Plumbing and drainage

New Manager for Plumbing and Pools Investigation Units

Bridget Harding has been appointed as the new Manager for the QBCC’s Plumbing and Pools Investigation Units, after a very competitive recruitment process. Bridget brings a wealth of investigative experience to the role, having worked as an investigator for plumbing and pools, liquor and gaming, and early childhood education. Her most recent position has been as A/Principal Advisor and Team Leader for the QBCC’s Service Trades Unit.

Bridget will commence as Manager, Plumbing and Pools Investigation Units, in the near future.

STC Forum Recap

On 8 February 2018, the Service Trades Council (STC) kicked off their regional outreach program for 2018 with an industry forum in Logan.

The forum was opened by the Minister for Housing and Public Works, the Honourable Mick de Brenni MP, and sponsored by the Department of Housing and Public Works. Other presentations included an overview about the STC, an update from Logan City Council, a quiz about notifiable work and presentations from departmental representatives about the Queensland Building Plan, licensing reviews and other policy matters.

Using a nominated representative on myQBCC

You can now nominate someone to lodge and search for Form 4/4As for notifiable plumbing and drainage work on your behalf. This person is your ‘nominated representative’.

Your nominated representative does not require a QBCC licence number, but they do need to have a myQBCC account. As the licensee, you must also give your nominated representative the appropriate permissions under your licence details to lodge Form 4s on your behalf.

Notifiable work audits

Plumbing and drainage licensees are often curious as to how the QBCC conducts their audits.

When it comes to notifiable work administration audits, there are three audit programs – random, compliance and real estate.

For random audits – plumbing and drainage companies are randomly selected using online searches, industry advertisements, newspapers, contractor licence lists, radio advertising and vehicle advertising.

Frequently asked questions – Licensing requirements for plumbers and drainers

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Here are some frequently asked questions and answers relating to the licensing requirements for plumbers and drainers.

Q: What licences do I need?

A: There is currently some confusion in the plumbing industry about what licences are required for the work they perform.

The basic types of plumbing and drainage licence include:

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.

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