Regulation reviews

The Subordinate Legislation Act 1994 provides that all regulations have a sunset (or expiry) date, which is generally 10 years from the date on which the regulations are made. This is to ensure that regulations are regularly reviewed to remain efficient and effective.

Before remaking regulations, the responsible Minister is required to ensure that consultation occurs with affected parties, and that the impacts of the regulations on individuals or groups are adequately assessed.

Building Regulations Sunset Review

The Victorian Government has completed the review. The Building Regulations 2018 have been made and will commence on 2 June 2018.

As part of the review, the Victorian Government held a public consultation on a regulatory impact statement and the Draft Building Regulations 2017.

A Notice of Decision, which explains the issues raised in the submissions and the reasons for the final decision, is available at

The Outcomes of the Building Regulations Sunset Review web page is now available.

The new Building Regulations 2018, which commence on 2 June 2018, are available at

For more information about the Building Regulations Sunset Review, contact

Plumbing Regulations Sunset Review

The Plumbing Regulations 2008 will expire in November 2018. The Department is in the process of reviewing the current regulations and will develop options for new regulations to replace them. This work will be undertaken with the support of Victoria’s plumbing regulator, the Victorian Building Authority (VBA). The VBA will assist with targeted engagement with stakeholders and provide valuable input and insight as the regulator.

New regulations will be made following the preparation and public consultation of a Regulatory Impact Statement and draft regulations in early 2018.

This review will focus principally on matters that can be addressed via the regulations. The scope of matters that may be prescribed in regulations is outlined in sections 221ZZZV and 262 of the Building Act 1993.

For more information on the review, email the review team at or go to Engage Victoria.