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Report into lead levels of the drinking water supply at Perth Children’s Hospital

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In July 2017, the Western Australian State Government released the Report on Perth Children’s Hospital Potable Water following the discovery of lead levels at above the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (ADWG) in the drinking water supply of the hospital.

Lead at higher than suitable levels was identified in the drinking water supply in May, 2016. The construction of the new Perth Children’s Hospital had commenced in 2012.

The findings of a review into the issue concluded that:

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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.

Course in Issuing Development Permits for Building Work - 2018

If you have ever considered becoming a private certifier or you are already a building certifier and would like to obtain development approval endorsement, you will need to complete a course in issuing development permits for building work.

The next course is scheduled to run in Brisbane over two days on the 8th and 9th February, 2018. The 2 day course is being held at Brisbane International Virginia Corner Sandgate & Zillmere Roads, Boondall.

Round two of the QBCC's educational shows hits the road

On 1 November, the QBCC is launching the second round of our 2017 educational Tradie Tours, with technical advice and legislative reforms the hot topics for discussion.

Feedback from those who attended the first round of Tradie Tours in June indicated a desire for more information on technical issues and changes within the industry.

The QBCC has listened, and the second round will feature information on a costly and common defective work complaint, the installation of timber and aluminium joinery.  

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.

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.

Welcome to trade for apprentices

Skillstech TAFE students

On Friday 9 June 2017, SkillsTech in conjunction with the QBCC put on a ‘Welcome to Trade’ breakfast event for new plumbing apprentices.

The event was held at SkillsTech at Acacia Ridge, and was attended by apprentices, their employers, TAFE and SkillsTech teachers and representatives of other industry organisations.

Events like these are important, as they start to instil the importance of being actively involved in the industry right from when the apprentices start their careers.

Fitness and propriety extends to treatment of QBCC staff

QBCC staff on site

The QBCC Commissioner, Brett Bassett, recently wrote to the State’s building and construction industry stakeholders with respect to an important matter affecting the QBCC.

There has been an alarming increase in the number of QBCC staff being threatened and abused whilst undertaking their duties.

As an industry regulator, the QBCC is tasked with ensuring that the State’s licensed builders and trade contractors maintain appropriate standards.

The QBCC also continuously assesses a licensee’s fitness and propriety in accordance with standards including:

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.

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