Simpler laws and new safety standards for plumbing and drainage industry

The Queensland Government has made it simpler for plumbers and gasfitters to comply with legislation, passing the Plumbing and Drainage Bill 2018 on 5 September 2018.

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said the new laws reduced the complexity of the previous Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 which had been amended by more than 30 separate Bills during the past 15 years, making it hard to work with.

“The previous law was so large and complex that if a plumber wanted to check on the technical requirements for a particular job, they had to look at the Act, and the Regulations, and the codes, which made it hard for plumbers to just get on and do their job.

Changes introduced by the new legislation include:

  • A revised Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code
  • A new licence requirement for mechanical services to address the dangers posed by incorrectly installed medical gas systems, as well as legionella in commercial air-conditioning systems like those in large office buildings or hospitals
  • Tougher penalties for plumbers and gasfitters who perform work that is likely to put people’s lives at risk
  • Significant reductions in standard permit application processing times for both home owners and developers
  • The introduction of mandatory WaterMark certification for plumbing products sold to consumers
  • Amendments to the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (BIF Act) which clarify the legal requirements for industry when implementing project bank accounts on building projects to give more certainty of cashflow to subcontractors.

To access the Plumbing and Drainage Bill 2018, refer to Queensland Government legislation.