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WaterMark standards and non-conforming building products

Did you know that a plumbing or drainage product required to have WaterMark is a ‘non-conforming building product’ if it is being offered for sale in Queensland without WaterMark?

Section 74AB of the QBCC Act defines a ‘building product’ as “any material or thing associated with, or that could be associated with a building” and provides that—

“A building product is a non-conforming building product for an intended use if—

(a) the association of the product with a building for the use—

(i) …

Training in progress

In June, Trish Kubale, QBCC Team Leader, Plumbing and Pools Safety Licensing and Courteney Parun, QBCC Plumbing and Pools Safety Licensing Officer gave a presentation to a class of 15 students completing their Certificate III in Plumbing at the Services Trades College in Salisbury.

Notifiable Work news

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The recent Notifiable Work (NW) communication campaign has delivered excellent results with the number of lodgements of Form 4/4A continuing to increase steadily. The growing number of lodgements reflects the greater awareness of the Notifiable Work scheme, both within the industry and with homeowners.

The QBCC has stepped in to support the industry and licensees by responding to technical enquiries and providing educational material and guidance.   

Compliance activities in Toowoomba and Goondiwindi

Compliance site visit.

In March and April, QBCC plumbing investigators joined forces with officers from the QBCC’s Toowoomba Service Centre to conduct compliance audits in Toowoomba, Goondiwindi and surrounding areas.

In Toowoomba, they conducted licence inspections and fire audits at 29 sites and found 52 people carrying out plumbing and drainage work.

One licensee received a warning for directing a fourth year apprentice to carry out plumbing work without direct supervision, which is an offence under Section 120 of the Plumbing and Drainage Act.

Plumbing apprentices get schooled in licensing requirements

Photo of tradesman using a laptop.

Apprentices must get their licence as soon as they complete their apprenticeship in order to keep carrying out plumbing and drainage work.

Last month, our Plumbing Occupational Licensing Team spoke to apprentices in the last year of their Certificate III in Plumbing at the Service Trades College in Brisbane about the QBCC’s requirements for provisional, open and trade contractor licensing. 

Our QBCC Team will be visiting many more apprentices between now and the end of the year to remind them to get a licence when they finish their training.

Installation of safety-critical fasteners attracts attention

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) has recently shared information with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) about sub-standard installation of safety-critical fasteners in concrete substrates.

Inspectors from the QBCC and WHSQ work closely together and regularly exchange information about concerns or deficiencies observed on building sites.

If a safety-critical fastener fails, it may result in the collapse or partial collapse of a structure, endanger human life and/or cause considerable economic loss. 

Using a nominated representative on myQBCC

You can now nominate someone to lodge and search for Form 4/4As for notifiable plumbing and drainage work on your behalf. This person is your ‘nominated representative’.

Your nominated representative does not require a QBCC licence number, but they do need to have a myQBCC account. As the licensee, you must also give your nominated representative the appropriate permissions under your licence details to lodge Form 4s on your behalf.

QBCC audits the Gold Coast for plumbing and drainage compliance

In February, the QBCC visited 37 Gold Coast sites to check anyone carrying out plumbing, drainage and fire protection work was working in compliance with the Plumbing and Drainage Act.

Over an intense two-day period, QBCC investigators checked 139 licences and issued fines totalling $6,305.

While compliance was generally high, there were five individuals issued with fines for unlicensed plumbing and drainage work, which included those who were carrying out the work as well as their supervisors.