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Building and Plumbing Newsflash—Latest editions

News from Building Legislation and Policy is announced via 'Building and Plumbing Newsflashes' which are distributed via email. To subscribe, please email and insert ‘Subscribe t​o Newsflashes’ in the subject line. 

Below is a list of recent newsflashes. To view older newsflashes, use the links on the left.

Number Date Title Type and size
​568 ​18 October 2019 New Queensland Development Code Part 2.5 – Use of external cladding (effective 18 October 2019)​ PDF, 160KB​
​567 27 September 2019​ Guidance on the use of approved plumbing and drainage forms by local governments, including permitted changes​ ​PDF,  141KB
​566 ​11 July 2019 ​​Redland City Council designates transport noise corridors ​PDF, 93KB​
​565 ​9 July 2019 ​​Have your say on the new draft transport noise corridors for state-controlled roads and railways ​PDF, 48KB​
​564 ​24 June 2019 Have your say: Implementation of new mechanical services licensing framework ​PDF, 60KB
​563 ​2 April 2019 Phase 2 of the New Minimum Financial Requirements (MFR) for licensing in the building and construction industry​ ​PDF, 181KB
562​ 17 December 2018​ Building Industry Reforms (Stage 2) - commenced 17 December 2018​ PDF, 166KB​
561​ 29 November 2018​ Implementing a new Minimum Financial Requirements for licensing framework​ PDF, 349KB​
​560 ​14 September 2018 'Proposed improvements to Minimum Financial Requirements for licensing in the building and construction industry' discussion paper ​PDF, 129KB
​559 ​26 June 2018 Have your say: Permanent labelling for aluminium composite panels discussion paper ​PDF, 120KB
​558 ​13 March 2018 ​Advice on the correct installation of PE pipe ​PDF, 77KB
​557 27 October 2017 Orientation of collectors for solar heated water systems: Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code requirements ​PDF, 95KB
​556 ​2 December 2016 ​Changes to smoke alarm laws - effective 1 January 2017 ​PDF, 79KB

2 December

Changes to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) sign requirements ​PDF, 40KB
​554 ​28 October 2016 Queensland Home Warranty Scheme reforms (effective 28 October 2016) ​PDF, 71KB
​553 ​28 April 2016 Repeal of Queensland Development Code parts ​PDF, 177KB
​552 ​8 April 2016 Clarification on temporary pool fencing requirements during construction ​PDF, 321KB
​551 ​1 April 2016 Changes to the licence requirements for getting an open occupational plumbers and/or drainers licence ​PDF, 329KB
​550 ​5 February 2016 Changes to pool safety laws for existing and outdoor pools associated with regulated pools ​PDF, 155KB
​549 ​17 December 2015 Have your say on the Security of Payment discussion paper ​PDF, 102KB
​548 ​8 December 2015 Energy assessments for residential dwellings and use of software (updated) ​PDF, 237KB
​547 ​5 November 2015 ​Installation of expansion control valves on hot water storage systems ​PDF, 166KB
​546 ​21 August 2015 Changes to the license requirements for the installation of water meters ​PDF, 58KB
​545 ​17 August 2015 Changes to building requirements for existing dwellings in transport noise corridors ​PDF, 66KB
​544 ​8 July 2015 ​Inclusion of railways as designated transport noise corridors under the Building Act 1975 ​PDF, 231KB
​543 ​22 June 2015 Updated mapping State-controlled roads as designated transport noise corridors under the Building Act 1975 ​PDF, 218KB
​542 ​12 June 2015 Back-flow prevention devices for rainwater tanks

Please note: As of 8 September 2015, this newsflash is under review.

​PDF, 282KB
​541 ​5 June 2015 Pimpama-Coomera area approved to opt-in to the Queensland Development Code for supplementary water supply ​PDF, 157KB
​540 ​4 June 2015 Position of hot water indicators for mixing taps ​PDF, 213KB
​539 ​1 June 2015 Commencement of building code for farm buildings — 1 June 2015 ​PDF, 336KB
​538 ​1 May 2015 Comment of Queensland Development Code Mandatory Part 2.4 - Construction of buildings in bushfire prone areas ​PDF, 50KB
​537 ​12 December 2014 ​A revised version of Queensland Development Code Mandatory Part 1.4 — Building over or near relevant infrastructure (MP 1.4) will commence on 15 December 2014 ​PDF, 76KB
​536 ​2 December 2014

Release of an external review of the Building Act 1975 and building certification in Queensland

