21 09, 2020
  • PI insurance exemption period

QLD Government extends PI Insurance exemption period for Private Building Certifiers

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The ‘exemption period’ that allows building certifiers to hold professional indemnity insurance with an exclusion relating to external cladding has been extended from 30 June 2021 to 30 June 2022.  This extension to the ‘exemption period’ allows private building certifiers to hold an exclusion on their professional indemnity insurance policies for a further 12-months. To read the full

20 07, 2020
  • Focus on building surveyors

The Building Confidence Report – Focus on Building Surveyors

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The 2014 Lacrosse apartment fire, 2017 Grenfell Tower fire and the more recent Neo200 fire all serve to highlight numerous safety risks brought on by non-compliance in the building and construction industry. All three fire incidents revealed building structural problems and the non-compliant use of building products, particularly the use of combustible cladding material. These

8 06, 2020
  • post covid

Returning to the office post-Covid 19

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Entering the post-COVID world may seem as daunting as lockdown itself. And, as an office manager, you will have many questions about the health and safety of your workforce as you prepare to welcome them back. Let’s take a look at what you can do to minimise COVID-19 infection in the workplace, and help you

11 05, 2020
  • Encryption Ransomware

Taking Caution Against Encryption Ransomware

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According to recent statistics and observations, ransomware attacks are on a sharp rise, and the associated costs of successful attacks are skyrocketing. Ransomware attacks remain the most prevalent and damaging forms of cyber-attacks. In most attacks, the hacker encrypts the victim’s data and demands a payout (ransom) to withdraw the siege. This type of attack

30 03, 2020
  • cybersecurity

Cyber Security – How to protect yourself

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How to Maintain Cybersecurity While Working From Home As the world continues to grapple with COVID-19 – a still unfamiliar global health threat – companies and organisations have been tasked to develop strategies to protect their employees while continuing to operate, even with a scaled-down or skeletal workforce. Businesses have had to adopt a 'work

29 03, 2020
  • COVID-19

COVID-19: It’s business as usual for Visual Approvals

Visual Approvals has long since conducted business within the digital economy, operating in a secure cloud environment. Therefore we are well-placed to continue to support and serve our clients throughout the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Our team is used to working in a mobile environment and they are very familiar with working from home. We

2 03, 2020
  • 2020 VBA Building Surveyors Conference

Our take on the 2020 VBA Building Surveyors Conference

Last week, Visual Approvals staff members attended the 2020 VBA Building Surveyors Conference held at the Melbourne Exhibition and Conference Centre. The conference was the perfect opportunity to hear from leaders within the industry and keep abreast of forthcoming changes. There were a number of first class presentations throughout the day, but to hear the

24 02, 2020
  • building certification software

3 Reasons Why every Building Surveyor should invest in Building Certification Software

The building approval process in Australia is complex and heavily regulated, which is why you need software that helps you solve the legal and operational challenges you face every day. Below, we outline the three main ways that our building certification and approval software helps you succeed in an increasingly challenging industry.  3 reasons why