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What's happening with the Plumbing Act and Regulations?
From 1 July 2012, NSW Fair Trading became the state’s plumbing and drainage regulator.
Since March 2010 Fair Trading has carried out onsite plumbing inspections in Sydney, Illawarra and Blue Mountains area under contract from Sydney Water. A new Act has now transferred these responsibilities to Fair Trading who will also carry out onsite inspections in the Newcastle (Hunter Water) region from 1 July 2012.
Note: If you are a plumber or drainer in regional NSW you should continue to contact your local council.
For the period 1 July 2012 to 1 January 2013, local governments will retain their current regulatory powers. However, the NSW Code of Practice for Plumbing and Drainage will no longer be the technical standard - it will be replaced by the Plumbing Code of Australia which also calls up the Australian Standard 3500.
Go to the Plumbing code and standards page on the Fair Traiding website for more information on the new standards.
What is happening with plumbing inspections in the Newcastle area?
Hunter Water’s plumbing and drainage inspectors transfered to NSW Fair Trading on 1 July 2012. This means if you are a plumber or drainer working in the Hunter Water area you will now need to submit your Notice of Work (NoW), Sewer Service Diagram (SSD) and Certificate of Compliance (CoC) to NSW Fair Trading.
Who do I call to book an inspection?
If you work in the Sydney, Illawarra, Blue Mountains and Newcastle (Hunter Water) regions you should contact Fair Trading’s Plumbing Inspection and Assurance Service (PIAS) on 1300 889 099 between 8am and 2pm, Monday to Friday to arrange your inspection.
Where do I get my Notice of Work?
The Notice of Work (NoW) will be made available:
- at Quick Check agents for those working in the Sydney, Illawarra and Blue Mountains
- the MyInspection portal, which is currently being developed
- on the Fair Trading website for an interim period until the MyInspection portal is available.
Where can I buy Sewer Service Diagrams and Service Location Plot?
The greater Sydney area can obtain a SSD and Service Location Plot (SLP) from Sydney Water Quick Check agents. The Newcastle area will need to contact Hunter Water in order to obtain the (SLP).
You can download the SSD templates and a quick reference guide from the Plumbing inspection documents page on the Fair Trading website.
Do I need to submit a Certificate of Compliance (CoC)?
Yes. A CoC is a legal requirement. It confirms the work was undertaken by a licensed plumber or drainer and complies with the Plumbing Code of Australia and relevant industry standards.
Do I need to submit an SSD for completed work?
Yes. The SSD must be submitted to NSW Fair Trading at the inspection. If the work was not selected for an inspection, you must send the documents to Fair Trading and the property owner within 7 days of completing the work.
What if the inspector finds that the work is non-compliant?
If the Fair Trading inspector finds the work does not comply you will be issued with a non-compliance notice.
What is a point of connection?
The term 'point of connection' is used to refer to a common identified point of a plumbing installation and/or sanitary drainage system.
This reference as described here is the point where the Network Utility Operator (NUO) services end and the private service (owner) begins at or within the property boundary.
The importance of the 'point of connection' for Fair Trading is that it defines the scope of onsite plumbing and drainage works that the 'responsible person' may be held accountable for.
A property may have multiple points of connection defining the scope of works that Fair Trading may hold the 'responsible person' accountable for.
Go to the Work requiring inspections page on the Fair Trading website to download the Point of Connection explanatory notes as a PDF document.
Is Fair Trading involved in any work on NUO assets or infrastructure?
No. Sydney Water and Hunter Water control the work on their mains.
- Plumbing and drainage inspections
Information for plumbers and drainers about booking an inspection, non-compliance and inspection documents including SSD templates and a quick referece guide.
- Point of Connection Explantory Notes (PDF size: 325kb)
- Plumbing inspection documents
CoCs, SSD templates and SSD requirements