Build Aware program heads to Shepparton - News alert

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Date
5 September 2018
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Joint teams from government agencies will be inspecting residential, industrial and commercial building sites across the Shepparton area from 10 to 14 September, as part of the Build Aware campaign.

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. 

Building sites can also be sources of environmental problems, including contaminated stormwater, sediment runoff and uncontrolled litter. Ensuring that builders know their obligations will help to reduce these incidents and associated harm.

Consumer Affairs Victoria inspectors will be looking at domestic building contracts to ensure builders are adhering to important consumer protections.

The agencies have taken to social media, using the #BuildAware hashtag, to raise community awareness of the program and its message of compliance for safety and community benefit.

The agencies run the Build Aware program three times each year in metropolitan and regional locations. 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:

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