Previous sessions

Follow-up Session with Bronwyn Weir and Panel

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 is available to watch below and download here.

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 is available to watch below and download here.

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 is available to watch below and download here.

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 is available to watch below and download here.

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 is available to watch below and download here.

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 is available to watch below and download here.

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 is available to watch below and download here.