The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has used its disciplinary powers to immediately suspend a registered building surveyor on public interest grounds.
In a notice released this afternoon, the VBA says it took action after discovering the surveyor had failed to prevent the installation of combustible external wall cladding on five multi-storey buildings in Victoria.
"The VBA’s action will ensure this building surveyor cannot continue to sign off on non-compliant building work and jeopardise the safety of Victorians," says Mark Rossiter, the VBA's executive director, operations.
He states that the building surveyor’s repeated approval of dangerous building materials, along with a prior history of disciplinary action, created clear grounds for immediate suspension.
Section 180A (2a) of the Building Act 1993 grants the VBA powers to immediately suspend a building practitioner’s registration pending the completion of a show cause process, if the Authority considers such action to be in the public’s interest.
The building surveyor has been issued with a show cause notice outlining the VBA’s allegations and has 28 days to respond.
The building surveyor must notify any clients with active building permits of their suspension.
The news comes amidst continued efforts across the country to address the cladding crisis.
Owners impacted by this suspension can contact the VBA on 1300 815 127 for assistance.
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