The Wallace Report

​PDF, 72KB

PDF, 4.5MB

​535 ​20 November 2014 Changes to NAPmap property search tool for transport noise corridors ​PDF, 72KB
​534 ​4 November 2014 On-site sewerage facility requirements ​PDF, 113KB
​533 ​10 September 2014 Proposal to adopt Queensland Development Code Mandatory Part 3.7—Farm buildings ​PDF, 71KB
​532 ​9 July 2014 Rainwater tanks approved for Toowoomba Regional Council area ​PDF, 70KB
​531 ​2 July 2014 Red tape reduction initiatives for swimming pools and temporary accommodation buildings ​PDF, 62KB
​530 ​1 July 2014 Changes to Queensland Development Code (QDC) Mandatory Part (MP) 6.1—Commissioning and maintenance of fire safety installations ​PDF, 74KB
​529 ​20 June 2014

Referrals for interconnected smoke alarms in Class 1 buildings and sole occupancy units in Class 2, 3 and 4 buildings

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service's generic referral agency advice

​PDF, 68KB


PDF, 767KB

​528 ​15 June 2014

Building and plumbing consultations being held across Queensland (updated)

​PDF, 195KB
​527 4 April 2014 Rainwater tank installation requirements (updated) ​PDF, 87KB
526​ ​6 January 2014 Repeal of Queensland Development Code 5.4 - Child care centres​ ​PDF, 64KB
525​ ​1 November 2013 New standards for building over or near relevant infrastructure and clarification about solar panel installations​ PDF, 61KB
524​ 24 July 20​13​ Pool safety red tape reduction for class 2, 3 and 4 buildings​ ​PDF, 78KB
523​ ​23 July 2013 Best practice guide for installation of floor waste gullies P​DF, 87KB​
522​ ​19 July 2013 Changes to the notifiable works scheme and other plumbing amendments PDF, 62KB
521​ 3 June 2013​ Changes to licence classes under the Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003 and Queensland Building Services Authority Regulation 2003 PDF, 69KB
520​ 27 May 2013​ Requirements for garage doors in cyclone regions PDF, 26KB
519​ ​22 April 2013

Consultation on draft regulation amendments for installing roof mounted solar collector systems

Consultation draft of the Building and Other Legislation Amendment Regulation


PDF, 192KB

518​ 18 March 2013​ Amended building, plumbing and pool safety forms PDF, 20KB
517​ 15 March 2013​ Amendments to the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 and the Building Act 1975 (Version 2)​ PDF, 27KB
516​ 13 February 2013​ Guidelines for special fire services and referrals to the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service PDF, 18KB
515​ 7 February 2013​ Information for owners of flood affected properties PDF, 27KB
514​ 4 February 2013​ Commencement of new building and plumbing laws to support the repeal of mandatory energy efficient hot water systems and water saving targets (rainwater tanks) PDF, 22KB
513​ 14 December 2012​ Repeal of laws mandating energy efficient hot water systems and water saving (rainwater tanks) laws PDF, 14KB
512​ ​21 November 2012 New pool safety inspector guidelines and the Housing and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 PDF, 28KB
511​ 9 November 2012​ Building standards for education and care, and child care services PDF, 35KB
510​ ​5 November 2012 Revised guidelines for pool owners and property agents; owners of shared pools need a pool safety certificate by 30 November 2012 PDF, 24KB)
509​ ​1 November 2012 Notifiable work and Accreditation Framework amendments PDF, 24KB
508​ ​30 October 2012




