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Occupational plumbing and draining application and renewal fees

Occupational plumbing and drainage licence fees from 1 July 2020.

If you hold an associated QBCC contractor, nominee supervisor or site supervisor licence, you no longer have to pay a plumber, drainer or restricted occupational licence application or renewal fee. For more information, see Associated QBCC Licence.

You will need to pay an administration fee of $70.20 in addition to the relevant fee(s) for an application or requests. You only need to pay this fee once per financial year. If you make another application or request within the same financial year, you do not have to pay this fee again..

Provisional Licences

A provisional licence can only be held for 1 year. After 1 year’s licensed experience as a provisional licensee you can apply for an occupational licence. Follow the steps below:

I have held a provisional licence for more then 1 year

If you have held a provisional licence for more than 1 year and need to reapply, you must submit a completely new application (see steps immediately above). Pleae do not complete a renewal form.

Application fees

  1 Year 2 Years 3 Years 4 Years 5 Years

Including administration fee

Plumber $215.85 $292.75 $369.60 $446.45 $523.30
Drainer $215.85 $292.75 $369.60 $446.45 $523.30
Combined Plumber AND Drainer $361.55 $438.40 $515.25 $592.10 $669.00
Restricted Licence $160.30 $237.15 $314.00 $390.85 $467.70
Provisional Plumber OR Provisional Drainer $137.75 N/A  N/A N/A N/A
Combined Provisional Plumber AND Provisional Drainer $205.30 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Provisional Plumber AND Full Drainer (1 year) $283.40 N/A N/A N/A N/A

NOT including administration fee

Plumber $145.65 $222.55 $299.40 $376.25 $453.10
Drainer $145.65 $222.55 $299.40 $376.25 $453.10
Combined Plumber AND Drainer $291.35 $368.20 $445.05 $521.90 $598.80
Restricted Licence $90.10 $166.95 $243.80 $320.65 $397.50
Provisional Plumber OR Provisional Drainer $67.55 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Combined Provisional Plumber AND Provisional Drainer $135.10 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Provisional Plumber AND Full Drainer (1 year) $213.20 N/A N/A N/A N/A

Renewal fees

  1 Year 2 Years 3 Years 4 Years 5 Years
Including administration fee
Retired or employee of Registered Training Organisation $92.75 $115.30 $137.85 $160.40 $182.95
All other licensees $147.05 $223.90 $300.75 $377.65 $454.50
NOT including administration fee
Retired or employee of Registered Training Organisation $22.55 $45.10 $67.46 $90.20 $112.75
All other licensees $76.85 $153.70 $230.55 $307.45 $384.30

Restoration fees (including additional fee1)

  1 Year 2 Years 3 years 4 Years 5 Years
Including administration fee
Retired or employee of RTO $169.60 $192.15 $214.70 $237.25 $259.80
All other licensees $223.90 $300.75 $377.60 $454.50 $531.35
NOT including administration fee
Retired or employee of RTO $99.40 $121.95 $144.50 $167.05 $189.60
All other licensees $153.70 $230.55 $307.40 $384.30 $461.15

Other fees

NOT including administration fee
Endorsement Application $15.90
Additional restoration fee1 $76.85
Equivalent qualification $29.05
Review of conditions $76.85
Replacement Card $29.05
Certified copy of licence $29.05
Administration fee2 $70.20
Notifiable Work (Hard Copy) $43.20

Notifiable Work (Electronic Copy)

$32.00
  1. If your licence has expired you will need to pay the additional restoration fee of $76.85 to restore your licence. You can only restore your licence within 1 year after the day the licence expired. If you have not restored your licence within 1 year after the day the licence expired, you will need to reapply.
  2. You will need to pay an administration fee of $68.95 in addition to the designated fee for the relevant application or request. You only need to pay the administration fee once per financial year. If you make another application or request within the same financial year, the administration fee is not payable

Renewing or Restoring

If your licence expired you will need to complete a Form 25 -  Licence Restoration Application (PDF) and pay the additional restoration fee $76.85 to restore your licence. You can only restore your licence within one year after the day your licence expired. If you have not restored your licence within one year after the day the licence expired, you will need to reapply.

If you hold a provisional licence and your licence expires, you will need to reapply and pay the appropriate application fee(s). For more information, see Apply for a plumbing and drainage licence;

Replacement Licence Card

To apply for a replacement licence card complete a Form 27 – Application for a Replacement Licence (PDF) and pay the fee of $99.25 (incl. administration fee).

Review of Licence Conditions

To apply for a review of the conditions of the licensee’s licence complete a Form 23 – Review of Licence Conditions (PDF) and pay the fee of $147.05 (incl. administration fee).

Individuals (not companies) who hold an associated QBCC plumbing or drainage related contractor’s, nominee supervisors or site supervisor’s licence are not required to pay a fee if they apply for, restore or renew a plumbing and/or drainage occupational licence.

The plumbing and/or drainage occupational licence and associated QBCC licenses are listed in the table below. 

If you are applying for a plumbing and/or drainage occupational licence and an associated QBCC licence, you only need to pay the application fees for the associated QBCC licence (unless your application for the associated QBCC licence is refused).

If you hold a plumbing and/or drainage occupational licence ONLY you are not impacted by these changes and must pay the prescribed fee.

Associated QBCC licence

Licence holders in these classes under Schedule 2 of the QBCC Regulation Are not required to pay for the following
PD Act occupational licence fee
  • plumbing and drainage licence
  • plumbing and draining restricted to plumbing licence
  • plumbing and draining restricted to tanks—water supply licence
plumbers licence
  • plumbing and drainage licence
  • drainage licence
drainers licence
  • gas fitting licence (You must continue to hold your gas work license or authorisation issued by the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.)

restricted water plumber—gas licence

  • irrigation licence

restricted water plumber—irrigation licence

  • fire hydrants and hose reels licence (install and maintain)

restricted water plumber – fire protection (hydrants and hose reels) licence

  • sprinkler and suppression systems (reticulated water-based) licence (install and maintain) 
  • sprinkler and suppression systems (reticulated water-based) licence (install and maintain—restricted to commercial or industrial type)

restricted water plumber—fire protection (commercial and industrial) licence

  • sprinkler and suppression systems (reticulated water-based) licence (install and maintain)
  • sprinkler and suppression systems (reticulated water-based) licence (install and maintain – restricted to domestic or residential)

restricted water plumber – fire protection (domestic and residential) licence

  • drainage—on-site sewerage facility licence (maintenance)

restricted drainer—on-site sewerage facility licence (maintenance)

  • drainage—on-site sewerage facility licence (maintenance and installation)

restricted drainer—on-site sewerage facility licence (maintenance and installation)