Tagged: Victoria

Rangeview estate builder’s penalty reduced after his financial situation was taken into account by VCAT

Victim impact statements after Rangeview estate builder fined for breaches of prefessional standards

MUST: Victim impact statements after Rangeview estate builder fined for breaches of prefessional standards

A NEGLIGENT builder who left families with hundreds of thousands of dollars in repair bills had his penalty reduced after a tribunal took his financial situation into account.

David Brayer, a director of company Statbay Pty Ltd, was the corporate builder contracted to build 69 townhouses at Diamond Creek’s Rangeview estate that are now riddled with defects. (more…)

Worksite Cowboys article in The Age newspaper

  • Clare Kermond
  • The Age “Extra”
  • August 16, 2015

It has taken a giant pit in Mount Waverley to focus attention on the substandard regulation to builders and building inspectors in Victoria. Clare Kermond reports.

When your dream home becomes a nightmare

When a building job goes wrong consumers have disturbingly little recourse, writes Clare Kermond.

‘We felt going into it, what a great contract we have, we’ve got all this protection, we’ve done our homework.’
Alison Attard

Building works collapse in Victoria

The Builders Collective is a non-profit group of experienced passionate Building industry practioners who represent generations of family businesses who have spent many years trying to raise awareness of the dilapidation of building industry and its regulations.

Victorian up-date on building reforms

The Napthine Government announced a complete overhaul of the Consumer protection Framework in May 2013 to be implemented in 2014 and 2015.

Unfortunately the Parliamentary process has not been supported and the reforms have stalled and will not become law in this term of Parliament.

This situation has pleased the trade associations as they wish the status quo to remain and have the insurance facilitated by them, and in particular not see the warranty insurance become part of the One Stop Shop principle under a Statuary Fund that would directly compensate consumers without any third party vested interest.

We are pleased to announce the position of the Napthine Government prior to the election on the 29th November 2014 as provided to the BCA yesterday by email from our Attorney General/Finance Minister Mr Robert Clark.

From: robert.clark@parliament.vic.gov.au
Date: Tuesday, 7 October 2014 3:05 pm
Subject: Domestic building consumer protection reform

“The Napthine Government is committed to implementing the domestic building consumer protection reforms we have previously announced, which will provide better, fairer and simpler regulation and protection for both consumers and builders..

A re-elected Napthine Government will re-introduce legislation to implement the reforms following the resumption of Parliament after the election.”