Tradie Talk

Maintenance of hot water systems

Hot water system

A joint investigation by the QBCC and Queensland Health has revealed that home owners are often not aware that hot water systems need to be serviced regularly.

Plumbers should remind home owners that it is generally recommended for hot water systems to be serviced by an appropriately licensed individual. Where the source water for the system is not a potable, reticulated source, the system may need to be serviced more frequently.

Hot water heater replacement compliance

Hot water heater

Hot water heater replacements have a high rate of non-compliance, with up to 40 percent of installations failing to meet required standards. While many defects are minor, such as a lack of an appropriate point of discharge for the overflow, this large number of non-compliant installations is a major concern.

The QBCC has started tackling this issue by asking local governments from across Queensland to identify some of the main issues of non-compliance that their plumbing inspectors find during inspections.

Some of the key defects identified include:

On-the-spot fines for offences in electrical exclusion zones

Workplace Health and Safety sign on construction site

On-the-spot fines for breaches of two exclusion-zone requirements in the Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 are designed to help improve worker safety around overhead or underground electric lines.

The Office of Industrial Relations said that inspectors will be able to issue on-the spot fines for breaches of:

s68(1) – a person conducting a business or undertaking fails to do all that is reasonably practicable to ensure no person, plant or thing at a workplace comes within the prescribed exclusion zone of overhead or underground lines, and

QBCC audits plumbing and fire protection workers in Rocky

Plumbing, drainage, hydrant and sprinkler systems were put to the test during a proactive audit of Rockhampton building and other highly populated sites by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) on 26-27 April, 2017. 

QBCC Assistant Commissioner, Esther Blest, said that QBCC investigators interviewed nine individuals from 13 building sites to ensure plumbers, drainers and fire protection workers on the job were appropriately licensed.

Building and Tradie Assistance Register

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission’s (QBCC) Building and Tradie Assistance Register was set up in the wake of Cyclone Debbie to help property owners find local licensed contractors.

The register includes hundreds of licensed contractors from a variety of trades, including those licensed by regulators other than the QBCC.

All contractors on the register have nominated specifically to work in areas affected by Cyclone Debbie.

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QBCC chats to service trades apprentices

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) recently interviewed award-winning apprentices from air-conditioning and mechanical services, and plumbing and fire protection trades.

QBCC Assistant Commissioner, Esther Blest, said that the apprentices gave some great insights into what it was like to do an apprenticeship at every stage, including how to make the most of an apprenticeship.

“They also gave some food for thought on how apprenticeships could be improved in the future,” she said.

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New Notifiable Work system: uploading attachments

An exciting part of the QBCC’s new and improved solution for submitting Notifiable Work (Form 4/4A) is your ability to upload attachments to your submission in myQBCC, the QBCC’s online customer portal.

Types of Attachments

When submitting Notifiable Work (Form 4/4A), the Category(ies) of work you have completed will impact the information displayed on the Attachments screen. To make it easy for you, below is a guide to Notifiable Work (Form 4/4A) attachments:

New Notifiable work system: Upcoming changes to Selection of Categories of Work

It can be difficult to know the type of work being done when submitting your Form 4 or 4A.  To make it easier, we'll be providing a guided view on the new system to help you select the correct Category of Work when submitting Notifiable Work on myQBCC.

If you know the Category of Work, you can use the data entry view to quickly and easily make your selection.

Other changes include:

Upcoming changes for Notifiable Work payments

We are currently developing a new digital solution to improve how you pay for Notifiable Work (Form 4/4A’s). The changes will enable us to offer you a more streamlined service and secure payment processing.

How does it work?

Payments will be easier and more secure for you by using your VISA or Mastercard. You can pay for single or multiple Notifiable Work Form 4’s within the one transaction, without using a top-up account.

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