Volume 3 • Issue 2 • 2011
CPD Awards and
The joint magazine of the Building Commission and Plumbing Industry Commission
Australian building and
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f Continued learning and f 6 Star is now in use by
Ministerial Welcome development for practitioners practitioners and consumers. Commissioner’s Comments
is a top priority.
VICTORIA’S PLUMBING AND BUILDING the second year on 11 March, World built environment that are achievable If you have not visited the PICAC, THE BUILDING AND PLUMBING INDUSTRY COMMISSIONS BELIEVE THAT
Plumbing Day was celebrated across and cost-effective. I encourage you to do so.
PRACTITIONERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD) SHOULD BE A TOP
the State at five regional towns and in The Centre is 5 Star Green Star rated Building and plumbing, like many
HAVE INVOLVEMENT IN CONTRIBUTING TO metropolitan Melbourne where I attended and is a working example of sustainable professions, requires continual learning PRIORITY FOR BUILDING AND PLUMBING PRACTITIONERS.
the Plumbing Industry Climate Action plumbing itself. The building even has the and development. In a changing
THEIR INDUSTRIES THROUGH TRAINING.
World Plumbing Day aims to raise the
capacity to put electricity back in the grid.
PICAC is positioning Victoria as the
environment, practitioners need to keep
up-to-date with new skills, technologies P rofessional development through
training is essential to ensure
as well as the key changes that came
into effect on 1 May in the Building Code
T estimony to this are the 2010
Building Commission Continuing
Professional Development (CPD) Awards
profile of plumbing and the importance
plumbing practitioners play in protecting
the health of people and the built
Australian leader in green plumbing
training skills. It is upskilling plumbers
and the built environment locally and
On this note, you will read in this
edition of Insites an update on gas safety
Victoria’s 24,000 Registered Building
Practitioners and 23,000 Registered and
Licensed Plumbing Practitioners rise to
of Australia (BCA) 2011.
Practitioners will also be interested in
the feature on swimming pool regulations.
and 2011 Plumbing Industry Commission environment. It was fitting internationally. in the home, which is in keeping with the challenges that change brings in, While these regulations and
Plumbing Industry Training Awards (PITA), that World Plumbing Day was Indicative of this, the the new Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) delivering a quality, safe and sustainable appropriate safety barriers are
which I attended in March. celebrated at PICAC, which is Centre is expanding the and Plumbing Industry Commission built environment. a necessary part of pool and
Both Awards acknowledged a state-of-the-art training and plumbing union’s Indigenous campaign, alerting Victorians to be CPD participation rates continue to grow spa safety, adult supervision is
practitioners who, by taking part in research centre for plumbers. plumbing apprenticeship aware of carbon monoxide gas leaks and show practitioners are increasingly taking vital to ensuring the safety of
training and development, are exemplars The rapidly changing nature program. This will see more from faulty devices. responsibility for their own learning. This was children around these areas.
in developing their own skills and of the plumbing and building training undertaken at the On a regulatory note, on 1 May 2011, also reflected in the high number of entrants Licensed plumbing
knowledge, and are consequently industries, particularly in PICAC here in Brunswick the Building Code of Australia (BCA) participating in the Building Commission practitioners are also reminded
contributing to the Victorian plumbing the area of sustainability, highlights Melbourne. Importantly, it will see more 2011 came into effect. Two important 2010 CPD Awards and the 2011 Plumbing to check their eToolbox records to ensure all
and building industries. the importance of training and staying green plumbing skills, job opportunities changes were the introduction of new Industry Training Awards, both held at the Compliance Certificates are lodged and issued.
I would like to thank the large number abreast of change. and water savings put back into Indigenous access standards for people with a Goods Shed North in March. This year’s The winners of the Insites Communication
of practitioners who participated in A skilled workforce is required if we are communities across the nation. disability and new energy efficiency entries showed that practitioners who keep Survey are also announced in this issue.
training, and the winners of the CPD and to increase sustainability of Victoria’s On an international level, PICAC is provisions for houses with the 6 Star up-to-date with the latest technologies, The Commission received more than 800
PITA awards. They clearly demonstrated built environment and the CPD and generating export opportunities in Standard. You can read about the key products, legislative changes and industry responses from practitioners whose feedback
that they are making a positive difference, training programs available to plumbing skills training, with its Green Plumbers elements of the BCA 2011 in this edition trends, provide a high quality service to revealed that human interest and more
not just to their own careers and business and building practitioners in the green program taken up by countries such as of Insites. consumers and the industry. editorial coverage on new technologies and
operations, but to our State’s economy skills space help maintain this. India and the USA. This will see large In keeping with this, the June edition regulations would be well received.
and community. PICAC is expanding the green plumbing populations benefitting both here and I trust you will enjoy the read. of Insites showcases the winners of the I trust you will enjoy this issue of Insites.
Another event that celebrated sector, creating jobs and economic overseas from water savings and CPD and PITA Awards. It also covers
the difference that industry can make opportunities, while creating energy and increased energy benefits that green Matthew Guy World Plumbing Day, celebrated by Tony Arnel LFRAIA
was World Plumbing Day. Held for water savings for communities and the plumbing brings. Minister for Planning plumbing practitioners on 11 March, Building and Plumbing Industry Commissioner
Inthisissue VOLUME 3 • ISSUE 2 • 2011
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Welcome Feature: BCA 2011
Updates for builders
Updates for plumbers
CPD and PITAs
These issues along with other regular
Feature: WPD & NPRF 7
plumbing and building updates all make an
interesting read. I trust you will enjoy this Up-to-Speed 8
issue of Insites. Training 14
Editor-In-Chief Tips 16 4 9 14
Enjoy the read.
Editor News & Views 19
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f The BCA now forms
Feature: Introduction of BCA 2011 part of the NCC. Feature: Introduction of BCA 2011
Changes to the Standard and exceptions and concessions
for certain matters.
• Continued requirement to
install either a solar water
All building permit applications heater or rainwater tank in
that pertain to the Access Code after Class 1 buildings.
1 May 2011 should have building designs
that take into account the new provisions. Anyone working within the
now in effect
If not, they may be ‘unlawful’ under the building industry will need
Premises Standard and the DDA. to know what changes have
come into effect. The Building
6 Star Standard Commission conducted information
sessions about these changes, which
NOW FORMS PART OF THE NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION CODE (NCC) SERIES
Since 1 May 2011, all commenced in February and included a
new homes, home state wide stakeholder road show in April.
T he Building Code of Australia 2011
(BCA 2011) is now in operation.
The BCA 2011 came into effect on
More detail on major
changes to the BCA 2011:
and additions must
comply with a 6 Star
The Australian Building Codes Board also
conducted seminars in all capital cities
focusing on changes to the BCA, including
1 May 2011. The BCA forms two volumes New access standards Standard. This sees the new disability access provisions.
of the NCC being: Since 1 May 2011, certain new and Victoria align with national energy Building Commission Practice Note 55
• Volume 1 BCA 2011 Class 2 – 9 existing buildings must comply with efficiency measures. relating the energy efficiency provisions
buildings the Disability (Access to Premises – The 6 Star Standard applies to the of the BCA 2011 is available at
• Volume 2 BCA 2011 Class 1 and 10 Buildings) Standards 2010, referred to thermal performance of a home, Key elements of 6 Star include: • For Class 2 and 4 there are no elemental www.buildingcommission.com.au
buildings. as the Premises Standards under the renovation or addition, plus the • For Class 1 and 10 there are two DTS requirements for heating and A Practice Note relating to the new
Commonwealth Disability Discrimination installation of a solar hot water system main methods of energy assessment: cooling loads. The HERS must be used access provisions is also available at
Changes were made to energy Act (DDA). The Access Code is or a rainwater tank for toilet flushing. A Home Energy Rating Software by an energy assessor. The remainder of www.buildingcommission.com.au
efficiency provisions, including 6 Star for incorporated of Volume 1 BCA 2011. Some simple building work, not (HERS) package can be used by a the building must comply with Part J.
