The Plumbing Regulations Sunset Review is now complete.

The Victorian Government has completed the sunset review of the Plumbing Regulations 2008 in accordance with the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994.

The Plumbing Regulations 2018 are available at www.legislation.vic.gov.au. The regulations will mostly commence on 18 November 2018, except for certain regulations that will commence in 2019.

Early consultation on the development of the Regulations was carried out in March 2017, which included targeted industry engagement and consultation with the Plumbing Advisory Council and its subcommittees. Input from this early consultation assisted with development of draft regulations and a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) that were released for public consultation between 29 June and 27 July 2018.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) received 127 submissions on the draft regulations and RIS including submissions from individual practitioners, peak industry bodies, plumbing teachers, businesses carrying out fire protection work, and manufacturers of water heaters.

DELWP appreciates all input that was provided during this review. A summary of the changes to the draft regulations in response to stakeholder feedback can be found here.

The Plumbing Regulations 2018 provide detailed requirements in relation to plumbing work, plumbing practitioners, and the administration of plumbing work. The aim of the Regulations is to ensure that plumbing work in Victoria is carried out safely and competently. The Regulations seek to:

  • Define scopes of appropriate classes of plumbing work.
  • Set qualification and experience eligibility requirements for registration and licensing.
  • Set fees, including application fees for registration and licensing and the price of compliance certificates.
  • Adopt the Plumbing Code of Australia into Victorian regulations.
  • Set additional work standards and requirements for specified classes of plumbing work.

For more information about the Plumbing Regulations Sunset Review, please visit https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/building-policy/ou...