Plumbing and drainage

Are you doing major renovations on your home?

Get your Form 4 for plumbing and drainage work

If you engage a builder to build an extension on your property, which includes a bathroom, the builder will employ a licensed plumber to perform the plumbing and drainage work.

On completion of the work, the plumber lodges a Form 4 with the QBCC and must provide a copy of the notice to the builder. As the property owner, you may also contact the QBCC to access a copy of the Form 4.

New variation allowed when installing solar water heater collection panels

Solar collector panels can be orientated within 90 degrees of north, due to a recent amendment made to the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003. The amendment is referred to as the Standard Plumbing and Drainage (Solar Heated Water Systems) Amendment Regulation 2017

Female Plumbers and Apprentices Breakfast

On Wednesday, 23 August, 2017, QBCC Commissioner Brett Bassett, Assistant Commissioner Esther Blest, and several QBCC female staff members who work to support the State’s licensed plumbers and drainers attended the Female Plumbers and Apprentices Breakfast at Parliament House, in Brisbane.

The early morning event was held by Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland (MPAQ) and was all about honouring female plumbers and drainers, and encouraging female apprentices who are new to the trade to stay with it.

Reminder for Restricted Water Plumber Electrical licence holders

This is an important reminder for licensees who hold a Restricted Water Plumber – Electrical (RWP-E) licence to only work within the scope of their licence.

In accordance with the Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003 Act, the holder of a RWP-E Licence cannot install a tempering valve. This work must be performed by a licensed plumber.

STC goes to Bundaberg

The Service Trades Council (STC) travelled to Bundaberg in August to meet with local licensees and hear directly from them about issues impacting the services trades in the region.

QBCC Assistant Commissioner, Esther Blest, said that Bundaberg’s regional industry forum provided the STC members with new insights into local issues.

STC members, Stephen Jennison and Bradley Hodgkinson, also delivered a well-received presentation on hot water system installations and legionella.

Service Trades Council and QBCC visit Townsville

Service Trades Council Forum in Townsville

On 15 June 2017, the Service Trades Council (STC) visited Townsville and held a forum for local members of the plumbing, drainage, fire protection and mechanical services industries.

About 25 industry members attended the forum, which included topics such as the Non-Conforming Building Products Bill, supervision of apprentices, hot water system compliance, working near electrical lines and an update from Ian Savage of Townsville City Council.

While the STC was in the area, officers from the QBCC’s Service Trades Unit also attended to conduct compliance activities.

Plumbing Inspectors’ Seminar

Plumbing inspectors conference June 2017

On Tuesday 20 June 2017, the Institute of Plumbing Inspectors’ Queensland in conjunction with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) hosted the bi-annual Plumbing Inspectors’ Seminar.

The seminar provides a valuable opportunity for plumbing inspectors from across Queensland to get updates on important industry matters, such as legislative changes, Legionella management, compliance of on-site sewerage facilities and QBCC’s compliance activities.

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:

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.

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