For further information
Class 1 buildings and some 10a buildings, requiring a building permit, will not trained energy assessor for the • A 6 Star energy efficiency rating applies
regarding changes to
Class 2 and Class 4 parts of a building.
Some minor changes were also made to
How it works be affected by the new regulations.
However, all new homes and building
heating and cooling loads; or the
DTS construction provisions in the
to your home’s building envelope - its
roof, walls, floor, windows and services.
the BCA 2011, visit the
Australian Building Codes
Section J of Volume 1. The Premises Standard: projects, involving home extensions BCA 2011. The remainder of the • 6 Star requirements include efficiency Board at www.abcb.gov.au
Other BCA 2011 changes included: • Sets out administrative arrangements and major renovations, will need to building must comply with Part 3.12. standards for lighting but not
• A new Class 10c, which pertains to to be replicated in each jurisdiction; and comply with 6 Star. plug-in appliances.
private bushfire shelters • Includes the Access Code, which is
• Access requirements to align with the incorporated into Volume 1 of the
Access Code BCA 2011. The BCA 2011 defines the
• Changes to BCA referenced documents classes of building to which access is
to improve and update Australian required and provides ‘Deemed-to-
Standards Satisfy’ (DTS) provisions to meet the
• Structural changes for glazing to performance requirements.
improve safety standards
• Changes to measurements to stairways The new changes will help provide
and ramps certainty to property developers, building
• Inclusion of artificial lighting owners and practitioners that if access is
requirements to residential buildings provided to the standard specified it will
and houses. not be unlawful under the DDA.
The Building Act 1993 and
All building permits issued from 1 May Building Regulations 2006 have also
One of the BCA 2011 information seminars
2011 should have building designs that been amended to incorporate the held at Etihad Stadium in April.
take into account the changes to the BCA. administrative provisions of the Premises
f Time, cost and quality key drivers f World Plumbing Day celebrations
Feature: pulseo of building projects.
Speaker: Nick Chiam,
Director Apprenticeships, and NPRF Conference success. Feature: WPD and NPRF
Achieving a positive National
building experience Regulators
E ach year the Building Commission’s
industry reporting tool, pulse0, invites
“How do around one third of
consumers find themselves facing time
expert commentators’ opinions on the
state of the industry. While built on
and/or cost increases during their building
projects?” Mr Hallett asks.
Conference Topics included training and
the key building industry measures as
reported in pulse0, the commentary of
“The answer might be in their court.
While 91 per cent of consumers sought 2011 development, energy technology,
national licensing and regulation updates,
the experts always includes some extra
Contributing to the 2011 pulse0 expert
information about their project before
engaging a builder, only 33 per cent
sought independent advice after their
T he National Plumbing Regulators
Forum (NPRF) Conference took
place at the Melbourne Convention
environment and sustainability, public
health and innovation.
“The conference was a great
For those not able to
attend the conference,
commentary is David Hallett, Southern project started. and Exhibition Centre from 7 – 9 March opportunity for all those involved in the
presentations by a
Region General Manager and State “Less than half this advice was on 2011. Industry professionals from industry to hear views and opinions from
selection of speakers are available on the
Manager of Victoria for Archicentre, who a fee basis, meaning only around 15 per around Australia attended the three recognised experts on emerging issues
NPRF website, www.plumbingregulators.org
nominates “time, cost and cent of people sought the day conference information sessions, that are going to shape
quality” as the key drivers advice of independent hearing from presenters such as Senator the future of plumbing,”
of building projects. experts despite almost the Hon. Nick Sherry, Mr. Robert said Shayne La Combre,
“In any building one in three projects Burgon, Chair of the World Plumbing Chair NPRF.
project,” Mr Hallett writes, suffering time and/or Council and Ms. Julie Yeend, Assistant
Gold Silver Bronze
“consumers will generally cost increases.” Secretary, COAG Skills Task Force.
want all three to be met or Mr Hallett says
exceeded – a high quality this pattern reflected
project finished quickly and Archicentre’s own research plumbing practitioners and stakeholders council members attended free barbeque World Plumbing Day events were
at a competitive price. in 2010 that also indicated at the Plumbing Industry Climate breakfasts in Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, designed to recognise and celebrate the
“In practice, only two of consumer willingness to Action Centre (PICAC) lunch in Shepparton and Traralgon where they valuable contribution of plumbing to the
these criteria are generally able to be met.
A quality result at a competitive price
undertake personal research rather than
to engage an expert. Plumbing Brunswick to mark the day.
Five breakfast events were also
received free World Plumbing Day t-shirts
and show bags.
will usually come at a cost in terms of “This should be encouraged, of course, held in regional Victoria. Practitioners, Plumbing Industry Commissioner
time, while a quick, cheap job will often but every project is different and even the students, water authorities and Tony Arnel said the
be of lesser quality. Finally, a high quality most thorough research won’t cover
project built quickly will almost always all eventualities.
be expensive.” “More importantly, research done
Building Commission research shows
that while 93 per cent of consumers were
after the building work has started is
like shutting the gate after the horse
highly or very highly satisfied with their
building experience, many experienced
cost or time increases. In fact, 25 per cent
has bolted,” Mr Hallett said.
“It will always be far better for
consumers to avoid getting into difficulty
P lumbing practitioners from across
Victoria came together on 11 March
2011 to celebrate the second annual
of surveyed consumers said their project’s in the first place … comprehensive World Plumbing Day.
cost had jumped up to 28 per cent more drawings and specifications, a water- The theme for World Plumbing Day
than agreed, while 37 per cent found tight building contract and independent 2011 was ‘Plumbing – Access to Water
Above: Box Hill Institute Plumbing Department
that the project took significantly longer quality control are the key ingredients of a and Sanitation’. celebrating the day with their apprentices.
than expected – in some cases up to successful project that will help minimise The Minister for Planning, the Right: World Plumbing Day breakfast at the Dai Gum
San Chinese Precinct in Bendigo.
twice as long. time and/or cost increases.” Hon. Matthew Guy, joined Melbourne
f Compliance Certificates are f Volume 3 of the new NCC Series
Up-to-Speed compulsory for every plumbing relates directly to the PCA. Up-to-Speed
job of more than $750.
Compliance Certificates NCC and PCA
$750, including labour and materials ‘for practitioners’. The information that
and appliances, even if the customer you lodge on eToolbox is totally
purchases these themselves. confidential and safe.
audits and spot checks Compliance Certificates must be issued
and lodged for all completed plumbing
work on underground sewerage drains,
eToolbox is accessible 24 hours a day
so you can log on when it suits and, with
a few easy steps, review your licence updates
THE PLUMBING INDUSTRY COMMISSION records to ensure all Compliance gas pipes and appliance installations or registration, purchase and lodge
Certificates are lodged and issued for and conversions and cooling towers, Compliance Certificates, view Compliance ON 1 MAY 2011, THE NEW NATIONAL
REGULATES THE INDUSTRY THROUGH
completed work. regardless of value. Certificate records or book inspections.
CONSTRUCTION CODE (NCC)
THE LICENSING AND COMPLIANCE “All Licensed Plumbing Practitioners Victorian plumbing practitioners Licensed Plumbing Practitioners are
SERIES COMMENCED OPERATION.
