$600 Million Towards Cladding Repairs

Recently the Victorian Government committed $600 million to fix buildings with combustible cladding. Following the Federal Government's rejection to contribute to the fund, it is now proposed that developers will fund $300 million of the funds via…


Timber Framing Concession – Advisory Note

In recent weeks the VBA and the ABCB have issued industry alerts and advisory notes to provide further clarification on the interpretation of the concessional clauses; Specification C1.1, Clauses 3.10(a) and 4.3(a) of NCC Volume One; which outlines…


Professional Indemnity Concessions

The most recent Ministerial Order released on 11 July will come into effect on 12 August 2019. Ministerial Order No. S 293 Thursday 11 July 2019. The 'Order' will now enable the VBA to accept policies with cladding exclusions. Previously, the…


Cladding Safety Victoria

Cladding Safety Victoria has been established by the Victorian Government to provide support and guidance to building owners and occupants of buildings with combustible cladding. This newly developed team will provide advice on how to reduce fire…


Building Permit Application Changes

Commencing 1 July 2019, Registered Building Surveyors (RBS) must submit an application to the VBA for a building permit number (currently issued within the RBS office). Mandatory project information is to be submitted by the RBS to the VBA in order…


$46.4M Cladding Budget

The Victorian state budget has $46.4 million set aside in 2019-20 to address an issue that has put the safety of apartment dwellers at risk and lowered the value of landlords’ investments. The funds are provided for risk assessments of private…


When is a Building Permit Required?

There is not much that does not require a building permit. Additions and alterations that modify the shape or structure of a building, including but not limited to demolishing or installing new internal walls, adding new door openings or windows all…


Are you NCC ready?

Wednesday 1 May 2019 will see the adoption of NCC 2019 Volumes, 1, 2 and 3. A number of changes have been made to Volume 1 with the most notable changes to Fire Resistance, Access & Egress, Fire Services & Equipment and Amenities…


Australian Standard Changes

In conjunction with the NCC 2019 coming into effect on 1 May 2019, there are a number of Australian standards that will be introduced and existing standards that will be updated. These include but are not limited to the following : AS 1428.4.1-2009…


The difference between Ambulant and Accessible Toilets?

What is the difference between Ambulant and Accessible facilities? Ambulant toilets are specifically designed for those with ambulant disabilities that do not require the extra space that is provided by Accessible toilets. Primarily, they are for…