From 26 April 2017, changes made by the Building Legislation Amendment (Consumer Protection) Act 2016 (Vic)(“the BL Act”) will come into effect. The BL Act will require that most domestic building disputes be referred to conciliation with the new Domestic Building Dispute Resolution Victoria (“the DBDRV”) before proceedings can be issued in VCAT or a Court.
Domestic Building Dispute Resolution Victoria (DBDRV) is a free government service which helps resolve domestic building disputes.
DBDRV is being established to resolve residential building disputes without the cost and time often associated with courts and tribunals, but with the power to issue legally binding dispute resolution orders.
DBDRV signals some important changes to the way residential building disputes are currently handled:
Builders and building owners must attempt to resolve their domestic building dispute through DBDRV before they can make an application to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).
Consumer Affairs Victoria and the Victorian Building Authority will no longer be offering their free conciliation service, Building Advice and Conciliation Victoria.
If you have a domestic building dispute, visit www.dbdrv.vic.gov.au