FAQs

Q?What is plumbing work?
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In Victoria, anyone who undertakes plumbing work is required to be licensed or registered with the Victorian Building Authority. Plumbing work is generally defined under eight types: Water Supply, Gasfitting, Sanitary, Roofing (Stormwater), Drainage, Mechanical Services, Fire Protection or Irrigation (Non-agricultural)

Q?What is meant by Water supply?
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Water supply is the construction, installation, replacement, repair, alteration, maintenance, testing or commissioning of the following:

  • any part of a hot or cold water service that is connected to a drinking water supply from the point of connection to the water supply to the points of discharge of the service;
  • any part of a non-drinking hot or cold water service or rainwater service, from the point of connection to the water supply to the points of discharge of the service;
  • any hot water service in or on a caravan or vessel; and
  • any design work that is incidental to or associated with, any work described in this regulation.
Q?What is Gasfitting?
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Gasfitting is the construction, installation, replacement, repair, alteration, maintenance, testing, commissioning or modification of any pipe, appliance, flue, fitting, apparatus, control or other item that is involved with the supply or use of gas and that is fitted downstream of the outlet of a customer billing meter or a consumer’s gas storage container and includes the construction, installation, replacement, repair, alteration, maintenance, testing, commissioning of:

  • any gas appliance in, or on, a caravan or a vessel;
  • any roof sheeting and flashing that is necessary for the purpose of any work described above; and
  • any design work that is incidental to, or associated with, any work described above.

It does not include:

  • any specialised gasfitting work;
  • any cleaning, painting or preparation work in relation to gas pipes or gas pipe joints that does not involve the connection, disconnection or alteration of those pipes or joints;
  • the connection or disconnection of a gas storage container for the purpose of filling or refilling the container; and
  • any work in relation to an item that is involved with the supply or use of gas that relates to the propulsion system, or any system that is powered by the propulsion system, of any motor vehicle or vessel.
Q?What is Mechanical Service and Fire Protrection
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Mechanical services is the construction, installation, replacement, repair, alteration, maintenance, testing or commissioning of a mechanical heating, cooling or ventilation system in a building, which is associated with the heating, cooling or ventilation of that building and includes;

  • any valve, regulator, register, pipe, duct, flue, tank, heating or cooling pipe or surface, boiler, burner, solid fuel heater, coil or other item that is used in the system;
  • any single head split system;
  • in relation to a cooling tower, any water pipe, valve, pump, or automated bleeding device or any other mechanical component that affects the cooling tower’s cooling water flow rate or wastewater disposal;
  • any fixed component used in a reticulation system for the supply or removal of medical gases from the gas source to a wall outlet;
  • roof sheeting and flashing that is necessary for the purpose of any work described above; and
  • any design work that is incidental to, or associated with, any work described above.It does not include:
  • Gasfitting work;
  • any work on a cooling tower drift eliminator;

 

Fire Protection is the construction, installation, replacement,  repair, alteration, maintenance, testing or commissioning of any part of a water service used for fire fighting, from the point of connection of the service to the water supply to any fire fighting device or equipment forming part of that service, including the following equipment-

  • a fire hydrant or hose reel;
  • a residential or domestic fire sprinkler system;
  • a commercial or industrial fire sprinkler system;
  • a fire system pump set other than the commissioning of a fire system pump set; and
  • any design work that is incidental to, or associated with, any work described above.

A water service includes a service that is connected to a reticulated water supply, a rainwater supply or any other water supply.

Q?What is Roofing (stormwater) and Drainage
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Roofing (stormwater) is the construction, installation, replacement, repair, alteration, maintenance, testing or commissioning of any roof covering or roof flashing and any part of a roof drainage system involved in the collection or disposal of stormwater, which connects to ground level and includes the connection of any  stormwater piping to;

  • a below-ground stormwater drain;
  • an on-site retention or storage tank; and
  • any design work that is incidental to, or associated with, any work described above.Roofing (Stormwater) work does not include:
  • any cleaning, painting or preparation work in relation to any item, device or equipment involved in the collection or disposal of stormwater other than the connection, disconnection or alteration of that item, device or equipment; and
  • the construction, installation, replacement, repair, alteration, maintenance, testing or commissioning of any roof covering consisting of non-metallic tiles, slate or flat membrane sheeting or any design work that is incidental to, or associated with, that work.

 

Drainage is the construction, installation, replacement, repair, alteration, maintenance, testing or commissioning of any part of a below-ground sanitary drainage system or a below-ground stormwater drainage system from the above-ground sewage, stormwater or waste pipes to the connection with the disposal system; and any design work that is incidental to, or associated with, any work described above.

It does not include the construction, installation, replacement, repair, alteration, maintenance, testing or commissioning of: (i) a subsoil drain for the sole purpose of subsoil water collection; or (ii) stormwater pits, channels that are grated or below-ground storage or retention tanks. It also does not include any design work that is incidental to or associated with, the work described above.

Q?What is Sanitary?
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Sanitary is the construction, installation, replacement, repair, alteration, maintenance, testing or commissioning of any part of an above-ground sanitary plumbing system to connect sanitary fixtures and appliances to a disposal system or below-ground sanitary drainage system and includes the construction, installation, replacement, repair, alteration, maintenance, testing or commissioning of:

  • any fixture in, or on, a caravan or vessel that is connected to a disposal system or below-ground sanitary drainage system;
  • any roof sheeting and flashing that is necessary for the purpose of that work; and
  • any design work that is incidental to, or associated with, any work described above.It does not include:
  • Water Supply work: and
  • Drainage work.