CERTIFICATE SYSTEMS. are required by law to lodge Compliance will also find more customers seeking able to purchase and lodge Compliance
Certificates. Compliance Certificates, as the PIC Certificates right away using eToolbox. THE NCC DELIVERS A RANGE OF
A ccordingly, the Commission is
focusing its attention on Compliance
Certificates with increased auditing and
“Failure to lodge Compliance
Certificates can result in court action
against unqualified operators, or on
is running an awareness campaign
explaining when certificates are required
and encouraging consumers to choose a
Compliance Certificates are stored under
your User ID so you can retrieve copies as
they require over the internet no matter
BENEFITS, INCLUDING EFFICIENCY
GAINS FROM REMOVING OVERLAP
However, Victorian practitioners
should be mindful that some
AND INCONSISTENCY BETWEEN
spot checks of plumbing work to take place. the spot fines, licence cancellation and Licensed Plumbing Practitioner. where you are. residual variations remain present in
Plumbing Industry Commissioner suspension for licensed plumbers,” he said. Mr. Arnel said that Compliance CODES AND AN IMPROVED the Plumbing Regulations 2008.
Tony Arnel said now is the time for Compliance Certificates are compulsory Certificates help consumers tell the For more information REGULATORY FRAMEWORK FOR The second change for the PCA is
licensed plumbing practitioners to for every plumbing difference between Licensed Plumbing about Compliance that it will undergo an annual review
check their eToolbox job of more than Practitioners they can trust and Certificates and your and update process, ensuring that it
Compliance Certificates protect the
industry’s reputation by providing for
professional obligations as a Licensed
Plumbing Practitioner, visit
T he first phase of the NCC delivers
a consolidated Building Code of
Australia (BCA) and Plumbing Code
reflects current regulatory requirements.
Plumbing practitioners will now be
provided with a more responsive
insurance coverage for six years and giving of Australia (PCA). It will eventually regulatory framework that has the
access to a quick and low-cost dispute result in the consolidation of all on-site flexibility to adjust to industry needs in
Warning resolution process if needed. Commission checks thousands construction regulation, including a more timely manner.
Illegal plumbing work risks the public’s
of plumbing jobs each year building, plumbing, electrical and
Practitioners face fines
health and safety and diminishes the telecommunications requirements. For more information on
in excess of $500 for
failing to issue and
reputation of the plumbing industry and
a licensed plumber’s profession.
“If you value your reputation and want
T he Plumbing Industry
Commission conducts spot
checks on thousands of plumbing
Practitioners should be aware under
new arrangements for the NCC, the
National Plumbing Regulators Forum
the NCC Series go to
to do the right thing by your customer jobs each year. Failure to issue has transferred responsibility for
you need to be issuing a Compliance Compliance Certificates can result the PCA to the Australian Building
Certificate when required,” Mr Arnel said. in court action against unqualified Codes Board.
Practitioners are also encouraged to operators, or on the spot fines, The new NCC Series comprises
email the PIC at publicrelations@pic. licence cancellation and suspension Volumes 1, 2 (BCA) and 3 (PCA).
vic.gov.au and provide details of any for licensed plumbers. While both codes will largely continue
recently completed plumbing work they to operate as they always have,
become aware of for which a Compliance there are two notable PCA
Certificate is required but has not been changes. Firstly, the PCA will
issued to the consumer. now include appendices which
contain variations and additions
It has never been easier to purchase to each jurisdiction’s adoption
and lodge Compliance Certificates of the Code. Previously, all
You can check, purchase or lodge variations were effected through
Compliance Certificates on-line jurisdictional legislation rather
through eToolbox. Just visit than the PCA itself.
www.pic.vic.gov.au and select
Prosecutions BPB Inquiries
Practitioner Jeffrey REDDIE (Unregistered) N/A Practitioner Patrick CULLEN (Hampton Park) BS-U 1264
In relation to the construction of a deck to an existing dwelling in Heathmont, the Board found the practitioner had failed to comply Penalty Fine $500
Jeffrey Reddie pleaded guilty at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court on 29 November 2010 to the following charges: with s24A of the Building Act 1993 (BA) in that he issued a building permit for domestic building works when he could not have been
• 2 charges of knowingly providing false and misleading information to a person carrying out the function of relevant building surveyor under the satisfied that the building work was to be carried out by a builder who was registered under Part 11 of the Act in the appropriate class Costs $800
Building Act 1993. of domestic builder.
• Her honour Magistrate Hubble found the charges proven and dismissed them under s76 Sentencing Act 1991 (Vic).
Penalty Costs $800
Practitioner Khanh HO (St Albans) BS-U 18673
The practitioner was found guilty of 25 allegations in relating to 20 sites in Carnleigh, Brimbank Gardens, Epping, Altona Meadows, Taylor Lakes, Hawthorn, Kew East,
Practitioner Robert Adrian GADD DB-L 33869 & DB-M 33868 Lalor, Keysborough, Meadow Heights, Kew, Balwyn, Cowes, Caroline Springs (x2), St Albans (x2), Glen Waverley, Sunshine North and Pascoe Vale. The practitioner’s
guilty findings included that he had: Practised as a building surveyor whilst being suspended (s176(2) BA); Signed building permits on behalf of another building surveyor;
Robert Gadd pleaded guilty at the Ringwood Magistrates’ Court on the 3 February 2011 to the following charges: Knowingly provided false or misleading information (s246 BA); Issued building permits when not complying with the Building Regulations and or the Building Code of
Australia (BCA); Failed to identify works that did not comply with the Building Regulations or the BCA; Failed to obtain report and consent from council; Issued building
• s176(1)(a)(i) Building Act 1993 – using the title of “registered building practitioner” when not registered permits whilst not being satisfied that the work would comply with the Building Regulations; Failed to properly describe the extent of works within staged building permits;
• s136 (2) Building Act – carrying out building work without insurance. Issued a retrospective building permit; Incorrectly classified building work; Failed to ensure that the Building Permit was consistent with the Planning Permit; Failed to ensure
• s176(2A) Building Act – carrying out work under a major domestic building contract when not registered as a builder that a Planning Permit had been issued prior to issuing a Building Permit; Failed to pay building permit levies into the Building Administration Fund and failed to report
• s29(c) Domestic Building Contracts Act – entering into a major domestic building contract when not registered as a builder. issued building permits to the Building Commission (s201(7)(c) BA); Failed to forward information to the Building Commission within the required timeframes (s201(7)
(d)(iii) BA); Issued building Permits with duplicate numbers; Underestimated the cost of building works; Failed to respond to concerns
• s31(1) Domestic Building Contracts Act – entering into a major domestic building contract that did not contain the required provisions. raised by adjoining owners; and failed to take sufficient and enforcement action in a timely manner with respect to non compliant
The charges resulted from the construction by Mr Gadd of alterations and additions to an existing dwelling in Ferntree building work. The Board found that the practitioner’s conduct with respect to carrying out his statutory functions had damaged the Penalty Costs $1,933
Gully at a cost of $75,000. At that time Mr Gadd was not registered. perception of the profession in respect of a building surveyor’s practice, which are core to the operation of the industry itself. Cancel Registration
Penalty Fine $3,000
Practitioner Michael WOOLSEY (Garfield) DB-U 5524 Penalty Fine $2,000
Practitioner Tin TRAN (Unregistered) N/A The Board found that, in relation to the construction of two new dwellings, in Garfield and Pakenham, the practitioner had failed to
comply with s179(1)(fb) of the BA in that he failed to carry out recommendations contained in inspection reports carried out under Suspension of registration
s48 Domestic Building Contracts Act (DBCA).
Mr Tran constructed a carport and shed in Springvale in late 2008 for the owners of the site. In the application for a building permit Mr Tran for six months
understated the value of the building work by $2,200 and wrongly indicated that the owner of the site was to be an owner-builder.
Mr Tran pleaded guilty at the Dandenong Magistrates’ Court on 18 March 2011 to the following charges:
• s16(1) Building Act – carrying out building work that did not comply with the building permit.
Practitioner Michael WEARNE (Berwick) DB-U 5847 Penalty Fine $3,000
• s246 Building Act – falsely representing the cost of the building work and providing misleading information that the building work would be The Board found that, in relation to the construction of a new dwelling in Narre Warren South, the practitioner had failed to comply with Costs $781
carried by an owner-builder. s179(1)(fb) of the BA in that he failed to carry out recommendations contained in an inspection report carried out under s48 of the DBCA. Reprimand
• s29(c) Domestic Building Contracts Act – entering into a major domestic building contract when not registered as a builder.
