Several recent reviews have highlighted failures in the building regulatory system. These system failures have in part contributed to defective and low-quality buildings becoming an increasingly significant public safety and amenity issue.

Concerns about the regulatory system are supported by a range of observations and recommendations made by the Victorian Ombudsman, Victorian Auditor-General, the Victorian Cladding Taskforce and the Shergold-Weir Building Confidence Report.  

The Victorian Government has committed to spending over $600 million to rectify combustible cladding on both public and private buildings and has established Cladding Safety Victoria to deliver this program.

Building Reform Expert Panel

In December 2019, the Government appointed an Expert Panel on Building Reform to lead a comprehensive review of Victoria’s building system.

The Panel members are:

  • Anna Cronin - Chair and Commissioner for Better Regulation and Red Tape Commissioner
  • Dame Judith Hackitt - Chair of the UK Independent Review of Building regulations and Fire Safety and former Chair of the UK Health and Safety Executive
  • Lauren Solomon - CEO of the Consumer Policy Research Centre
  • Melanie Fasham - Past President of the Master Builders Association of Victoria and member of the Building Regulations Advisory Committee
  • Dr Gerry Ayers - Health and Safety Manager of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (Construction and General Division – Victorian/Tasmanian Branch)
  • Professor Ian Bailey AM SC - Founding Chair of the Society of Construction Law Australia and professorial fellow at the Melbourne Law School.

Objectives of the Expert Panel

The Panel will work with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to provide recommendations to government on a building system that delivers safe, quality buildings with effective consumer protections, through a sustainable construction industry.

The objectives of the review are to provide a strengthened regulatory system that:

  • delivers safe, compliant, durable, affordable and sustainable housing and buildings efficiently and effectively
  • protects consumers and improve confidence in the industry and its regulators
  • supports skilled and experienced practitioners to carry out compliant and safe practices
  • provides support to regulators to effectively and efficiently enforce compliance.

More information

You can find more information about the Panel’s work, including scope of work and terms of reference at Review of the Victorian Building System or by contacting the Panel Secretariat at contact@betterreg.vic.gov.au.

For anything else, please contact building.policy@delwp.vic.gov.au.

Page last updated: 06/08/20