T h e Q u e e n s l a n d Master December 2003/January 2004 Volume 44 – Number 11 Plumber PLUMBING & DRAINAGE ACT 2002. HOW DOES IT AFFECT YOU? ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: • REDUNDANCY DECISION BY QIRC • MY VIRTUAL HOME • TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT • AWARDS EXPLAINED In this Issue President’s Word . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 3 Point of View of the Executive Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 4 Bill Watson Leaves Plumbers Licensing Board . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 5 Plumbing & Drainage Act 2002. How Does It Affect You? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 6 Notice to all MPAQ Gas Fitters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 11 Editor/Advertising Enquiries — Stuart McIlreavy 25 Years of Service — Caroma Industries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 11 Consultant Editor — Bruce Wallace Toolbox Software for MPAQ Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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Pg. 18 Fax: 07 3257 1910 Plumbing & Drainage Act 2002: Outside Brisbane: 1800 805 941 A Government Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 20 Email: email@example.com Website: www.plumbers.asn.au Golf Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 20 Frequently Asked Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 21 Opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily Awards Explained . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 22 those of the MPAQ, nor does the MPAQ guarantee the Marketing Your Business by Jeffery R Bloom accuracy of statements made by contributors or & Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 24 advertisers or accept responsibility for statements they may express in this publication, nor does the MPAQ Division Minutes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 25 accept liability to advertisers which may be held contrary MPAQ’s Industry Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 27 to the Trade Practices Act 1974. MPAQ reserves the right to refuse, cancel, amend or Protecting Community Health and the Environment suspend any advertisements or inserts without reason. through Professional Plumbing Services. President’s Word Think Tank Weekend Through discussions with members in the regional areas, our Training Officer, Gavin Jackson has In taking a strategic approach to our role as your ascertained what courses need to be delivered and elected representatives, the Council has decided to where. Utilising the training resources of both TAFE hold a special meeting for forward planning and and MPAQ itself, the Association is currently review of the Association’s current and future working on a proposal to deliver further courses in directions. This “think tank” will be held on Sunday regional Queensland in 2004. and Monday 15 & 16 February 2004. Marine Risk Other Courses of Interest To date the Association has focused on the delivery Be careful when doing work that is classified by of technical post trade courses. From the your insurer as “marine risk”. It may be that you discussions with the MPAQ membership, there is will not be covered under your public liability policy also a need for seminars or courses in improving and will need to seek alternative cover. small businesses. Because the needs of many of the MPAQ members will vary, an analysis of the One of our members recently discovered that he needs of small businesses can be conducted, the was not covered for the work he was doing on outcome being the recognising the needs of each boats and was advised that his normal insurer participant. The Association is currently in the could not provide coverage. He was then given two process of seeking funding for such a program alternative insurers to contact who quoted $5,000 throughout regional Queensland. and $8,000 annual premium to cover him for the $10,000 worth of work he did each year! Environmental Plumbing Course Sale of Commercial Road In early 2004 the Association is hoping to have an Property environmental plumbing course available, firstly in Following some excellent offers the sale of MPAQ’s the southeast corner and then eventually in the Commercial Road property was finalised at regional locations. $740,000. These funds shall be invested separately and Council is seeking professional The course content is only in the draft stages but advice for the best form of investment in the would likely include a number of modules to make medium term until the property market slows. up a complete course. Participants can attend individual modules or attend the entire course. The With regards to the office at Abbotsford Road, course content would include considerable input Bowen Hills Council has noted that a general from manufacturers and key industry stakeholders. upgrade is required to maintain this building and will undertake this in the New Year. Seasons Greetings It has been a long and very hectic year in many Training for 2004 respects and I hope that all members have faired In the last twelve months, the Association’s well with the volume of work that has been regional training program has proved to be a available. Personally I am looking forward to some resounding success. We now have the groundwork quality time over the Christmas break. On behalf of to continue with the program into 2004 and the Council and staff I would like to take this beyond. opportunity to wish you all a very happy and safe holiday season and all the best for the coming year. The Courses delivered in Regional Queensland in 2003 were Domestic Wastewater Treatment Plants, Site Assessment and Design for Domestic Wastewater Treatment Plants and a Course in Bob Kimlin Thermostatic Mixing Valves Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland ❘ Vo l . 4 4 ❘ No. 11 ❘ December 2003 3 Point of View of the Executive Director Division Meetings Ministers resolved to continue negotiating in good faith on future funding, the national Construction During the month I was pleased to attend a Code and User Choice. number of Division Meetings including, Brisbane, Redcliffe, Logan and Gold Coast. Thank you to those members who have attended and provided At this meeting the Queensland Minister for me with valuable feedback as to what you require Employment Training and Youth, Hon. Matt Foley from the Association. MP, tabled our letter urging greater funding, particularly for Queensland in view of our difficulties with high growth in our working age Over the coming months I hope to attend all population. Division meetings and look forward to catching up with members throughout the state. I feel it is important to recognise the diversity MPAQ The Commonwealth recognised the difficulties member interests and the fact that we do faced by states and territories with high growth in represent all of Queensland. If you have a point of their working age populations and supported a view you wish to have considered and can not review to address this issue in the funding make a local meeting please feel free to contact allocation in the 2007 – 2009 ANTA Agreement. me direct. This is a significant move forward and is the result of a collective effort from both industry and government. Communications From comments made so far it is clear to me that many members would like to have greater contact Developing Work from the Association and on a more regular basis. Opportunities This is especially important in regards to legislation The Association is keen to develop work changes and other issues which impact directly on opportunities for members were ever possible. your business. This has been evidenced most in recent times by the WaterWise Master Plumber programs In response to this we will review the possibility of undertaken between MPAQ, local authorities and producing an email update for members. Please the Sustainable Industries Division of the ensure the office has your email address so you Environmental Protection Agency. may be kept up to date in a more timely manner on matters affecting you and the industry generally. In an effort to capitalise on the good work done so far and identify new opportunities the Association To check if we have your email address, simply log will develop a Commercial WaterWise course for on to http://www.plumbers.asn.au and look members. In conjunction with this approaches will yourself up on the Plumbers Fast Find. be made to major facilities managers, hotels and Alternatively you may email the information to us resorts, caravan parks and industry in general to at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make them aware of the commercial advantages check your records. to be had in undertaking commercial water audits and retrofitting water efficient products. We will keep members informed on progress in this ANTA Funding important area over the coming months. It was reported last month that we, along with other industry bodies, unions and the government wrote to the Federal Minister seeking an increase Merry Christmas in funding for the Australian National Training Authority (ANTA). To all members, family and friends I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. State and Territory governments met with the Commonwealth on Friday 21 November 2003 to discuss the 2004 – 2006 Agreement. While the Adrian Hart meeting did not finalise the new Agreement, 4 Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland ❘ Vo l . 