News & Events

Lobbying on your behalf - March 2017

Sunsetting of the Plumbing Regulations

Thank you for your input into our submission

As part of the industry input into the review of the Plumbing Regulations which sunset in 2018, Master Plumbers has now lodged the coordinated industry submission on the changes that we believe are required. 

A meeting was also held with the Victorian Building Authority (VBA), the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and The Hon. Richard Wynne MP, Minister for Planning, to argue for these changes.

Click here to download a copy of our submission.

On the discussion table with the VBA

Bathroom Pods

The VBA has ruled that bathroom pods can be either certified by a licensed plumber or via the watermark scheme.

Master Plumbers has argued that the watermark scheme is not designed for plumbing systems like the pods.

Provisional Licensing

In relation to apprentices who have finished their Certificate III in Plumbing but not sat their "registration" exam, the VBA has not progressed this issue. This is now a two year project and Master Plumbers has provided feedback that progress on this is too slow. 

Enhanced Inspections and Enforcement Activity

The level of audits has moved up to around 4.6% and is on track to the 5% target. The VBA has also introduced a program of random site inspections.

Our new national representative

Master Plumbers President, Scott Dowsett, has recently been appointed as the Master Plumbers representative to Master Plumbers Australia Limited (MPA)

The MPA has adopted a unified policy position in the areas of licensing, qualifications and regulation, continuously striving to achieve the following:

  • A national perspective to the government and industry.
  • Collaboration on national issues to provide a united front.
  • Exploration of national opportunities for the Australian plumbing industry.

These goals underpin the work of MPA in submissions at both a State/Territory and Federal Government level.

Improvements in apprentice training and delivery

Work is continuing in a number of areas including:

  • ARTIBUS is to review the plumbing training package in late 2017.
  • Skills OZ is to introduce a learning management system for apprentices.
  • PICAC will expand its role in plumbing training delivery and development.

World Plumbing Council meeting in Frankfurt

Support for an improvement in international training standards for plumbers was discussed at the World Plumbing Council General Meeting held in Frankfurt on 13 March.

Master Plumbers was represented at the meeting by CEO Ken Gardner who also attended ISH 2017 - the world’s leading trade fair for The Bathroom Experience, Building, Energy, Air-conditioning Technology and Renewable Energies. The event attracts over 2,400 exhibitors and over 200,000 attendees during the five day event.