Victoria Building Authority Practice Note 2016-23 Update

Victoria Building Authority Practice Note 2016-23 was released in February 2016.   This key guidance note on the maintenance of Essential Safety Measures has been updated to introduce AS 1851-2012 – Routine service of fire protection systems and equipment, and advises on its adoption in the State of Victoria.   Readers should take caution in automatically adopting the Standard as Victorian Building Regulations require owners to utilise maintenance Standards as specified in the building Occupancy Permit or Maintenance Schedule/Determination.   Further information including Practice Note 2016-23 can be obtained from VBA website  http://www.vba.vic.gov.au/

Building Regulations – Update

Building owners, practitioners and managers eagerly awaiting the Building Regulations 2006 ‘’sunsetting’’ completion are to continue waiting.   Due to system reforms and ongoing amendments to strengthen the regulatory framework in the State of Victoria, the Building Regulations have been extended to 5 June 2017.   Further information including the Extension Regulations issued, can be obtained from VBA website  http://www.vba.vic.gov.au/