Author: RBN

Building Legislation Update – What you need to know!

A large percentage of Victorian domestic building projects are completed to a high quality standard. There are however reported instances when things do go wrong, and when they do, it is predominantly the consumers that are left to suffer the consequences. It is for that very reason that the Victorian Government has passed the Building … Continued

Building Act changes that may affect you

The Victorian Government has made changes to the VBA’s powers and functions under the Building Act 1993. Some of these changes may affect your obligations under the law. You can find all the information about how these changes relate to your work as a building practitioner generally or a building surveyor specifically, by visiting the dedicated pages of … Continued

Government passes reforms to strengthen consumer building protection

Monday May 2 2016 Amendments to the Building Act passed through Parliament earlier this month, introducing a number of changes to the VBA’s powers and functions. VBA CEO Prue Digby welcomed the changes, which deliver on the Government’s commitment to increase protection from domestic building malpractice. “Overall, the regulated industry strives to do the right … Continued


The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) is inviting stakeholders to comment on the Automatic Fire Suppression Systems for Covered Balconies in Residential BuildingsConsultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS). The RIS assesses the problem of fire occurring on balconies of residential buildings over 25 metres and considers options to safeguard occupants in the case of a fire event. … Continued

Builders’ warranty: a house of horrors

As many Australians know to their cost, building a dream home can easily turn into a nightmare. About 28% of people employing builders encounter problems. Yet consumer protection, in the form of builders’ warranty insurance, remains notoriously flawed in most states. Soaring claims costs have forced private insurers out of the market, but state-run schemes … Continued