A leading consumer advocate in Victoria has lashed out at recent building industry reforms in that state, saying they fail to address fundamental consumer concerns with the previous system and do nothing to enhance consumer protection.

Anne Paten, secretary of Melbourne-based consumer advocacy group the Building Compliance Reform Association (BCRA), said changes introduced by the state government in the Victorian Domestic Building Consumer Protection Reform Strategy announced in May fail to adequately address concerns outlined in two damning reports into regulation of the state’s construction industry…