The Plumbing and Drainage Act 2018 (PD Act) came into effect on 1 July 2019. Among the changes was the introduction of a new offence provision for failing to provide an ‘explanatory statement’ after completing notifiable work. Previously this was a requirement but it is now an offence to not provide the statement.
As a result of industry consultation, two new guidelines have been published to inform building certifiers about their responsibilities in assessing the licensing requirements, qualifications and experience of competent persons undertaking plumbing work and fire services. These are:
Notifiable work is a category of plumbing and drainage work which allows a plumber or drainer to perform the work without a local government permit or mandatory inspections. It includes most work performed in existing homes and limited work on commercial buildings.
When a plumber or drainer performs notifiable work, they must register the work (submit a Form 4, or if the work is being carried out on behalf of or for a public sector entity, a Form 4A) with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) within 10 business days from when the work is finished.
On 1 January 2020, the QBCC will introduce new licensing requirements for mechanical services work to better protect the health and safety of Queenslanders. The new licensing framework may apply to plumbers, refrigeration and air-conditioning technicians and medical gas workers.
Improperly installed and maintained heating and cooling systems can lead to dangerous bacteria growing and spreading through systems in facilities such as aged care, hospitals and shopping centres.