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Improved construction industry standards

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Kingston is joining the community in calling for stronger regulation of the building industry.

 At the June 2019 Council meeting, Kingston Council voted to advocate on behalf of the community, to seek better protections for consumers from sub-standard constructions, particularly on apartment buildings.  Read the full report here 

The national Building Ministers' Forum (BMF), which oversees policy and regulatory issues affecting Australia’s building and construction industries, recently commissioned an expert assessment of the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for the building and construction industry.   

It recommended a range of changes to boost consumer protection and improve standards.  Read the report here. 

While local Councils play a limited role, we can play a strong role advocating on behalf of our community for the Victorian Government to accept and implement the recommendations to bring about change in the industry

 

Where can the community turn for help:

Community members impacted by substandard building issues – such as combustible cladding – can be assisted by a range of organisations.

Cladding Safety Victoria works with owners and owners corporations to help them rectify non-compliant cladding by providing support, guidance and connections to appropriately registered and qualified practitioners.  It supports owners and occupiers to ensure Victorian buildings with combustible cladding are rectified and deemed safe to occupy long term.

Where eligible, Cladding Safety Victoria will provide funding for:

  • Project management support
  • Professional design services
  • Building surveying
  • Permits and approvals
  • Building materials and rectification works

Domestic Building Dispute Resolution Victoria (DBDRV) is an independent government agency that provides free services to help resolve domestic (residential) building disputes. This service was established to resolve building disputes without the cost and time often associated with courts and tribunals.

 
Consumer Affairs Victoria is Victoria’s consumer affairs regulator and is part of the Department of Justice and Community Safety, within the Victorian government.

Its purpose is to help Victorians be responsible and informed businesses and consumers. It advises and educate consumers, tenants, businesses and landlords on their rights, responsibilities and changes to the law 

It also plays a role in works with Owners Corporations, which are often responsible for responding to substandard building issues. https://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/housing/owners-corporations

 
The Victorian Building Authority 
(VBA) regulates building and plumbing practitioners to ensure the achievement of efficient and competitive building and plumbing industries in Victoria.