From July 4, 2016, sweeping changes to construction law will start to take effect in Victoria. These changes will affect all construction disciplines, including architects, with the reforms being introduced on a staged basis over time up until July 2017.

The new legislation is called the Building Legislation Amendment (Consumer Protection) Act 2016 (“the new Act”), and it heralds reforms to the Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995, the Building Act 1993 and the VCAT Act 1998. All building practitioners will need to have some awareness of what the new rules…