• s31(1) Domestic Building Contracts Act – entering into a major domestic building contract that did not contain the required provisions.
Her Honour magistrate Fleming found the charges proven and imposed on Mr Tran a 12 month undertaking to be of Practitioner Rocco Di RACO (Werribee) BS-U 14813
Penalty Costs $5,000
The allegations before the Board related to eight different sites in Roxburgh Park (two sites), Point Cook, Newport, Fitzroy, North Carlton, Hoppers Crossing and
Moonee Ponds. The practitioner was found guilty of twenty-two allegations. He was found guilty of failing to comply with s30 of
the Building Act in four instances for failing to provide documentation to council within seven days of issuing a building permit. The
remaining allegations included breaches of sections s125(1) BA – not providing Building Notice to council within 7 days, Regulation Penalty Fine $5,972.50
Practitioner Daniel BAKKER DB-U 19444 313(1) Building Regulations 2006 (BR) – details of relevant planning permit not included with Building permit; s44(a) BA – Issuing
occupancy permit prior to works reaching completion, 4.14 BR – Setback non compliance; 4.15 BR – Not obtaining Council consent; Costs $45,839.05
Mr Bakker was initially engaged to demolish an existing kitchen and bathroom and to install a new kitchen and bathroom/ensuite. Whilst the value and s188(7) BA – Issuing inconsistent staged permits. Reprimand
of this initial work was less than $5,000 he ought to have obtained a building permit as the work involved the removal of two internal walls to
create a larger kitchen area and converting an existing bathroom into an ensuite and separate bathroom. Subsequently Mr Bakker agreed to carry out
further work at the home which amounted to $39,615.05 and at this time he was not covered by the required domestic builders warranty insurance Practitioner Philippe MULLER (Melton) DB-U 22908
building. Mr Bakker pleaded guilty at the Frankston Magistrates’ Court on 25th March 2011 to the following charges:
• two charges of carrying out building work without a building permit contrary to s16(1) Building Act 1993 The practitioner came before the Board regarding the construction of a new dwelling in Hopetoun Park. He was found guilty of failing Penalty Fine $5,972.50
• carrying out or managing or arranging the carrying out of domestic building work under a major domestic building contract without being to comply with s33(1) of the BA in that he failed to notify the relevant building surveyor after the completion of the frame stage. He Costs $2,305
was found to have breached regulation 1502a BR in three separate instances; for claiming premature stage payments on two occasions,
covered by the required insurance, contrary to section 136(2) of the Act; and for carrying out works which were defective. The Board also found he had breached s16(1) of the BA for carrying out works not in Suspension of registration
• entering into a major domestic building contract for domestic building work, the terms of which did not comply with accordance with the permit, and s37(2) of the DBCA when he gave effect to variations to the contract without signed consent to do so.
section 31(1) of the Domestic Building Contracts Act.
Penalty Fine $5,000 for two years
Practitioner Gavin JAMES (Carlton) DB-U 9249
Practitioner Joseph COOBS DB-L 36329 The practitioner came before the Board in relation to the construction of a new dwelling in Northcote. He was found guilty of five
allegations, namely: breaching regulation 1502(a) BR by failing to give written progress claims at the completion of each stage and Penalty Costs $2,525
again for failing to notify the owner of delays experienced in carrying out the works, failing to display the prescribed permit information
During the periods set out in the charges Mr Coobs gave quotations to the owners for the construction and erection of sheds and/or garages. contrary to 317(2) BR, requesting payment for the final stage of building work when the final inspection had not yet been approved, Suspension of registration
However, there was no formal contract entered into with the owners. He was not registered at that time. Since the commission of the offences he contrary to s42 of the DBCA, and failing to rectify defects as recommended in an inspector’s report in breach of s179(1)(fb) BA.
for one year
has become registered .
Mr Coobs pleaded guilty to the following charges at Kerang Magistrates’ Court on 28 February 2011:
• s176(2A) Building Act – carrying out work under a major domestic building contract when not registered as a builder.
• s29 Domestic Building Contracts Act – entering into a major domestic building contract when not registered as a builder. Practitioner Brendan RANDALL (Frankston South) DP-AD 2
• Under s31 Domestic Building Contracts Act it is a requirement that contracts for major domestic building work be in writing, be signed off by the Penalty Fine $1,000
parties and contain certain information including a cooling off period. The building practitioner prepared plans for alterations and additions to an existing dwelling in Seaford. He was found to have breached
regulation 1502a BR in two instances; for mislabelling two balconies on the plans as ‘landings’, and as a consequence, submitting plans Costs $1,296
Mr Coobs was granted a Diversion Order.
Penalty Costs $1,980 which did not adequately address overlooking issues as required under regulation 419(1) BR. Reprimand
BPB Inquiries BPB Inquiries
Practitioner Timothy McMAHON (Mentone) BS-U 19422 Practitioner George MIFSUD (Derrimut) DB-U 19384
Penalty Fine $2,000
The practitioner was the relevant building surveyor for the construction of a swimming pool & spa at a residence in Patterson Lakes. The Board found that, in relation to the construction of a new dwelling in Hoppers Crossing, the practitioner had failed to comply
He was found guilty of failing to comply with section 24(1)(b) of the BA in issuing a building permit when he could not have been sure with section 179(1)(fb) of the BA in that he failed to carry out recommendations contained in an inspection report carried out under Costs $1,056
the consent of a reporting authority had been obtained as required by regulation 310 BR, namely, the consent of Melbourne Water to s48 of the DBCA. Reprimand
construct the pool fence within its three metre easement. He was also found to have breached section 24(1)(c) of the BA in issuing Penalty Costs $1,296
the permit when he could not have been sure a planning permit had been obtained. Reprimand
Practitioner Joseph BUTERA (Preston) DB-U 19215
Practitioner Lazarus MAVRIDIS (Balwyn North) BS-U 1588 The practitioner came before the Board in relation to the construction of a residential apartment in Alphington. He was found guilty of Penalty Fine $5,972.50
failing to comply with section 16(1) of the BA in that he carried out works not in accordance with the permit, and three counts of failing to
The allegations before the Board related to 5 sites being Werribee, Essendon, North Fitzroy, Pascoe Vale and Taylor’s Lakes. The comply with regulation 1502(a) BR for carrying out defective works, failing to take adequate steps to rectify defects, and for failing to carry Costs $1,728
practitioner was found guilty of 9 allegations including failing to comply with s24(1)(b) and s24(1)(a) of the BA in issuing a building Penalty Fine $4,000 out recommendations contained in an inspection report carried out under section 48 of the DBCA.
permit in non complying day lighting to habitable room windows as per Regulation 4.20 BR and also non complying overshadowing, Reprimand
wall heights and set backs, issuing occupancy permits stating the incorrect name of the builder and the issuing of a certificate of final Costs $17,831
inspection when the final inspection had not been approved. Reprimand
Practitioner Trevor LUCKE (Nowra) DB-U 28131
Practitioner Allan SANDY (Metung) DB-U 8266 In respect of building works in Torquay, the Board found the practitioner had failed to comply with section 78(2) of the BA in that he
appointed a private building surveyor on behalf of his company to carry out the functions set out in section 76 of the BA when another Penalty Costs $1,618
private building surveyor had already commenced to carry out those functions in respect of the building works.
