Council Termite Zone

Termite-Prone Zones

There will be a time when all areas in Victoria become termite-prone zones; there has to be enough evidence or percent 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.

Termite Barrier System

There are an increasing amount of zones each year in Melbourne and on the Mornington Peninsula 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 an inspection of your property if you are selling and as part of your Section 32.

Learn About Termites

Facts from CSIRO about termites:

The annual cost of repair of damage to timber-in-service caused by termites in Melbourne 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 treatment and repair of the resultant damage has been estimated at $3.9 billion