Under the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991 a number of licence classes and subclasses exist for fire protection work. There are also four grades of licence for a majority of these licence classes, resulting in over 90 different licence types that can be issued for fire protection work. The current fire protection licensing framework accounts for approximately 33 percent of all licence types that may be issued by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC).
The Department of Housing and Public Works has been working with the Fire Protection Working Group to modernise and simplify the QBCC fire protection licensing framework. The revised model is based on the four main streams of fire protection work (portables, passive, electrical and mechanical services) and clarifies the meaning of ‘certify’, ‘install’, ‘inspect and test’ and ‘maintain’.
The revised model was consulted on as a part of the Queensland Building Plan and was generally supported by industry. The department is now working with the Fire Protection Working Group and industry to identify the most appropriate technical qualifications for each of the proposed licence classes.
After the model is finalised, including the proposed technical qualifications, the Minister’s approval will be sought to progress the model. If the revised model proceeds, it is proposed to incorporate provisions into the legislation to allow current licensees to continue to undertake the work they are licensed to perform.