PDF, 55KB​

507​ 25 October 2012​ Guides for 'notifiable work' plumbing reforms (starting 1 November 2012) now available PDF, 20KB
506​ ​11 October 2012 Withdrawl from COAG commitments for 6-star units and a Residential Building Mandatory Disclosure scheme PDF, 14KB
505​ 5 October 2012​ Notifiable work – amended regulations, including final categories of work are now online PDF, 33KB)
504​ 14 September 2012​ Review of hot water system laws: consultation PDF, 26KB)
503​ ​12 September 2012 Free training seminars about new plumbing laws PDF, 37KB)
355​ 8 September 2012​ NatHERS protocols for energy rating software and accrediting organisations for house energy assessors PDF, 31KB
502​ ​31 August 2012 Continuing professional development for pool safety inspectors PDF, 20KB
501​ 17 August 2012​ Expressions of interest for Building Development and Dispute Resolution Committee Referees PDF, 19KB
500 6 August 2012 Amendments to the QDC for sustainable buildings, child care centres, and commissioning and maintenance of fire safety installations PDF, 22KB
499 27 July 2012 Logan City Council designates transport corridors PDF, 32KB
498 27 July 2012 Changes to pool fencing law PDF, 37KB
497 26 July 2012 Revised Queensland Development Code—Construction of buildings in flood hazard areas PDF, 34KB
496 10 July 2012 Proposal to adopt Queensland Development Code Mandatory Part (QDC) 1.4—Build over or near sewers, stormwater drains and water mains (draft QDC) PDF, 34KB
495 29 June 2012 Guidelines for inspection of class 2 to 9 buildings HTML
494 28 June 2012 Amendments to the Building Act 1975 HTML
493 4 June 2012 Draft guidelines for inspection of class 2 to 9 buildings HTML
492 1 June 2012 Results of the fire safety inspection program for existing residential care buildings HTML
491 25 May 2012 Red tape reduction on notifiable work—Draft regulation amendments and tables of notifiable, minor and unregulated work released for consultation HTML
490 17 May 2012 New versions to the Fire hydrant and sprinkler system commissioning and periodic test—Form 70 and Fire hydrant and sprinkler system commissioning and periodic maintenance procedure HTML
489 16 February 2012 Amendments to the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 and Building Act 1975; and advice for pool safety inspectors PDF, 107KB
488 23 December 2011 Requirements for solar and heat pump endorsement, plumbing training and local government powers PDF, 87KB
487 9 December 2011 Commissioning and maintenance of fire safety installations, child care centres code, footings inspections and various plumbing standards PDF, 110KB
486 23 November 2011 Building work under the Mineral Resources Act 1989 and the Petroleum Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 PDF, 75KB
485 11 November 2011 Provision of building approval data to local government PDF, 73KB
484 1 November 2011 New laws for pool fences on common boundaries PDF, 75KB
483 27 October 2011 Fixing of concrete and terracotta tiles on roofs in cyclonic regions

Guidance note on fixing of concrete and terracotta tiles in regions with wind category rating of C2 and C3.



482 14 October 2011 Proposed plumbing and building reforms and revised pools guideline PDF, 97KB
481 27 September 2011 NatHERS approved software tools PDF, 135KB
480 19 September 2011 Proposal to mandate a new QDC Part for excavation and piling near sewers, stormwater drains and water mains PDF, 77KB
479 7 September 2011 Amendments for residential care buildings, pool safety barriers on common boundaries and release of a disability access guideline PDF, 56KB
478 31 August 2011 Online plumbing applications, tempering valves and backflow testing procedures PDF, 71KB
477 11 August 2011 Building Australia’s Future Conference 2011

The next Building Australia’s Future Conference flyer


PDF, 631KB

476 4 August 2011 Review of Queensland’s building certification system PDF, 50KB
475 3 August 2011 National residential mandatory disclosure—Consultation RIS PDF, 44KB
474 26 July 2011 Early adoption of Standard for Construction of Buildings in Flood Hazard Areas

Draft standard for construction of buildings in flood hazard areas

Flood handbook


PDF, 144KB

PDF, 305KB

473 7 July 2011 Building Act 1975 amendments—Pool fencing and residential care buildings PDF, 56KB
472 7 July 2011 Exemptions for raising houses, extended registration period for pools and combination hand basin/cisterns PDF, 101KB
471 2 June 2011 Solar and heat pump hot water heater systems compliance reminder and free seminars

Solar and heat pump heated hot water system checklist

Top 10 defects—Solar and heat pump hot water system installation

PDF, 112KB


PDF, 571KB

470 12 May 2011 Revised pool registration, spa pool heating requirements and guidelines, and new accreditation body for building certifiers PDF, 104KB
469 9 May 2011 Water system pressure management PDF, 103KB
468 6 May 2011 New disability access standards commenced 1 May 2011 PDF, 74KB
467 23 March 2011 Licence requirements including fire occupational licences and supervising apprentices/provisional plumbers

When a QBSA or Plumbing Industry Council licence is required

Site induction form—Plumbers and drainers

Site induction form—Fire protection

PDF, 168KB




466 14 March 2011 Private certifiers course—Issuing development permits for building work PDF, 78KB
465 10 March 2011 Engineering services in flood and cyclone affected areas and guideline on repairing/rebuilding sheet metal roofs after a cyclone PDF, 106KB
464 21 February 2011 Legislative changes on pool safety and amendments to Building Act 1975 for building surveying technicians PDF, 97KB
463 24 January 2011 Building information for flood affected property owners, Queensland Plumbing Wastewater Code and plumbing forms PDF, 61KB
462 21 January 2011 Flood recovery work—Plumbing, drainage and on-site waste water management systems PDF, 123KB
461 21 January 2011 Flooding impacts on fire safety systems PDF, 80KB
460 19 January 2011 Re-occupying buildings affected by flood PDF, 103KB
459 10 January 2011 National Construction Code—Information seminars PDF, 68KB

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