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Understanding Owner Builders Warranty in Victoria

Home owner’s warranty, Domestic Building Insurance or its common name Builders Warranty is available in all mainland states.

Whether you are a homeowner who is using a Builder or an Owner Builder, it is mandatory for Builders or Owner Builders selling their home to obtain Warranty Insurance.

Builders Warranty in Victoria

Warranty must be obtained for any work that is to be done that exceeds $16,000. Furthermore, this insurance must provide coverage for damages up to $300,000 and cover a period of six years for structural defects. The warranty is good for two years on any non-structural defects.

Builders offering warranty insurance in Victoria must comply with all statutory warranties. These warranties function to ensure the work is carried out properly and complies with any contract plans and specifications. All materials have to be new unless otherwise stated in the contract, and they must be good and suitable for the intended purpose. The work must be done in accordance with all laws and within the time period established in the contract. Finally, the residence must be fit for human occupation when the work is complete and must live up to what was originally promised.

Home owners warranty

Builders warranty in Victoria is designed to protect the homeowner in a variety of situations. In the event the building contract is not completed, the insurance policy goes into effect. The same is true when the builder fails to correct any defects that arise during the statutory 6 year Warranty period.
Builders Warranty Insurance is available in the event the builder dies, disappears or is insolvent.

Owner Builders

Owner Builders are required to provide Warranty Insurance for the benefit of a purchaser within 6 years of the final, also a Defect Inspection Report from an approved inspector, outlining whether there are defects, incomplete works or second hand materials have been used in the job. Once listed these items cannot be claimed against by the purchaser.

When selling their home, be aware that unless the Owner Builder Warranty Insurance Certificate is attached to the Contract of Sale, the purchaser under 137B of the Building Act is within his rights to ‘walk away’ from the contract.

Note well, the contract is voidable at any time prior to the settlement, if the policy has not been issued prior to signing the Contract of Sale. Make it easy on yourself and organise the warranty, because the last thing you want is for the purchaser to walk!

The Warranties are in effect for 6 years and are transferable in that period.

For more information on your rights and responsibilities, refer to

Why Choose BuildSafe?

  • Being a Specialised Building Industry broker who has been dealing with Warranty Insurers since 1996, we have an experienced team available to help you clear up any issues with the insurer, so you you can get back to doing what you do well – building! Carmen and the team look forward to helping you with the process of Warranty Insurance.

Obtaining Home Warranty Insurance is a straightforward process – just that many Insurance companies make it hard for the Builder. Not so at BuildSafe Insurance Brokers. We’ll help and get our hands dirty.


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