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National Occupational Licensing Scheme announcement
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has decided not to continue with the National Occupational Licensing Scheme (NOLS) reforms. COAG has announced that states will now work to develop alternative options to national licensing.
More details are available in COAG's communique.
National Construction Code 2014 information seminars - register now
The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) will be running information seminars about changes to the 2014 National Construction Code from February 2014.
To register for a seminar or find out more go to the ABCB website.
Building regulation amendments to boundary walls
Amendments have been made to the minimum setback and average height standards for boundary walls not requiring a planning permit.
The average height of a boundary wall allowed without a planning permit will be increased from 3.0 to 3.2 metres under the reform. The maximum height of boundary walls is unchanged at 3.6 metres. Neighbours will be notified of any application to exceed boundary wall average or maximum heights, as per existing requirements.
VBA issues order for unfenced pool
The Victorian Building Authority took action to fix a dangerous pool on Wednesday, which it says is a timely reminder for pool owners about the importance of having a proper pool safety fence.
VBA takes action on unsafe site
The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has issued an emergency order in response to safety concerns about a Burwood building site.
Change in executive at VBA
Victorian Building Authority (VBA) Chief Commissioner Bill Kusznirczuk today confirmed that senior Government executive Prue Digby would commence as Chief Executive Officer of the Authority effective from Monday, 25 November 2013.
Ms Digby has resigned as a VBA Board member and will replace Joe Dimasi as VBA Chief Executive Officer.
Important information about partial and full demolition work
The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) is providing advice to help improve awareness about the requirements and responsibilities for people wishing to do demolition work.
Demolition work can only be done by registered builders. For more information visit the VBA's demolitions page.
Check your swimming pool fencing is up to standard
With the weather warming up, the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) is reminding homeowners to check the safety fencing around their pool and/or spa is secure and doesn’t need repair.
pulseº website unavailable
The Victorian Building Authority industry statistical information website, pulseº is not available. You can access VBA collected information including building permit figures, plumbing compliance certificates, Building Appeals Board cases and Building Practitioner Board inquiries by emailing email@example.com. Other information previously available through pulseº can be found through organisations listed here.
Building permits up on 2012
The Victorian Building Authority’s (VBA) industry data from January 2013 to 31 July 2013 showed the value of the state’s building permit activity was $13.4 billion, a 3.3 percent increase on the same period in 2012.
Bushfire regulatory review announced
Bushfire regulatory review announced Thousands of homes across Victoria will have their bushfire risk status removed or updated following a statewide bushfire regulatory review. Read the details here.
Changes to Occupancy Permits for Places of Public Entertainment
From 9 July 2013, certain public places are excluded from requirements to obtain occupancy permits. The VBA has issued a Practice Note to explain these changes to building practitioners. The changes are a result of amendments to the Building Regulations 2006 available via the Victorian Statute Book.
Asbestos safety reminder
The Victorian Building Authority has updated information for consumers about asbestos safety and management in the document About... Asbestos in the home. The information is useful for owner-builders, home renovators and business owners who are doing any building or plumbing work around the home or office.
Ensure the health and safety of your family, employees and yourself by identifying and managing asbestos before you start any renovations. There is a raft of advice and information available from WorkSafe, Environmental Protection Authority, Department of Health and your local council about dealing with asbestos.
If you've identified asbestos in your home or work place, contact a trained and licensed asbestos professional. You can find an asbestos removalist local to you on the WorkSafe website and read a recent safety alert.
The Victorian Building Authority commences 1 July 2013
Planning Minister The Hon. Matthew Guy has announced that a new era in Victorian building industry regulation will begin this Monday 1 July, with the commencement of the Victorian Building Authority (VBA). The VBA replaces the Building Commission and Plumbing Industry Commission and will provide a one-stop shop for design and construction regulation. Read the full statement here.