The seventh annual Plumbing and Fire Industry Awards (PFIA) were held Friday 10 March 2023 at Crown Palladium.
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:
- failure to provide customers with a compliance certificate within five working days; and
- failure to have plumbing work ready for a scheduled inspection.
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:
- where plumbing work requires a plumbing certificate, lodge the compliance certificates with the VBA and also issue a copy to their customers within five days of completion of the work.
- reschedule their plumbing inspection if they cannot attend their appointment with a VBA inspector or their work is not complete.
And remember, you must issue customers with compliance certificates within 5 days of completing certifiable work even in cases of dispute with the customer.