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.


IMPORTANT NOTICE:

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.efficiency@delwp.vic.gov.au.


Consultation has now closed.

For more information about the Plumbing Regulations Sunset Review, please contact plumbing.review@delwp.vic.gov.au 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.

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1. Do you agree with the department’s proposal to continue regulating the plumbing industry in Victoria?
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2. The department is proposing a new requirement that plumbers must obtain experience as a registered plumber before being eligible to become licensed in main classes of plumbing work (see section A3 3.3).

The proposed amount of experience required is one year for most main classes, and two years for main classes deemed high-risk. No additional experience will be required for licensing in specialised classes.
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3. The department is proposing to reclassify the existing specialised class of type B gasfitting work as a main class of plumbing work (see section B3 3.4).
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4. The department is proposing to reclassify the existing specialised class of refrigerated air-conditioning work as main classes of plumbing work (see section B5 5.3).
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5. The department is proposing to create a new main class for refrigerated air-conditioning (basic systems) work (see section B5 5.3) and proposing to transition existing mechanical services practitioners automatically into this new proposed class.

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6. The department is proposing to create a new specialised class for thermostatic mixing valve work (associated with the main class of water supply work—see section B8 8.4).

This class is proposed to commence from November 2019 to provide practitioners sufficient time undertake the relevant training.
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7. The department is proposing a new requirement for backflow prevention devices on all taps installed adjacent to toilets (see section B8 8.5).
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9. The department is proposing a clearer compliance standard for sanitary drains where the drain is required to service more than one building (see section B1 1.3).
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The information you provide will be used to inform the department's review of the Plumbing Regulations 2008. If you agree, the department may also use the information you provide to inform future policy work on plumbing-related matters.

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