Further Reforms are Coming to Building Law
Much has been written recently on the issue of fires in buildings not only in Victoria but also elsewhere, including overseas, where the combustible cladding placed...
Building Surveyors Are not Arbiters of Good Taste
Plaintiffs love to sue building surveyors, and a great many builders have a habit of joining building surveyors as third parties.
Changes to Building Surveyor Regulations in Victoria
The Building Legislation Amendment (Consumer Protection) Act 2016 (the Amendment Act) was enacted into law in April and amends the Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995, the...
BIM for Cost Managers – RICS UK Guidance Note 1st Edition Released
Upon release of the RICS UK 1st edition “BIM for cost managers: requirements from the BIM model” guidance note in August last year, Australian-based quantity surveyors...
A Wake-up Call for Building Consultants
Building consultant opinion report writing on new projects in particular needs a complete overhaul, not just licensing and regulatory control.
Compliance is Blind, But Your Building Solutions Needn’t Be
Quite some time ago, I was called to a crisis meeting where a retail tenancy was refused occupancy permit in the eleventh hour of its scheduled...
Inadequate Soil Reports: Melbourne’s Big Secret?
An enormous number of Victorian residential soil reports have incorrectly understated minimum founding depths and related requirements, resulting in the failure of thousands of slabs.
Is Victoria Making the Most of Council Enforcement Powers?
Recently, Manningham council took issue with the performance of one of the state regulators, contending that there are "currently no safeguards to ensure that surveying work...
Responding to Building Orders under the Building Act 1993
The Building Act 1993 gives building surveyors the ability to issue building notices and building orders to enforce breaches of the Building Act.