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We continually strive to maintain and strengthen our reputation of delivering an exceptional service. We value your feedback as it helps us learn and improve.

We are committed to being consistent, fair, and impartial when handling complaints and aim to resolve complaints as quickly as possible.

This policy outlines how you can lodge a complaint with us and how we manage it.

The objectives of this policy are to:

  • put in place an open and transparent complaint handling system
  • specify the guiding principles to which we will hold ourselves accountable
  • establish our timeframes for resolving complaints
  • set out how we record and use complaint data.


This policy is based on seven principles:

  • Commitment

    We are committed to resolving complaints and have a culture that recognises an individual’s right to complain. We value complaints and recognise them as being part of our business and improving service delivery.

  • Accessibility

    People with a range of needs can easily complain, and staff actively assist them to navigate the complaints process.

  • Transparency

    We make it clear how to complain, where to complain and how the complaint will be handled. The steps taken to respond to a complaint are recorded and will stand up to scrutiny.

  • Objectivity and fairness

    Complaints are dealt with courteously, impartially, within established timeframes, and assessed on merit.

  • Privacy

    Complaint information is handled according to our Privacy Policy and the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). We provide clear information about how we handle personal information.

  • Accountability

    We are accountable for our decision making and complaint handling performance. We provide explanations and reasons for decisions. If appropriate, we advise of available external avenues/remedies.

  • Continuous improvement

    Acting on, learning from, and using complaint data helps us identify problems and improve services.


Complaint: means an expression of dissatisfaction in connection with building surveying services provided by us.


A person can make a complaint as follows:

  • By completing our online Complaint Form found on our website at

  • By telephoning us on (03) 9544 0544

    If you complain to us over the phone, we may redirect you to our website and request that you complete the Complaint Form. In some circumstances, we may offer to complete the Complaint Form for you.


When investigating your complaint, we will rely on information provided by you and documentation we may already have in our possession. We may contact you to clarify details or request additional information where necessary.

To help us investigate your complaint quickly and efficiently, we require the following information:

  • Your full name and contact details (and those of your representative, if any)
  • Any special assistance required
  • The property address relating to the complaint
  • The nature of your complaint
  • Whether your complaint has been previously raised with us
  • The outcome you want
  • Copies of any supporting documentation/information.


We are committed to ensuring our complaint handling system is easily understood and accessible to everyone, such as people with a disability, illness or language difficulties. Please advise us if you require any special assistance or extra support when making your complaint or while communicating with us.


We record your name and contact details (and those of your representative, if any). We also record all other information contained in the Complaint Form, communications between us, the outcome of our investigation, and any corrective/remedial action taken following our investigation.

Your personal information is used for complaint handling purposes or to address systemic issues arising from the complaint. We will protect your personal information from disclosure as per our Privacy Policy.

We may supply your personal information to a third party (e.g., builder, our contractor, or the Victorian Building Authority), as part of our complaint investigation and resolution, or if required by law.


  • We acknowledge

    Once the Complaint Form is submitted, you will immediately receive an email acknowledging receipt of your complaint and providing you with a complaint reference number.

  • We allocate

    Within 1-2 business days of receiving your complaint, we allocate the complaint to a senior member of our staff known as the Designated Building Surveyor for investigation.

  • We investigate

    Once allocated, the Designated Building Surveyor will aim to resolve your complaint within 3-5 business days (with urgent complaints given the highest priority).

    However, this timeframe may not always be achievable for every complaint. For instance, we may require additional time if the issues raised are complex or further information is needed. In those cases, we will inform you of the reason for the delay and the timeframe that will apply.

    You have the right to monitor the progress of your complaint by contacting us at any time. Please reply directly to any emails we send to you and quote your complaint reference number to avoid delays.

  • We respond

    Following our investigation, we will write to you about our findings and of any action taken. We may inform you of any available external avenues/remedies if you are dissatisfied with the process or outcome of our internal investigation.

    At this stage, we may close the complaint if we consider the matter resolved, whether or not to your satisfaction.

  • We take action

    If we identify an error, we will take steps to redress the situation. If appropriate, we will amend our internal business practices or policies and provide additional training to staff.

  • We record

    All complaints are recorded in our internal database for complaint handling purposes. Complaint data is also analysed to determine if there are broader issues involved and, if so, to address the root cause.


We will cease further action if your complaint is currently under investigation by the Victorian Building Authority or any other government body, pending the outcome of this investigation.


We will consider the substance of all complaints. However, we will not continue to investigate or deal with a complaint where the conduct of the person making the complaint is unreasonable. Unreasonable conduct may include (but is not limited to):

  • excessive or persistent repetition of an issue
  • inappropriate demands or expectations
  • abusive, trivial or vexatious behaviour
  • persistently contacting us during our investigation or after an outcome

Version number 01
Issue date 1 January 2021
Effective date 1 January 2021
Review date 1 January 2022
Responsible officer Chief Operating Officer
Relevant regulatory requirements VBA Code of Conduct for Building Surveyors in Victoria dated June 2020 Australian Standard: Customer satisfaction — Guidelines for complaints handling in organisations Privacy Act 1988 (Cth)
Relevant policies or procedures Group Four Privacy Policy (