4 4 ❘ No.11 ❘ December 2003 Bill Watson Leaves Plumbers Licensing Board The Plumbers and Drainers Examination and Licensing Board (PDELB) was constituted order the old Sewerage & Water Supply Act 1949 and acted to oversee licensing requirements and standards for plumbers in QLD. From the 1st November this Board has been superceded by a “Plumbers and Drainers Board” under Act 2002. Regretfully the State Government has not re- • Introducing several new license classes and appointed Bill Watson to the new Board and so endorsements to address specific health and ends nineteen years of continuous service. Bill safety concerns; succeeded Bruce Soden in 1984 as the • Introducing a seamless computer system for Associations representative and typical of Bills style issuing photographic licenses; made this presence felt immediately. In 1993 he • Liaising with the Building Services Authority to was chosen by the Board to be their Chairman and issue contractor’s licenses for Plumbers; and remained Chairman until now. He is the only Industry Based Chairman in the boards 54 year • Introducing reduced fee for retired Plumbers and history. The Board is affiliated with the Australian electronic payments for licensing. and New Zealand Reciprocity Association (ANZRA) on which Bill has served on their Executive for the Bill says his greatest enjoyment comes from past six years. He chaired the last ANZRA helping fellow plumbers around the state with conference on the Gold Coast in October 2002. licensing requirements and interpretations of our From this Conference he was hand picked to by-laws. A staunch supporter in keeping our finalise the Training Packages for Plumbing, licensing system our own identity and protecting it Draining and Gasfitting by the Australian National against the ongoing challenges of fragmentation of Training Authority (ANTA). This entailed many our Industry. These are big pair of shoes to fill. interstate meetings ensuring the best out comes for not only QLD but for all Australia. It should also be recorded that during Bills early years on the The Plumbing Industry shall be forever indebted to QLD Broad he attended ANZRA Conferences at his Bill Watson’s strong advocacy and commitment. own expense. What a shame the State Government didn’t realise this. Returning to the PDELB some of the successful initiatives Bill was instrumental in were: Bruce Wallace Our MAGUIRES REAL ESTATE & LIVESTOCK PTY LTD Success i s Yo u r Success FOR SALE PROGRESSIVE CENTRAL QUEENSLAND GAS, PLUMBING AND RETAIL BUSINESS FOR SALE WITH FULL PLANT EQUIPMENT. Enjoying excellent showroom and workshop location and a large established client base. Asking Price $200,000 Plus S.A.V. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT TIM MAGUIRE MOBILE 0409 063 053 REAL ESTATE • LIVESTOCK PROPERTY SPECIALISTS • AUCTIONEERING .O P Box 173, Emerald 4720 Fax (07) 4982 1260 Ph (07) 4982 1711 Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland ❘ Vo l . 4 4 ❘ No. 11 ❘ December 2003 5 Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002. How Does It Affect You? “Oh no!” I hear you say. “Not another new regulation. Not more paper work”. The Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 commenced Notifiable minor work is defined as: on November 1, replacing the some what dated • Emergency Work Sewerage and Water Supply Act 1949 (SWSA) and • Repairing or replacing a plumbing or drainage the Standard Sewerage Law and Standard Water pipe that is broken or damaged, but not if the Supply Law. work involves repairing a drain at a connection point or replacing more than 6m of pipe or 3m of The Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 deals only a drain. with plumbing, drainage and on-site sewerage • Other work of a minor nature related to and facilities. All matters to do with local Government reasonably necessary for, repairing plumbing or sewerage and water supply infrastructure are now drainage. in the Water Act 2000. • Work necessary for replacing a tempering valve, water heater, cistern, pump or water meter. Under the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 (PDA) • Work necessary for maintaining, repairing or are two sets of regulations, the Standard Plumbing replacing a backflow prevention device or and Drainage Regulation 2003 (SPDR) dealing thermostatic mixing valve. with plumbing and drainage work and the Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003 (PDR) (Note: Emergency Work means plumbing or dealing with licensing of plumbers and drainers. drainage work that must, because of a failure in The PDA and its regulations cover much of the the plumbing or drainage, be performed to stop a same subject matter as the SWSA and standard continuing risk to health and safety or damage to laws. property. Replacing means removing a plumbing or drainage item from a place and installing a new item of a similar type in the same place). How does the New Act Affect the Licensed Plumber? The question everyone is asking is, how is the new The Previous Requirements act going to affect me? Plumbers need not panic. The Standard Sewerage Law (the previous The majority of the content of the SWSA carries requirement) stated: over to the new PDA. But with any new regulation 46. (2) Performing minor necessary work there is going to be change. The person must give the local government details of the work done and a written notice stating that the work was completed in conformity with the law Notifiable Minor Work within 1 month after performing the work. There has been some concern raised by members around the state about the “new” requirement to The previous Standard Sewerage Law defined submit Notifiable Minor Works Forms (Form 4). minor work as sanitary plumbing or sanitary Firstly it is not a new requirement. Let’s have a look drainage work that was: at the requirements under the new act and the • Emergency work previous requirements. • Repairing or replacing a sanitary plumbing or sanitary drainage pipe that is broken or damaged, but not if the work involves repairing a sanitary The Current Requirements under the drain at a connection point or replacing more Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 than 3m of a sanitary drain; or The Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 states: • Unblocking a sanitary plumbing or sanitary Once notifiable minor work is completed, the drainage pipe. person who performs the work has 20 business • Work necessary for performing the maintenance, days to provide the local government with a repair or replacement of a fitting or fixture. written notice about the work performed in the • Other work of a minor nature for repairing sanitary approved form (form 4). The local government plumbing or drainage. may decide to assess the work for compliance. 6 Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland ❘ Vo l . 4 4 ❘ No.11 ❘ December 2003 The previous Standard Water Supply Law Confusion about the Definitions used to defined necessary minor work as water describe Notifiable Minor Work plumbing work that was: There has been some confusion regarding the • Emergency work definition of emergency work. It has been asked if • Repairing or replacing a supply pipe that is broken the definition of emergency work in the PDA 2002 or damaged, but not if the work involves repairing includes clearing of a blocked drain as clearing the a supply pipe at a connection point or replacing drain stops the continuing risk to health and safety more than 3m of a supply pipe; or or damage to property. The answer is no because • Work necessary for performing the maintenance, unblocking a drain is defined as “other minor work” repair or replacement of a fitting. and does not require a form 4. Refer to the • Other work of a minor nature for repairing water definition of “other minor work” in the SPDR. plumbing. One example of emergency work would be: As you can see, the requirements in the previous A camera is put down a drain and it is found that Standard Laws were almost identical to those of the the sewer pipe has a crack along 2 metres of its PDA 2002. Some councils, but not all are applying length. A plumber goes to dig up a drain and the requirements to submit a Form 4 when replace the two metres only to find that six metres notifiable minor work is carried out. Why implement is in such poor condition that if it was not replaced now and not before, we will leave that up to the would potentially fail in the near future. In this case, authorities to answer. the work carried out is considered emergency work and a form 4 would be submitted and a council The Association urges all members to contact their inspection would not be required. local authorities to determine the best way to comply with the requirement to submit Form 4s. It may be possible to submit these electronically. Unfortunately we have little consistency with the local councils. CASES WHEN A FORM 4 IS AND IS NOT REQUIRED TYPE OF WORK PERFORMED FORM 4 REQUIRED YES OR NO Replacement of a cistern only Yes Replacement of cistern and pan Yes Replacement of a council water meter No (refer to Water Act) Replacement of a private water meter Yes Replacing a pump used in plumbing and drainage Yes Replacement of a pump on a domestic wastewater treatment plant No 12 monthly service of a backflow valve Yes (1) 12 monthly service of a thermostatic mixing valve Yes Replacement of a hot water system (same location) Yes Replacement of a storage hot water system with a solar with in excess of 6 metres of new pipework installed No (Council inspection required) Replacement of a pressure relief valve or other part of a hot water system No (2) Clearing a blocked drain No (3) Installing a temporary water service so further work can be carried out Yes (4) Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland ❘ Vo l . 