VBA audit uncovers $169,000 in unpaid building permit levies

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The Victorian Building Authority’s (VBA) building permit levy audit has identified 294 unreported building permits and more than $169,000 in unreported building permit levies in the first half of the 2014-2015 financial year.

Under the Building Act 1993, anyone applying for a building permit in Victoria for works costing more than $10,000 must pay a levy before the permit is issued. The building surveyor collects the levy and forwards it to the VBA each month.

In the first half of the 2014-2015 financial year, the VBA carried out 63 audits and reviews on registered building surveyors and organisations, with an audit scope of 179,558 building permits with a cost of works of $34 billion. This is 63 percent more audits and reviews than for the corresponding six months in the previous financial year.

Other results of this audit program include:

  • Incorrect costs of works were detected for 22 building permits, representing $16,670 in levy.
  • Three audited building surveyors were referred to the VBA’s Compliance Unit for investigation.
  • Four warning letters were sent to audited building surveyors and lodging organisations. These individuals and organisations will also be subject to a follow-up audit in the near future.

The VBA’s levy auditors conduct regular audits and reviews to ensure building surveyors comply with their building permit reporting and levy payment obligations.

For more information about the VBA’s building permit levy audit program, including an overview of the 2014- 2015 audit program, visit www.vba.vic.gov.au.

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