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PSIs must provide accurate information

Pool and fence

As the 30 November deadline for a single pool safety standard approaches, the QBCC anticipates an increase in demand for the services of pool safety inspectors (PSIs). 

The QBCC is promoting the pool safety message but pool owners might also become aware of their obligations through the advertising activities of their local PSIs.

Home owners may engage the services of PSIs for advice on how to comply with the pool safety standard and it is important to get the correct information.

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QBCC hosts SA plumbing regulator

Plumbers talking

Two officers from South Australia’s Office of the Technical Regulator – Plumbing visited Brisbane recently for the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) meeting, and took the opportunity to talk plumbing regulation and work standards with the QBCC.

We took the opportunity to show the SA team how plumbing regulations are implemented in Queensland, which included a visit to Moreton Bay Council.

PSIs must provide pool safety certificates to owners

There have been some complaints from pool owners that the pool safety inspector (PSI) has withheld their pool safety certificate pending payment of their inspection or re-inspection fee.

It is a strict requirement that the PSI provides the pool safety certificate within two business days of inspecting the pool and finding it compliant.

A PSI must supply the certificate to the pool owner, regardless of any contractual issues the PSI might have regarding payment of fees.

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Use adjudication to get help getting paid

Tradesman on a building site

We now have a new step-by-step guide on how to recover progress payments under $750,000 (excluding GST), by using the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (BCIPA).

The BCIPA Guide is a useful online tool explaining how to use adjudication to help you get paid.

The guide also features a business-day calculator to help you determine when to send notices, as well as useful links to the documents you may need during the process.

Go to the QBCC BCIPA Guide.

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Beneath the surface of concrete swimming pools

Concrete pool

The biggest problem that seems to occur with concrete swimming pools is the de-bonding of the plaster lining from the pool shell.

The reason for this defect is usually due to defective construction, including inadequate application of the pool lining.

The Australian Standard governing concrete swimming pools is AS 2783-1992: Use of reinforced concrete for small swimming pools. It sets out the basic requirements for the design and construction of a pool, and is worth a read if you’re in the construction business.

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The trouble with waterproofing

Image of waterproofing on a verandah

Waterproofing is one of the most common building defects reported by property owners.

Defective water proofing can cause a great deal of damage to property, and is often caused by poor installation practices.

In Queensland, if the value of the waterproofing work is over $3,300, it must be undertaken by a licensed individual. This work requires proper training and knowledge of how to apply waterproofing according to the Australian Standard.

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Who is responsible for submitting a NW Form 4?

When it comes down to who has responsibility for lodging a Form 4 – Notifiable work, it may be worth remembering that the fully licensed plumber and/or fully licensed drainer is considered the ‘responsible person’ for the work that is being carried out under the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002.  

While there are many provisional plumbers and drainers who have submitted a Form 4 on the Plumbing Application Service (PAS), we prefer that forms are lodged by fully licensed plumbers and/or drainers.

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