4 4 ❘ No. 11 ❘ December 2003 7 TYPE OF WORK PERFORMED FORM 4 REQUIRED YES OR NO Installing a temporary sewer drain so further work can be carried out Yes (4) Replacing less than 3 metres of sewer drain Yes Replacing 6 metres of sewer drain due to the bad condition of the drain but only when you had you identified the need to replace 2 metres. Yes Replacing a water service in a house (in excess of 6 metres of pipework) No (Council inspection required) Replacing a flush valve No Replacing a tap washer No Replacing a shower rose No (1) A form 4 is submitted to council with the backflow report. A note on the form 4 under work carried out would state; refer to backflow report. (2) Maintenance only being carried out and no actual replacement of the system. (3) Defined as “other minor work” (4) May be situations where a temporary line may need to be installed for either a drain or water service to provide the client with temporary use of these facilities while other work is being carried out. The Rationale behind the Introduction of the Approval of Work in Form 4 Remote Areas The requirement to submit form 4’s can be seen as a Regulated work must always be assessed for way to ensure that the work being carried out is in fact compliance with the Standard Plumbing and Drainage done by an appropriately licensed person. Also taking Regulation (SPDR). The normal process involves the into consideration the local council’s power to issue approval of plans, then inspection and approval of on the spot fines for unlicensed work, licensed work by a local government inspector. Under the new plumbers should see closer regulation of both the requirements there is an alternative process available technical and licensing aspects of our industry. to certain rural and remote local governments for assessing certain regulated work in their areas. If councils audit notifiable minor work remains to be seen, but audits of say 5% of all work carried out Only local governments specified in schedule 5 of the would be a positive step for the industry as it would SPDR are able to choose to use the process contained detect installations carried out that don’t conform to in section 86A of the PDA. Forty-one local councils are the standards. listed. Work is currently underway to provide licensed If you carry out work in a council region listed as plumbers with a way in which a Form 4 could be remote and, that particular council has adopted the provided to councils electronically. This will reduce the assessment procedure for it’s remote area, how do time spent copying and filling out manually the forms the new requirements affect you? then either faxing or posting to the local council. Electronic lodgment of the form 4 should be available in the very near future. Firstly, a council can only implement the alternative assessment procedure if it decides that the work carried out will not increase the likelihood and severity The Association urges all members to contact their of harm to the public if the plumbing and drainage on local authorities to determine the council’s method of the land does not work effectively. If the council submitting Form 4’s. Unfortunately we have little makes this decision, it must tell the Department of consistency with the local councils and no straight Local and Planning, and the Department will make this answer across the state. information available on its website. 8 Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland ❘ Vo l . 4 4 ❘ No.11 ❘ December 2003 Requesting Approval in Remote Areas New Responsibilities for Local For all regulated work, a plan must be submitted and Authorities approved before work can start. Any council, and not Council Inspections just these 41, can make the decision not to require Under the new Act, if an inspector does not arrive to plan approval for particular work. See your council for conduct an inspection within 1 hour of the time (or details, or check the Department’s web site where time range) set for an inspection; the work can be there will be a list of councils and the work that plans covered. The inspector may require that the plumber are not required for. or drainer sign a form certifying that the work complies with the standards. The time is set by If the council do not require an inspection under the agreement between the council and the plumber or new requirements, the plumber must submit a Form drainer, and either can ask to set a new time. 5 Application for Compliance Assessment – Remote Remember if you cover work before one hour after Areas with Compliance Permit submitted at least two the time set, the inspector can demand you uncover business days before work starts. work or undertake tests to make sure the work complies. Members operating in remote councils listed in Schedule 5 of the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Councils Now Have the Power to Issue Fines Regulation are encouraged to contact their council to The PDA and SPDR contain a number of matters, determine the procedure to take. which must be enforced by the local government. In order to achieve this, local government plumbing The MPAQ website www.plumbers.asn.au inspectors are now given a wide range of contains links to the Act, as well as regulations enforcement powers and it is their role to ensure the and forms that can be downloaded. SPDR is complied with in all respects. The SPDR contains a list of offences and the corresponding penalties. They include but are not restricted to: OFFENCE PENALTY (Penalty units) Restriction on advertising as a licence holder Advertising that a person is licensed to perform certain work when they are not. 100 Minor Work Failure to give written notice, within 20 business days in the approved form, to the local government stating the work has been completed 10 Request for compliance assessment of regulated work Failure to request compliance assessment in a remote area at least two business days before the work starts 20 Obstruction of Inspectors Obstructing an inspector exercising power under the PDA 40 Testable backflow prevention devices Owner fails to register the device with the local government and to have the device inspected or tested at least once a year 20 Failure to give the local government written results of the inspection or test within 10 business days. 10 The penalty units listed indicate the maximum fine person committing the offence of performing, that can be handed down by a Magistrate. directing the performance of, or supervising Magistrates impose penalties based on the plumbing and drainage work without the circumstances of a particular case, and need not appropriate licence or not in accordance with impose the maximum penalty. conditions on their licence. This would include One penalty units is equal to $75.00. Therefore licensed plumbers carrying out work requiring an 100 penalty units equate to $7,500. endorsement without the appropriate endorsement. For example plumbers without a backflow endorsement carrying out a yearly backflow service. On the Spot Fines Issued by the Local Government The level of the fine will be $225. These new powers Local government inspectors will be able to impose will allow the local authority to issue fines without on the spot fines (or infringement notices) for a Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland ❘ Vo l . 4 4 ❘ No. 11 ❘ December 2003 9 going through the courts. Overall this is good news enforcement powers but must provide more for licensed plumbers doing the right thing but not information about its decisions. good for those people carrying out regulated plumbing work without the appropriate plumbing Almost all licence types and endorsements have licence. Look out electricians and landscape been retained, although new country plumber and gardeners that are carrying out plumbing work water plumber licences will no longer be issued. All illegally. qualifications and scope of work for all licences and endorsements are now spelt out in detail in the Appeals against Local Government Decisions Plumbing and Drainage Regulation. A new licence There will now be access to an inexpensive, fast endorsement in Thermostatic mixing valves has now appeal process against local government decisions been implemented. using the Building and Development Tribunal, instead of the previous appeals process through the Licence Endorsement Magistrates Court. The Tribunal provides a speedy Thermostatic Mixing valve (endorsement on a hearing for building matters, and this has been plumbers licence) extended to plumbing, drainage, and onsite sewerage Prefix shown on licence facility matters. A referee or referees who are TMV technical experts hear appeals. Legal representation Qualification is not permitted at Tribunal hearings. Successful completion of a course approved by the board Plumbing Products Experience MAP approval No prescribed