Joint teams from government agencies will be inspecting residential, industrial and commercial building sites in Ballarat from 6 to 10 May, as part of the Build Aware program.
Build Aware aims to ensure site operators are complying with their legal obligations to maintain workplace safety and community benefit.
Five key Victorian agencies that regulate the building sector - Consumer Affairs Victoria, Energy Safe Victoria, Environment Protection Authority Victoria, the Victorian Building Authority and WorkSafe Victoria – will join forces to carry out targeted inspections.
The use of non-compliant or hazardous materials, unfair contract terms and delayed building works are some of the common building issues that cause financial and emotional stress to consumers and the community.
Consumer Affairs Victoria inspectors will be looking at domestic building contracts to ensure builders are adhering to important consumer protections. This includes checking contract insurance details and ensuring that deposit amounts requested are within the appropriate range.
The agencies have taken to social media, using the #BuildAware hashtag, to raise awareness of the program.
The agencies run the Build Aware program three times each year. The program has previously targeted areas in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, including Moreland, Casey, Bendigo, Geelong and Bairnsdale. During the past 12 months, multi-agency teams have conducted more than 300 inspections, with most building sites found to be compliant.
For more information about the agencies involved in Build Aware, visit their websites: