Under the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 (PD Act), in order to direct or supervise the performance of work, a supervising licensee must ensure they hold the appropriate licence for the work, including any endorsements.
Apprentices must get their licence as soon as they complete their apprenticeship in order to keep carrying out plumbing and drainage work.
Last month, our Plumbing Occupational Licensing Team spoke to apprentices in the last year of their Certificate III in Plumbing at the Service Trades College in Brisbane about the QBCC’s requirements for provisional, open and trade contractor licensing.
Our QBCC Team will be visiting many more apprentices between now and the end of the year to remind them to get a licence when they finish their training.
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) has recently shared information with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) about sub-standard installation of safety-critical fasteners in concrete substrates.
Inspectors from the QBCC and WHSQ work closely together and regularly exchange information about concerns or deficiencies observed on building sites.
If a safety-critical fastener fails, it may result in the collapse or partial collapse of a structure, endanger human life and/or cause considerable economic loss.
You can now nominate someone to lodge and search for Form 4/4As for notifiable plumbing and drainage work on your behalf. This person is your ‘nominated representative’.
Your nominated representative does not require a QBCC licence number, but they do need to have a myQBCC account. As the licensee, you must also give your nominated representative the appropriate permissions under your licence details to lodge Form 4s on your behalf.
In February, the QBCC visited 37 Gold Coast sites to check anyone carrying out plumbing, drainage and fire protection work was working in compliance with the Plumbing and Drainage Act.
Over an intense two-day period, QBCC investigators checked 139 licences and issued fines totalling $6,305.
While compliance was generally high, there were five individuals issued with fines for unlicensed plumbing and drainage work, which included those who were carrying out the work as well as their supervisors.
There has been confusion in the industry about whether a Form 4/4A is required for backflow prevention devices.
A licensee is required to lodge a Form 4/4a if they install, replace or remove a testable backflow prevention device (refer to category 8 of schedule 2, Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003).
A licensee is required to lodge a Form 9 with the Local Government Authority (LGA) every time they test a backflow prevention device.