practical experience Any plumbing or drainage item can only be installed Scope of Work or used in plumbing or drainage if it has reached MAP Commission, test and maintain thermostatic certification or interim certification. So essentially, the mixing valves and issued test certificates requirements for plumbing and drainage products to be certified has been retained, but there are new Conclusion provisions allowing for certain items used for fire Overall there has been no radical changes with the services to have an alternative certification process. introduction of the new act. Although it is important that all members are aware of the recently introduced Items used in work defined as a fire service do not changes and have an understanding of how the need to be MAP certified. The SPDR lists alternative changes will affect the day to day running of your test procedures for these products. business. Council Approval of Certain Items Local Governments inspectors have enforcement powers where they are satisfied a plumbing or drainage item is unsuitable for use in a particular circumstance. While a material, pipe, fitting or VISIT THE apparatus used in water plumbing may have MAP MASTER PLUMBERS ASSOCIATION OF certification; it can not be assumed that it will be QUEENSLAND WEB SITE AT suitable for use in all circumstances. The inspector may require that the plumbing or drainage item is not www.plumbers.asn.au AND DOWNLOAD: installed or used. One example would be a metallic pipe material that 1. PLUMBING AND DRAINAGE ACT 2002 reacts with the water in a particular area. In these circumstances, council’s have the power to insist on 2. STANDARD PLUMBING AND DRAINAGE alternative products. REGULATION 2003 3. PLUMBING AND DRAINAGE REGULATION The Plumbers and 2003 Drainers Board 4. ALL THE APPROVED FORMS The Plumbers and Drainers Examination and Licensing Board has now been replaced by the 5. FACT SHEETS INFORMING LICENSED Plumbers and Drainers Board. The new board has PLUMBERS ON THE CHANGES similar functions to the previous board. It has stronger 10 Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland ❘ Vo l . 4 4 ❘ No.11 ❘ December 2003 Notice to all MPAQ Gas Fitters There have been recent reports of Gas Examiner at the Department of instances where an oily substance has Natural Resources and Mines for been detected in regulators located on investigation. The Association needs to LPG bottle installations. This oily determine if this is a statewide issue or if substance can build up inside the it is only occurring in particular areas. regulator causing the diaphragm to eventually deteriorate and block the flow If you have found cases where an oil of gas. build up in a LPG gas regulator is affecting the overall workings of an The Association is currently compiling installation, please contact Gavin information on these occurrences and will Jackson on (07) 3252 1266. forward all reported cases to the Chief 25 Years of Service Caroma Industries Congratulation to George Moulos on achieving his 25 year milestone from all the staff at Caroma Industries. Toolbox Software for MPAQ Members As from 1st of January Members pay $795 less 10% This Includes: • Software • User support from Toolbox for 6 months • On going telephone user support from MPAQ • On Site Training for a nominal fee Upcoming RDO’s Members should note that the RDO's for January are Friday the 2nd and Tuesday the 27th. Notice to Members: MPAQ Christmas Closing Times The MPAQ Office will be closed from the 25th of December and will re-open on the 5th of January 2004. Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland ❘ Vo l . 4 4 ❘ No. 11 ❘ December 2003 11 New Termination Change Redundancy Decision by QIRC A full bench of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) has recently released its decision to amend the Termination Change and Redundancy standards for Queensland. These amendments will only flow into state awards if a separate application is made by unions to the QIRC to vary an individual award, on or after the first of December. Members will be advised as soon as any relevant award is varied to include these changes. Please see table below for revised payment scales. Period of Service Redundancy Payment Current Proposed Less than 1 year Nil Nil 1 year but not more than 2 years 4 weeks pay 4 weeks pay 2 years but not more than 3 years 6 weeks pay 6 weeks pay 3 years but not more than 4 years 7 weeks pay 7 weeks pay 4 years but not more then 5 years 8 weeks pay 8 weeks pay 5 years but not more than 6 years 8 weeks pay 9 weeks pay 6 years but not more than 7 years 8 weeks pay 10 weeks pay 7 years but not more than 8 years 8 weeks pay 11 weeks pay 8 years but not more than 9 years 8 weeks pay 12 weeks pay 9 years but not more than 10 years 8 weeks pay 13 weeks pay 10 years but not more than 11 years 8 weeks pay 14 weeks pay 11 years but not more than 12 years 8 weeks pay 15 weeks pay 12 years but not more than 13 years 8 weeks pay 16 weeks pay Under the decision, the Full bench has decided to alter some exemptions such as the less than 15 employee’s rule. For example, the exemption will apply to employers who employ employees (whether casual, part-time or full-time) working a total of fewer than 550 hours per week on average, Monday to Sunday excluding overtime. For further clarification, members should contact the Industrial Relations Department on (07) 3251 2444. Electronic Detection of Underground Services • Colour CCTV camera inspections • Colour video tapes & still photos • Electronic location of pipes & cables up to 8 metres in depth! • Audio – Acoustic pinpointing of water leaks • Fully portable, can go anywhere • Written reports 12 Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland ❘ Vo l . 4 4 ❘ No.11 ❘ December 2003 Termination of Employment PLUMBING INDUSTRY (QLD CASUAL EMPLOYEES & WA) AWARD 1999 Casual employees do not receive monies paid to full-time employees due to the nature of FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES their employment. Notice also differs, in that Notice casual employees are not required to give one • One day’s notice of termination of day’s notice when terminating employment of employment by an employee is to be given, their own accord. or one day’s pay shall be forfeited. APPRENTICES • A tradesman is allowed one hour prior to There are strict laws governing apprentices. If termination to gather, clean, sharpen, pack your employee wishes to terminate his or her and transport their tools. employment it is important to call Amy Wilson at MPAQ for further information. Payment on Termination Payment due on termination of employment is of interest to most firms. The award provides BUILDING AND for the following payments to be made to CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY employees who have terminated their AWARD- STATE 2003 employment of their own accord: • Payment for annual leave owed including leave loading FULL TIME EMPLOYEES • Rostered Day Off accumulation and; Notice • Public Holidays • One day’s notice of termination of employment by an employee is to be given, • Redundancy* or one day’s pay shall be forfeited. • A tradesman is allowed one hour prior to It is important to remember that monies due termination to gather, clean, sharpen, pack to employees on termination of employment and transport their tools. should be paid at the time of termination. Where this is not practicable, monies owed should be sent by reg istered post or Payment on Termination transferred into the employee’s bank account • Where appropriate notice is given, all monies if they are normally paid by electronic funds due at the time of termination must be paid transfer. This must be done within two working at the time of termination days or time spent waiting beyond two working days will be paid at ordinary rates, at eight (8) The award provides for the following payments hours per day up to one (1) week’s pay. to be made to employees who have terminated their employment of their own Redundancy accord: It is important to note that the award provides • Payment for annual leave owed including for redundancy/severance payments under leave loading clause 34. Redundancy is defined as a • Rostered Day Off accumulation and; situation where an employee ceases to be • Public Holidays employed by an employer, respondent to this award, other than for reasons of misconduct or • Redundancy* refusal of duty. This means that in most cases a full-time employee will receive redundancy • Where money is not paid at time of pay, regardless of which party terminated the termination, the employer will have 2 employment. For an employee’s full working days to send the monies by entitlements see clause 34 in your award, or registered post for further information, phone MPAQ. Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland ❘ Vo l . 