Local government must appoint, employ or nominate a municipal building surveyor. The municipal building surveyor is often the first party to whom non-compliance with building legislation is reported by members of the community.
Local government has the power to:
The VBA monitors and enforces compliance with building legislation. The conduct of registered building practitioners is a primary focus. If a building surveyor does not meet certain standards, the VBA becomes involved.
The VBA has the power to:
A building surveyor is professionally trained in understanding the building control process.
There are two types of building surveyor:
They are responsible for assessing building plans with a view to ensuring they comply with building legislation and the National Construction Code.
A registered building surveyor is authorised to:
Regulating Victoria’s building industry is a shared responsibility reliant on co-operation, information sharing and accountability.
The Owners Corporation had received compliance certificates from the builder and the developer indicating materials were to Australian Standards. Since the initial Occupancy Permit was issued there have been non-compliant building materials identified used with in the building industry. All buildings in Victoria are part of the process to be tested by the Cladding taskforce. The Owners Corporation are now following this process.
To date the Building has not had any fire issues. All owners/residents must continue to be vigilant with all fire safety measures.
It is expected that the full remediation process where needed will take place over the coming years.
We are waiting for the taskforce to engage with us and outline their timelines.
The owners corporation is seeking legal counsel to advise us of any options for recompense, and will inform the owners of any outcomes as information is received.
We are unable to obtain costs to replace remediate at this time, as we are waiting for the recommendations of the taskforce as to what parts are in need of replacement.
These products are combustible and increase the risk of a fire spreading, particularly on multi-story buildings. This presents a risk to the safety of building occupants.
Expanded polystyrene is combustible and may melt or ignite when exposed to temperatures above 100°C or an open flame.
Common fire safety measures in buildings such as apartments, hotels and hospitals include:
In the Annual General Meeting Notice it states the Owners Corporation conducts mandatory responsibility to maintain common property in accordance with the Victorian Building Regulations & OHS Act to adhere to annual AESM reports, safety and risk
Read the VBA’s building notices and orders fact sheet. These may be issued on building owners as a result of the Victorian Statewide Cladding Audit.
A panel of experts form an advisory reference panel and review information collected during the inspection. The panel of experts typically includes:
The experts will analyse the results and, if required, recommend steps to reduce the fire safety risk of your building. These steps will be communicated to your owners corporation and your council’s Municipal Building Surveyor. The VBA will request that your owners corporation or building owner keeps you informed of inspection results.
This may include recommending the Municipal Building Surveyor issues notices or orders to improve the fire safety of the building.
Residents will be advised of the outcome in the weeks after the advisory reference panel is held.
If urgent actions are required following an advisory reference panel, building managers and residents will be informed immediately.
A building inspector visits your building and meets your building owner or owners corporation. Your council’s Municipal Building Surveyor or a representative may also attend. The inspector assesses cladding from the street and inside common areas and records the results. The inspector may ask if they can enter your apartment to assess cladding. They will show you official identification and explain why they are requesting entry. If you agree, you will be asked to sign a form that allows the VBA inspector to enter.
VBA Inspection: Prior to the inspection taking place, owners corporations and landlords will also be informed. Where possible, the VBA aims to give as much notification as possible to owners corporations – at least 48 hours. Your owners corporation will be asked to actively inform residents about the inspections, and to provide fire safety tips for your home and balcony– circulated to all residents/owners/agents.
The Owners Corporation are only in receipt of the following confirmation: