COVID-19: Update for Builders and Owners

In wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that all Builders and Owners/Developers are aware of their rights and obligations. With the potential for lock downs and supply of materials halted, the ability to ensure construction jobs are delivered on time will be impacted. Pre-existing contracts Most standard form Domestic Building Contracts will contain …


New Pool and Spa Regulations in Victoria Applicable from 1 November 2020

New laws have been introduced in Victoria to improve swimming pool and spa safety. It is now mandatory for owners of land where a swimming pool or spa is located, to register their pool or spa with their relevant council. In addition to the new laws, owners are now required to arrange and lodge a …


Variations to domestic building plans? What you need to know

Any change to building plans are commonly described as ‘variations’. In Victoria, the Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995 (DBC Act), sets out procedures that should be followed to allow any variations to plans or specifications in regard to a major domestic building contract.  A major domestic building contract is a contract for the carrying out of …


Stage 3 & 4 COVID-19 – Am I allowed to attend my building site?

As of 11:59pm Wednesday 5 August 2020, the Victorian Government has put in place new legal COVID restrictions for construction of critical and essential infrastructure and services in metropolitan Melbourne, until at least 28 September 2020. In wake of the current State of Disaster in Victoria, it is imperative that all builders are aware of …


State of Disaster – What it means for your Building Project?

In wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and current State of Disaster in Victoria, it is imperative that all Builders and Owners/Developers are aware of their rights and obligations. With the potential for lock downs and supply of materials halted, the ability to ensure construction jobs are delivered on time will be impacted. For more information …


Building Orders for Flammable Cladding

On the 1st of January 2020, the Building Amendment (Cladding Rectification) Act 2019 was put into effect in Victoria. The Act has led to Owners and Owners Corporations receiving Building Rectification Notices to deal with the installation of flammable cladding. Cladding is the application of one material over another to provide a skin or layer. What …


The Domestic Building Dispute Resolution Victoria (DBDRV)

What is the DBDRV and why was it formed? It has been now three years since the Domestic Dispute Resolution Victoria (DBDRV) was formed. It is a free service offered to homeowners and builders aimed at assisting with the resolution of any disputes to counter the fees and time that can be associated with courts …


Building Permits – What are my responsibilities?

Why is it important to get a building permit? If you are planning to construct, renovate or demolish a home, then an application for a building permit is required from your local council or from a private building surveyor. As the home owner, it is your responsibility to make sure planning and building permits are …


HomeBuilder grant: Know your rights

The Federal Government has unveiled its HomeBuilder package, offering $25,000 to people to start a renovation or build a new home under the scheme. HomeBuilder is a time-limited grant program that provides eligible owner-occupiers (including first home buyers) with a grant of $25,000 to build a new home or substantially renovate an existing home.  Am …


Cost escalation caused by COVID-19 – How to manage your building project

The building and construction industry has been affected as a whole by the current disruptions and health concerns brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important to review your current building contracts and consider what rights and obligations you may have in the event of unforeseeable delays which could lead to cost escalations. It is …


­­Building or Renovating your home – Which Contract to use?

When engaging with a builder to conduct building or renovation work on a property, it is easy to presume that building contracts only come in one form. This is often not the case and although there is a standardised form contract, there are additional kinds of building contracts and considerations. Standard Form Contract The most …