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Plumbers and pool safety inspectors 

The following information relates to the transfer of occupational licensing of plumbers and drainers from the Plumbing Industry Council (PIC) and pool safety inspectors from the Pool Safety Council (PSC) to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC).

Why is this change happening? 

Currently there are different regulators for occupational (PIC) and contractor (QBCC) licensing for the plumbing and drainage industry in Queensland and for Pool Safety Inspectors (PSIs) it is undertaken by the PSC. Many PSIs also hold other QBCC licences. By having the QBCC as the single regulator, this will provide significant operational efficiencies thereby reducing administrative costs and the burden on licensees.

When will the change happen? 

Subject to the passage of legislation through Parliament, it is intended that the change take place in September 2014.

Plumbers

I currently hold a licence issued by the PIC. What do I need to do when the change occurs?

You do not need to take any action. You will be able to continue to operate using your current PIC licence until it expires. Any conditions or restrictions on your licence will continue to apply.

What happens at renewal time?

When it is time to renew your licence you will receive a renewal notice from the QBCC. You will still be able to renew your licence online. A licence card will be issued by the QBCC and for ease of transition, your renewal date will not change.

I currently hold a trade contractor’s licence issue by the QBCC. Do I still need to hold a plumbers or drainers occupational licence?

If you hold a QBCC trade contractor’s licence, you will no longer need to hold an occupational licence at the same time. By not having to renew your occupational licence you will only need to hold and pay for the one licence.
Will there be any change to the ‘notifiable work’ lodgement process?
 
The process for lodging notifiable work forms will not change. Forms will still be able to be submitted online through the existing Plumbing Application Service system or manually to the QBCC. 

I also hold a gas work occupational licence. As a result of these changes, can I reapply for my licence through the QBCC?

To remove the burden of having to lodge applications for plumbing and gas work licences at different agencies, a ‘one stop shop’ facility within the QBCC is being established. This will allow plumbers to lodge their application for a gas work licence with the QBCC. The Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM) will still assess the application and grant the licence. Until this arrangement is in place, all applications should continue to be lodged direct with DNRM.

Pool Safety Inspectors 

I currently hold a licence issued by the PSC. What do I need to do when the change occurs?

You do not need to take any action. You will be able to continue to operate using your current PSC licence until it expires. Any conditions or restrictions on your licence will continue to apply. 

What happens at renewal time? 

When it is time to renew your licence you will receive a renewal notice from the QBCC. You will still be able to renew your licence online. A licence will be issued by the QBCC and for ease of transition, your renewal date will not change. 

Still got questions?

Please call the QBCC on 13 9333 or email info@qbcc.qld.gov.au and we will reply in 3 days.
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Last updated
6/06/2014 1:42 PM

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