Service Trades Council meeting forum summary - June 2019

The Service Trades Council (STC) held their third meeting for 2019 on 6 June in Brisbane. At this meeting, the STC provided feedback to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) on the technical qualifications required for plumbers and drainers licences in Queensland.

The STC were also provided with an update on the QBCC’s planned approach to implement changes relating to the new plumbing and drainage legislation coming into effect 1 July 2019.

The STC continue to plan their activities for the next financial year and will be focusing on issues identified with onsite sewerage facilities through a newly established Panel of the Council.

Following this meeting the STC engaged with industry stakeholders through a free Industry Forum. The forum was opened by the Honourable Mick de Brenni MP, Minister for Housing and Public Works, Minister for Digital Technology and Minister for Sport. Speakers at the forum included representatives from Brisbane City Council, the Department of Housing and Public Works, Energex and the QBCC.

Questions raised at the forum focused on the following topic areas:

Occupational licensing

New laws commenced on 1 March 2019 related to Plumbing and Drainage Occupational licence fees. Further information on these changes can be found on the QBCC website here.

Mechanical Services

A Regulatory Impact Statement has been released by the Department of Housing and Public Works for public consultation and can be accessed here.

Compliance outcomes for plumbing and drainage

The QBCC undertakes compliance checks across Queensland each year. As at end of May this year the QBCC has completed 711 licence checks relating to plumbing, drainage or fire protection work, visiting 214 sites. Results of our recent compliance checks following the Townsville flood can be found here

Fire protection licensing

Current requirements for fire protection licensing can be found here. The Ministerial Construction Council is conducting work to reform the fire protection licensing framework