Professional Indemnity Update

Government moves to ease restrictions on professional indemnity insurance In August last year, building surveyors and inspectors were permitted to hold policies with exclusions, following a tightening of the insurance market. Since this time, the…


Code of Conduct

The VBA has released a draft Code of Conduct for Building Surveyors which outlines the expected standard of professional conduct. The Code is designed to enhance safety and quality in the building and construction industry, with the intent of…


Cladding Rectification Levy

On 1 January 2020, the State Government implemented the combustible cladding levy to fund rectification works for high-risk buildings. The levy will apply to all Building Permit Applications (including staged permit applications) received by…


Cladding Rectification Levy

An additional building permit levy is being introduced by the Victorian Government to fund rectification works by Cladding Safety Victoria. The new levy is expected to come into effect from 1 January 2020. The VBA is responsible for collecting the…


New Registration Laws for Pools & Spas

On 1 December 2019, new laws to improve swimming pool and spa safety came into effect in Victoria. It is now mandatory for owners of land where a swimming pool or spa is located to register their pool or spa with the relevant council by 1 June……


Cadet/Assistant Building Surveyor

 Between 2 - 4 years’ PRIVATE SECTOR experience  Salary based on experience  Melbourne based role  Immediate start preferable ________________________________________ Grimbos Building Surveyors is one of Melbourne’s most reputable private building…


Labelling of ACP Products

In early 2018, the Building Ministers Forum requested Standards Australia to develop a permanent labelling system of Aluminium Composite Panel (ACP) products. The intent of labelling is to improve the ability of consumers and building practitioners…


Maintenance of Essential Safety Measures

Essential Safety Measures (ESMs) are the safety features required in a building to protect occupants in the event of a fire. ESMs may include fire detection and alarm systems, fire doors, emergency lighting, and fire hydrants. Owners Corporations are…


Toughened Glass Product Safety Recall

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a product safety recall for a specific type of glass supplied by Landson. The recall covers batches of 4mm clear toughened glass sold between 21 June and 2 August 2019 in Victoria, New…