4 4 ❘ No. 11 ❘ December 2003 13 • If the monies are not posted during this time, entitlements see clause 4.6 in your award, or time spent waiting beyond the 2 working for further information, phone MPAQ. days will be paid for at ordinary rates at the rate of 8 hours pay per day up to 1 week’s APPRENTICES pay There are strict laws governing apprentices. If your employee wishes to terminate his or her employment it is important to call Amy Wilson Redundancy at MPAQ for further information. It is important to note that the award provides for redundancy/severance payments under clause 4.6. Redundancy is defined as a CASUAL EMPLOYEES situation where an employee ceases to be Casual employees do not receive monies paid employed by an employer, respondent to this to full-time employees due to the nature of award, other than for reasons of misconduct or their employment. Notice also differs, in that refusal of duty. This means that in most cases casual employees are not required to give one a full-time employee will receive redundancy day’s notice when terminating employment of pay, regardless of which party terminated the their own accord. employment. For an employee’s full 14 Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland ❘ Vo l . 4 4 ❘ No.11 ❘ December 2003 Install a Rheem STEADY HOT AND STRONG Details available at plumbing supplies stockists. StarCash Cards are subject to Caltex Australia’s Conditions of Usage. Offer ends 27 February 2004. A Guide To: Identifying Growth Companies Over the next few issues Wilson HTM Financial Adviser water conservation and reuse, exacerbated by recent Warwick Foot will look at current themes in the stock drought conditions. market and how investors can advantage from them. CDS Technologies and it’s Products Update on last Edition CDS Technologies Limited develops and manufactures Last month I discussed growth stocks and how investors solutions for the multi billion dollar global wet weather should look at these types of companies now the global flow market (stormwater and waste water treatment). economic cycle is improving. In this edition I will discuss The company’s products are founded on patented non a particular company in a sector which is likely to exhibit blocking screening technology for solid/ liquid strong growth over the next few years – namely the separation. global water treatment market. CDS was established in 1994 and has invested heavily Background on the Recent Interest in R&D to develop its waste water treatment units for stormwater drains and sewer overflow areas Rate Rise incorporating its Continuous Separation technology. In the past few volumes of this publication I have CDS’ competitive proposition is its patented technology noticed a column detailing the UN World Water that allows its filters to treat large volumes of waste Development Project. The column has outlined what an water effectively without blockages. Conventional important resource water is globally through various products often have great difficulty in trapping all waste statistics relating to water quality and society’s demand and keeping the screen free from blockages at the same for it as a commodity in both developed and developing time, particularly in the event of a severe storm. CDS’ countries. stormwater product the Gross Pollutant Trap (GPT) comes in a range of sizes, and a unit servicing one Given the drought we have just experienced in Australia hectare, effectively collects on average about a tonne of we need no reminder of the importance of water. pollution per year. Given this importance we are likely to see significant CDS has also developed a new product called the Fine expenditure by international bodies over the next few Solids Separator (FSS) which uses a chemically assisted years. The identification of companies in sectors where separation process, used downstream from gross solids spending will increase can provide very good returns for separation, which gives a clear stream for disinfection investors. We believe an Australian company in this and a sludge for disposal. That is the FSS can turn market named CDS Technologies Limited can tap into polluted water into water which can be disinfected and the growth potential in this market. used for water reuse applications such as agriculture. Global Water Regulation These types of products mean CDS has strong market Requirements Stimulating Demand positions ranked number one in the Australian and US stormwater markets with shares in the Australian and The World Bank estimates that the global water industry US stormwater markets of 35% and 20% respectively. (water utilities, water treatment and waste water operations) will require US$1 trillion of investment by Outlook for the Company 2015. CDS managed to increase profits by 275% last year to Demand for water treatment solutions has been record Net Profits after tax of 4.5 million dollars after tax. increasing and is growing in acceptance as a Given it’s highly regarded waste water management cornerstone of Government environmental policy technologies and solutions are well positioned to globally. benefit from increased global funding and attention directed towards addressing the pollution and reuse of For instance in the US, the Federal Government passed water, as competition for this dwindling resource the Combined Sewer Overflow Control bill legislation in increases and people become more aware of the need 2001, which allocates about US$1.5 billion per year in to conserve water. CSO funding beginning in October 2001. I appreciate there is a lot of information contained The UK, Japanese and Singapore Government’s are all above but if any readers have further questions on CDS assessing spending on water treatment projects in the technologies or the stockmarket in general please next few years. contact me on 3212 1317. Warwick Foot More recently the Australian government has publicly Authorised Representative discussed the need to legislate measures to improve Wilson HTM Financial Adviser 16 Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland ❘ Vo l . 4 4 ❘ No.11 ❘ December 2003 Philmac Expands Threaded Fittings Range Leading Australian pipe fittings specialist, Philmac, has expanded its range of threaded fittings to include 2” to 4” diameter products. Philmac’s Product Manager – Threaded Fittings, Ms engineered to maximise sealing performance, and Narelle Johnstone, said the development of the the hexagonal body makes it easy to install. new range was in response to market demand, predominantly in the rural and irrigation markets, In line with market requirements, Philmac threaded but also from plumbing and industrial sectors. fittings are suitable for working pressures from PN10 (1000 kPa, 145 PSI) for 3” to 4” and up to Philmac threaded fittings are manufactured from PN16 (1600 kPa, 235 PSI) for sizes up to 2”. high performance, UV resistant polypropylene A new “no risk” 20 Year Warranty has been material that prevents moisture absorption and introduced with the launch of the expanded range, sustains product dimensions. The chemical and providing a quality guarantee for Philmac’s corrosion resistance provides reliable, long life manufactured threaded fittings range. connections suitable for diverse applications and is a cost effective alternative to metal fittings. The precision BSP tapered threads have been The No Dump Blocking Plate Leaving the glamorous life of a Foreign Exchanger Trader behind to pursue a private passion, Aussie Inventor Doug Grevett, went to the dark side of the construction industry. “After the things I had seen and smelt on building design so we were able to design and build a sites, preventing the use of toilets until they were prototype quickly,” Andrew said. plumbed, became an obsession of mine,” Doug said Building a prototype was challenging as not every “Workmen just don’t seem to care if a toilet is toilet is the same. They vary considerably in length actually plumbed before they use it. I remember 50 and depth. toilets, freshly delivered by the manufacturer, left in the middle of a work site being used,” he said. The design of the device is now complete and christened ‘the no dump blocking plate’. These unhygienic practices place workers at a high risk of diseases such as hepatitis A & B. It is made of steel and is fitted to the inside rim of the toilet bowl using rotating brackets. The plate is held And that is how a journey to invent a disabling device on to the brackets using tamperproof screws. for toilets began. Quickly leading to interest from builders and from people with those problems many “My vision would be for every plumber to have a don’t talk about; such as the dog’s obsession of plate in the back of the van and every toilet to be drinking form the spare toilet and the Eating Disorder fitted with one until they are fully plumbed,” Doug Association interested in the plate as deterrent to said. help combat eating disorders such as bulimia. Currently the plate is being sold over the Internet and “Even when I was on an adrenaline high buying and by word of mouth. “The plan is to have it in the selling the Deutschmark, in the back of my head was major retailers but at the moment the up front cost the toilet plate,” Doug said. of having the product on the shelf in hardware stores has been a deterrent,” Doug said. But he wasn’t alone in his fascination. His brother in law Andrew McDonald, a successful special effects “We are looking forward to building our own business artist for movies, couldn’t resist the force of a good around the plate,” Andrew said. idea and joined him. For further Information contact: Lisa Maguire, “Doug came to me with the problem and some Triton Foundation on (03) 8665 5234 ideas. My background is computer- aided industrial Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland ❘ Vo l . 