The practitioner came before the Board in relation to the construction of an office and attached manager’s flat in Metung. He was found to have breached Reprimand
regulation 1502a BR in that he failed to ensure ambiguities were clarified so that the building permit document adequately reflected the works to be undertaken
and that he undertook commercial works when not registered in the appropriate category. He was found to have breached section 176(2A) of the BA when he
carried out domestic building work under a major domestic building contract when he was not registered under Part 11 of the Act as a
domestic builder during period of registration suspension for failure to renew. He was also found guilty of failing to comply with section
Practitioner Trevor CHUGG (Warragul) DB-U 7038
179(1)(fc) of the BA in that he entered into a contract which did not clearly identify and distinguish the carrying out of, and payment Penalty Costs $3,025 Penalty Fine $1,500
for, the domestic and commercial aspects of the project. The Board found that, as the person responsible for preparing the drawings for the construction of a dwelling in Drouin, the practitioner
Reprimand failed to ensure that the drawings provided for the dwelling to be constructed within the building envelope in compliance with an Costs $1,680
agreement issued pursuant to section 173 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987. Reprimand
Practitioner Alan PALMER (Mildura) DB-U 8488
In relation to domestic building works carried out in Mildura, the practitioner was found to have entered into a major domestic Practitioner Desmond BRUHN (Belmont) DB-U 1263
building contract which did not comply with section 31(1) of the Domestic Building Contracts Act (DBCA) and further that he
failed to comply with section 136(2) of the Building Act in that he carried out works when not covered by the Penalty Costs $564 The Board found that, in relation to the construction of a new dwelling in Geelong, the practitioner had failed to comply with
required insurance. Reprimand section 179(1)(fb) of the BA in that he failed to carry out recommendations contained in an inspection report carried out under Penalty Costs $1,485
s48 of the DBCA.
Practitioner Hassan RAMAIHI (Oak Park) DB-U 23937
The Board found that, in relation to the construction of a new dwelling in Pascoe Vale, the practitioner had failed to comply with
Penalty Costs $1,056
Practitioner Graeme CLARK (Parkside) DB-M 1138
section 179(1)(fb) of the BA in that he failed to carry out recommendations contained in an inspection report carried out under s48
of the DBCA. Reprimand The practitioner was responsible for the construction of a conservatory at an existing house in Box Hill South. The Board found
the practitioner guilty of one count of failing to comply with section 16(1) of the BA in that works did not comply with the Building
Regulations, parts of the building works were carried out without a permit, and building work was carried out not in accordance with Penalty Fine $1,800
the approved drawings. He was also found to have breached section 179(1)(fb) of the BA for failing to carry out recommendations
Practitioner Enrico MEILAK (Essendon) DB-U 2562 contained in an inspector’s report carried out under section 48 of the DBCA, and of breaching regulation 1502a BR in that he did not Costs $1,485
Penalty Fine $750 complete rectification works as per a VCAT agreement.
The Board found that, in relation to the construction of a new dwelling in St Leonards, the practitioner had failed to comply with Reprimand
section 179(1)(fb) of the BA in that he failed to carry out recommendations contained in an inspection report carried out under s48
of the DBCA. Reprimand
Practitioner Willington WEERAKKODY (Mount Waverley) BS-U 1138
Practitioner Darren VOLLEBREGT (Sale) DB-L 22018 The Board found the practitioner guilty of 63 allegations in relation to 15 sites in Upwey, Fairfield, Berwick (x3), Caulfield South, North Balwyn, Rye, Caulfield, Beaumaris,
Penalty Fine $1,500 North Balwyn, Noble Park, Dandenong, Frankston and Bright. The Practitioner’s conduct guilty findings included that he had: failed to give copies of building permits to
The Board found that, in relation to the construction of a new dwelling in Manifold Heights, the practitioner had failed to comply council within the required time (s30 BA); failed to notify council of his appointment within the required time (s80 BA); failed to give council the inspection approval
with section 179(1)(fb) of the BA in that he failed to carry out recommendations contained in an inspection report carried out under
Costs $1,056 dates; failed to give copies of the final inspection certificates to council (1012 BR); failed to identify building work not in accord with the BCA; failed to require protection
s48 of the DBCA. Reprimand works; issued building permits when the work was not in accordance with the building regulations; failing to ensure that a consent and report was obtained from council;
failed to identify defective works during the carrying out of mandatory inspections; specified commencement and completion dates within a building permit that were
inconsistent with the building regulations; failed to reply to adjoining owner concerns; failed to investigate and respond to council concerns regarding non compliant
building work; incorrectly classified the occupation / use of the building work; failed to ensure building practitioner information was included within an application; issued
Practitioner Clive BLAIR (Belgrave) DB-L 1601 a building permit that did not include the planning permit details; failed to require the rectification of defective building work; failed to identify built work that was not in
accordance with the building permit; issued a building permit when not satisfied that the work would comply with the building regulations including missing information
The Board found that, in relation to the construction of a new dwelling in Surrey Hills, the practitioner had failed to comply with from permit applications such as architectural specifications describing methods/materials for construction, fire hose reel installations, emergency lighting, smoke
section 179(1)(fb) of the BA in that he failed to carry out recommendations contained in an inspection report carried out under s48 Penalty Fine $250 detectors and alarm systems; failed to supply council with documents; accepted building permit applications not in the correct form; issued a defective building permit;
failed to obtain report and consents from authorities; issued a building permit that was not consistent with a planning permit; issued an occupancy permit when the work
of the DBCA. Costs $842 was not suitable for occupation; issued an occupancy permit that did not identify essential safety measures; occupancy permits not given to council; failing to ensure that
builder’s insurance was in place before issuing a building permit; failing to ensure a planning permit had been obtained prior to issuing a building permit; failing to pay levy
monies to building administration fund within the required timeframes; failing to provide permit levy information to the Building Commission; and failed to ensure that
Practitioner Izzat SAEED (Gladstone Park) DB-U 17457 building work was completed by the due date or permits were extended. The allegations brought against the Practitioner covered the full range of responsibilities and
competencies of a building surveyor. The Inquiry revealed evidence of financial losses and safety risks suffered by members of the public as the result of the
Practitioner’s conduct. The Board decided that evidence of that loss demonstrates that risks of a similar nature may be posed if the
The Board found that, in relation to the construction of a new dwelling in Roxburgh Park, the practitioner had failed to comply with
conduct of the Practitioner was to re-occur. The Board found that the practitioner’s conduct with respect to carrying out his statutory
section 179(1)(fb) of the BA in that he failed to carry out recommendations contained in an inspection report carried out under s48 Penalty Fine $1,500 functions had damaged the perception of the profession in respect of a building surveyor’s practice, which are core to the operation of Penalty Costs $6,389
of the DBCA.
Costs $1,056 the industry itself.
Cancellation of Registration
Disciplinary hearings Disciplinary hearings
Magistrates’ Court hearings and Disciplinary 9 December 2010 BREACH : 221E(1) 15 February 2011 BREACH : 221D(1)
LEGEND inquiries will be listed twice yearly.
• Carrying out roofing (stormwater) • Carrying out mechanical services
work for which a Compliance work without being licensed or
221D(1) A person must not carry out any plumbing work of Certificate is required when the registered in that class. Finding Fined $233.64
a particular class or type unless he or she is licensed person was not licensed. Finding Fined $400 Costs $330
or registered by the Commission to carry out work of 13 October 2010 BREACH : 221V Costs $250
that class or type.
• A registered plumber made a false written statement to the Plumbing
221E(1) Unless a person is licensed to carry out a particular
Industry Commission in relation
class or type of plumbing work or specialised plumbing 23 February 2011 BREACH : 221E(1)
to an application for registration. 25 January 2011 BREACH : 221G(1)(a) /
work, he or she must not carry out any work of that Finding Fined $584.10
class or type for which a Compliance Certificate is 221E(1) / • Carrying out mechanical services work for which a Compliance
required. Certificate is required when the
221ZH(2)(a)&(b) / person was not licensed.
