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					                                                                                                                    Volume 3 • Issue 2 • 2011


                                                                                                                   CPD Awards and
                                                                                                                  PITA celebrations
                                                                                                                             Page 14-15

    The joint magazine of the Building Commission and Plumbing Industry Commission



Also inside
f Compliance
  Certificates
  audits ramped
  up across
  Victoria




                                                 NCC
                                                NCC: Bringing
                                    Australian building and
                                       plumbing codes
                                           together




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                                                                                                                    Highlights                                                                                                                                       Highlights
                                                                                                                    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.
                                                                                                                    Centre (PICAC).
                                                                                                                       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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and regulations.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       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
                                                                                                                                                                   Feature: pulse°
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                NCC BCA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Updates for builders
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         NCC PCA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Updates for plumbers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    CPD and PITAs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Awards nights
                                                                                                              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
                              Anne Pavey
                                                                                                              Enjoy the read.
                                     Editor                                                                                                                        News & Views                             19
                            Julia Wilkinson
                                                                                                              Tony Arnel

                          Published by the
             Building Commission and
         Plumbing Industry Commission
    733 Bourke Street, Docklands, VIC 3008
         PO Box 536, Melbourne, VIC 3001
          www.buildingcommission.com.au
                       www.pic.vic.gov.au
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                                                                                                    Highlights
                                                                                                    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




     BCA 2011
                                                                                                       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:
                                                                                                    renovations, alterations
                                                                                                    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
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                                                      Highlights                                                                                                                                                    Highlights
                                                      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
                                                                                                                                                 Traineeships and
                                                                                                                                                 Youth, Skills
                                                                                                                                                 Victoria.




      Achieving a positive                                                                             National
                                                                                                      Plumbing
      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
                                                                                                        Forum
      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
      valuable insights.
         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
                                                                                                                                                                               PROUD SPONSORS
      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


                                                                                                     World
      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.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       community.




                                                                                                     Day 2011
      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

                                                                                                     Victorian plumbers
      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
                                                                                                     celebrate
      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
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                                                     Highlights                                                                                                                              Highlights
                                                     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
                                                                                                                                                                                              PLUMBING STANDARDS.
      check their eToolbox                                                    job of more than    Practitioners they can trust and                         Certificates and your                                                           and update process, ensuring that it
                                                                                                  unqualified fly-by-nighters.
                                                                                                     Compliance Certificates protect the
                                                                                                  industry’s reputation by providing for
                                                                                                                                                professional obligations as a Licensed
                                                                                                                                                Plumbing Practitioner, visit
                                                                                                                                                www.pic.vic.gov.au
                                                                                                                                                                                              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

                                                                            CC
                                                                                                  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
                                                                          lodge CC’s.
                                                                                                  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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       www.pic.vic.gov.au

                                                                                                  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
     Building Commission
     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.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Reprimand
      •	 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
                                                                                                                                                Costs $4,927.50
                                                                                                                                                                  Practitioner        Michael WOOLSEY (Garfield)                                                                         DB-U 5524                      Penalty Fine $2,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Costs $781
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
      good behaviour.
                                                                                                                                    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
                                                                                                                                                Costs $4,000
                                                                                                                                                                  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.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Reprimand
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
                                                                                                                                                        Costs $1,056
    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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Costs $330
               Commission that the compliance certificate has been
                                                                                  licensed.
               given.
                                                                               •	 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
                                                                                                                                  Costs $1,733.27
 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
                                                                                                                                                                            Costs $1,650


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
                                                                                           Costs $1,210
                                                                                                                                                                    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.
                                                                                           Costs $1,650

                                                                                                                                                                    Penalty Fined $800 without conviction
                                                                                                                                                                            Costs $330
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                                                   Highlights                                                                                                                    Highlights
                                                   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
                                                                                               winners were:
                                                                                                                                          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
      PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
                                                                                                  (Pictured left with Planning Minister

                                                                                                                                          P
      (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
                                                                                                  Living Homes
                                                                                               •	 CPD Provider of the Year Award:
                                                                                                                                          both recognise and encourage
                                                                                                                                          post-apprenticeship training as well
                                                                                                                                          as encouraging ongoing competency
                                                                                                                                                                                   as follows:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     of Technology
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     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.
                                                                                                                                                                                   Innovation Award
                                                                                                 CPD Awards                               Complete the Have Your Say
                                                                                                                                                                                   Victoria University
                                                                                                                                          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
                                                                                                                                          Plumbing Industry
                                                                                                 Complete the Have Your Say form at                                                Geschke Plumbing Contractors
                                                                                                                                          Training Awards.
                                                                                                 www.buildingcommission.com.au
                                                                                                 under Industry & Practitioners,
                                                                                                 CPD, CPD Awards.
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                                                           Highlights                                                                                                                                     Highlights
                                                           f All commercial and residential                                                                                                               f PEX materials and fittings
Tips                                                            balustrades must be compliant                                                                                                                 must be certified.                                                                     Tips
                                                                and safe.




Balustrade compliance
                                                                                                          Tensioned wire
                                                                                                          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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      for outdoor,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      aboveground use.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Practitioners
                                                                                                          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
                                                                                                                                                                                                          the system.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  For more information go to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  www.pic.vic.gov.au

          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
          Height
          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
                                                                                                                                                             grants.
                                                                                                                                                                Building Commissioner Tony Arnel
                                                                                                                                                             said the entry of window products onto
                                                                                                                                                             the market is expected to drive cost
                                                                                                                                                             savings for Victorians living in bushfire-
                                                                                                                                                             prone areas.
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                                                       Highlights                                                                                                                                                          Highlights
                                                       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.




                    Swim safely at home
  SAFETY BARRIERS AND SUPERVISION CAN
                                                                                                                                                                                Fire sprinkler testing set
                                                                                                                                                                                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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        John Gilligan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ashley Kirchhofer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Peter Lane
       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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You have won a prize pack valued
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    at $500 from Totally Workwear.
        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




                                                                                                                                                      Image courtesy De Fence
        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
                                                                                                                         Image courtesy De Fence                                                                                                                                    prize pack.
        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.
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                                                                                                                              Resources at
                                                                                                                              your finger tips
News & Views

                                                                                                                              T   he Building Commission and Plumbing
                                                                                                                                  Industry Commission produce a
                                                                                                                              range of publications for consumers and


              Carbon monoxide
                                                                                                                              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.



                                           E
                                                                                                                              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
                                                                                                                              Owner-builder
                                                                                  service plan and keep a record of
                                                                                                                                                                     All you need to know about becoming an owner-builder




                                                                                                                              Application Kit
                                                                                  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
                                                                                                                          2011 Conference
                                                                                  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        baf2011@abcb.gov.au or 1300 134 631.
                                              or stains on adjacent walls         vomiting and in extreme cases can
                                              or appliance casings may be         result in a fatality.
                                                                                                                                          Building Commission
                                              signs of a blocked flue or heat
                                                                                                                                          Tel: 1300 815 127
                                                                                                                                          www.buildingcommission.com.au
                                                                                                                                          Plumbing Industry Commission
                                                                                                                                          Tel: 1300 815 127
                                                                                                                                          www.pic.vic.gov.au

				
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