Building Defects And Owners Corporations – New Laws Start 1 Dec 2021

In February 2021, the Owners Corporation and Other Acts Amendment Act 2021 (the Act) was passed in Victoria. This will amend the previous legislation of the Owners Corporations Act 2006 (the Previous Act). The new laws will take effect from 1 December 2021. Issuing Proceedings Under the Previous Act, an Owners Corporation must not bring legal proceedings unless it is authorised …


Lockdown Lifting – Update Your Contracts

As of 11:59pm on Thursday 21 October 2021, the covid 19 restrictions in Victoria will be eased. From Friday 22 October 2021, small-scale building and construction sites will allow workers to attend both indoor and outdoor jobs at occupied premises. Density limits still apply for a maximum of five workers plus a supervisor. Workers must have …


Construction Industry Shutdown – Update Your Contracts Now!

As of 11.59 pm, Monday 20 September 2021, the construction industry will shut down in Metropolitan Melbourne, City of Ballarat, City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire and Mitchell Shire for a minimum of two weeks. Premier Daniel Andrews has said the shutdown is due to “continued concern about case numbers, transmission risk and reduced compliance …


Covid Update: Key Changes For The Melbourne Construction Industry

In line with the latest Victorian lockdown restrictions commencing on 17 August 2021, the operation of the building industry has changed which will affect a large portion of workers and projects in Metropolitan Melbourne.  The restrictions have introduced new quota density limits on work sites as follows: Sites must adhere to one person per four …


Timber Shortages and Covid Restrictions – Your Guide to Cost Escalation and Time Claims

The building and construction industry has been affected as a whole by world-wide timber shortages as well as COVID-19. It is important to review your current building contracts and consider what rights and obligations you may have regarding supply shortages which may lead to cost escalations and delays. Claim pathways under existing Contracts Both increased …


Lacrosse Appeal – An Update on Flammable Cladding Cases

February 28, 2018 saw the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) decision of the Lacrosse Appeal case made by His Honour Judge Woodward. It is a decision that had major ramifications in the building industries. His Honour Judge Woodward determined that the Lacrosse builder’s negligence in installing unsuitable cladding was the result of breaches by …


Are you an Owner Builder? Know your obligations

What is an Owner Builder? An owner builder is someone who has: Personally built, altered or extended a building, and/or managed or arranged for building works that have not been completed by a registered building practitioner; and Is building on their own land. As an owner builder, you take on many of the responsibilities of …


Protection Works – Requirements for Building on the boundary

When planning to carry out building works close to or adjacent to adjoining property boundaries, there may be the requirement to ensure protection work relating to the adjoining property is carried out. This ensures that the adjoining property will  not be affected or damaged by any related building work. Protection work notices have the potential …


Christmas Shutdown – How it affects your building projects

Whether you are building a new house, adding an extension to your home, or renovating a kitchen or bathroom, it is essential to keep track of time and make appropriate allowances if the project is delayed. With the upcoming Christmas closure break for many trades and suppliers, builders need to have forward planned for this …


Buying a new home? Are you covered for building works?

If you are looking to buy a new (or renovated) home, it is important to know your rights regarding any recent building works including defects. Unfortunately for some, building defects may not arise until after settlement. If you find problems with the building work in your new home – whether it be a newly built …