221ZJ A plumber must not sign a Compliance Certificate in 19 October 2010 BREACH : 221D(1) 221ZJ Finding Fined $1,051.38
relation to any Plumbing work if the plumber knows
that the Certificate contains any misstatement of fact. • A licensed plumber permitted an unlicensed or unregistered person to
• Carrying out mechanical services
carry out work on his behalf.
work without being licensed or
221H(3) A person who owns, operates, manages or otherwise Finding Fined $700 • Carrying out gasfitting work for which a Compliance Certificate is
participates in, is employed by, or shares in the profits
registered in that class.
required when the person was not licensed. 3 March 2011 BREACH : 221G(1)(a)
Costs $600 • Failing to give the person for whom the work was carried out a signed
of, any business that carries out plumbing work or
specialised plumbing work must not cause or permit Compliance Certificate in respect of the work. • A licensed plumber permitted an unlicensed
any plumbing work or specialised plumbing work to be • Failing to notify the PIC in the manner specified within 5 days of or unregistered person to carry
carried out on behalf of the business by a person who 19 October 2010 BREACH : 221D(1) completion of work. out work on his behalf.
is not permitted by this part to carry out that work. • A licensed plumber signed a Compliance Certificate when he knew, Finding Fined $584.10
• Carrying out mechanical services or ought reasonably to have
221V A person must not make any written or oral statement work without being licensed or known, that it contained a
to the Commission in relation to an application for a
registered in that class. Finding Fined $700 mis-statement of fact. Finding Fined 1,168
licence or registration, or for the renewal of a licence Costs $660
Costs $600 3 March 2011 BREACH : 221D(1)
or registration, that the person knows, or ought
reasonably to know, is false.
• Carrying out roofing (stormwater) work
without being licensed or
221ZK(a) A person must not sign a Compliance Certificate form 25 November 2010 BREACH : 221E(1)
issued by, or on behalf of, the Commission unless he or 25 January 2011 BREACH : 221D(1) registered in that class.
she is a licensed plumber. Finding Fined $350.46
• Carrying out roofing (stormwater) work for which a Compliance
Certificate is required when the • Carrying out mechanical services
221ZA A licensed or registered plumber must notify the person was not licensed. work without being licensed or
Commission in writing if he or she changes his or Finding Fined $440.48 registered in that class.
her residential or business address or has his or her Finding Fined $340.26
business telephone number changed, and must do so
within 14 days of the change.
25 November 2010 BREACH : 221D(1)
221ZP(3)(a) A plumber must ensure that the sanitary drainage
work is ready to be inspected at the time given to the 7 February 2011 BREACH : 221G(1)(a) /
• Carrying out roofing (stormwater)
Commission. work without being licensed or 221ZH(2)(a)&(b)
registered in that class.
221ZP(3)(b) A plumber must be present at that time at the place Finding Fined $550.60 • A licensed plumber permitted an unlicensed or unregistered
where the work was carried out. person to carry out work on his behalf.
• A licensed plumber permitted an unlicensed or unregistered
221ZW(5)(a) A plumber must comply with any requirement made person to carry out work on his behalf.
by an inspector or auditor in a rectification notice. 9 December 2010 BREACH : 221E(1) / • Failing to give the person for whom the work was carried out a
221ZH(2)(a)&(b) / signed Compliance Certificate in respect of the work.
221ZH(2)(b) Within five days of the completion of any plumbing • Failing to notify the PIC in the
221ZJ manner specified within 5 days
work to which this section applies that he or she has
carried out or supervised, a licensed plumber must of completion of work. Finding Fined $814.74
• Carrying out gasfitting and water supply work for which a
notify the Commission in the manner specified by the Compliance Certificate is required when the person was not
Commission that the compliance certificate has been
• Failing to give the person for whom the work was carried out a
signed Compliance Certificate in respect of the work.
221G(1)(a) A licensed plumber must not permit a person to carry • Failing to notify the PIC in the manner specified within 5 days 7 February 2011 BREACH : 221D(1)
out on his or her behalf or direct a person to carry out
of completion of work.
any plumbing work or specialised plumbing work that
• A licensed plumber signed a Compliance Certificate when he • Carrying out mechanical services
is of a class or type in respect of which the person is
not licensed or registered under this Part. knew, or ought reasonably to work without being licensed or
have known, that it contained a registered in that class. Finding Fined $233.64
mis-statement of fact. Finding Fined $2,000 Costs $330
Magistrates’ Court hearings Magistrates’ Court hearings
7 October 2010 BREACH : 221D(1) 28 October 2010 BREACH : 221D(1) 21 January 2011 BREACH : 221D(1) 10 February 2011 BREACH : 221D(1)
• Carrying out water supply work whilst not being licensed or registered. • Carrying out roofing (stormwater) work whilst not being • Carrying out roofing (stormwater) work whilst not • Carrying out roofing (stormwater) work whilst not being
• Carrying out sanitary work whilst not being licensed or registered. licensed or registered. being licensed or registered. licensed or registered.
Penalty Fined $2,000 without conviction Penalty 12 month good behaviour bond Penalty 12 month good behaviour bond Penalty 12 month good behaviour bond
Costs $1,210 Costs $1,210 Costs $330
23 November 2010 BREACH : 221D(1)
7 October 2010 BREACH : 221D(1) 24 January 2011 BREACH : 221D(1) / 221H3 10 February 2011 BREACH : 221H3
• Carrying out water supply work whilst not being licensed or registered.
• Carrying out gasfitting work whilst not being licensed or registered. • Carrying out sanitary work whilst not being licensed or registered. • Carrying out gasfitting work whilst not being licensed or registered. • The owner or manager of a plumbing business permitted a person
• Carrying out sanitary work whilst not being licensed or registered. • The owner or manager of a plumbing business permitted a person who is not licensed or registered to carry out plumbing work.
• Carrying out water supply work whilst not being licensed or registered. who is not licensed or registered to carry out plumbing work.
Penalty 12 month good behaviour bond
Penalty 12 month good behaviour bond
Penalty Fined $3,000 without conviction $300 to charity
Penalty 12 month good behaviour bond $400 to charity
Costs $1,210 Costs $1,210
$750 to charity Costs $400
11 October 2010 BREACH : 221D(1) 3 December 2010 BREACH : 221D(1)
17 February 2011 BREACH : 221D(1)
• Carrying out roofing (stormwater) work whilst not being • Carrying out water supply work whilst not being licensed or registered. 27 January 2011 BREACH : 221D(1)
licensed or registered. • Carrying out sanitary work whilst not being licensed or registered. • Carrying out water supply work whilst not being
• Carrying out water supply work whilst not being licensed or registered.
licensed or registered. • Carrying out gasfitting work whilst not being
Penalty Fined $500 without conviction Penalty Fined $500 licensed or registered.
Costs $1,210 • Carrying out sanitary work whilst not being
Penalty 12 month good behaviour bond licensed or registered.
$500 to charity
Costs $1,210 Penalty Fined $5,000 with conviction
12 October 2010 BREACH : 221D(1) 10 December 2010 BREACH : 221D(1) Costs $330
• Carrying out water supply work whilst not being licensed or registered. • Carrying out water supply work whilst not being licensed or registered
• Carrying out sanitary work whilst not being licensed or registered. • Carrying out sanitary work whilst not being licensed or registered. 7 February 2011 BREACH : 221D(1)
18 March 2011 BREACH : 221D(1)
• Carrying out roofing (stormwater) work whilst not being
Penalty Fined $400 without conviction Penalty 12 month good behaviour bond licensed or registered.
Costs $1,210 Costs $880 • Carrying out gasfitting work whilst not being
• Carrying out drainage work whilst not being
licensed or registered.
licensed or registered.
• Carrying out water supply work whilst not being
licensed or registered.
Penalty Fined $1,000
13 October 2010 BREACH : 221D(1) 22 December 2010 BREACH : 221D(1) / 221H3
Penalty Fined $750
• Carrying out draining work whilst not being licensed or registered. • Carrying out roofing (stormwater) work whilst not being
• Carrying out sanitary work whilst not being licensed or registered. licensed or registered.
• Carrying out water supply work whilst not being licensed or registered. • The owner or manager of a plumbing business permitted a person
who is not licensed or registered to carry out plumbing work.
