The Plumbing and Drainage Act 2018, which replaced the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002, aims to regulate the carrying out of plumbing and drainage work in a way that reduces risks to public health and safety, and the environment.

The Plumbing and Drainage Act aims to achieve this by:

  • Establishing a licensing scheme to ensure all plumbing or drainage work, other than unregulated work, is carried out by persons who are qualified to carry out the work
  • Requiring plumbing or drainage work to be carried out in compliance with the code requirements for the work
  • Establishing a framework for approving particular plumbing.

The Plumbing and Drainage Act allows a streamlined and flexible regulation, resulting in shorter times for plumbing approvals. It also introduces new mechanical services occupation license classes and increased penalties for offences with the aim of protecting.

The Department of Housing and Public Works oversees the Plumbing and Drainage Act, while Queensland's Plumbing website offers some useful resources for understanding the legislation.

Regulations

Regulation and current laws currently in force that relate directly to the Plumbing and Drainage Act:

Associated documents

The Department of Housing and Public Works provide approved forms and templates for the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2018.

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