4 4 ❘ No. 11 ❘ December 2003 17 My Virtual Home Recently the Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland has become involved with a software development / web site project that could revolutionise the way people build their homes. The project is called My Virtual Home and has attracted a lot of attention from governments, industry bodies and consumers. It is a project that members should keep an eye on because as it develops it has the potential to become formidable commercial force in the building Industry. WHAT IS MY VIRTUAL HOME? HOW DOES IT WORK FOR It is a unique combination of a sophisticated PLUMBERS internet site and software system that combines to My Virtual Home uses very easy to use technology form a very effective business improvement and that can provide plumbers with a means to communication tool that can be used by anyone communicate on a business to business and with a home PC. business to customer level as well as the following services: The MVH software enables homeowners to simply • An industry specific website – put their house plans into their computer using a www.myvirtualhome.com.au — dedicated to very easy drag and drop system that is accurate to manufacturers, suppliers, retailers and service 0.1mm. They can then walk through their home in providers in the building industry. 3D format and make any changes they wish to • An on line directory listing your business in a make and then communicate with all areas of the geographical context. building industry regarding products and services. • A business to consumer communication tool that allows customers to communicate with you via They can then access the MVH database that will email for quotations and general information list thousands of products from all types of about you and your business. manufacturers and download products they are • A visualisation tool that allows homeowners to interested in. Products can then be viewed in their email you their plans, you can view them in a 3D house in a 3D format. They will be able to email format and they can outline the work they would their plans off to consultants and tradespeople for like you to quote on. quotes. They will be able to see all structural and • A service information brochure that provides you decorative changes before they spend a cent on with your own web page where you can list your products or services. company’s credentials, projects you’ve undertaken and your contact details etc. 18 Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland ❘ Vo l . 4 4 ❘ No.11 ❘ December 2003 • An on-line catalogue that can link you to suppliers • Make changes and improvements visually – — such as Caroma — where you can view their plumbers can make changes to customer plans products in a 3D format visually to show them more efficient ways of • A business to business communication tool that renovating their existing plumbing system. allows you to communicate with suppliers and retailers in the plumbing industry • Continued easy access – your customer will be • Your business and skills are listed on a directory able to book mark your contact details within their that is accessed by hundreds of thousands of own private home directory. This ensures that people. they can easily find you again when they next require the services of a plumber. WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES TO PLUMBERS OF USING WWW.MYVIRTUALHOME.COM.AU The MVH Website provides users with valuable MVH? building industry associated information within the There are numerous advantages to plumbers following categories: listing with MyVirtualHome. Some of the major advantages are listed as follows: • Industry Information — where the Master Plumbers Association of Queensland is listed — • Industry accreditation – all Master Plumbers’ here you can find out more about products and listed will have a Master Plumbers Association of services from Australia's leading industry Queensland logo that will allow consumers to associations. immediately recognise your business as one with high credibility and integrity. • Search — where you can locate a product, supplier, tradesperson or service in your area. • My Community forum — where you can chat to • Time saving – customers can email their plans others about home renovating or building. and job outline to you. You will have to do less site visits for quoting purposes and customers will • MyVirtual Home — where you can take a sneak not need to take valuable time off work to explain peak at the MyVirtualHome software. the details of their job to you. Most of the • The Environment — where you can access negotiations can be done via email and valuable information about building issues that telephone. affect the environment. • My Virtual Home — where you can find out more • Less mistakes – customers will be able to down about our amazing software. load plumbing products such as taps, sinks toilets etc and view them in their own home therefore decreasing the chance of disappointment with AUS INDUSTRY GRANT the way the product looks in their home after The Australian Government, through AusIndustry installation. and COMET, have backed MyVirtualHome with Technology and Consultant grants. AusIndustry have just approved a further grant of approximately • Improved efficiency – plumbers will be able to $2.5M for a portion of the next phase of use state of the art technology to communicate development. with customers, supplier and retailers. They can view and order products on line which will enable them to spend more time on the job – making FRANCHISE SYSTEM money — and less time in their car driving My Virtual Home will be delivered and serviced by between suppliers, retailers and on site projects. a traditional franchise sales force that is in place in your area and set up to assist you on the Website. • Improved productivity – by using the time saving For more information visit the website at devices listed above plumbers will be able to www.myvirtualhome.com.au. save valuable time which means they will be able to take more work on or spend that extra time on the golf course Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland ❘ Vo l . 4 4 ❘ No. 11 ❘ December 2003 19 Plumbing & Drainage Act 2002: A Government Perspective Improved licensing requirements and better work approval processes for Queensland plumbers took effect from 1st November 2003. Minister for Local Government and Planning, Nita will help ensure a higher quality in plumbing and Cunningham said the new plumbing laws will help drainage work across the state." ensure that the work plumbers and drainers undertake in Queensland is of the highest possible Mrs Cunningham said the new plumbing laws also standard. set deadlines for councils to make decisions or conduct inspections for plumbing work. "Having "By bringing in these new requirements, the the same rules for council approvals across Queensland Government is demonstrating its full Queensland will help plumbers who have commitment to protecting the safety of complained that the different rules for different Queenslanders." areas of the state has made it hard for plumbers to work across council boundaries," she said. Mrs Cunningham said the new licensing regulations rationalise existing licence classes and set out more "Plumbers will also receive more information clearly the qualifications necessary to obtain a about council decisions, and be able to settle plumbers and drainers license. disputes with councils through a quick appeal process." "Plumbers and drainers will not be required to upgrade their licenses or pay any additional fees Mrs Cunningham said the new regulations were as a result of the legislation," she said. introduced following widespread consultation across the state with plumbers and drainers and my Department conducted state-wide training "However, it will give State and Local Governments sessions on the new regulations. better controls over rogue plumbers, and will better support the quality plumbers and drainers that practice in our communities. Plumbers will have to "These regulations are not so much about making take responsibility for delivering quality work. new rules. It is more about introducing a modern legislative framework for plumbing and drainage to replace the outdated existing Act that was "The legislation also requires that plumbers use introduced in 1949." only approved products as part of their work, and perform according to technical standards, which Golf Club Gails 21/11/03 Sponsored by P.H.D A Grade Winner Runner up N.T.P J. Patterson J. Grimm D. Ellwood, S. Johnson, B. Guest & B. Brouwers Runner up Visitor Winner Next Game Redcliffe D. Ellwood K. Winders 12/12/03 DUX Day B Grade Winner Secret Pairs P. Courtney G. Hartley, J. Brouwers 20 Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland ❘ Vo l . 