Tradie Talk

Air-conditioning condensate discharges

As the installation of split-system air-conditioning units throughout dwellings in Queensland becomes more prevalent, it is timely to reflect on what are considered acceptable practices when it comes to air-conditioner condensate discharges.

Condensate discharges that are inappropriately installed can create significant issues that may not be at the front of mind of the air-conditioner installer or the builder.

Mechanical Services employees - are you on track to meet licensing requirements?

Employees who perform mechanical services work for a licensed contractor employer must hold the relevant occupational licence by 1 January 2022.

Although the deadline seems a long way off, if you are employed in mechanical services, we encourage you to review the licensing requirements now to ensure you will have the required qualifications in time to be licensed by 1 January 2022.  Any additional training you need should be considered as soon as possible.   

Fly the Flag

MATES in Construction’s (MIC) annual Fly the Flag Day will be held on 10 September, which coincides with World Suicide Prevention Day and R U OK? Day.

Fly the Flag Day is about celebrating MIC volunteers who bring awareness of suicide prevention to worksites and the industry. It is also about showing the greater community the industry’s commitment to mental health and reducing suicide rates.

World Suicide Prevention Day and R U OK DAY– 10 September 

R U OK? Day takes place on Thursday, 10 September 2020. It is a day dedicated to reminding everyone that any day is the day to ask someone “R U OK?” and support those struggling with life. Taking part can be as simple as learning R U OK?’s four steps so you can have a conversation that could change a life. 

R U OK? has developed four conversation steps to give you the skills and confidence to navigate a conversation with someone you’re worried about. 

Broader alternative pathways to Mechanical Service – Medical Gas licence

Recent amendments to the QBCC Regulation allows applicants for the Mechanical Service – Medical Gas licence to benefit from a broader scope of alternative pathways.

In response to industry feedback, transitional arrangements have been changed and the eligibility criteria has been expanded. 

The Queensland Government established the new licensing framework for mechanical services work on 1 January 2020 to address the significant health and safety risk posed by incorrectly installed or maintained mechanical services systems such as air-conditioning and medical gas systems.