23/12/2021 - 11:31

BGC to pay $25,000 fine over Ventura sites

23/12/2021 - 11:31

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BGC Housing Group has been ordered to pay $25,000 on behalf of its partner group Ventura Home Group.

BGC to pay $25,000 fine over Ventura sites
Michael Bartier. Photo: David Henry

BGC Housing Group, BGC Australia's housing division, has been ordered to pay $25,000 on behalf of its partner group Ventura Home Group for compliance issues at Ventura’s building sites, the State Administrative Tribunal has ruled.

During yesterday's SAT hearing, the Building Services Board claimed that between 2016 and 2020, eight Ventura sites were not properly managed and supervised, and non-compliant issues were identified at these sites.

In addition, former Ventura supervisor Justayn Bean has been ordered to pay $15,000 for not properly managing and supervising eight building services. 

The breaches occurred between 2016 and 2020, before BGC merged with Ventura in mid-2020.

Compliance issues included concerns relating to corrosion protection, damp-proofing of the edge of a slab, inadequately supported ceiling joists and hanging beams, and cutting out of the centre of a floor joist to accommodate plumbing.

There was also a missing fire sealant at one of the properties, an undersized footing around a plumbing pipe, a section of concrete floor out of level, non-compliant fasteners to metal roof battens and a wall plate that was not thick enough for the required number of nails.

According to the SAT, despite notifications from Building and Energy in relation to similar issues over many years, Ventura Home Group did not made adequate changes to its management and supervision processes to detect and rectify the issues in a timely manner. 

BGC Housing Group executive general manager Michael Bartier said the company regretted the incidents that occurred on the sites and the builder was committed to improving.

“Following on from the merger of Ventura to BGC Housing Group, BGC Housing Group implemented a number of processes, procedures and internal controls across the Ventura entity that BGC Housing Group had previously adopted,” he said.

“Since the merger, Ventura has not had any similar issues, despite the significant increase of work from stimulus.”

BGC agreed to pay the fine on behalf of Ventura. 

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