Penalty Fined $15,000 with conviction 10 February 2011 BREACH : 221D(1)
Costs $4,600 Penalty 12 month good behaviour bond
• Carrying out water supply work whilst not being
$1,000 to charity licensed or registered.
Penalty Fined $800 without conviction
f Congratulations to the 2010 f Congratulations to the
Training CPD Award winners. 2011 PITA winners. Training
CPD Awards – Five builders in the spotlight Small businesses
THE BUILDING COMMISSION
HAS ACKNOWLEDGED FIVE
The 2010 CPD Award
dominate 2011 PITAs
VICTORIANS WORKING IN THE VICTORIAN PLUMBING PRACTITIONERS WERE RECOGNISED FOR
• 12-Point CPD Excellence Award:
Tamer Mitwally of TM Building BRINGING NEW LEVELS OF PROFESSIONALISM AND SERVICE
BUILDING INDUSTRY AT THE
Group DELIVERY TO THE INDUSTRY THROUGH THE 2011 PLUMBING
SEVENTH ANNUAL CONTINUING • 15-Point CPD Excellence Award:
INDUSTRY TRAINING AWARDS (PITAs) IN MARCH.
Richard Stoddart, of MTG Australia
(Pictured left with Planning Minister
(CDP) AWARDS. Matthew Guy)
• 5 Star Sustainability Excellence
lumbing Industry Commissioner
Tony Arnel said the awards
The winners of the Trainer Award
Noel Roney, Swinburne Institute
2011 awards were
T he Building Commission coordinates
the event to recognise those people
who through training and development
Award: Anton Engelmayer of Calm
• CPD Provider of the Year Award:
both recognise and encourage
post-apprenticeship training as well
as encouraging ongoing competency
Graham Vaile, Holmesglen
are working to improve their businesses “This requires hard joint winners were the Building and development in the plumbing Environment Award – Energy Each winner received a Certificate of
and deliver better outcomes work, perseverance Design Association of Victoria and industry. Richard Playne, Solar Breeze Recognition, PITA trophy and $1,000.
for consumers. and a commitment to staying abreast of the Master Builders Association “The PITAs demonstrate the
Building Commissioner Tony Arnel change by expanding knowledge through of Victoria. contribution that Victorian plumbers Return to Study Award
said that building, like many professions, lifetime learning. are making to the industry and Christopher Giblin,
requires continual learning “The winners of the 2010 CPD Awards 15-Point CPD Excellence Award; 5 Star the wider community by upskilling Plumbing Trades Employees Union
and development. demonstrate this and, more importantly, Sustainability Excellence Award; and CPD and staying in touch with new
“In a changing environment, the benefits that ongoing professional Provider of the Year Award. technologies, regulations and Challenge Award
Registered Building Practitioners need training brings to the building industry CPD points can be earned by improving the way they run Shawn Jacobson,
to keep-up-to-date with new skills, and the broader community,” he said. completing training activities, which their businesses.” Wyndarra Plumbing
technologies and regulations. There are four CPD can be undertaken with approved CPD There are eight awards: five
Awards: 12-Point CPD providers. The financial year saw 8,540 recognise individual practitioners, Individual Award
Excellence Award; Registered Building Practitioners meet one recognises an employer, Matthew Prowse,
the required points for CPD. one recognises a trainer and one Wild Plumbing
“I congratulate all the winners for recognises a training organisation.
demonstrating a strong commitment Environment
to CPD. As a result they are exemplars Award – Water
in developing their own skills and Have Your Say on the Domenico Condello,
knowledge while making a difference to Condello Building
the building industry and the greater
Plumbing Industry & Plumbing
built environment,” Mr Arnel said. Training Awards (Pictured left with Planning
Minister Matthew Guy)
It’s your turn to tell us how to
Have Your Say on the improve the Awards program.
CPD Awards Complete the Have Your Say
form at www.pic.vic.gov.au
It’s your turn to tell us how to
under Practitioner & Industry,
improve the Awards program. Employer’s Award
Complete the Have Your Say form at Geschke Plumbing Contractors
under Industry & Practitioners,
CPD, CPD Awards.
f All commercial and residential f PEX materials and fittings
Tips balustrades must be compliant must be certified. Tips
Where balustrades using steel (or timber) PEX consumer piping PEX is currently designed for indoor
and buried applications only and is
a safety issue
posts and handrails or tensioned wire are not permitted
installed, it is essential that all aspects of
the building code relating to the use of
wire are adhered to: these relate to size
C ross-linked Polyethylene (PEX) has
revolutionised the plumbing industry.
Easy installation and low material cost
AS/NZS 3500 Part 1 Water Services
stipulates in water installations where
plastic pipes and fittings are subject to
and tension of the cable and the distance make PEX a desirable product, although direct sunlight, they shall be installed must comply with
between cables and supports forming practitioners may be unaware PEX does in accordance with the specific product the instructions and
THE BUILDING COMMISSION RECENTLY least one metre high, measured from the the balustrade. It is also essential that have usage limitations. installation standard. This is due to the warnings issued by
adjacent floor. This is covered in the BCA. the steel or wood has remained solid to When using PEX for gas work, possible detrimental affects that ultra the manufacturer
PROVIDED ADVICE FOR COMMERCIAL,
Check for height compliance, particularly support the tensioning. AS 5601 – 2004 Gas Installations stipulates: violet radiation has on the plastic pipes of their chosen PEX
PUBLIC AND RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY in situations where tiles or some other • PEX is not permitted for use as the final and fittings. piping system. If
paving or floor finish may have been Safety glass connection to an appliance Only certified and authorised PEX you require more
OWNERS AND OCCUPIERS TO ASSIST IN
applied after the balustrade was installed. Balustrades with safety glass panels • PEX is not to be used for applications materials and fittings shall be used in information on the
ENSURING BALUSTRADES AND RAILINGS are also used in both commercial and where the operating temperature plumbing installations. If utilising a limitations to your
‘Concrete cancer’ domestic situations. It is important to exceeds 80°C specific type of PEX piping system, the PEX piping system
ARE COMPLIANT WITH ALL ASPECTS OF THE
With balustrades made of reinforced ensure the correct glass has been used • PEX must comply with any instructions onus is on the plumbing practitioner to you should contact
BUILDING CODE OF AUSTRALIA (BCA). concrete, care should be taken to check and the means of attaching the glass is or warnings issued by the relevant review the limitations of the use of the the manufacturer.
for spalling, or “concrete cancer”, where regularly checked to ensure it is securely manufacturer or suppliers. Such product and the impact the limitations
A s a practitioner this information is also
important for your use. Balustrades
in commercial and public buildings and
the steel reinforcing within the concrete
corrodes, weakening the structure.
attached to the balustrade structure.
Any cracked or broken glass panes must
immediately be replaced to reduce the
warnings included are that PEX shall not
be installed in direct sunlight.
will have on the installation of
For more information go to
residential properties must be compliant Rust/corrosion risk of injury.
and safe in the following areas: Balustrades or barriers involving steel
rails or posts may be susceptible to rust Fixings Grants see a window of Miglass and Nilfire were chosen for
their capability to meet the design
The current height requirements of the
BCA stipulates balustrades must be at
or corrosion and should be inspected
and painted with an anti-rust coating as
protection against the elements if required.
Make sure that fixings i.e. metal stirrups
to floors, bolts, screws etc are not
compromised or loose.
opportunity “As new materials come onto the
market actual costs are expected to
requirements and stringent BAL-FZ
window protection under the Standard.
“Importantly, products can be
V ictorian homeowners in the
highest level of bushfire attack
(BAL-FZ) look set to have window
decrease, due to market forces.”
Mr Arnel said that a number of
submissions for the grants were received,
made available to meet the building
regulations and better protect homes
from bushfire attack, even on sites
design options with two manufacturers which an expert panel considered. assessed in BAL-FZ,” he said.
receiving State Government grants to
develop BAL-FZ windows.
