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Unregulated work

Anyone can do unregulated work. You don’t need to be licensed do this work. Nor do you need approval from local government before the work is done or to report it to the QBCC. 

You must still meet the minimum standards of work under the legislation and codes.

What is unregulated work?

Unregulated work includes tasks that are both:

  • unskilled in nature
  • incidental to other plumbing or drainage work.

One example is excavating or backfilling a trench. A licensed plumber or drainer doesn’t necessarily need to do this work, but a licensed plumber or drainer must install the pipe.

Generally, this includes work for premises necessary to:

  • replace a shower head or domestic water filter cartridge
  • replace a jumper valve or washer in a tap
  • repair or replace a drop valve washer, float valve washer or suction cup rubber in a toilet cistern
  • replace caps to ground level inspection openings on a sanitary drain
  • clean or maintain a ground level grate for a trap on a sanitary drain
  • install or maintain an irrigation or lawn watering system downstream from a tap, isolating valve or backflow prevention device on the supply pipe for the watering system
  • repair or maintain an irrigation system for the disposal of effluent from a greywater use facility or on-site sewage facility.

Fire protection work

Unregulated fire protection work

Fire protection work that requires a licence issued under the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991 is unregulated work under the Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2019.

This extends to inspecting and testing relevant fire systems.

This work is limited to:

  • visually inspecting the components of fire protection systems or equipment to establish correct settings, physical condition or fitness for purpose
  • testing, after inspecting, by confirming the correct function or performance of a fire protection system or components of a fire protection system. Testing could extend to fitting a gauge to existing plumbing work, but wouldn’t include disassembling the plumbing work.

What isn’t unregulated

Unregulated fire protection work doesn’t include plumbing work that only a licensed plumber can do, e.g. testing or servicing a backflow prevention device installed at the connection of a fire service to a drinking water supply.

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