4 4 ❘ No.11 ❘ December 2003 Frequently Asked Questions Answers to Common Techical Questions by Technical Officer Gavin Jackson In part four of frequently asked questions, we will look at the installation of water services below ground. Recently in areas with a sandy soil, water services Now to the backfilling. AS 3500.1.2 1998 states: are failing and it is not until the homeowner does 5.12 B EDDING AND BACKFILL The water receive a water bill that firstly the owner is made of services shall be surrounded with not less than aware of the problem and can then repair the leak. In many cases it is found that the cause of the 75mm of compacted sand, or fine grained soil, with problem is improper backfilling causing the pipe to no hard edged object permitted to come in contact either rupture or fittings to fail. So what are the with or rest against any pipe or fitting. requirements when backfilling a water service. Firstly we should look at the minimum cover of the service. Any backfill within 300mm of the top of the pipe shall be free of builders waste, bricks, concrete AS 3500.1.2:1998 Water Supply — Acceptable Solutions states: pieces, rocks or similar material which would be Note: Water services with flexible joints laid below retained on a 75mm sieve. ground in sandy conditions may require a minimum cover of 600mm. Table 5.4 Unless specified to the contrary, copper and Location Minimum cover measured stainless steel pipelines may be installed in soil below ground surface excavated from the trench in which it is to be level in mm installed, providing the soil is compatible with Subject to vehicular traffic 300 copper and stainless steel and free from rock rubble. Under houses or concrete slabs 75 All other locations 225 MPAQ Training Good news for Regional to members in Brisbane and Gold Coast. These courses will Communities be provided at funded rates and delivered after hours to Thanks to the efforts of the Master Plumbers Association of reduce the impact on your businesses. Once we have a Queensland, with the funding assistance of the Building schedule, members will be made aware of the courses and Construction Industry Training Fund, regional Queensland dates via the journal. has seen a dramatic increase in the number of plumbing contractors with new post trade qualifications. Licence Endorsements In the last twelve months the Association has been Have you recently completed a course through the responsible for the training of: Association and are you entitled to a licence endorsement. • 92 plumbers in the servicing of domestic wastewater The Association has received word from the Plumbers treatment plants. Licensing Board about the low level of licence endorsement • 95 plumbers in the design of domestic wastewater applications even though we have had over 200 plumbers treatment plants. attend courses with an end of course endorsement • 89 plumbers in the servicing of thermostatic mixing valves. outcome. If you have received a certificate on the completion of the course and are now undertaking work in This means that regional communities now have tradesmen that particular scope of work i.e. servicing of backflow with the skills and qualifications that would have possibly prevention devices and haven’t actually applied for your been sourced from elsewhere. endorsement on your licence, you will are working without the appropriate licence and not complying with the A special thanks goes to all the members in the regions who Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002. helped make the courses such a success and to all those The Association urges all members to apply for their members that attended MPAQ training courses in 2003. appropriate endorsements. Any member that has Well Done. completed a course in the following is entitled to an endorsement. 2004 Training Program • Backflow Prevention The Association will be continuing the efforts of 2003 into • Thermostatic Mixing Valves 2004 and beyond. Members in SouthEast need not feel left • Domestic Wastewater Treatment Plants (servicing) out. By early next year we will have a list of courses available • Domestic and Residential Sprinkler Systems Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland ❘ Vo l . 4 4 ❘ No. 11 ❘ December 2003 21 Awards Explained By Master Plumbers’ Industrial Relations Principal, Amy Wilson ANNUAL LEAVE ENTITLEMENTS An employee’s leave entitlements will vary depending on the award and length of employment. The following is a brief guide on determining annual leave entitlements. Plumbing Industry (QLD & WA) Award 1999 PROVISION CLAUSE ENTITLEMENT Period of Leave 23.1 • A period of 28 consecutive days (exclusive of public holidays) • Given and taken as leave annually after 12 months of continuous service (less period of annual leave) with an employer. Method of taking leave 23.2 • 28 consecutive days or • Two separate periods of not less than 7 consecutive days • To be given and taken within 6 months from the date when right to annual leave has accrued. • If not taken in 6 months from the date it has accrued, either the employee or the employer may give at least 4 weeks notice of the dates, when all or part of the leave will be taken Leave allowed before due date 23.3 • An employer may allow an employee to take any amount of leave before it becomes due • In doing so, the employee cannot take further leave in advance of their accrued balance until after the date the employee becomes entitled to the leave that was taken in advance Payment in advance 23.6.1 • An employee going on annual leave, will be paid in advance their current weekly wage rate for the period of annual leave * Don’t forget employees are entitled to leave loading at a rate of 17.5% Annual close down 23.7 • An employer giving leave in conjunction with the Christmas – New Year holidays, may at their option, either: a) Stand off without pay during the period of leave any employee who has not yet qualified under 23.1 or b) Stand off for the period of leave any employee who has not qualified under 23.1 and pay him/her (up to the period of leave then given) at a rate of 1/12 of an ordinary week’s wages in respect of each 38 hours of continuous service (excluding overtime). • Employers must give at least 2 month’s notice to the employees of their intention to close down their establishment at the Christmas–New Year period for the purpose of giving the whole of annual leave due to all. Building and Construction Industry Award – State 2003 Annual Leave Entitlements PROVISION CLAUSE ENTITLEMENT Period of leave 7.1 • Every employee (other than casual) is entitled to the following: a) Not less than 4 weeks. b) Not less than 5 weeks if employed on shift work where 3 shifts a day are worked over a period of 7 days per week. 22 Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland ❘ Vo l . 4 4 ❘ No.11 ❘ December 2003 • Such leave is exclusive of public holiday’s Payment in advance 7.1.2 • Payment shall be made prior to taking annual leave, and will be calculated based at the ordinary wage rate in addition to leave loading Leave allowed before due date 7.1.10 • Employee may take annual leave before accrued time • The qualifying period for further annual leave shall not commence until expiration of 12 months in respect of the leave allowed was taken Annual shut down 7.1.11 • An employer may close down an enterprise for a period of at least 21 consecutive days • Employer may grant the balance of the annual leave due to an employee in one continuous period in accordance with a roster • Provided that by agreement with the majority of employees concerned, an employer may close down an enterprise for a period of at least 14 consecutive days (including non-working days) and grant the balance of annual leave due to the employee(s) by mutual arrangement • 2 months notice must be given of the intention to do so. CHANGES TO PLUMBING INDUSTRY (QLD & WA) AWARD 1999 Members should be aware that an application to amend the Plumbing Industry (QLD & WA) Award 1999 was heard on Monday 3 December by the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC). The application was to increase some allowances, however, members should note that this has slightly affected the weekly wage rate for plumbers. The changes to allowance are as follows and are operative from December 8, 2003: CLAUSE ALLOWANCE PREVIOUS RATE NEW RATE 10.6 Tool – Plumber/gasfitter $21.50 $22.10 Tool – Licensed drainer $5.30 $5.40 11.5 Meal $9.60 $9.90 22.3.2 Living away from home – distant work (1) per week $335.80 $338.80 (2) per day $48.00 $48.40 22.4.1 Travel expenses – forward journey $9.60 $9.90 22.7.2 Camping (1) per week $130.70 $134.50 (2) per day $18.80 $19.30 30.2 Compensation for tools and clothes $1242.60 1276.20 Corporate Mobile Phone & Fuel Schemes Mobile phones and accessories supplied on behalf of Telstra and Optus and accounts maintained at corporate rates. Fuel and Phone accounts are invoiced as a one monthly account for your account keeping convenience. Fuel cards with Shell, BP and Caltex/Ampol. Contact MPAQ on 3252 1266. For Fuel ask for David and for Mobile Phones ask for Stuart. Members are advised that MPAQ receives commission for these services. Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland ❘ Vo l . 4 4 ❘ No. 11 ❘ December 2003 23 Marketing Your Plumbing Business By Jeffrey R Bloom & Associates Creating and building a successful plumbing business is easy when you know how. This issue of the Queensland Master Plumber we'll introduce the four key areas to work on to transform your brokerage into a profit centre, rather than barely earning you a wage. Here they are: 1. Marketing Systems are what allows you to have other people 2. Sales running the business (and earning you money) while you spend time with the kids, take a well- 3. Systems earned holiday, or enjoy other hobbies — and have 4. Life Coaching the time and money to enjoy it. Many plumbers work too hard and have too little to show for it. Over the next four issues we'll look at each of Come with me and I'll show you how to reverse these areas in turn, and reveal practical ways to that trend. You'll also learn how to avoid most of integrate them into your business. 