The Victorian Building Authority is a statutory authority that oversees the building control system in Victoria. We ensure the safety, liveability and sustainability of our built environment.
December VBA Mail now available
Download your copy of the December VBA Mail email newsletter now.
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.
November VBA eBulletin now available
Bushfire permit levy relief ends 19 December
The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) is reminding property owners affected by the 2009 bushfires that the State Government’s relief program to reimburse building permit levies will end on Thursday, 19 December 2013.
The program reimburses the building permit levy for people wishing to rebuild their home or other domestic dwelling damaged in the 2009 bushfires. Eligible property owners should submit their application as soon as possible as VBA will not be able to process any applications or issue payments after 19 December.
The initiative was originally due to finish in December 2010 but was extended to provide more time for those people affected by the bushfires to apply. For more information visit VBA’s Bushfire information for consumers page.
October VBA eBulletin now available
Building Commission 2012-13 Annual Report
The Building Commission 2012-13 Annual Report is now available to view and download.
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.
Half-day BCA essentials course 24 October
The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Airconditioning and Heating (AIRAH) is holding a half-day course covering Building Code of Australia (BCA) essentials on 24 October. For more information, visit the AIRAH website.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Other information previously available through pulseº can be found through organisations listed here.
September VBA eBulletin now available
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.
New Chief Executive for VBA
The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) Chairman Bill Kusznirczuk today announced the appointment of Joe Dimasi as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Authority effective from Monday, 9 September.
VBA eBulletin out now
The August edition of the Victorian Building Authority eBulletin is now available for download.
VBA Newsletter - The Registered Building Practitioner out now
Download your copy of the winter edition of The Registered Building Practitioner now
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 What you need to know 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.
Building Surveyor Research
The Victorian Building Authority has undertaken research on views held by Building Surveyors in Victoria. The results are available here.
New Advisory Note
The ABCB has prepared an Advisory Note regarding the new provisions in the National Construction Code Volumes One and Two on Protection of Openable Windows which came in to force on 1 May 2013. The Advisory Note can be obtained through the ABCB website here.
Domestic building consumer protection reform strategy released
On Monday 27 May 2013 the Victorian Domestic Building Consumer Protection Reform Strategy was released. View and download the media release below, or click here to review the reform strategy.
2013 National Construction Code seminar video now online
Video is now available for viewing of the Victorian Building Authority's recent National Construction Code 2013 updates seminar. These videos are free of charge and can be played without limit.
Click here to watch the videos online.
Two new Practice Notes issued effective 1 May 2013
The new Building Code of Australia came into effect 1 May 2013 and the Victorian Building Authority has updated the following Practice Notes for the use of Building Practitioners:
Building owners reminded of responsibility to ensure structures are safe
The Victorian Building Authority is reminding all building owners of their responsibility to maintain the safety of buildings and structures - including residential, accommodation houses, nightclubs, commercial, industrial, hospitals and public buildings - on their properties.
The Registered Building Practitioner Autumn 2013 edition is available now
The death of three people due to a wall collapse in Melbourne late last month has emphasised the importance of ensuring all buildings, including free-standing walls and fences, are appropriately braced to make them safe and secure.
While the cause of the wall collapse is currently the focus of investigation, the Victorian Building Authority has written to all councils and registered building practitioners encouraging them to have programs in place to minimise building-related risks. The Commission has asked practitioners to reassess all sites that they are involved with and take appropriate action - which may include reporting any potential risks to the relevant Municipal Building Surveyor where an emergency order may be required to be issued.
Anyone with a concern about a building's structural soundness should, in the first instance, report it to their local Council.
Registered building practitioners who have technical enquiries about this matter should contact the Victorian Building Authority's Technical Services team on 1300 815 127 or by emailing email@example.com
ABCB Flood Standard and Handbook now available
The National Construction Code (NCC) 2013 will reference the ABCB Flood Standard to be used for the design of residential buildings that are in flood hazard areas. The ABCB Flood Standard and Handbook are available via the ABCB website.
The Registered Building Practitioner Summer edition is available now
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Business as usual
On 29 November 2012, the Planning Minister, Matthew Guy, announced plans to reform oversight of Victoria's building industry regulation, with the establishment of a new Victorian Building Authority, which will have responsibility for setting and enforcing building industry regulation. The functions of the Victorian Building Authority, Plumbing Industry Commission and Architects Registration Board of Victoria will be absorbed into the proposed new Authority, with the industry consulted on the proposed changes prior to legislation being introduced to Parliament in 2013. Until the legislation is passed by the Parliament and the new arrangements are in place, the Victorian Building Authority will continue to operate as normal.
Preparing your home for bushfire season
The Victorian Building Authority has produced several publications on Bushfire regulations, how to retrofit your home for better protection from a bushfire and more.
Victorians warned against buying non-accredited bushfire shelters
The Victorian Building Authority is warning Victorians against buying non-accredited private bushfire shelters, or using 'storage shelters' for personal use in the event of a bushfire. More information is available here.
The Registered Building Practitioner spring edition out now
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Plumbing Amendment Regulations 2012 and Victoria's 6 Star building standards updates
The Plumbing Regulations 2008 were recently amended with changes relating to solar water heater requirements and updated reference to "AS/NZS 4234: 2008 Heated water systems - Calculation of energy consumption" due to commence on 19 April 2013. Read more.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Peter Ryan, announces new round of Builing Surveyor internships
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Peter Ryan, this week announced that the Victorian Coalition Government will help address a shortage of qualified building surveyors in regional and rural Victorian by providing $75,000 for the Building Surveyor Internship Program. The Victorian Building Authority will also contribute $25,000 to the project.
Mr Ryan said five internships would be available over a two year period and that each council that commits to an internship would receive a subsidy of $20,000. Read more.
The Victorian Building Authority continues to investigate, and is working with the industry, to determine the extent and cause of the slab heave issues in isolated parts of the western suburbs of Melbourne. Read more.