What the new COVID-19 restrictions mean for the building industry

In the wake of recent announcements by the Victorian Government, changes to the building industry will come into effect from 11:59pm on 27 October 2020. It is essential that all builders, owners and developers are aware of their new rights and obligations. Important changes: The building and construction industry has been removed from the “high-risk” …


Final Weeks to Register – 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 …


Owners Corporation Disputes – Common Property

Any building that is administered by an Owners Corporation (OC) will have areas of the premises that are common property. With the increase in Owners Corporation residency, there has been a noticeable rise in disputes over matters such as the use of the common property. Pursuant to section 3 of the Owners Corporations Act 2006 …


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 …