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We'll look at ways to take control of your present Successful plumbing business owners dedicate at situation and make it work for you. least 2 to 3 hours per week marketing themselves. Next edition we'll look at numerous ways you can Obviously, we'll go into each of these four topics in effectively market your business. And the best more detail, one each issue. Stay tuned! For now, news is... most of them are free! if you would like to have a free no-obligation chat about how to grow your plumbing business' sales Sales is what pays the bills (and how much you and profits at least 30% to 100% within the next pay yourself), yet most plumbers hate selling, 12 months, call my office on (07) 3839 2243, fax because they see it as being pushy, pressuring or (07) 3839 3224 or email us at manipulative...and nothing could be further from jrbassoc@ comcen .com.au and we'll go from the truth. We'll look at an approach to selling that there. is fun, easy, natural, and has customers almost throwing money at you. Be warned! You may even Jeff Bloom, Director start to enjoy selling after you read this Jeffrey R Bloom & Associates information! BEST DEALS ON MOTOR VEHICLES! FORD • TOYOTA • HOLDEN • MAZDA • NISSAN MITSUBISHI • VOLKSWAGON • AND MANY MORE! CONTACT PETER HANLON 1300 551 161 24 Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland ❘ Vo l . 4 4 ❘ No.11 ❘ December 2003 Division Minutes MPAQ Central DIVISION The next meeting of the MPAQ harnesses as directed thus issues and next years A.G.M to be Central Division will be held at the resulting in the company being held over a weekend in holiday Date: 10th November 03 Keppel Bay Sailing Club on the 1st fined. time. Venue: Frenchville Sports Club December 2003, commencing at • Glen would like to see the • Members thanked Michael Freriks 7.30pm. employee fined for the breach. of Reece Brendale for hosting our Opening and Attendance We believe the MPAQ should take meeting. All were impressed by The meeting was opened at 7.30pm Sponsor: Stramit Building Products this matter up with the relevant the new shop and show room by D. Quinn as Chairman in the Speaker: Louis Ghensi authority. display. presence of the following members: R. Roser, S. Quinn, C. Hill, R. Weaver, Closing Closing Next Meeting H. Boswood, M. Verheyden, T. There being no further business to The meeting closed at 10.00 p.m. The location of the next Guinane and K. Wassman. discuss the Chairman declared the Redcliffe/Pine Rivers Division meeting closed at 10.15pm. MPAQ REDCLIFFE / meeting will be advised as soon as Sponsor: Mick Kellow, from WH&S possible. PINE RIVERS DIVISION Apologies MPAQ NORTH Date: 25th November 2003 Closing Apologies were received on behalf QUEENSLAND DIVISION Venue: Reece Brendale There being no further business to of G. Ward. Date: 4th November 2003 discuss the Chairman declared the Venue: Townsville RSL Opening and Attendance meeting closed at 9.00 PM. Confirmation of Previous Minutes Jezzine Room The meeting was opened at Resolved that the minutes of the 7:15pm by Joe McCoy, as Chairman previous meeting be accepted as a Opening and Attendance in the presence of the following LOGAN DIVISION true record. The meeting was opened by the members: J. Mole, K. Slade, J. Date: 29th October 2003 Proposed: M. Verheyden. following members: B. Costello, J. Ritchie, G. Kosior, A. Hart, G. Ugden, Venue: PHD Loganholme Seconded: R. Weaver. Ede, B. Kimlin, G. Bird, P. Plumb, P. P. Maxwell and G. Bergman. Bird, K. Rebetzke, M. Rach and B. Opening and Attendance Business Arising from Previous Sorohan. Apologies: Gary Elwood, as chairman in the Minutes Apologies were received on behalf presence of the following members, • Nil Apologies of: opened the meeting at 8.30pm: G. M. Wilshere. • N. Berry Elwood, S. Fluerty, D. Drake, R. Finance Report Brouwers, N. Hough, P. Edwards, D Comments: As read. Special Guest Confirmation of Previous Minutes Yarrow, J. Mahon, C. Poynton, K. Proposed: R. Roser. David Benson from QBSA. Resolved that the minutes of the Wright, B. Watters and T. Kitson Seconded: C. Hill. previous meeting be accepted as a David gave a very informative talk true record. Apologies Correspondence on contractors (Domestic and Apologies were received on behalf Inwards: commercial) and QBSA insurance. Proposed: J. McCoy of C. Lindner and P. Johnson. • Meetings notice from MPAQ. Insights into reasons for QBSA Seconded: J. Mole • Group report for October 21st. licences and answered many Confirmation of Previous Minutes Outwards: questions. Business Arising from Previous Resolved that the minutes of the • Minutes of the previous meeting. Minutes previous meeting be accepted as a • Meeting notices to members. Thank you David for braving our • Nil true record. • Thank you letter to Mellisa O’Brien meeting. from Brasshard. Finance Report Proposed: G. Elwood Correspondence Balance: Tabled Seconded: R. Brouwers Proposed: M. Verheyden. Inwards: Comments: To be confirmed by Seconded: C. Hill. • Group report treasurer Business Arising from Previous • Treasures Report: Minutes Committee Reports • As Tabled. Correspondence • R. Brouwers spoke on B.C.C. • Nil Inwards: Contracting to the public, and General Business • MPAQ – Acceptance letter for Aqualoc tap products. General Business • Brian Costello has experienced Solar Pro • Keith had concerns over the some minor problems with the Finance Report removal of survey pegs on his plumbing and drainers office. Social Reports As tabled property, after council work had • Glen Bird would like to wish • Christmas Break up party at Pine been carried out. The council has Adrian Hart success in the new roll Rivers Bowls Club on the 5th of Correspondence acted to rectify the problem. of executive director. December 2003. Inwards: • John Druery is concerned about • Glen has had a run in with work • Receipt of monies for the golf day the quality of workmanship that is place health and safety. He has General Business from sponsors and players. carried out on roofs, that owners met all requirements but his • New council forms and would probably not be aware of this. employees are letting him down procedures discussed Outwards: Next Meeting and failing to wear their roof • A. Hart spoke on current MPAQ • Invoice for golf day sponsors. Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland ❘ Vo l . 4 4 ❘ No. 11 ❘ December 2003 25 General Business the Internet at Guest Speaker • Our thanks to Keith from PHD • Peter Edwards raised a concern www.dlgp.qld.gov.au.com (What’s • Gary Elwood spoke on the golf Loganholme for another top night that there is no plumber on the new). Can down load forms and day to be held at Riverlakes 5th QBSA board, would like MPAQ to all associated paper work. December the day will be limited Next Meeting investigate the possibility of • Meeting advised that Geoffrey to 72 players. The next meeting of the Logan having a plumber appointed to Ewing and Kylie no longer work • Member Noel Hugh spoke on the Division will be held at S. Fluerty’s, the board. Also raised a concern for MPAQ, and that Mr Adrian Hart Variety Club Bash for 2004, and 15 Fiona Court, Rochedale on that private certifiers are giving has been appointed to replace G. gave an overview of the Variety 26/11/2003. wrong information to the public Ewing as CEO. Club’s activities. Noel is looking about plumbing and drainage • David MacKenzie has resigned for crewmembers and more Closing rules. Has had problems from council. sponsors for this bash. If There being no further business to convincing customers that the • Discussion held on the recent interested contact Noel. discuss the Chairman declared the work has been done the changes at head office. Members • It was moved Rob Brouwers and meeting closed at 10.55pm. standards. of Logan are very concerned as to Seconded Gary Elwood that this • General discussion on new what is happening at head office, year, the Variety Club receives plumbing laws and regulations and as to what direction we as an Logan Division donation of coming into force on 1/11/2003. association are heading. $1000.00 raised from the golf • Forms 1 – 7 are now available on day. 26 Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland ❘ Vo l . 4 4 ❘ No.11 ❘ December 2003 MPAQ’s Industry Associates AAP Industries P/L Fluidflo Pty Ltd Rocla Pipeline Products Abey Australia P/L* Hi-Rise Pump Repair Service Rye Australia* Alliance Sales and Marketing Hirco Manufacturing P/L Saxon Sales* Aquadux P/L* Humes Shorco Sykes Hire Aquaknect Flexibles (A/ASIA) P/L* Icon Industries Solahart Industries Underwood Aqualoc Qld* Interbath Australia Southcoast Automotive Group Aquasavers James Hardie FRC Pipes* Storm Plastics (SA) P/L Argents Australia P/L Jem Australia P/L Stramit Industries* Austral Plumbing Supplies John Sivyer Holden Stratco (Qld) P/L Australian Leak Detection JT Keysell Suntop Enterprises P/L Bendigo Bank Ltd Kembla Tube & Fittings* Tacron Australia P/L BHP Building Products Kenny Industries P/L Taylex Queensland P/L BIGA Training Inc Key Plastics P/L* Technicon Industries P/L Brisbane & North Point Institute of TAFE Kleenmaid P/L Thermon Australia P/L* Brisbane Wholesale Hardware P/L Leaf Free Gutter Guard Tom Stoddart P/L CO.E.S. 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