New laws

Plumbing and Drainage reforms

From 1 July 2019, new plumbing laws will take effect to protect and enhance the health, safety and wellbeing of Queenslanders who need plumbing or drainage work. 

What laws will change?

  • The Plumbing and Drainage Act 2018 will replace the repealed Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002.
  • The Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2019 will replace the existing Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003 and the Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003.
  • A new Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code will take effect complementing national plumbing standards. All Queensland-specific technical requirements are set out in a single document.
  • New guidelines to help implement the new laws and new approved plumbing forms will also come into effect.

Occupational licensee register

You can search our occupational licensee register which allows you to find out about occupationally licensed plumbers and drainers.

Increased penalties for unlicensed work

Individuals who perform, direct or supervise unlicensed work will face increased penalties if prosecuted (sliding scale):

First offence

250 Maximum Penalty Units ($32,637)

Second offence

300 Maximum Penalty Units ($39,165)

Repeat offenders

350 Maximum Penalty Units ($45,692) or one year’s imprisonment

On the spot fines for performing, directing and supervising unlicensed work increased from $1,305.50 to $2611 (penalty unit to increase from as of 1 July 2019).

Notifiable Work

The categories of notifiable work have been amended to provide clarity and improve usability for plumbers and/or drainers.

  • Categories of work have been reduced from 16 to 12 with renumbering of each type of work
  • Emergency work has been removed. It is expected that regardless of whether work is done as part of an emergency call out, the work completed should be notified under the category of work that is applicable. For example, a leaking water service which results in replacement section of pipe being installed will be recorded under category 1 “Extending etc. supply pipes”.
  • Existing category 8 and 9 relating to backflow devices have been grouped together as one category (category 7)
  • Existing category 11, 12 and 14 relating to installing fixtures in class 1 or 10 buildings have been grouped together as one category (category 9)

See Comparison of Notifiable Work (PDF) for more information.