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QBCC celebrates World Plumbing Day

World Plumbing Day falls on 11 March each year, and is a day to celebrate the important role that plumbers and drainers play in protecting health and safety across the world.

This year, STC members and representatives of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) joined with about 350 members and supporters of the plumbing industry for a breakfast on 10 March 2017 at Hillstone St Lucia, hosted by the Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland (MPAQ).

Course in Issuing Development Permits for Building Work

Certifier

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 16 and 17 February, 2017.

For more information and to register please visit the AssentTECS website.

New rules for CPR signage

New rules for CPR signage

From 1 January 2017, all new CPR signs for swimming pools must comply with Guideline 8, published by the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC).

Existing signage that complies with the earlier guideline (Guideline 7) is acceptable for use while still readable. However, when CPR signs become illegible, they must be replaced with a sign that is compliant with Guideline 8.

Owners can choose to use the new CPR signs now, as pool safety laws have already been updated to reflect the change to signage. Guideline 7 signs are being phased out from 1 January, 2017.

Course in Issuing Development Permits for Building Work

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 18 and 19 August, 2016.

For more information and to register please go to the AssentTECS website.

 

 

Compliance is the only language that matters

QBCC office

A Brisbane plastering company was recently convicted and fined $40,000 for hiring a number of unlicensed workers to perform plastering work valued over $2.5 million.

In Queensland, plastering work is defined as building work that requires a Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) licence.

QBCC compliance officers attended the Brisbane building site, interviewed the site manager and obtained evidence showing a contractual arrangement between the builder and the offender.

Certifiers must satisfy responsibilities with fire authority

Certifier on site

Here, at the QBCC, we have been informed that a number of building certifiers are not satisfying their legislative responsibilities.

All certifiers must supply the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) with prescribed documentation under sections 334 (see sections 334 to 338) of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and section 107 of the Building Act 1975.

It is important that the QFES have accurate and up-to-date records of buildings, both under construction and complete, within their jurisdiction as a referral agency.

Cyclone Testing Station looks for new ways of building in NQ

Lightening hitting land at night

If you’re a licensee who works in cyclone territory, you would be well aware of the devastating impact extreme weather systems can have on homes and work sites.

What you might not know is that James Cook University’s (JCU) Cyclone Testing Station is in the business of researching new and improved ways of building and rebuilding homes in North Queensland.

JCU has plenty of videos online that offer useful information and helpful tips for builders and home owners alike.

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