Plumbing Regulations 2018

Plumbing Regulations 2018

Victoria’s Plumbing Regulations are changing

On 18 November, the Plumbing Regulations 2018 will commence, replacing the Plumbing Regulations 2008.

The Victorian Building Authority has worked with industry and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to produce the new Regulations, following comprehensive review and consultation.

The 2018 Regulations reflect the changing nature of the industry and are designed to ensure that plumbing work in Victoria is carried out competently and safely.

Key changes

  • New minimum experience requirement for licensing.
  • Confirmation that routine servicing of fire protection equipment is fire protection work.
  • New technical requirements for sanitary drains running below buildings, and backflow protection for water points adjacent to toilets.
  • Reclassification of Refrigerated Air-conditioning work and Type B Gasfitting work as main classes.
  • Transitional arrangements for those who service thermostatic mixing valves and single-head split systems.

The majority of the Plumbing Regulations 2018 will commence on 18 November, with some regulations commencing in late 2019.

More information

How do the new Plumbing Regulations affect me?

The new Regulations provide detailed requirements in relation to plumbing work, plumbing practitioners and the administration of plumbing work. They seek to:

  • define scopes of appropriate classes of plumbing work;
  • set qualification and experience eligibility requirements for registration and licensing;
  • set fees for registration and licensing, and the price of compliance certificates;
  • adopt the Plumbing Code of Australia into Victorian regulations; and
  • set additional work standards and requirements for specified classes of plumbing work.

The new Regulations affect all registered or licensed plumbing practitioners in Victoria, their apprentices, the industry sectors in which they work, and anyone in the community who intends to undertake plumbing work.

Learn more by downloading the Plumbing Regulations 2018 from the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents website.

Regulatory review

Victoria’s Plumbing Regulations have a ten-year shelf life, after which they undergo a comprehensive review to ensure they remain fit for purpose and continue to meet their intended objectives.

Industry stakeholders and practitioners contributed valuable feedback throughout the review, by providing comment on the draft Regulations and associated Regulatory Impact Statement (see below).