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Plumbing laws and codes

Who's affected by this legislation?

Queensland plumbers and drainers, builders, developers, councils, community title managers, water service providers and householders.

Current laws and regulations

Draft laws and legislation

Plumbing and Drainage Bill 2018 (PDF, 730KB)

Plumbing and Drainage Bill 2018 Explanatory Notes (PDF, 575KB)

Superseded Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Codes

Document​ Publication Date​ Commencement Date​ Type and size​
Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code ​15 January 2013 ​27 October 2017 ​(PDF, 245KB)
Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code 1 April 2011​ 6 May 2011​ (PDF, 310KB)​
Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code 19 January 2011​ 21 January 2011​ (PDF, 254KB)​
Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code 17 April 2011​ 28 May 2010​ (PDF, 253KB)​
Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code 3 February 2010​ 1 March 2010​ (PDF, 270KB)​
Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code 17 June 2009​ 17 July 2009​ (PDF, 400KB)​
Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code 3 February 2009​ 1 March 2009​ (PDF, 252KB)​
Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code​ 3 November 2008​ 14 November 2008​ (PDF, 325KB)​
Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code 23 November 2007​ 1 January 2008​ (PDF, 242KB)​
Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code 1 March 2006​ 1 March 2006​ (PDF, 303KB)​

The Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code replaced the On-Site Sewerage Code published in November 2003.

National Construction Code 

The National Construction Code (NCC) is Australia’s primary set of technical construction provisions for building and plumbing. The NCC is administered by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB). To provide more accessibility to industry, the NCC volumes are available free online. 

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) release draft amendments to the three volumes of the National Construction Code (NCC) for public comment. The frequency of the draft amendments is on a 3-year amendment cycle, commencing with NCC 2016. The draft NCC will be released for public comment in March of the second year of the NCC cycle.

The Building Codes Committee and Plumbing Codes Committee are the ABCB’s peak technical advisory bodies. Part of their roles is to provide advice and recommendations to the ABCB about the proposed NCC changes. 

Building Industry and Policy represents Queensland on both Committees.

If you would like to raise any issues about the proposed NCC changes, you can provide feedback through your industry body or directly to the ABCB. For more information visit www.abcb.gov.au.



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