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    QLD: Plumbers called on for regulation reform comments

    Published on 24 January 2019, Thursday, 3:03 AM

    Tradies know that the removal of barriers to effective, safe and profitable completion of projects can only increase the productivity of enterprises.

    Having to wade through paperwork, regulations and approval processes can be frustrating and time consuming for workers, clients and business managers alike.

    To reduce the effect of some of these mechanisms, the Queensland government has proposed a set of regulation amendments that would see the scope of 'notifiable works' increased - essentially boosting what plumbing and drainage work can be undertaken without council approval.

    Housing and public works minister Bruce Flegg explained: "For Queenslanders, this means everyday plumbing work can be self-certified by the plumber, eliminating the need for local government permits which can be costly and cause delays.

    "Notifiable work' will apply to most work on existing buildings, including extensions and additions."

    The Plumbing Industry Council will still audit the work of plumbers and drainers to ensure a high standard as well as adherence to strict health and safety standards, is retained.

    The public comment stage will remain open until 17:00 on Friday June 22 - until then industry members can make suggestions and provide feedback about the proposed changes.

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    Nathan Mills
    Nathan is a seasoned Kennards Hire team member passionate about empowering DIYers in their projects. He loves everything DIY and brings together years of equipment and project experience to help customers get the right tools for their next job.