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National Occupational Licensing Scheme announcement
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has decided not to continue with the National Occupational Licensing Scheme (NOLS) reforms. COAG has announced that states will now work to develop alternative options to national licensing.
More details are available in COAG's communique.
New gas installation standard information seminars - register now
Victorian Building Authority and Energy Safe Victoria will host information sessions for plumbers and gasfitters in early 2014 covering Australian Standard 5601:2013 Gas Installation and VBA gasfitting audits.
Sessions will be held across 18 locations throughout Victoria between 4 February 2014 and 11 March 2014. To attend, register online or download and complete the registration form and fax it to 03 9271 5454.
Unregistered builder fined for illegal work
A person has been convicted and fined a total of $5000 after the Victorian Building Authority prosecuted him for carrying out domestic building work without being a registered builder.
National Construction Code 2014 information seminars - register now
The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) will be running information seminars about changes to the 2014 National Construction Code from February 2014.
To register for a seminar or find out more go to the ABCB website.
December VBA Mail available
Download your copy of the December VBA Mail email newsletter now.
VBA issues order for unfenced pool
The Victorian Building Authority took action to fix a dangerous pool on Wednesday, which it says is a timely reminder for pool owners about the importance of having a proper pool safety fence.
VBA takes action on unsafe site
The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has issued an emergency order in response to safety concerns about a Burwood building site.
Change in executive at VBA
Victorian Building Authority (VBA) Chief Commissioner Bill Kusznirczuk today confirmed that senior Government executive PrueDigby would commence as acting Chief Executive Officer of the Authority active from Monday, 25 November 2013. Ms Digby has resigned as a VBA Board member and will replace Joe Dimasi as VBA Chief Executive Officer.
November eBulletin available
October eBulletin available
2012-13 Annual Report now available
The Plumbing Industry Commission 2012-13 Annual Report is now available to view and download.
Check your pool fencing is up to standard
With the weather warming up, the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) is reminding homeowners to check the safety fencing around their pool and/or spa is secure and doesn't need repair.
Read the media release.
September VBA eBulletin available
New Chief Executive for the VBA
The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) Chairman Bill Kusznirczuk today announced the appointment of Joe Dimasi as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Authority effective from Monday, 9 September.
August VBA eBulletin available
VBA newsletter The Registered Plumber winter edition out now
Download your copy of the latest VBA newsletter for the latest plumbing and building industry news.
National Occupational Licensing System update - Decision RISs released
As the next step towards introduction of the National Occupational Licensing System for the Plumbing and Gasfitting and Refrigeration and Air-conditioning occupations, Decision Regulation Impact Statements (RISs) are now available on the National Occupational Licencing Authority's website. These documents examine potential effects of introducing national licensing and show several models for how each occupation could be licensed under the scheme.
The Department of Treasury and Finance is seeking stakeholder feedback on these options. This will be the last opportunity for you to comment on the proposed reforms before the Standing Committee on Federal Financial Relations makes its final decision in late 2013.
Asbestos safety reminder
The Victorian Building Authority has updated information for consumers about asbestos safety and management in the document What you need to know about asbestos in the home. The information is useful for owner-builders, home renovators and business owners who are doing any building or plumbing work around the home or office.
Ensure the health and safety of your family, employees and yourself by identifying and managing asbestos before you start any renovations. There is a raft of advice and information available from WorkSafe, Environmental Protection Authority, Department of Health and your local council about dealing with asbestos.
If you've identified asbestos in your home or work place, contact a trained and licensed asbestos professional. You can find an asbestos removalist local to you on the WorkSafe website and read a recent safety alert.
Planning Minister The Hon. Matthew Guy has announced that a new era in Victorian building industry regulation will begin this Monday 1 July, with the commencement of the Victorian Building Authority (VBA). The VBA replaces the Plumbing Industry Commission and the Building Commission and will provide a one-stop shop for design and construction regulation. The full statement is available here.
Plumbing Amendment (Fees) Regulations 2013
The Plumbing Amendment (Fees) Regulations 2013 provides for a 2.5 per cent increase in plumbing related fees payable under Part 12A of the Building Act 1993. The new fees take effect on 1 July 2013. A full list of the fees is available here.
National Construction Code 2014 draft available for public comment
The drafts of the National Construction Code 2014 (NCC 2014) are now available on the Australian Building Codes Board's (ABCB's) website for public comment.
Note that the period for comment on the NCC 2014 drafts closes on Thursday, 1 August 2014, with comments to be submitted through the ABCB website.
Carbon monoxide testing course - book your place now!
The carbon monoxide (CO) training course is being run again throughout June, July and August across Victoria. The course aims to provide practitioners with the skills and knowledge to use CO testing equipment and complete the practical procedure to test gas appliances for CO emissions.
The course will cover the process you should follow to identify situations that could result in CO spillage within a residence.
Click here to view dates and locations and download the booking form.
Morwell office open
The Morwell office opened Monday, 18 March. This replaces the Sale office, which has closed.
The details for the Morwell office are:
- Phone number: 1300 815 127
- Fax: 9618 9049
- Street address: 3 Church Street, Morwell 3840
- Postal address: PO Box 119, Morwell 3840
The Morwell office opening hours are:
Monday to Friday: 10am - 2pm
Plumbing Practitioners recognised for training commitment
The annual Plumbing Industry Training Awards (PITAs) were held last night (Thursday, 14 March 2013) to recognise individuals and companies in the Victorian plumbing industry for their commitment to ongoing training. Find out more about the winners here.
12 Apr 2013
The online edition is available now. Click above to get your copy
22 Feb 2013
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1 Nov 2012
The Victorian Building Authority (PIC) gazetted on 1 November 2012 an updated list of approved competency units required to be contained in a Certificate II course or higher course relating to a class of plumbing work.
22 Oct 2012
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18 Oct 2012
The Plumbing Regulations 2008 have been amended, with a range of changes commencing 19 October 2012. Changes to solar water heater requirements and updated reference to "AS/NZS 4234: 2008 Heated water systems - Calculation of energy consumption"; due to commence on 19 April 2013.
19 Sep 2012
The COAG National Licensing Taskforce has released consultation drafts of legislation for reforming occupational licensing in the electrical, plumbing and gasfitting, property and refrigeration and air-conditioning occupations.
14 Sep 2012
The 2011-12 Victorian Building Authority Annual Report can now be downloaded from the PIC website.
Consultation Regulation Impact Statements for Plumbing and Gasfitting and Refrigeration and Air-conditioning released
5 Sep 2012
Melbourne information sessions on the RISs are scheduled for the 11 September at the Novotel on Collins.