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How we monitor compliance

Monitoring compliance of disclosure obligations

The Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy monitors sale, lease and sublease transactions as well as advertisements in print and online media to check compliance with Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) Program requirements.

Our approach is to encourage voluntary compliance. We do this by helping you to understand your rights and obligations and by making it as easy as possible for you to meet those obligations.

However, we will investigate those who opportunistically or deliberately contravene the law. For example, if a disclosure affected building or area of a building is found to have been offered for sale, lease or sublease without an up-to-date Building Energy Efficiency Certificate (BEEC), or a current exemption, we will investigate.

All potential contraventions of the Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Act 2010 (BEED Act) are prioritised for investigation using a risk management approach. We will take action based on the particular circumstances of each case.

If you have information about a breach of the disclosure requirements, contact the CBD Program.

For more details about our approach, download the CBD Education, Compliance and Enforcement Policy.

Penalties for not complying

There are penalties for breaching disclosure obligations. For details, see the relevant sections on selling, leasing, subleasing and advertising.

Auditing energy efficiency assessments

The BEED Act sets out provisions for auditing energy efficiency assessments under the CBD Program to ensure they are done properly.

Desktop audits are used to check whether a CBD assessor has conducted an assessment accurately. In some cases an onsite audit may be conducted.

Auditors are issued with identity cards. You may require an auditor to show their identity card before being granted entry to your building or tenancy.

Energy Efficiency Non-Disclosure Register

An instance of non-disclosure occurs where an individual or corporation is issued with an infringement notice, or where a court imposes a civil penalty. Details of non-compliance will be listed on the Energy Efficiency Non-Disclosure Register if there have been two or more instances of non-disclosure by an individual or corporation within 12 months.