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Building Legislation : Occupational Health and Safety Legislation

A building owner, occupier or owners agent for a building inherits obligations under the Victorian Building Legislation, Building Code of Australia and Occupational Health and Safety legislation to ensure building works, alterations, occupation of a building and the inspection, testing and maintenance of nominated essential safety measures are complied with as required.

The following table provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of the legislation for the building control process, essential safety measures documents and Occupational Health and Safety.

Building Legislation

Acts Regulations Definition Essential Safety Measures Parameters New/Old Building Responsibility for Compliance Method of Compliance
Building Act 1993 Part 12 Regulations Subdivision 1 Essential Safety Measures Subdivision 1 New/ Alterations post July 1994 Subdivision 1 Owner AESMR to be completed by the anniversary date of the occupancy permit/ certificate of final inspection/ report in logbook records.
Building Regulations 2006 Subdivision 2 Essential Safety Measures as defined Subdivision 2 Existing buildings pre July 1994 Subdivision 2 Owner AESMR to be completed by 13 June
Building Code of Australia Part I1 (as applicable) All building


Building Legislation Documents

Building Approval Document Building Permit
Occupational Approval Document Occupancy Permit
Certificate of Final Inspection
Annual Statement Document Annual Essential Safety Measures Report
Enforcement Notices Building Notice
Building Order
Infringement Notice
Emergency Notice
Building Order – Stop Work
Building Order – Minor Work
Building Regulations Glossary of Definitions
Essential Safety Measures Inspections
Australian Standards


Occupational Health and Safety Legislation

Acts Regulations Parameters New/Old Building Responsibility for Compliance Method of Compliance
Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 All encompassing Subdivision 3
Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007 All encompassing


Occupational Health and Safety – Main Codes of Practice

Service Code of Practice
Emergency Planning AS 3745-2010 – Planning for emergencies in facilities
Working at Heights
Confined Spaces Work Safe Victoria - Confined Spaces - Compliance Code - September 2008 Confined Spaces Audits
Storage & Racking Pallet Racking Guidance Note - January 2009 Storage and Racking Audits
Asbestos Work Safe Victoria - Managing Asbestos in Workplaces - Compliance Code - September 2008 Asbestos Register Audits
Chemicals Storage Hazardous Substances - Code of Practice - June 2008 Chemical Storage Audits
Cooling Systems AS/NZS 3666 – Air handling and water systems of buildings
Cooling System Audits
Machinery Guarding Plant - Code of Practice - July 1995 Machinery Guarding Audits