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Demand for building pool fences set to increase

Pool fence installation and repair work could soon be on the increase with the deadline for compliance with pool safety laws looming on 30 November, 2015.

If you are a QBCC licensee and are wondering who can do what, the same rules apply to pool fences as with other building work.

Whilst anyone can legally build or repair pool fences up to the value of $3,300 (including GST, labour and materials), we always recommend home owners engage a QBCC licensee.


What’s changing and what isn’t for PSIs

Pool with pool fence

With this week’s launch of a public awareness campaign, pool safety laws will be in the spotlight like never before.

As pool safety inspectors (PSIs), you will be the go-to people for pool owners who are seeking advice on how to make their pool barriers compliant. 

So, what will change from 1 December, 2015?

Well, nothing will change for an existing property that has been sold or leased. Those laws are not changing. They are the same laws that have been in place since December, 2010.


PSIs give advice as deadline looms

Pool inspector inspecting pool safety compliance.

In the lead up to the 30 November deadline for the single pool safety standard, there is likely to be demand for your expertise as a pool safety inspector (PSI) like never before.

All owners of regulated pools need to ensure their pool barrier is compliant with the safety standard by 30 November 2015. A current pool safety certificate  is only required if an owner is selling or leasing the property.


When to lodge a Form 4A – NW for public sector entities

Inspector pointing to a pipe

When carrying out plumbing and/or drainage work for a public sector entity (for example, local government), the licensee would usually lodge a Form 4A – Notifiable work for public sector entity.

Form 4A is similar to Form 4 – Notifiable work but includes additional fields for the name, contact name, and contact details for the public sector entity.

A career in plumbing – it’s more than just pipes

From a luxury hotel on the Gold Coast to a large-scale mining project in the Queensland outback, plumbers can find work anywhere.

They work with water, gas, welding, electrical, and solar industries.

So if you think you’ve got what it takes to be a plumber, why not take a TAFE Queensland plumbing course and/or do an apprenticeship? 

More information about plumbing and other trades is available at TAFE Queensland SkillsTech.


PSIs must provide accurate information

Pool and fence

As the 30 November deadline for a single pool safety standard approaches, the QBCC anticipates an increase in demand for the services of pool safety inspectors (PSIs). 

The QBCC is promoting the pool safety message but pool owners might also become aware of their obligations through the advertising activities of their local PSIs.

Home owners may engage the services of PSIs for advice on how to comply with the pool safety standard and it is important to get the correct information.


QBCC hosts SA plumbing regulator

Plumbers talking

Two officers from South Australia’s Office of the Technical Regulator – Plumbing visited Brisbane recently for the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) meeting, and took the opportunity to talk plumbing regulation and work standards with the QBCC.

We took the opportunity to show the SA team how plumbing regulations are implemented in Queensland, which included a visit to Moreton Bay Council.