CSIRO's Simon Toze Power Point as presented by Jatinda Sidhu at the IPIQ General Meeting on 10th September 2013

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Presentation by Stephen Jennison regarding backflow on rainwater tanks as presented at the  IPIQ General Meeting on 10th September 2013

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Key points relating to the changes to the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation (SPDR).

 Changes include;

Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003 (SPDR)

The changes apply to Section 29 of the SPDR "Notice of Compliance" clause 4) for the purposes of subsection (2) (b), compliance assessable work is completed when the work becomes operational .

Please find the information in these three documents below

This is a significant change, plumbing and drainage work is now deemed to be completed when it becomes operational.

PlumDrainStR03[1] 12072013.pdf PlumDrainStR03[1] 12072013.pdf
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PlumbDrainA02[1].pdf PlumbDrainA02[1].pdf
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SPDR Explanatory Notes 138.pdf SPDR Explanatory Notes 138.pdf
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AS/NZS 3500 Amendments Document:  

AS/NZS 3500.1- Response to ABCB Comments: 


The Response to the BSA review report is now available to view here...



There is a product on the market that may resolve the disabled shower issue.  See more information and a youtube video here.

The IPIQ needs your help with regards to unlicensed persons installing and maintaining water meters in QLD    Please find the link to the Survey here.  Login to the Members only page to view the power point presentation and the letter to the Minister. 

Minutes from the PPI meeting held on 18th March 2013 are now available here...

The Minutes from the latest PICG meeting are now available under the "Members Only" section of the website here...

Peter McLennan has received  information regarding New Zealand draft code of practice for backflow prevention more...

National Occupational Licensing - comments to the Regulatory Impact Statement close this Friday 12 October.     More.  Members are able to see the IPIQ Response here.

The IPIQ held its AGM at the Lord Stanley Hotel on Tuesday 13th November.  A big thank you goes out to those that are leaving the IPIQ Committee this year Jamie Neil and Neville Kilpatrick.  Once again a huge thank you to Max Hunter for doing such a great job as President and for guiding the organisation to be the success it is today.  Congratulation to the new Committee for this next year.  

  • Eddie Denman, President
  • Chiz Ruxton, Vice President
  • Ray Smith, Secretary
  • Stephen Jennison, Treasurer
  • Ian MacDonald, Committee Member
  • Jim Mahon, Committee Member
  • Paul Bates, Committee Member
  • Peter Northey, Committee Member
  • Arthur Dawson, Committee Member
  • Greg Brown, Committee Member
  • Max Hunter, Committee Member (ex - President)
A list of contact details for this committee can be found on our contact us page.

Hi All, please see below and attached details of the Water New Zealand draft code of practice for backflow prevention. As a member, I am happy to put forward relevantcomments or ideas.

any comments or questions? Please contact me

The Water New Zealand Backflow Special Interest Group has been working on a revised copy of the Code of Practice for Water Suppliers . The committee would like to give Backflow members the opportunity to view the draft document and provide any comments they feel may be appropriate.  New Zealand draft code of practice for backflow prevention.

thanks and regards


Checkus out on    www.bpaq.org.au

Peter McLennan

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Secretary, BPAQ Inc

Chairman NBIG

Planning for AGM. The IPIQ is asking for expression of interest from people that may be attending the Australasian Plumbing Conference so that we can gauge how many members may be available for the AGM.  Please contact the IPIQ and let us know if you will be there.

The IPIQ received an inquiry regarding Importing Pre-fabricated units.  more

Consistency Matters.  Please Some Councils are asking for Designers and Plumbers to nominate the Identification of pipe work  and outlets as Drinking water and Non Drinking water. AS/NZS 3500 glossary and part 1 2003 no longer refers this identification marking as Potable Water or Non Potable Water.  Marking manufacturers are now producing signage with the wording Drinking water and Non Drinking water. 

The penalties and Sentences and Other legislation Amendment Act 2012 was assented to on 14 August 2012.  A copy of the Act is attached for your reference.  Part 10 of the Act(s. 34 precisely) provides that the penalty unit amount under the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 be amended from $100 to $110 per penalty unit.

You will note that section 2 of the Act specifies that Part 10 of the Act commences 7 days after assent.

Therefore the penalty unit amount will be $110 from Tuesday 21 August 2012

Ron Shilling - Is retiring from his current position at Townsville City Council.  Besides starting his own business Ron is making himself available as a relief Plumbing Inspector.  If you need a Plumbing Inspector in a relief role please do not hesitate to contact Ron.  Phone:  Mobile or home is 07 47237371pleasIf you would prefer to contact Ron by email. rvschilling@qld.chariot.net.au

Paul Trentini - Technical Consultant, Storm Plastics will be holding a seminar on installing drainage in reactive soil sites.  The seminar will be held at Skills Tech - 247 Bradman Street, Arcacia Ridge.  

