Changes for occupational licences

When the licensing functions for plumbing and drainage licensees were transferred to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC), administrative arrangements were introduced to ensure that plumbers and drainers were issued the appropriate licence for the building work they were performing.

From 1 October 2020, these administrative arrangements will be clarified through legislation. This is achieved through changes to the definition of ‘occupational licence’ under the QBCC Act to include licences issued under an Act prescribed by regulation. Subject to government approvals, it is intended that the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2018 will be one of the Acts prescribed by regulation.

The QBCC Regulation currently provides that home owners can carry out building work up to a value of $11,000 without the need for a licence unless the work being carried out requires an occupational licence. It is also proposed to amend the regulation to allow individuals who hold the relevant occupational licence to carry out work on their own property, up to a value of $11,000.

These changes will help plumbers and drainers by: 

  • clarifying that occupational licensees do not require a site supervisor, nominee supervisor or contractor licence to supervise relevant work on behalf of a contractor
  • allowing individuals who hold the relevant occupational licence to carry out work on their own property, up to a value of $11,000.