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VBA increases enforcement of plumbing offences

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) is ramping up its use of infringement notices to address high-prevalence plumbing offences under the Building Act 1993.

Efforts will initially focus on two offences that have high rates of non-compliance and which drive consumer complaints to the VBA:

  1. failure to provide customers with a compliance certificate within five working days; and
  2. failure to have plumbing work ready for a scheduled inspection.
VBA increases enforcement of plumbing offences

Despite repeated warnings to practitioners in the past, the VBA continues to see these types of non-compliance.

The ramp up of infringement notices - which can be enforced in court if fines are not paid - is anticipated to reduce detriment faced by consumers. This will also allow the VBA to focus its resources in proactive inspections, enforcement, and targeted harm-reduction activities.

To avoid fines of up to $826.10 for each offence, plumbers should remember to:

And remember, you must issue customers with compliance certificates within 5 days of completing certifiable work even in cases of dispute with the customer.

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