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

Public consultation on the Regulatory Impact Statement and the Building Regulations 2017 (the proposed Regulations) is now closed.

DELWP is considering the submissions and comments received during the consultation period before making recommendations for regulations to replace the Building Interim Regulations 2017, which expire in June 2018.

Initial consultation took place in 2014, and the feedback gathered was used to inform the proposed Regulations and the Regulatory Impact Statement.

The Building Regulations 2006 were revoked in June 2017. The Building Interim Regulations 2017 came into effect on 4 June 2017.

The interim Regulations are being prepared to make sure there is enough time to consult widely with stakeholders on the proposed Regulations before finalising them.

The new replacement Regulations will be made before 3 June 2018.

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.