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QBCC audits plumbing and fire protection workers in Rocky

Plumbing, drainage, hydrant and sprinkler systems were put to the test during a proactive audit of Rockhampton building and other highly populated sites by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) on 26-27 April, 2017. 

QBCC Assistant Commissioner, Esther Blest, said that QBCC investigators interviewed nine individuals from 13 building sites to ensure plumbers, drainers and fire protection workers on the job were appropriately licensed.

Building and Tradie Assistance Register

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission’s (QBCC) Building and Tradie Assistance Register was set up in the wake of Cyclone Debbie to help property owners find local licensed contractors.

The register includes hundreds of licensed contractors from a variety of trades, including those licensed by regulators other than the QBCC.

All contractors on the register have nominated specifically to work in areas affected by Cyclone Debbie.

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QBCC chats to service trades apprentices

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) recently interviewed award-winning apprentices from air-conditioning and mechanical services, and plumbing and fire protection trades.

QBCC Assistant Commissioner, Esther Blest, said that the apprentices gave some great insights into what it was like to do an apprenticeship at every stage, including how to make the most of an apprenticeship.

“They also gave some food for thought on how apprenticeships could be improved in the future,” she said.

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New Notifiable Work system: uploading attachments

An exciting part of the QBCC’s new and improved solution for submitting Notifiable Work (Form 4/4A) is your ability to upload attachments to your submission in myQBCC, the QBCC’s online customer portal.

Types of Attachments

When submitting Notifiable Work (Form 4/4A), the Category(ies) of work you have completed will impact the information displayed on the Attachments screen. To make it easy for you, below is a guide to Notifiable Work (Form 4/4A) attachments:

New Notifiable work system: Upcoming changes to Selection of Categories of Work

It can be difficult to know the type of work being done when submitting your Form 4 or 4A.  To make it easier, we'll be providing a guided view on the new system to help you select the correct Category of Work when submitting Notifiable Work on myQBCC.

If you know the Category of Work, you can use the data entry view to quickly and easily make your selection.

Other changes include:

Upcoming changes for Notifiable Work payments

We are currently developing a new digital solution to improve how you pay for Notifiable Work (Form 4/4A’s). The changes will enable us to offer you a more streamlined service and secure payment processing.

How does it work?

Payments will be easier and more secure for you by using your VISA or Mastercard. You can pay for single or multiple Notifiable Work Form 4’s within the one transaction, without using a top-up account.

Importance of tempering valves for reducing risk of scalds

Australian Standards require that all new heated water installations be fitted with a temperature control device on all fixtures and appliances used primarily for personal hygiene.

Tempering devices are required to minimise the risk of scalds, particularly for young children and the elderly. Scalds are very serious and painful injuries, and can happen very quickly depending on the temperature of the water:

Logan City Council: new option to fast-track plumbing approvals for class 1a dwellings

On 3 January 2017, Logan City Council introduced a new plumbing and drainage lodgement process for class 1a dwellings called the ‘Notice to Commence Regulated Work’ (NTCRW).

NTCRW is a new fast-track option which delivers plumbing approvals for class 1a dwellings in just two business days, which is significantly faster than the 20 day period currently required by the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002.

This new option is available for new houses on a single lot which are connecting directly to Logan Water’s sewer and water supply, and do not involve trade waste.

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