Legislation Updates

Professional registration expanding to Western Australia

Western Australia has taken the next step towards implementing professional registration requirements for engineers, with the release of a Decision Regulatory Impact Statement (DRIS) on registration of building engineers. As it is laid out in the DRIS, the proposed scheme is similar to schemes in other jurisdictions, but also has some important differences. To begin […]

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New mech services licensing coming to NSW

The NSW government is preparing to implement a new licensing system for mechanical services in October 2022. The changes were prompted by the need for medical gases licensing, but also include provisions that impact mechanical services workers across refrigeration, air conditioning and plumbing. The Building Amendment (Mechanical Services and Medical Gas Work) Bill 2020 amends […]

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Focus on efficiency and electrification in gas roadmap

The Victorian government has released its Gas Substitution Roadmap with the stated aim of helping the state navigate the path to net-zero emissions while providing greater consumer choice and cutting energy bills. The government is touting the plan as Australia’s “first coordinated decarbonisation plan for the gas sector”. And there are good reasons for Victoria […]

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First glimpse of NCC 2022

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has released the first stage of the National Construction Code (NCC) 2022 preview to familiarise stakeholders with the major changes. The first stage of the release contains most of the amendments finalised for NCC 2022, including: New livable housing features to assist people with disability and through more stages […]

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Hydrocarbons the future for residential AC?

Industry stakeholders have applauded a revised International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) safety standard that will allow larger charges of flammable refrigerants in household appliances such as air conditioners, heat pumps and dehumidifiers. In particular, it could open the way for greater use of hydrocarbons in residential air conditioning. Standard IEC 60335-2-40 deals with the safety of […]