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Passive Fire Videos 

The QBCC undertakes proactive and reactive inspections of passive fire elements in buildings, including during construction. In response to industry concerns about defects during construction, the QBCC has produced a short video for persons who work with passive fire protection about best practice methods and helpful reminders. 

Defective fire safety installation presents a significant health and life safety risk and should only be undertaken by persons who are appropriately licensed.  

View the video.

Electrical fittings to watch out for 

From the Electrical Safety Office

Watch out for deteriorated wiring or cracked and brittle Bakelite fittings in older electrical installations

Electrical installations wired prior to 1960 have a greater risk of failure as the equipment is coming to the end of its service life. These installations are likely to contain cable insulation known as VIR (vulcanised Indian rubber) or TRS (tough rubber sheathed). VIR and TRS cable insulation may have deteriorated to the point of exposing live conductors.

Top 10 most common defects

QBCC building inspectors work to promote a safer and fairer industry by investigating complaints and determining if work performed by licensees meets industry standards. 

Our building inspectors see defective work on building sites, and some defects appear more often than others. 

Between July 2020 and June 2021, the top 10 most common defects reported were:

Queensland Home Warranty Scheme premium payments by licensed plumbers

Plumbing works within a residence

All plumbing work within a residence or a related roofed building, unless it is for heating water, is insurable work if over the insurable value of $3,300. 
Work of this type valued at $3,300 or less is also insurable work if done under a contract that includes primary insurable work, e.g. a contract that includes the construction of a home valued at over $3,300.

Notifiable works tool

The recently launched online interactive tool allows users to identify if their work is permit work, notifiable work or unregulated work is a useful tool when you’re unsure if the work you are undertaking requires a form 4 or 4A to be lodged. 

The tool works by asking the user to respond to five questions using drop-down menus to select the most appropriate answer. Then, depending on your answers, the tool will confirm if the work is notifiable work. It will also indicate if a form 4 or 4A is required or if it is permit work. 

How to lodge notifiable works 

Do you lodge notifiable work using a manual form?  

Did you know that you can easily lodge and manage your notifiable works, form 4 and 4A, using the MyQBCC portal?

It’s easy to sign up for a MyQBCC account; click here to log in or set up a new account. 

If you’re new to lodging your notifiable work form online, we have a detailed tutorial to guide you through lodging and managing your online forms. 

Click here to view the tutorial.

Backflow standards

Backflow prevention device testers are reminded that the AS2845.3:2010 is the correct and current standard to be referenced when performing backflow valve testing.

The new AS/NZS2845.3:2020 has been released for some time, but it is not referenced in the current Plumbing Code of Australia 2019 (PCA).

AS/NZS2845.3:2020 is a secondary referenced document (under AS/NZS3500) in the PCA and, therefore, cannot be used in Queensland until the adoption of the new PCA in September 2022.