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.

http://www.buildingcommission.com.au/www/html/749-termite-infested-areas-in-victoria.asp

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

 

Media Release

Termites a major threat to Victoria

Reference: 05/04

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.

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