There are an increasing amount of areas each year in Victoria that are designated Termite prone areas, which means that if you build or require a building permit even for an addition in those areas you must have a termite barrier system in place before a certificate of occupancy is issued.
In some states of Australia you must obtain a pest inspections to your property if you are selling and is part of your section 32.
There will be a time when all areas in Victoria become Termite Prone Zones, there has to be enough evidence or % of recorded termite infestations to homes in that area before the local council can justify changing all relative requirements before costing the average home an extra $500-$1000 to construct.
More than 350 species of termites have been recorded in Australia, about 30 of which achieve economic importance as pests of timber-in-service.
Log on to the Building Commissions web site to get all the latest statistics and information.
Facts from CSIRO about termites
- The annual cost of repair of damage to timber-in-service caused by termites in Victoria has been estimated to be in excess of $200 million.
- It is estimated that 650,000 Australian homes have been infested by termites over the last five years.
- The cost of termite treatment and repair of the resultant damage has been estimated at $3.9 billion
Termites a major threat to Victoria
Subterranean termites pose a major threat to dwellings and other vital infrastructure throughout Victoria according to a report released today by CSIRO Forestry and Forest Products (CFFP) scientist, Jim Creffield.