About the Plumbing Industry Advisory Council
The Plumbing Industry Advisory Council (PIAC) is a senior industry advisory group established under Part 12A of the Building Act 1993, to provide advice to the Minister for Planning and the Plumbing Industry Commission.
The Council includes up to 14 members and represents plumbing and building statutory authorities, industry employers and employees, vocational educators, water and gas regulators, the building industry and consumers.
The PIAC is responsible for:
- Providing advice to the Minister for Planning in relation to Part 12A of the Building Act 1993, or the plumbing industry
- Providing advice to the Plumbing Industry Commission in relation to Part 12A of the Building Act 1993, or the plumbing industry.
- Ongoing support and assistance with the National Plumbing Regulators Forum.
In recent times, the PIAC has provided advice on a number of important issues including:
- Research into water and energy savings through the plumbing and water protection systems of buildings
- Input into the Plumbing Industry Commission's business and corporate planning
- Ongoing support for the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre - a facilty dedicated to educating and training to cut greenhouse gas emissions, save water and address the key issues around climate change in our buildings.
- Responding to Victoria's Climate Change Green Paper which identified change in the construction sector as one of the major opportunities for mitigating and adapting to climate change, and creating jobs.
- Ongoing support and advice on the new National Occupational Licensing System.
The Focus of the Council in 2010-11 included monitoring the development of intiatives under the Council of Australian Governments' (COAG) national agenda. major initiatives impacting on the Victorian plumbing industry included the National Occupational Licensing System and the National Construction Code (NCC) (Which resulted inthe Plumbing Code of Australia being incorporated into the NCC). The Council also monitored regulatory effectiveness with the implementation of amendments to the Plumbing Regulations 2008, and the continued development of plumbing skills and competencies.