20 August 2013 — The Victorian Building Authority has announced the appointment of Joe Dimasi as the new chief executive, effective from 9 September.

Chairman Mr Kusznirczuk said the VBA would benefit from the wealth of regulatory experience Mr Dimasi would bring to the role.

“This appointment will provide further support to the Board in delivering robust industry regulation and stronger consumer protection,” Mr Kusznirczuk said. “This is important as we move to implement the government’s reforms and make the VBA a one-stop shop for domestic building consumer protection and builder and plumber regulation and, over time for architects.

“The experience that Mr Dimasi brings with him from his Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and other government roles will ensure the Authority builds strong regulatory foundations and maintains a consumer focus.”

Mr Dimasi was previously appointed a Commissioner with the ACCC in 2008. This followed his role as head of ACCC’s regulatory affairs division, a position he had occupied since 1996. Before that, he was an assistant commissioner of the Industry Commission (now the Productivity Commission).

Mr Dimasi has been a senior economist in Victorian Government departments including Treasury, and Premier and Cabinet.

Mr Kusznirczuk thanked outgoing CEO Greg Hyams for his contribution to the VBA and said Mr Hyams would continue with the organisation in a different capacity.