Victorian manufacturers, Miglas High
Performance Windows and Nilfire, each
received grants of around $300,000
- $350,000 to develop windows for
homes built in BAL-FZ.
The Building Commission will oversee
the research product development
Building Commissioner Tony Arnel
said the entry of window products onto
the market is expected to drive cost
savings for Victorians living in bushfire-
f Safety barriers and supervision around pools f The Guide to fire sprinkler system water saving describes
Tips and spas can save a child’s life. seven cost-effective options for significant reduction in News & Views
fire sprinkler water consumption.
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SAFETY BARRIERS AND SUPERVISION CAN
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to save water adjustments, pressure reducing projects, C
Communications Survey winners
ongratulations to the winners of the
2011 Communications Survey:
recirculation, capture and further use of • Kevin Beasley
SAVE A CHILD’S LIFE. DROWNING REMAINS A
MAJOR CAUSE OF PREVENTABLE DEATH FOR A Fire Sprinklers Water Efficiency
initiative supported by the
Plumbing Industry Commission (PIC),
water, zoning of sprinkler installations and
draindown management and recharging.
“Water saving options such as pressure
CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF FIVE.
the Department of Sustainability and setting adjustment projects are easily • Ted Nissen
U nder the Building Code of Australia
(BCA) 2010, all new swimming pools
in Victoria require four-sided pool fencing.
Environment and leaders within the fire
protection and water industries is aimed
at cutting water consumption by millions
accomplished, affordable and will result in
large cuts in water use in many pump-
boosted fire sprinkler installations,” says
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This has been the case since 1 May 2010, of litres per year. Carmel Coate, Executive Director of Thank you to all those
when the BCA came into effect. The Guide to fire sprinkler system the National Fire Industry Association. who entered the competition
The BCA 2010 adopts the Australian water saving issued by the PIC describes “Reduction in water use is also possible we appreciate your
Standard 1926.1–2007 and includes seven cost-effective options for through AS1851-2005 or by redesigning feedback.
additional requirements restricting access significant reduction in consumption: the systems and incorporating tanks or
to a pool area via doors. less-frequent testing, pressure setting recirculation devices.”
For outdoor pools, the use of doors in Assessment of fire sprinkler water
a dwelling as part of the safety barrier are usage and suitability for the water-saving
not allowed. Indoor pools are required strategies is free of charge for the target
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to have doors that swing outwards from category of properties, such as high rise
the pool area. towers and large factory sites. Please note:
The Australian Standard 1926.1–2007 Items pictured
are only indicative
also stipulates requirements for For further information, of what may be
non-climbable zones and boundary contact your water retailer included in the
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fencing for swimming pools. While these responsibility of the owner and occupier other items that could be used to climb or visit the PlumbSmarter
regulations and appropriate safety of the property. However, it seems that over a barrier section of www.pic.vic.gov.au
barriers are a necessary part of pool and all too often the owner and occupier of • Ensure access gates and doors are
Sign on for
spa safety, adult supervision is vital to a property with a pool or spa may be closed at all times, except when
ensuring the safety of children around unaware of this. entering or leaving the area
these areas. The Commission is encouraging • If applicable, make sure the neighbours’
In Victoria, young children drown as a
result of a lack of compliance regarding
Victoria building practitioners installing
and building swimming pool and spa
properties adjoining your swimming
pool or spa area have no potential FREE RBP Site Signs
safety barriers for swimming pools barriers to advise clients of this hazards or climbable objects
and spas; and a lack of adult supervision regulatory responsibility. • In Victoria, the Municipal Building Practitioner Site Signs can be used at building
of young children around swimming But it is equally helpful to also provide Surveyor of the local council has the sites throughout Victoria to meet site
regulations. When displaying these Site Signs The RBP Site Signs are
pools and spas. clients with some non-regulatory things power to act against owners and the following information must be filled out: 600mm x 400mm in size and
Recent statistics also demonstrate that they can do to help reduce the risk of a occupiers where swimming pool and ■ Builder’s registration number are FREE to Registered Building
is not just in the summer months that child drowning. spa safety barriers do not comply with and contact details Practitioners.
children drown in pools; winter can also Here is some useful information the regulations or have not ■ Building surveyor’s name, To order yours FREE please visit
registration number and www.buildingcommission.com.au
be a time for children to play near water. practitioners can relay: been maintained contact details
or contact 1300 815 127.
A new pool/spa and the associated • Safety barriers and components must • Non-compliance with the Regulations ■ Building permit number
safety barriers are initially the be maintained regularly and all gates risks children’s lives and pool owners and date issued.
responsibility of the relevant Building and doors should be checked to ensure could be fined over $5,000.
Surveyor overseeing the building work. they close properly Well maintained safety barriers
Thereafter, the ongoing maintenance • Ensure there are no chairs, tree combined with adult supervision can
of pool and spa safety barriers is the branches, pool pumps, pot plants or save a child’s life.
your finger tips
News & Views
T he Building Commission and Plumbing
Industry Commission produce a
range of publications for consumers and
practitioners. Most can be downloaded
from the respective websites free-of-charge
unless otherwise stated and ordered online,
gas appliance checks by email, by fax or post. Below is just a
small sample of the publications available.
What you need to
nergy Safe Victoria and the exchanger or other issue relating know about...
Plumbing Industry Commission to incomplete combustion. 6 Star
have recently launched a joint • Adequate ventilation must be
New 6 Star brochure
television and radio advertising provided to ensure complete available from the Building
campaign regarding the need for combustion. Appliance grilles Commission website.
consumers to undertake regular and vents should be clear of
servicing of their gas appliance. obstructions and free of lint
A lack of maintenance has and dust. Tech Solutions
been identified as a cause in the • Appliance condition should be The Plumbing Industry
increase of carbon monoxide carefully inspected to ensure Commission is updating the
technical solution sheets
incidents and practitioners are that heat exchangers and other available at www.pic.vic.gov.au.
encouraged to stress to consumers components are not allowing flue This is a great opportunity for
plumbing practitioners to refresh
the importance of having regular products to spill into the room. their memories by downloading
the updated sheets.
gas appliance services.
Always follow the manufacturer’s
service plan and keep a record of
All you need to know about becoming an owner-builder
the date of service.
A correctly calibrated carbon The Building Commission
recently revamped the
monoxide (CO) analyser can be Owner-builder Application Owner-builder
used to detect CO readings from an Kit. Copies can be ordered Application Kit
Image courtesy of Energy Safe Victoria
online from the Building
operating gas appliance. To assist Commission website.
practitioners when carrying out
CO testing of appliances ESV
Building Australia’s Future
has issued gas information sheet
No 38 for guidance. For further
information on the correct
procedure when conducting a
CO test on a gas appliance can be
T he Australian Building
Codes Board will hold
their next National
When conducting maintenance found on the ESV web site at Conference this September in Queensland.
procedures on gas appliances www.esv.vic.gov.au/gas-professionals/ Be sure to mark this event in your diary from
or appliance change overs, technical-info-sheets-for-gasfitters. 18 – 21 September and keep an eye out for the
practitioners should ensure Early CO poisoning symptoms registration form in the Summer edition of the
appliances are safe and fit for use: include tiredness, shortness of Australian Building Regulation Bulletin and on
• The flue and flue terminal should breath, mild headaches and nausea. the ABCB website.
be inspected and seen to be Worsened symptoms may include For further information please visit
complete, in good condition and severe headaches, dizziness, www.abcb.gov.au or contact ABCB at
unobstructed. Discolouration weakness, sleepiness, nausea and firstname.lastname@example.org or 1300 134 631.
or stains on adjacent walls vomiting and in extreme cases can
or appliance casings may be result in a fatality.
signs of a blocked flue or heat
Tel: 1300 815 127
Plumbing Industry Commission
Tel: 1300 815 127