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Plumbing legislation review

​The Queensland Government recognises the construction industry as one of the four pillars of our State’s economy with its contribution of around $60 billion for the 2013-14 year. The plumbing industry plays a critical role in this sector by ensuring public health and safety is maintained through the provision of safe water and sanitation services.

The Plumbing legislation review

Between 15 June to 25 July 2014, the Queensland Government released a discussion paper and held public consultation sessions about a review of the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002.

The aim of the review was to promote efficiencies, cut uncecessary restrictions and regulatory burden and reduce construction costs for the plumbing and building industries and homeowners.

The review coincided with the upcoming expiry of the Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003 and the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003 and includes a review of the Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code. It is a legislative requirement that Regulations are reviewed every 10 years to ensure their continued relevance to the economic, social and general wellbeing of the people of Queensland.

The review focused on:

  • streamlining requirements to reduce the regulatory burden on industry, without compromising public health and safety, and
  • reducing time delays and associated costs for housing providers, plumbing licensees, local governments and homeowners.

If you have any questions regarding the review, please email

The latest Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 is available on the Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel website.

Building and plumbing consultations—information road shows

The department held a series of information sessions across the state from 20 June to 17 July 2014. These information sessions have now finished and we thank the interested members of the plumbing and building industries, local governments and the community for attending.

The department are continuing extensive consultation with key stakeholders in the industry and propose further public consultation and indormation sessions in late 2016.

More information

If you have any questions regarding the review, please email

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