Time/Date:  6pm to 7.30 pm 11 July.

Please contact Jim Mahon on 0407 678 336 if you wish to attend.

Department of Local Government has issued a press release regarding the cutting of red tape for plumbing and drainage approvals.  more 

AS1428.1:2009 Design for access and mobility has been on the lips through out the QLD plumbing industry since the standard came into effect on the 1st May 2011. Section 15.5.6 requires a hand-held shower head shall be provided, which shall have a flexible hose of a minimum length of 1500mm.

With the design of these disable bathrooms being at a minimum size it has become an issue with the shower rose being able to be placed or being able to reach the toilet bowl, this then changes the hazard rating to a high hazard requiring an RPZD to be installed on the hot and cold water service downstream of the shower being the only real option to the issue. Upgrading to an RPZD on the shower outlet may cause a problem as the certifier will be required to sign off on the location of the RPZD if mounted externally and encroaches into the circulating spaces that need to be free from all fixtures.

For the correct operation of an RPZD it must have similar pressures upstream and downstream of the  device to prevent the device from discharging and constitute a hazard or nuisance. 

The IPIQ is working through this issue with other associations and departments to address this problem and try to maintain consistency in the QLD plumbing industry.

MPAQ are hosting a Plumbing Expo at Brisbane Convention Centre more..


Calling all Sponsors & Exhibitors Exhibition space is currently available for the Mini Conference/Expo Click here...

Congratulations Cliff Howard

The Committee and members of the Institute of Plumbing Inspectors Queensland would like to congratulate Cliff Howard on his retirement from active service with the Isaac Regional Council. Cliff has been a valued employee of the Broadsound/Isaac for the past fifteen years and a member of the IPIQ for the last 5 years. Cliff has acted as Secretary for the Central Division for the last 3 years. His support for the IPIQ in that time has been, and is, greatly appreciated by the Committee of Management and the Central Division Chair. Cliff, enjoy your retirement and as a member please stay involved with the IPIQ as the knowledge you have gained over time is worth more than any amount of text books could impart.

Good luck and best wishes for the future.

Max Hunter - President

Chiz. Ruxton - Vice President

Committee of Management and Members.


Drainwave performance reports show how water borne serer systems can be protected against dry drains more.....

New information on Dialysis Machines. click here


Farewell to Neil Whittaker. - The IPIQ would like to congratulate Neil on his retirement and wish him all the best for the future.

Media Release - Red tape slashed for plumbing approvals saving time and money more....

The Transport and Local Government Committee website (http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-committees/committees/TLGIC) has recently been updated.

Seminar - The Backflow Association are holding a seminar at Skills Tech more information...,    program...,   BPAQ membership

Front Loading Washing machine manufacturers have been voiding the warranty due to incorrect installation.

It has come to Logan City Council plumbing inspectors attention recently that due to the pump failure, that the washing machine manufacturers have been voiding the warranty of their machines, due to the fact of the discharge hose has been connected to the tit on the trap. The maximum size hole the plumber can drill through the tit is 13mm, and most of the hoses seem to need an internal diameter of at least 18mm, Because of this it is restricting the flow from the pump, and thus adding extra pressure on the pump causing it to fail.

The manufacturers have been advising the owners to contact their plumber if he installed the machine. 

Please find the link to the IPIQ powerpoint regarding Unlicensed persons installing and maintaining water meters in Qld  here.


  The minutes from the PPI meeting held on 18 March 2013 can be found here  

 A copy of the QBSA report on the Inquiry into the Operation and Performance of the Queensland Building Services Authority 2012 is available here.

 Calibration of Test Kits - The Australian Standard AS2845.3 - 2010 requires that backflow more...


Thank you - To Stephen Jennison from Tony White for his assistance with more.....


 Report - Sustainable Planning and Other legislation Amendment Bill 2011 (SPOLA) more....



 Inspector Needed - Gladstone Regional Council

1.       Gladstone Regional Council are looking to put a Plumbing Inspector on secondment or a contractor to assist while their senior plumbing inspector is on leave. The dates for which he will be on leave are from the 27/02/2012 to the 4/06/2012.  Being able to work part of, or all of this time will assist the Council over this busy period.  Accommodation will be provided and other expenses can be discussed upon application.   For more information please call Ben Heinrich on 49758472.