Esther Blest has resigned as the Assistant Commissioner for the QBCC.
During her time at the QBCC, Esther demonstrated outstanding leadership and helped the organisation transition towards becoming a more risk-based regulator. She was also instrumental in improving the QBCC’s relationships with key stakeholders.
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.
The QBCC has recently identified issues relating to the use of Polyethylene (PE) pipes in potable water systems, primarily related to chemicals such as hydrocarbons or pesticides infiltrating the pipes.
The key issues causing a health and safety concern are current storage methods of PE pipes, and particular installation methods which may increase the risk of permeation of chemicals into the pipes and into drinking water supply.
Concerns have recently been raised about some builders’ failure to adhere to mandated fire-safety precautions during the construction process.
The Technical Standards Unit (TSU) within the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) has sought to flag this issue with the construction industry, after identifying concerns with a small number of builders of multi-storey Class 2 to 9 buildings.
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:
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.
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.
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.