Balconies, decks and balustrades - VBABalconies, decks and balustrades. Issued May 2014 www.vba.vic.gov.au. Page 2 of 3. A general visual inspection on a yearly basis should identify any problems. Some risk factors to look-out for are: Pooling of water on the balcony surface. Handrails fixed through the balcony's top surface. Tops of solid balustrades and fixings at wall junctions. Cladding finishing hard against the balcony. No threshold between the building and the balcony. If there is anything suspicious about a.