Submission to the Office of Fair Trading re proposed changes to the Home Building Regulations 2014.
On Friday 14th August 2014 your Association provided a response to the proposal by OFT to make severely negative changes to the scope of works currently effectively done by plumbers.
The proposed Home Building Regulation 2014 and RIS outline a total about face on the advice provided by NSW Fair Trading to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure with the impact only limited by the proposed five year transitional arrangement.
The scepticism here is that the proposed transitional arrangement is more related to providing resources to complete the retrofitting of aged care facilities rather than the position put in the RIS to unify what was previously classified as water plumbing as it relates to fire protection and fire sprinkler systems, and avoid the risk of cost escalation or delay of some building projects eg the retrofitting of the aged care facilities.
The RIS goes further in that categories of work which are both traditional and mandatory in the training of plumbers are to be removed from their scope of work. After a five year period a plumber would not be able to do such work for which they have been traditionally licensed to do.
This submission was well supported by members of the Association who took part in a survey to provide advice and respond to options within the draft documents. Please log into the members only section of the site to read the submission and review the attachments sent to OFT.