Over the last few weeks, ASU members who work as Municipal Building Surveyors met with the Victorian Planning Minister and Commissioner for Better Regulation to discuss the review into Victorian Building Services. This is an important moment for building practitioners (including Municipal Building Surveyors, Building Surveyors and Building Inspectors) to advocate for their profession, so we want to hear from building practitioners about what needs to be improved.
Take the Building Practitioner survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H2P2SKG
Building Practitioners are telling us that they’re underfunded, overworked, and are being forced to take responsibility for mistakes made in the private sector. On top of that, the state government are shifting costs to councils by requiring building practitioners to undertake additional enforcement work in relation to combustible cladding, waste & recycling plants, illegal chemical storage and retiring/deregistered private building surveyors without any additional funding or resources. Further to this, there is an over-reliance on the use of contract and agency Building Surveyors and Building Inspectors, rather than employing permanent staff.
Compounding the problem there are major concerns about training pathways for new surveyors and inspectors, and there is a professional indemnity insurance crisis building in the private sector, resulting in a severe shortage of qualified and experienced staff to undertake the high-risk work involved.
If you are working as a Municipal Building surveyor, Building Surveyor or Building Inspector, or if you are in training to achieve practitioner registration with the VBA, tell us more about what is impacting you here:
If you aren’t working as a surveyor but know someone who is, make sure you forward this email to them and encourage them to have their voice heard.
It is important to remember that your response to this survey will be completely confidential and any identifying details that you share will not be released to any third parties so as to protect you.
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