Plumbing and drainage

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.

Wednesday 1 February - Reset your PAS password

On Wednesday 1 February 2017 from 10am to 3pm, we are carrying out some planned system maintenance on PAS (Notifiable Work), the Pool Register  and PADLS (plumbers & drainers licence system). Once the maintenance is complete, you will need to reset your password to access these systems.

For full instructions, see:

When to lodge a Form 4A – NW for public sector entities

Inspector pointing to a pipe

When carrying out plumbing and/or drainage work for a public sector entity (for example, local government), the licensee would usually lodge a Form 4A – Notifiable work for public sector entity.

Form 4A is similar to Form 4 – Notifiable work but includes additional fields for the name, contact name, and contact details for the public sector entity.

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.