Consultation on the Plumbing Regulations Regulatory Impact Statement and draft Regulations has closed.
The proposed Plumbing Regulations 2018 (the proposed Regulations) provide detailed requirements in relation to plumbing work, plumbing practitioners, and the administration of plumbing work. The aim of the proposed Regulations is to ensure that plumbing work in Victoria is carried out safely and competently. The proposed 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.
Following an early public consultation process in March 2017, as well as targeted industry engagement and consultation with the Plumbing Advisory Council and its subcommittees, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (the department) has prepared draft Plumbing Regulations and a Regulatory Impact Statement for public consultation. Proposed changes include:
- Setting additional experience requirements for practitioners to be registered for a period prior to being eligible for licensing to reduce the rate of defective work.
- Reclassifying existing specialised classes of plumbing work as main classes of plumbing work to better reflect training pathways, such as the refrigerated air-conditioning and type B gasfitting classes of work.
- Establishing two new classes of plumbing work, including a new specialised class of plumbing work for the maintenance of thermostatic mixing valves and a new class for the installation of basic refrigerated air-conditioning equipment (e.g. split systems).
- Several new plumbing standards and requirements.
The proposed changes to the Plumbing Regulations this year will not include any changes to hot water requirements. The options for hot water requirements outlined in Section 8.6 in the RIS document will not be pursued as part of this consultation and regulation making process. This will allow for further detailed consultations with manufacturers and other stakeholders. This also means that the proposed May 2019 implementation timing for changes to water heating will not apply.
Implementation of any hot water requirements will only proceed following full and adequate time to consider the implications for local manufacturing. This will ensure that any changes will create opportunities for Victorian manufacturers as well as reducing energy costs for Victorian households.
For enquiries about water heating issues and to provide any feedback, you are invited to send comments direct to: Energy.email@example.com.
Consultation has now closed.
For more information about the Plumbing Regulations Sunset Review, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or the Victorian Government Contact Centre on 1300 366 356.
Scope of regulatory review
This review focuses on matters that can be addressed via the regulations. The scope of matters that may be prescribed in regulations is outlined in sections 221ZZZV and 262 of the Building Act 1993.