The Victorian head of one of the most influential building industry groups in Australia has launched a scathing attack on an overhaul of building regulation in his state, saying reforms have been introduced without genuine consultation and there has been ‘failure after failure’ on the part of the state government to recognise the importance of the industry.

Housing Industry Association (HIA) regional executive director for Victoria Gil King says the abolition of the Building Commission and far-reaching changes to consumer protection laws announced by the Victorian government in May are unnecessary and raise significant concerns for builders. “While we will have to wait and see what the…