National licensing legislative package released for consultation
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.
The legislative package reflects policy proposals for national licensing which are outlined in the COAG Consultation Regulation Impact Statements (RISs) for the affected occupations, which were released in July and August 2012. It also includes proposals for amendments to the Occupational Licensing National Law Act 2010 which are needed to give effect to the proposed licensing model.
The consultation period on the legislative package and the RISs for all occupations will be open until 5pm AEDT 12 October 2012. For more information about national licensing and the proposed reforms, go to www.nola.gov.au.
Plumbing Amendment (Fees) Regulations 2012
The Plumbing Amendment (Fees) Regulations 2012 provides for increases in plumbing related fees payable under Part 12A
of the Building Act 1993 (the Act). The new fees will come into effect on 1 July 2012 following approval of the amending Regulations
by the Governor in Council.
The annual rate of increase for the 2012-13 financial year is in line with the approved Treasurer's rate of 2.5%.
The following table summarises the fee changes:
1 July 2011 to30 June 2012
1 July 2012 to
30 June 2013
In regulation 45, price of a compliance certificate for the purposes
For an application under section 221M, 221N, 221O,
For a licence under section 221M or 221Q of the Act or a renewal
For registration under section 221O or 221R of the Act or a renewal of that registration
For an endorsement under section 221N or 221OA of the Act
For a renewal of an endorsed licence or registration under section 221ZD of the Act
Fee for each endorsement on the licence or registration under section 221ZD of the Act
For provisional registration under section 221P of the Act or a renewal
For a temporary licence under section 221W of the Act
For temporary registration under section 221W of the Act
For a late renewal under section 221ZE of the Act
For a duplicate licence or certificate of registration under section 221Y of the Act
For an application to modify the plumbing regulations under section 221ZZO of the Act
For an application for a practical examination conducted by, or on behalf of, the Commission
For an application for a theory examination conducted by, or on behalf of, the Commission
Note: There is no increase in the trigger amount for the issue of a compliance certificate; it remains $750.00.
Class 10A Building Fact Sheet
A recent investigation conducted jointly by the Building Commission and the Plumbing Industry Commission has revealed some shed companies are trying to get around the rules by telling consumers to become owner-builders when applying for a building permit and are then using or arranging for unlicensed or unregistered tradespeople to do the work. Read the Class 10A building Fact Sheet (111KB) for more information
Water Quality in Pools and Spas
The PIC would like to highlight the health risks associated with poor water quality in swimming pools and spas, and the potential to cause diseases such as legionellosis and gastroenteritis.
Well managed pools and spas will ensure good water quality and minimise the risks of infection or illness. Compliance with all relevant regulation is also essential and all pool owners need to ensure they use a licensed or registered plumber where required.
The links below provide some useful information on pool and spa maintenance to provide a safe swimming or bathing experience for all pool/spa users.