Legislation Updates Public Comment

DELWP releases new plumbing regulations

The Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has released draft Plumbing Regulations and a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) for public consultation.

The new regulations are the result of the early public consultation phase that occurred in March 2017 and the subsequent targeted consultation process.

Key changes proposed include:

  • Additional experience requirements for practitioners prior to being eligible for licensing to reduce the rate of defective work
  • Establishing two new classes of plumbing work, including a new specialised class of work for the maintenance of thermostatic mixing valves and a new class for the installation of basic refrigerated air-conditioning systems
  • Reclassifying classes of plumbing work, such as refrigerated air-conditioning and type B gasfitting work, to better reflect training pathways
  • Several new standards and technical requirements, including a new requirement for the replacement of hot water heaters in existing Class 1 buildings.

Consultation will close at 5pm, July 27, 2018. Submissions can be made through the DELWP website.

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