Industry Today

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:


QBCC celebrates World Plumbing Day

World Plumbing Day falls on 11 March each year, and is a day to celebrate the important role that plumbers and drainers play in protecting health and safety across the world.

This year, STC members and representatives of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) joined with about 350 members and supporters of the plumbing industry for a breakfast on 10 March 2017 at Hillstone St Lucia, hosted by the Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland (MPAQ).