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Australian 'ARB' to merge with construction regulatory bodies

Victoria planning minister Matthew Guy has announced plans to merge the governing bodies of the building, plumbing and design sectors in the southern Australian state

The Victorian Building Authority will make and enforce regulation for the three industries in a bid to end an ‘ad-hoc’ approach to governance.

It will replace the Building Commission, the Plumbing Industry Commission and the Architects Registration Board of Victoria.

The move is the latest in a series of reform measures that includes a new Compliance and Enforcement Policy and Monitoring and Evaluation Framework.

Guy said: ‘The establishment of the VBA in conjunction with these other reforms is a critical step in ensuring the ad-hoc approach to industry regulation over the past decade is brought to an end.

‘The current system does not promote consistent service capability, and dents consumer confidence and respect for the industry.’

He said the building industry was important to Victoria’s economic health and the reforms were critical.

‘The reform package is designed to ensure building industry practitioners have a system which enables them to deliver services consistently and professionally, while consumers have confidence they will receive the services they have been promised.

‘It is important that we not only focus on how regulation is set but also how it is enforced.

‘The establishment of the VBA along with the other reform measures will enable us to do just that.’

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