The ASU recently conducted a survey of workers employed in municipal building surveying services.

Our survey has identified a workforce and a sector in crisis:

  • Legal obligations and community expectations have increased, whilst the resources available to do the job have decreased
  • A critical shortage of qualified building surveyors and building inspectors in Victoria
  • Staff regularly working significant amounts of unpaid overtime; and
  • Councils not meeting their legislative obligations.

The overwhelming majority of respondents (84 per cent and 91 per cent respectively) indicated that workloads and work-related stress is becoming significantly worse, and not one single respondent indicated their situation was improving.

You can download a copy of our survey report here.

The ASU is alarmed by these findings.

Based on the results of our survey, and in consultation with ASU members, we have made the following recommendations:

  1. The Victorian Government mandate all councils establish a Municipal Building Control Plan
  2. The Victorian Government establish a dedicated funding model for the sustainable operation of municipal building surveying services; and
  3. The Minister for Planning establish a municipal building control reference group.

ASU Branch Secretary, Lisa Darmanin, has written directly to the newly appointed Minister for Planning, Lizzie Blandthorn, requesting an urgent meeting to discuss our survey results and recommendations.

The ASU will continue to strongly represent the interests of municipal building surveying services staff, and will continue to pursue the issues raised by our survey findings.

This work highlights the importance of ASU membership – it is essential to have effective support and representation on workplace issues (including your health and safety), and we are best placed to pursue change when we are strong and united. There has never been a more important time to join the ASU.

For further information please contact:
ASU Organiser Clay O’Brien | 0476 330 885 | cobrien@asuvictas.com.au

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