If a problem arises when working with a SPASAVIC member, this may be as a result of poor communication, poor workmanship or issues beyond our control.
As an Association, we endeavour to assist the consumer and our member to reach a mutually satisfactory resolution. SPASAVIC encourages every member to listen to their customers' concerns and try to resolve any issues. If this does not work, our advice is to follow these steps:
- Talk to the SPASAVIC member that you have chosen to work with. If your relationship can continue to be amicable, this is the best, fastest and the most cost efficient way to resolve the issue.
- If the relationship has soured and you require assistance in approaching the SPASAVIC member, please contact us. We will gladly speak to our member on your behalf.
- If there is a disagreement over the nature of the problem, we suggest that you seek independent advice. This independent expert should be able to identify the problem and advise what needs to occur to rectify the problem.
- A report from an independent expert may be required to assist both you and the SPASAVIC member to negotiate the best solution to resolve the issue.
A Victorian Government service called the Domestic Building Dispute Resolution Victoria (DBDRV) commenced on Wednesday 26 April 2017.
Domestic Building Dispute Resolution Victoria (DBDRV) is a government service which helps resolve domestic building disputes.
The DBDRV makes it easier for both consumers and builders to access a tailored dispute resolution service, which is free, fair and fast.
Qualified and experienced conciliators, known as Dispute Resolution Officers, help the clients of the DBDRV reach a resolution to their dispute. The Dispute Resolution Officers are supported by independent building experts, known as Assessors.
The aim of the DBDRV is to resolve disputes as informally as possible, but if agreement cannot be reached through conciliation, the DBDRV has the legislative power to issue binding orders to finalise the dispute.
The DBDRV is an independent business unit within the Department of Justice and Regulation and is part of the portfolio of the Minister for Consumer Affairs.
It is also a part of the broader framework of the Victorian Government’s oversight of the residential building sector. Other Victorian Government stakeholders include the Victorian Building Authority, Consumer Affairs Victoria and the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority.
You can access further information about the DBDRV here: www.dbdrv.vic.gov.au. Alternatively, contact the Building Information Line on 1300 55 75 59 between 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).
- During a building project, a dispute may arise between the builder and home owner(s). If you become involved in such a dispute, you should attempt to resolve the issue directly with the other party before taking any further action.
- If you are a homeowner, please view information on how to address a building dispute on the Building disputes, defects and delays page on the Consumer Affairs Victoria website. If you are a builder, please view the dispute resolution information on the Builders and tradespeople page on the Consumer Affairs Victoria website.
- For more information, please visit the DBDRV website or call the Building Information Line on 1300 557 559.
- If the issue remains unresolved after you attempted to resolve it on your own, you can visit the Domestic Building Dispute Resolution Victoria (DBDRV) website to lodge an online application for dispute resolution.
- The DBDRV provides building dispute resolution without the cost and time often associated with courts and tribunals, and has the power to issue legally binding dispute resolution orders and certificates.
- Click here to download the DBDRV Guide.