the findings of the audit and discuss methods on how all practitioners involved in the design, certification, and construction of dwellings in bushfire prone areas can help to eliminate these issues. Mark will explore the areas of non-compliance and discuss how to best overcome these.

The presentation video is available to watch below or you can download the presentation (PDF, 1394.57 KB)

In this session in the Practitioner Education Series will be VBA's Conflict of Interest During Design, presented by Jeanette Barbaro, Partner, MinterEllison.

The Code of Conduct for Building Surveyors came into effect on 1 January 2021. The code specifies requirements for professional conduct, related to potential conflicts of interest, and clarifies the role of the Relevant Building Surveyor in the development and design of construction works. Jeanette explored the various requirements, presented practical examples of good practice and spoke about the obligations articulated in the Act.

The presentation video is available to watch below or you can download the presentation (PDF, 1428.43 KB)

Cladding Safety Victoria continues to make significant progress in its endeavours to support Owners and industry to rectify high-risk buildings affected by combustible cladding. Navigating the complex process of rectification has led to many lessons learnt.

In this session practitioners heard from Dan O’Brien and gained valuable insights into Cladding Safety Victoria rectification program operations and the practical application of policy and legislation the guides Victoria’s built environment.

The presentation video is available to watch below or you can download the presentation (PDF, 1599.64 KB).

In this session Bronwyn Weir left viewers with an enhanced understanding of the mandatory inspections process, who can inspect what, relying on other practitioners, the role of engineers, risk management and the ‘direction to fix’ process.

Bronwyn Weir was appointed by the Building Ministers Forum (BMF) to undertake an expert assessment of the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for the building and construction industry as co-author of the Building Confidence Report (BCR), reflecting her reputation as a leading legal advisor on building regulations for more than 20 years.

The presentation video is available to watch below or you can download the presentation (PDF, 1865.9 KB).

Safety, compliance and amenity standards endure well beyond practical completion and good documentation is the foundation for optimal building lifecycle maintenance. In this session we took a step back and looked at the practical application of maintenance determinations and schedules to assist practitioners to interpret and apply the legislative requirements and support building owners, managers and maintenance providers to meet their obligations.

This was the first session of a series focused on the importance of document management and will help building surveyors, draftspersons, builders and owners get back to the basics that provide the greatest possible value.

The presentation video is available to watch below or you can download the presentation (PDF, 716.72 KB).

During the May webinar with Bronwyn Weir 'Site inspections and enforcement' presented by the VBA, we learnt our practitioners were eager to clarify several questions on this topic.

This webinar, hosted by Andrew Cialini and Bronwyn Weir, answers your questions and provide further clarification from the May webinar.

The presentation video is available to watch below or you can download the presentation (PDF, 394.96 KB).

COVID-19 has forced all of us to reshape the way we work, with the VBA alone having to complete over 1,500 plumbing audits virtually.

This webinar, presented by Adam Falconer and Darren Nixon, discusses the process and how you can best employ virtual audits in your daily work.

The presentation video is available to watch below or you can download the presentation (PDF, 1102.94 KB).

The VBAs Proactive Inspections Program established in 2015 involves checking building and plumbing works under construction throughout Victoria.

Our inspection and services team include highly skilled and experienced registered building inspectors, building surveyors  and licensed plumbers.

The presentation video is available to watch below or you can download the presentation (PDF, 2706.99 KB).