Transition of plumbers, drainers and pool safety inspectors to the QBCC

17 July 2014

Information for plumbers and drainers

Transfer of occupational licensing of plumbers and drainers from the Plumbing Industry Council (PIC) to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC).

Why is this change happening?

Currently there are different regulators for occupational (PIC) and contractor (QBCC) licensing for the plumbing and drainage industry in Queensland. By having the QBCC as the single regulator, this will provide significant operational efficiencies, thereby reducing administrative costs and the burden on licensees. You will save $123.10 if you renew your licence annually.

When will the change happen?

Subject to the passage of legislation through Parliament, it is intended that the change take place in late 2014.

I currently hold a licence issued by the PIC. What do I need to do when the change occurs?

You do not need to take any action. You will be able to continue to operate using your current PIC licence until it expires. Any conditions or restrictions on your licence will continue to apply.

What happens at renewal time?

When it is time to renew your licence you will receive a renewal notice from the QBCC. You will still be able to renew your licence online. A licence card will be issued by the QBCC and for ease of transition your renewal date will not change.

If you only hold an occupational licence with PIC all your renewal options will stay the same – i.e. you will still be able to renew for up to 5 years if you wish to.

My trade contractor’s licence is due for renewal in October 2014 but my corresponding occupational licence is not due for renewal until January 2015. What is the process in my situation?

You should renew your contractor’s licence in October. By holding a current contractor’s licence you will no longer be required to also renew your corresponding occupational licence. Therefore a renewal notice for the occupational licence will not be sent to you.

If my occupational licence expires in December 2014 but my trade contractor’s licence does not expire until February 2015, what is the process in that situation?

You will not be sent a renewal notice for your occupational licence. You will only be required to renew your trade contractor’s licence when it becomes due.

I currently hold a QBCC trade contractor’s licence and I have paid for my occupational licence issued by the PIC in advance. Can I get a pro-rata refund of my occupational licence fee when the change occurs?

You can apply to the QBCC after the change occurs for a pro-rata refund. The amount of the pro-rata refund will depend on the period of the unexpired portion of your occupational licence but will not include the non-refundable processing fee which is currently $58.75.

I also hold a gas work occupational licence. As a result of these changes, can I reapply for my licence through the QBCC?

To assist the plumbing industry further, QBCC is working with the Petroleum and Gas Inspectorate of the Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM) to establish a ‘shop front’ facility within the QBCC. This would allow plumbers seeking to obtain an occupational gas work licence to lodge their application with the QBCC.

While the assessment of these applications will remain with the DNRM, a singular point of lodgement and receipt at the QBCC will remove the current requirement of having to lodge applications for plumbing and gas work licences at different agencies. Until this arrangement is in place, all applications should continue to be lodged directly with the DNRM.

Further enquiries:

Queensland Building and Construction Commission
Telephone: 139 333

Department of Natural Resources and Mines
Petroleum and Gas Inspectorate
Telephone: 07 3330 4247 (during business hours)
Visit: www.dnrm.qld.gov.au
Email: gaslicence@dnrm.qld.gov.au

Information for pool safety inspectors

Transfer of licensing of pool safety inspectors from the Pool Safety Council (PSC) to the QBCC.

Why is this change happening?

Currently the regulation of Pool Safety Inspectors (PSIs) is undertaken by the PSC. Many PSIs also hold other QBCC licences. By having the QBCC as the single regulator, this will provide significant operational efficiencies, thereby reducing administrative costs and the burden on licensees.

When will the change happen?

Subject to the passage of legislation through Parliament, it is intended that the change will take place in late 2014.

I currently hold a licence issued by the PSC. What do I need to do when the change occurs?

You do not need to take any action. You will be able to continue to operate using your current PSC licence until it expires. Any conditions or restrictions on your licence will continue to apply.

What happens at renewal time?

When it is time to renew your licence you will receive a renewal notice from the QBCC. You will still be able to renew your licence online. A licence will be issued by the QBCC and for ease of transition, your renewal date will not change.

Further enquiries:

Queensland Building and Construction Commission
Telephone: 139 333 (24/7)
Visit: www.qbcc.qld.gov.au