The Victorian Government has announced it introduce sweeping reforms to the oversight of the state's building industry regulation to meet 21st century requirements.


State Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy, said that a new Victorian Building Authority (VBA) will be established as a single statutory body to oversee the setting and enforcing of building industry regulation.


The functions of the Building Commission, Plumbing Industry Commission and the Architects Registration Board will be absorbed into the proposed new Authority, which will provide a single point of governance for builders, plumbers and architects.


The move to establish the VBA forms the part of a suite of reform measures the State Government has introduced, including establishing a new Compliance and Enforcement Policy and a new Monitoring and Evaluation Framework to effectively oversee and improve the performance of the Victorian building permit system.


“The establishment of the VBA in conjunction with these other reforms are a critical step in ensuring the ad-hoc approach to industry regulation over the past decade is brought to an end,” Mr Guy said.


“The current system does not promote consistent service capability and dents consumer confidence and respect for the industry. The building industry and those who work in it are important to Victoria’s economic health – which makes these reforms critical."


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