New building laws in full effect
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.