The Minister for Planning is responsible for the following governance boards, advisory committees and panels established under the Building Act 1993 and the Architects Act 1991:

Each has a defined role, functions and criteria for membership, which are set out in the relevant enabling legislation. DELWP provides support for some of these entities, while others are supported by staff at the Victorian Building Authority or Architects Registration Board of Victoria.

More information, including their current membership, can be found the on the Public Board Appointments Victoria website by visiting www.publicboards.vic.gov.au.

The VBA Board is responsible for the governance and strategic management of the VBA as set out in the Building Act.

The functions of the VBA Board include:

  • Monitoring and enforcing compliance with the Building Act and the building regulations.
  • Administering the scheme for the registration of building practitioners.
  • Supervising and monitoring the conduct and ability to practise of registered building practitioners.
  • Determining whether to issue certificates of consent to owner-builders.
  • Administering the scheme for licensing and the registration of plumbers.
  • Participating on behalf of Victoria in the development of national building standards and national plumbing standards.
  • Providing information on building standards and plumbing standards, the regulation of building work and building practitioners and the regulation of plumbing work and plumbers.
  • Promoting the resolution of consumer complaints about work carried out by builders and plumbers.
  • Monitoring the system for collection of the building permit levy.
  • Administering the Victorian Building Authority fund.

The VBA Board consists of members who are nominated by the Minister for Planning, the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming & Liquor Regulation and the Minister for Finance.

For more information about the VBA Board, visit www.vba.vic.gov.au.

The ARBV is responsible for determining the qualifications and experience required for registration as an architect and accrediting architectural courses in conjunction with schools of architecture.

It is also responsible for administering a registration system for architects, architectural partnerships and companies. The ARBV regulates the professional conduct of architects, approved partnerships and approved companies and investigates complaints about the professional conduct of architects and offences under the Architects Act.

The ARBV consists of members who are nominated by the Minister for Planning, the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming & Liquor Regulation, registered architects and key stakeholders in the building industry.

For more information about the ARBV, visit www.arbv.vic.gov.au.

The BAB hears appeals and disputes in relation to building control matters and can waive, modify or vary the application of particular building regulations or the Building Code of Australia based upon particular circumstances.

Matters the BAB is empowered to consider and determine include:

  • Appeals in relation to building and occupancy permits.
  • Disputes about matters relating to inspections, emergency protection work, insurance, surveys, the building permit levy, disputes between property owners and adjoining owners, the application and effect of building regulations and the construction of party walls.
  • Applications for compensation regarding the conduct of protection work.
  • Modifications to the application of the building regulations.
  • Whether a particular design or element of a building complies with the Building Act and/or the building regulations.

The BAB consists of members who are nominated by the Minister for Planning and have a specialist knowledge within the building industry.

The BAB generally operates in panels (usually three or more members) to consider specific matters brought before it.

For more information about the BAB visit www.buildingappeals.vic.gov.au.

The BRAC is responsible for advising the Minister for Planning on matters including draft regulations prepared under the Building Act, and in particular the extent to which the proposed regulations promote the objectives of the Act, are cost effective and necessary. The BRAC is also responsible for accrediting building products, construction methods or designs, components or systems connected with building work for the purpose of the Act and the building regulations.

The BRAC consists of members who are nominated by the Minister for Planning, the Minister for Finance, the Minister for Emergency Services and key stakeholders in the building industry.

For more information about the BRAC, visit www.vba.vic.gov.au.

The BAC is responsible for advising the Minister for Planning on the administration of the Building Act and the building regulations, the impact on the building regulations system of regulations made under any other Act, and any issues relating to the building permit levy.

The BAC consists of members who are nominated by the Minister for Planning and key stakeholders in the building industry.

For more information about the BAC. contact the Building Unit, DELWP on (03) 8392 5421.

The PAC is responsible for advising both the Minister for Planning and the Victorian Building Authority in relation to Part 12A of the Building Act (Plumbing Work) and the plumbing industry.

The PAC consists of members who are nominated by the Minister for Planning, the Minister for Water, the Minister for Energy & Resources, the Minister for Higher Education & Skills and key stakeholders in the plumbing industry.

For more information about the PAC. contact the Building Unit, DELWP on (03) 8392 5421.