Changes to Victorian owner-builder requirements
The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has refined its requirements for owner-builder applications and will now accept construction industry cards issued by interstate regulators as set out in WorkSafe Victoria’s guidance notes. Previously, the VBA only accepted WorkSafe Victoria issued white cards.
VBA director of enquiries, inspections and complaints Murray Smith said people applying to be an owner-builder must still meet strict requirements and demonstrate they understand their obligation to provide a safe workplace.
“Completing the owner-builder eLearning assessment on the VBA’s website and providing a WorkSafe Victoria White Card or interstate equivalent is the only way for an owner-builder to demonstrate they understand their responsibilities,” says Murray.
Owner-builders have similar responsibilities to registered building practitioners, including:
- Obtaining and complying with a building permit
- Arranging for certification of completed work, ensuring work complies with Australian standards
- Ensuring site and worker safety
- Ensuring appropriate insurance policies are in place
- Some obligations that last for six and a half years after completion of the building work.
“The eLearning assessment must be completed before an application for a certificate of consent to become an owner-builder can be submitted. Evidence of a white card or interstate equivalent must also be provided at time of application. The VBA does not accept statements of attainment for completing construction induction training,” says Murray.
People thinking about applying to become an owner-builder should read the owner-builder information and study guide on the VBA’s website.