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Round two of the QBCC's educational shows hits the road

On 1 November, the QBCC is launching the second round of our 2017 educational Tradie Tours, with technical advice and legislative reforms the hot topics for discussion.

Feedback from those who attended the first round of Tradie Tours in June indicated a desire for more information on technical issues and changes within the industry.

The QBCC has listened, and the second round will feature information on a costly and common defective work complaint, the installation of timber and aluminium joinery.  

Female Plumbers and Apprentices Breakfast

On Wednesday, 23 August, 2017, QBCC Commissioner Brett Bassett, Assistant Commissioner Esther Blest, and several QBCC female staff members who work to support the State’s licensed plumbers and drainers attended the Female Plumbers and Apprentices Breakfast at Parliament House, in Brisbane.

The early morning event was held by Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland (MPAQ) and was all about honouring female plumbers and drainers, and encouraging female apprentices who are new to the trade to stay with it.

STC goes to Bundaberg

The Service Trades Council (STC) travelled to Bundaberg in August to meet with local licensees and hear directly from them about issues impacting the services trades in the region.

QBCC Assistant Commissioner, Esther Blest, said that Bundaberg’s regional industry forum provided the STC members with new insights into local issues.

STC members, Stephen Jennison and Bradley Hodgkinson, also delivered a well-received presentation on hot water system installations and legionella.

Service Trades Council and QBCC visit Townsville

Service Trades Council Forum in Townsville

On 15 June 2017, the Service Trades Council (STC) visited Townsville and held a forum for local members of the plumbing, drainage, fire protection and mechanical services industries.

About 25 industry members attended the forum, which included topics such as the Non-Conforming Building Products Bill, supervision of apprentices, hot water system compliance, working near electrical lines and an update from Ian Savage of Townsville City Council.

While the STC was in the area, officers from the QBCC’s Service Trades Unit also attended to conduct compliance activities.

Welcome to trade for apprentices

Skillstech TAFE students

On Friday 9 June 2017, SkillsTech in conjunction with the QBCC put on a ‘Welcome to Trade’ breakfast event for new plumbing apprentices.

The event was held at SkillsTech at Acacia Ridge, and was attended by apprentices, their employers, TAFE and SkillsTech teachers and representatives of other industry organisations.

Events like these are important, as they start to instil the importance of being actively involved in the industry right from when the apprentices start their careers.

Fitness and propriety extends to treatment of QBCC staff

QBCC staff on site

The QBCC Commissioner, Brett Bassett, recently wrote to the State’s building and construction industry stakeholders with respect to an important matter affecting the QBCC.

There has been an alarming increase in the number of QBCC staff being threatened and abused whilst undertaking their duties.

As an industry regulator, the QBCC is tasked with ensuring that the State’s licensed builders and trade contractors maintain appropriate standards.

The QBCC also continuously assesses a licensee’s fitness and propriety in accordance with standards including:

Plumbing Inspectors’ Seminar

Plumbing inspectors conference June 2017

On Tuesday 20 June 2017, the Institute of Plumbing Inspectors’ Queensland in conjunction with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) hosted the bi-annual Plumbing Inspectors’ Seminar.

The seminar provides a valuable opportunity for plumbing inspectors from across Queensland to get updates on important industry matters, such as legislative changes, Legionella management, compliance of on-site sewerage facilities and QBCC’s compliance activities.

Licence lending is not allowed

QBCC licence cards

The QBCC would like to remind licensees to not engage in licence lending or licence borrowing.

Licence lending can include:

  • providing another person with your licence details so they can undertake or contract for work; or
  • engaging a person who is not an employee of your company to act as a nominee supervisor for your company.

Licence borrowing is where an unlicensed person, or a person who holds a licence for a different type of work, pretends to hold a licence for work.

Course in Issuing Development Permits for Building Work

Certifier on construction site

If you’ve ever considered becoming a private certifier, or you are already a building certifier and would like to obtain development approval endorsement, you will need to complete a course in issuing development permits for building work.

The next course is scheduled to run in Brisbane over two days on the 24 and 25 August 2017.

For more information and to register please visit the AssentTECS website.

Passive Fire Building Elements and Flood Damage

The effect of inundation on passive fire elements, particularly fire doors, is much harder to detect and demonstrate, than the potential for damage or deterioration of things like fire pumps, smoke detectors and electrical controls.

There are a number of different manufacturers of fire doors and a number of different ways by which the door achieves its required Fire Resistance Level (FRL).  Typically, the vast majority of door panels comprise of:

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