Tony Arnel

30 January 2012 – Victorian Building and Plumbing Industry Commissioner Mr Tony Arnel today resigned from his role after 12 years.

Mr Arnel, who is chair of the Green Building Council of Australia, will be replaced in a one year term by Michael Kefford, who was previously in the role until his retirement in 2004, while a search for a permanent replacement is undertaken.

Planning minister Matthew Guy said Mr Kefford will “advise on appropriate reforms and oversee the implementation of the government’s response to the Auditor-General’s report into the building permit system.”

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Since the election of the Coalition, Mr Arnel oversaw the Victorian Government’s response to the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission and introduced strengthened building standards and the development of a standard for private bushfire shelters, Mr Guy said.

The announcement is the latest in a string of departures from high profile government agency positions in Victoria and NSW.

Lisa Corbyn last week appears to have been pushed from her role at the Office of Environment and Heritage.