Queensland Government has introduced into Parliament historic new plumbing laws to enhance community safety and save time and money on new building approvals.
Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said the new Bill would help ensure Queensland maintains the highest plumbing and gasfitting standards.
“Queensland’s world class plumbing industry keeps Queenslanders safe every day,” Mr de Brenni said.
“Over the last twelve months, through our Queensland Building Plan, I’ve been listening closely to industry and they have been clear that they want to see those high standards enhanced even further.
“This Bill provides for improved regulation of medical gas installation in Queensland’s hospital system.
“By introducing formal qualifications and licencing requirements for this safety critical work we can better protect Queenslanders from some of the tragedies that have occurred in other parts of the world.
“The Palaszczuk Government is also improving regulation of mechanical services work in public buildings such as hospitals, shopping centres and apartment blocks to further protect Queenslanders from dangerous conditions such as legionella.”
Mr de Brenni said the new Bill would also enable savings for homeowners by streamlining the plumbing approvals process for new homes.
“Faster approvals mean faster construction and under the new laws most homeowners will be able to fast track their applications and obtain a permit to start work in two business days, reduced from the current 20 business days.
“For Queensland homeowners that could mean a saving of $640 in holding costs, for a $255,000 block, by being able to get going more than two weeks earlier.
“No longer will the wait for a plumbing approval hold up the construction of a new home.”
The Plumbing and Drainage Bill 2017 is the third major Bill introduced in a suite of reforms under the Queensland Building Plan and complements the work the Queensland Housing Strategy.
(Government Media Release 10 October 2017)