Change to Victorian Building Regulations
Annual Essential Safety Measures Report (AESMR) Template Change
Updates to the Building Regulations 2006 have come into effect as of
2/06/2018, where the Victorian Building Regulations 2018 supersede the
Victorian Building Regulations 2006. The new Building Regulations have
been in development / review for some time, and only came into effect 2
Included within these changes is the requirement for a new AESMR
template. AESG whilst continuing to improve its service to you as a
valued client have been working with the Victorian Building Authority
(VBA) and various Municipal Councils regarding the new template. To date
we are still waiting on written responses from the VBA for some of our
AESG is developing and updating internal systems and report templates to
reflect the new changes. We anticipate to role out the new template for
all buildings in the coming weeks, in the interim we have been manually
creating AESMRs in line with the new template for any building requested
by a Municipal Building Surveyor (MBS), the VBA or has been issued with a
Council Order, Emergency Order or MFB Investigation.
If any of your buildings fall into one of the above categories please
contact AESG .
Some of the changes to the template will require additional information
from suppliers, contractors and in some circumstances property owners /
managers. The changes to the template include:
The name of every individual technician / contractor that has
performed maintenance on any Essential Safety Measure in the relevant
List of all details pertaining to an inspection report made under
section 227E of the Building Act 1993 (building notice or the like)
including dates on which actions were taken.
List and confirm the standard of maintenance, where the maintenance
provider is servicing to a version of the standard which differs from
the Occupancy Permit, specifically relating to AS1851.
Where the AESMR is signed by an agent of the owner (AESG), a list of
full names of each owners of the building. *
*AESG has requested clarification for this from the VBA, we are still
waiting for a formal response. The new Building Regulations does not make
clarification for when a building is owned through an Owners Corporation,
trust, share holders or have multiple owners.
AESG has identified that in its current form, the new template will add
significant time to contractors, suppliers, property managers and owners
to meet all requirements detailed. AESG is hopeful that we will be able
to implement procedures to minimise disruption and time, whilst achieving
the requirements of the new form.
AESGs original advice still stands, that all owners / managers should
ensure that all Essential Safety Measures systems are being maintained by
qualified contractors and that all emergency exits and escapes are
operational and provide safe egress for all occupants and visitors.
If you require further information about the new Building Regulations
please follow the below link the VBA website or alternatively contact