There’s a Crisis on the Frontline with local government services underfunded or contracted out, leaving workers and communities worse off.
Building Services, one of the critical regulatory services delivered by councils, are at a crisis point after years of privatised service delivery and an underinvestment in critical services safety.
The essential roles performed by Building Surveyors, Building Inspectors, Building Control Officers and Trainee Surveyors make sure that Victoria buildings are safe and do not pose a hazard to communities.
The ASU has had some success shining a light on the crisis in building services with additional funding in the 20/21 Victorian State budget for the Women Building Surveyors Program that is giving women new opportunities to become building surveyors with councils across Victoria.
The crisis in Building Control Services at councils across Victoria is deep and needs real attention. This critical council service faces a combination of an ageing workforce, a shortage of skilled and/or qualified practitioners and an increased workload, which is neither resourced nor funded.
But the ASU is not standing still. Like all aspects of council services suffering through the Crisis on the Frontline, we are taking action.
Most recently, we submitted the Expert Review of the Victorian Building System, highlighting many of the flaws in the current system that are impacting communities and council building control departments. We also put forward practical solutions to the problems facing the regulation of building in our state.