3 02, 2020
  • rebuild

Rebuilding after the Bushfire Crisis

After a National Tragedy; Making Sure Rebuilding Efforts Meet Standards and Regulations Natural disasters tear communities apart and upend the lives of individuals and families. No one can bear witness to the destruction of homes and the surrounding natural environment without a powerful sense of loss and tragedy. Despite the present pain, we must rebuild,

2 12, 2019
  • SMS

Cut expensive and time-wasting no-shows with SMS

In an ideal world, every time inspectors and builders made an appointment, everyone would arrive without delays or cancellations. But life gets busy and circumstances change constantly. Last minute changes often mean wasted time and effort in getting to an inspection that should have been rescheduled. It doesn’t take many no-show appointments to turn an

14 10, 2019
  • Visual Builder Live

Visual Builder Live; experience the “new” client portal

At Visual Approvals, we're always searching for new technologies to improve the user experience of our products. Hence our most recent upgrade to the Client Portal, now known as Visual Builder Live. Written in the latest Microsoft web technology, Visual Builder Live boasts an interactive easy-to-use web user interface with two-factor authentication. And, it's lightning-fast!

28 08, 2019
  • risk mitigation

More on Regulatory Requirements to Mitigate Risk

The recent message from Sue Eddy, CEO of the VBA (Victorian Building Association), published Friday 16th August raises a couple of interesting points. Firstly, the reference to the new building and levy system along with the launch of BAMS that came into effect on July 1 was well-received. For those of you still struggling with

5 08, 2019
  • Visual e-Sign

Electronic Signatures are here! with Visual e-Sign

The most recent release of Visual Approvals features another new integration offering, this time with DocuSign, the leading eSignature brand worldwide. With Visual e-Sign, digitally manage your entire agreement process and spend less time and money managing paperwork. Documents can be emailed, digitally signed and when returned, are received back into VA instantaneously, delivering an

1 07, 2019
  • We're ready for BAMS

We’re ready for BAMS, are you?

On 1 July 2019 the changes introduced by the Victorian Government to the Building Act 1993 came into effect as the Building Amendment (Enforcement and Other Measures) Act 2017. These changes were put in place to: Address difficulties in determining whether all building permit levy due has been remitted to the Victorian Building Authority (VBA)

24 06, 2019
  • #C19AAC

#C19AAC: The Challenges, Risks and Rewards

The 2019 AAC Conference #C19AAC took place on Friday 7th June at The Star Event Centre, and Visual Approvals attended as a Conference Sponsor. The event theme ‘Rising to the Challenge’ was particularly relevant considering the current climate of the industry. Many of the day’s presentations related to these challenges including cladding, PI insurance and

27 05, 2019

QBCC announces changes to the Sighting Fee

The QBCC recently released the following announcement relating to the payment of the sighting fee. This change comes into effect from 31st May, 2019. SIGHTING FEE CHANGES As you are aware, it is unlawful for a certifier to give development approval for residential construction work unless they have written information from the QBCC that: •

29 04, 2019
  • sms messaging

Feature Spotlight: SMS Messaging

SMS messaging is the latest smart feature from Visual Approvals that will help you save time and improve your client communication when booking inspections. This functionality will send a text message to the Site Contact assigned to an inspection, prompting the recipient to either reconfirm or reschedule the booking. SMS messaging is simple to use

8 04, 2019
  • BAMS

Are you ready for BAMS?

The VBA is changing the way in which the building permit levy is paid to the VBA, and building surveyors will be required to obtain a building permit number before issuing a building permit. These changes come into effect from July 1, 2019. The VBA is developing an online system – known as the Building