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QBCC audits of notifiable work

The QBCC regularly conducts audits of notifiable work activity and its registration with the QBCC.

QBCC approved audit program of notifiable work

Under the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2018 (PD Act), the QBCC may audit licensees to determine if they have been complying with the requirements for notifiable work.

What happens during an audit?

If the QBCC audits your work, you will receive a notice to provide documents.  The QBCC then checks the documents to ensure that notifiable work has been registered.

Current audit

The following audit program is established to take place between 1 July 2023 and 30 June 2024. 

This notice of an approved audit program is published in accordance with section 47(4) of the PD Act.

Purpose

Monitor compliance with the notifiable work laws under section 83 of the PD Act.

Duration

The audit period is set to start on 1 July 2023 and conclude on 30 June 2024.

Criteria for licensees

All licensees holding the classes of licence listed below may be randomly selected for audit.
Licensees may also be selected for audit:

  • if they have demonstrated non-compliance during a previous audit; or
  • on the basis of information received by the QBCC from enquiries or engagement or compliance activities.

Licence classes subject to this audit program

  • Plumbers
  • Drainers
  • Restricted licensees.

Notice to licensees of selection for audit

Licensees will be advised in writing if they have been selected for audit. The primary contact will be through email wherever possible.

Licensee obligations if selected for audit

Licensees must comply with the notice within 10 days after receiving the notice in accordance with section 48(5) of the PD Act, unless they have a reasonable excuse.

The licensee must comply with the notice even though complying might tend to incriminate the licensee or expose the licensee to a penalty.

Local government inspections of notifiable work

Local governments may also audit notifiable work within their local government area. 

A licensee or owner/occupier may also contact the local government directly to request an inspection of the work.  In this case, fees may apply. 

From local government?

Are you from local government and looking to search for notifiable work to audit? Local governments can search for notifiable work (Form 4/4a) on the self-service portal myQBCC.

You will need to request an account from us. Send your details to notifiablework@qbcc.qld.gov.au requesting an account set-up. We require the following details:

  • first name and surname of the user
  • a local government individual email address (i.e. cannot be a generic or group email, and it must end in 'qld.gov.au'. For example, name@yourcouncil.qld.gov.au is the acceptable format.
  • your business telephone numbers, e.g. landline and mobile
  • name of the local government entity.

Once your account has been created you will receive a 'Welcome to myQBCC' email from us advising that we have created an account for you. You can then login to myQBCC and get started.

Search for notifiable work to audit

Consequence for non-compliance

Penalties

The QBCC may apply a range of penalties on an individual who performs or is responsible for work that is:

  • non-compliant
  • defective
  • performed without an appropriate licence or endorsement 

Local government 'action notice'

If a local government finds non-compliant plumbing and drainage work in the course of a notifiable work audit inspection, they may issue an 'action notices'.

The action notice will state the actions the responsible person has to take to make the work compliant, and whether a further inspection is required. 

Repeat offences

Individuals who repeatedly place Queenslanders at risk by performing either unlicensed or non-compliant plumbing or drainage work and who endanger health and safety will face:

  • increased penalties for second or third offences
  • up to one year in jail for a third conviction.

Find out more about the consequences for non-compliance.


Last reviewed: 14 Feb 2024 Last published: 14 Feb 2024
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