STC

Where we’ll be visiting in 2019

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The Service Trades Council holds industry forums each year across Queensland. These forums provide an opportunity for members of the plumbing, drainage, fire protection, air-conditioning and mechanical services industries to provide feedback and gain important industry information.

The Service Trades Council will be visiting the following locations in 2019:

  • 4 April – Cairns
  • 6 June - Brisbane
  • 8 August – Sunshine Coast
  • 21 November - Toowoomba

Upcoming forum in Moreton Bay

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Are you keen to hear more about the big changes happening across your industry? Do you have ideas and feedback that you would like to contribute? Are you based in the Moreton Bay and Surrounds Region? If yes, then this event is for you.

The Service Trades Council are holding their next industry forum at the Caboolture Hub on Thursday 22 November 2018. This free forum is your opportunity to hear important updates, ask questions and provide feedback on what is happening in your industry.

Topics will include:

Update on the recent forum in Warwick

Attendees at STC forum in Warwick standing outside a building

The Service Trades Council recently visited Warwick in what has been labelled by the local Warwick Daily News as a ‘piping hot forum’. The forum was a success with more than fifty people gathering at the Town Hall to hear important updates from the Service Trades Council, Southern Downs Regional Council, the Department of Housing and Public Works, the Queensland Building and Construction Commission and Ergon Energy. Attendees were invited at the end of the forum to provide advice and ask questions of the presenters.

End of year message from the STC Chair

This year has been a big year of change for the industries that the Service Trades Council represents. We have seen the implementation of the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (BIF Act) and the establishment of Project Bank Accounts to make sure that sub-contractors get paid regularly and on time. We have also seen significant reforms introduced under the new Plumbing and Drainage Bill 2018. For the first time a new occupational framework for mechanical services work has been introduced in Queensland which will include medical gas as licensed work.

New Manager for Plumbing and Pools Investigation Units

Bridget Harding has been appointed as the new Manager for the QBCC’s Plumbing and Pools Investigation Units, after a very competitive recruitment process. Bridget brings a wealth of investigative experience to the role, having worked as an investigator for plumbing and pools, liquor and gaming, and early childhood education. Her most recent position has been as A/Principal Advisor and Team Leader for the QBCC’s Service Trades Unit.

Bridget will commence as Manager, Plumbing and Pools Investigation Units, in the near future.

STC Forum Recap

On 8 February 2018, the Service Trades Council (STC) kicked off their regional outreach program for 2018 with an industry forum in Logan.

The forum was opened by the Minister for Housing and Public Works, the Honourable Mick de Brenni MP, and sponsored by the Department of Housing and Public Works. Other presentations included an overview about the STC, an update from Logan City Council, a quiz about notifiable work and presentations from departmental representatives about the Queensland Building Plan, licensing reviews and other policy matters.

STC goes to Bundaberg

The Service Trades Council (STC) travelled to Bundaberg in August to meet with local licensees and hear directly from them about issues impacting the services trades in the region.

QBCC Assistant Commissioner, Esther Blest, said that Bundaberg’s regional industry forum provided the STC members with new insights into local issues.

STC members, Stephen Jennison and Bradley Hodgkinson, also delivered a well-received presentation on hot water system installations and legionella.