The development of a CPD framework for building and plumbing practitioners has been delayed due to the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) and draft regulations are now expected to be released in mid-2021 for public consultation. This postponement will provide more time for adequate consultation with stakeholders on options that will be outlined in the RIS and on the draft regulations.

Updates on this project will be posted on this site.


The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is considering options for developing a framework that will require registered building practitioners and registered and licensed plumbers to undertake continuing professional development (CPD).

CPD is the process of undertaking and recording professional education and training after initial registration or licensing. It is being considered because it helps to ensure that practitioners maintain and develop their competence in building and plumbing work throughout their professional career.

Have your say

DELWP has prepared a Consultation Paper to seek your views on options to implement a CPD framework for building and plumbing practitioners in Victoria.

The purpose of the paper is to:

  • Communicate and seek feedback on options for introducing CPD requirements in Victoria
  • Draw out new options and ideas for consideration that can be analysed by a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS)
  • Seek feedback on other issues raised in the paper.

The high-level options considered in the Consultation Paper are summarised in the table below.

1. Maintain the status quoThis option would not introduce any mandatory CPD requirements. Practitioners may continue to voluntarily participate in CPD programs provided through industry associations or other means.
2. Introduce mandatory CPD with no compulsory subjectsThis option would introduce mandatory CPD for building and plumbing practitioners but would allow subjects to be selected based on self-identified learning needs.
3. Introduce mandatory CPD with a mixture of compulsory and non-compulsory subjectsThis option would introduce mandatory CPD for building and plumbing practitioners and prescribe some compulsory subjects. A potential compulsory subject is compliance with the National Construction Code.

Opportunity to provide feedback on the Consultation Paper will be open from 29 May 2020 to 24 July 2020.

Feedback can be provided by:

  • Uploading a submission to this webpage as a PDF or word attachment
  • Completing the CPD survey
  • Emailing your submission directly to building.policy@delwp.vic.gov.au
  • Mailing your submission marked:

Attention: Continuing Professional Development Team - Building Division
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Level 16, 150 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3003

Next steps

Once consultation closes, DELWP will commence development of a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) that will be released for public comment in mid-2021. The RIS will analyse the costs and benefits of feasible options for introducing a CPD framework, which will incorporate feedback received on the Consultation Paper. The RIS will be accompanied by draft regulations reflecting the preferred policy option in the RIS.

Consultation on the RIS and draft regulations will be the final opportunity for stakeholders and members of the public to comment on the new regulations before they are finalised. It is anticipated that the new regulations will come into operation by the end of 2021 subject subject to considerations regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts and feedback from industry.

Collection Notice

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the principles of the Victorian privacy laws. The Continuing Professional Development Team at DELWP will collect your personal information (email address and postcode) through this form for the purposes of better understanding your views on the development of a Continual Professional Development (CPD) framework for building and plumbing practitioners in Victoria. The information you provide may be used in the publication of government documents, including the Regulatory Impact Statement or further CPD project development reports or publications. This information will be de-identified and we will not be released or disclose your personal information without your consent, except where required to do so by law. If you do not wish to provide your personal information we will not be able to add you to our mailing list or identify your submission if you wish to access it, make a correction or require technical support. You may contact us to request access to your personal information, or for other concerns regarding the privacy of your personal information at building.policy@delwp.vic.gov.au.