New build­ing laws in full ef­fect

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - HOME & GARDEN -

CHANGES to Vic­to­ria’s build­ing laws came into ef­fect on Sun­day, July 1.

The re­forms af­fect all build­ing prac­ti­tion­ers in Vic­to­ria, as well as some plumb­ing con­trac­tors and sup­pli­ers.

The new re­forms are de­signed to achieve com­pli­ance and trans­parency in the build­ing in­dus­try, as well as in­creased con­sumer pro­tec­tion, so that any­one en­gag­ing a build­ing prac­ti­tioner can do so with con­fi­dence.

The Vic­to­rian Build­ing Au­thor­ity is re­spon­si­ble for im­ple­ment­ing these re­forms through amend­ments to the Build­ing Act, the Reg­u­la­tions and other rel­e­vant leg­is­la­tion.

The re­forms are part of the State Govern­ment’s on­go­ing build­ing in­dus­try re­forms pro­gram, which started in July 2016 and will end in July 2019.

The wide-rang­ing re­forms in­clude:

The VBA’s act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Ros­siter said the July 2018 re­forms would benefit the en­tire build­ing in­dus­try.

“These re­forms will en­hance the rep­u­ta­tion of build­ing prac­ti­tion­ers, in­crease pro­tec­tion for con­sumers and build con­fi­dence in the in­dus­try,” he said.

Fact sheets, fre­quently asked ques­tions and other re­sources ex­plain­ing the July build­ing in­dus­try re­forms are avail­able from vba.vic.gov.au/re­forms.

ON THE JOB: There have been a range of re­forms to Vic­to­ria’s build­ing laws.

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