The Plumbing and Drainage Act 2018 was approved by Parliament on 11 September 2018. The Act and a new Plumbing and Drainage Regulation will commence in full in mid-2019. Upon commencement, the current Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 and Regulation will be repealed.
This attached table provides a general overview of the new Act and outlines the differences between the new and current Acts.
Licensees and industry members are reminded that temporary structures must meet safety expectations and comply with all relevant Queensland laws. Temporary structures are used for a variety of reasons, including on construction sites and at public and private events.
QBCC Commissioner, Brett Bassett, has reiterated the need for licensees to meet their obligations, whether a structure is a temporary or permanent one.
The technical qualifications prescribed under the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Regulation 2018 (QBCC Regulation) for a Part 18 Plumbing and drainage licence as outlined in the Technical Qualifications for Licensing are as follows:
The PCA contains the technical requirements for plumbing in Australia. It is the critical link between the Plumbing Acts and Regulations in each State and Territory and product or installation standards.
Plumbing compliance is more than meeting the requirements in the AS/NZS 3500 series of standards, you also need to comply with PCA requirements.
The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has a range of resources available to increase your knowledge of the PCA. Check out the ABCB Resource Library for details.
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.
We recently wrapped up the Notifiable Work (NW) Communication Campaign, with the aim of increasing the number of Form 4/4As lodged online and raising awareness of the NW scheme, both within the industry and with home owners.
The campaign ran from October 2017 to February 2018 and the results are in:
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.