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As part of the industry input into the review of the Plumbing Regulations which sunset in 2018, Master Plumbers has now lodged the coordinated industry submission on the changes that we believe are required.
A meeting was also held with the Victorian Building Authority (VBA), the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and The Hon. Richard Wynne MP, Minister for Planning, to argue for these changes.
The VBA has ruled that bathroom pods can be either certified by a licensed plumber or via the watermark scheme.
Master Plumbers has argued that the watermark scheme is not designed for plumbing systems like the pods.
In relation to apprentices who have finished their Certificate III in Plumbing but not sat their "registration" exam, the VBA has not progressed this issue. This is now a two year project and Master Plumbers has provided feedback that progress on this is too slow.
The level of audits has moved up to around 4.6% and is on track to the 5% target. The VBA has also introduced a program of random site inspections.
Master Plumbers President, Scott Dowsett, has recently been appointed as the Master Plumbers representative to Master Plumbers Australia Limited (MPA).
The MPA has adopted a unified policy position in the areas of licensing, qualifications and regulation, continuously striving to achieve the following:
These goals underpin the work of MPA in submissions at both a State/Territory and Federal Government level.
Work is continuing in a number of areas including:
Support for an improvement in international training standards for plumbers was discussed at the World Plumbing Council General Meeting held in Frankfurt on 13 March.
Master Plumbers was represented at the meeting by CEO Ken Gardner who also attended ISH 2017 - the world’s leading trade fair for The Bathroom Experience, Building, Energy, Air-conditioning Technology and Renewable Energies. The event attracts over 2,400 exhibitors and over 200,000 attendees during the five day event.