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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.

Broader alternative pathways to Mechanical Service licence (latest)

Recent amendments to the QBCC Regulation will allow applicants for some licences under the new Mechanical Services Licensing framework to benefit from a broader scope of alternative pathways.

In response to industry feedback, transitional arrangements for the Mechanical Services – Medical Gas and Mechanical Services – Plumbing licences have been changed and the eligibility criteria has been expanded. 

Annual Reporting Update

Queensland has new laws designed to build a stronger and fairer construction industry. Annual financial reports have been introduced to check the financial strength of contractor grade licensees in Queensland.

The goal of the new annual reporting requirements is to ensure every building contractor who operates in Queensland has a strong business with a sufficient level of working capital.

Top 10 defects and technical tips

The top 10 defects found by QBCC inspectors between February and April 2020 were:

  • Joinery
  • Painting
  • Drainage
  • Floor Tiling
  • Internal Wet Areas Waterproofing Membranes
  • Linings Wall Internal
  • Roof Cladding
  • Driveways and Paths
  • Linings Ceiling Internal
  • Linings Wall External

In this edition we feature one aspect of waterproofing – cavity sliders.

Licence search for peace of mind

Plumbing and drainage licensee register

The QBCC encourages the use of our online licence search to confirm if a person is appropriately licensed. To find out more about a licensee or check the status of your own licence, you can use one of the below online licence searches. Some of the search results include information about the type of work a person is licensed to undertake, including any conditions or disciplinary action taken.

Why should I upgrade from a provisional to an occupational licence?

Occupational licence card

Provisional licences allow a person to gain experience on the job while working under the watchful eye of a supervisor. After 12 months, a person who holds a provisional licence can apply for an occupational licence by filling in the application form and demonstrating 12 months licensed experience.

Why should I apply for my occupational licence?

There are a number of benefits for provisional licensees to upgrade to an occupational plumbers or drainers licence including:

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