Changes proposed for Plumbers, Gasfitters & Drainlayers Act

Press Release – New Zealand Government

The Government is moving to amend Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers legislation to ensure the Board which enforces it can do its job of protecting public safety effectively.
Hon Maurice Williamson
Minister for Building and Construction
14 March 2013 Media Statement
Changes proposed for Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Act

The Government is moving to amend Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers legislation to ensure the Board which enforces it can do its job of protecting public safety effectively.

Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson says it is apparent there is an issue with how the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board fee and levy funding provisions work.

The Regulations Review Committee received complaints about the validity of fees and levies that fund the Board’s statutory prosecution function.

The Government will attempt to amend the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Act 2006 to validate the disciplinary levy and offences fee, and clarify the Board’s authority to impose levies.

“It has always been the Government’s intention that the Board’s prosecution function would be funded by the industry. This is how all other boards in the building and construction sector operate,” Mr Williamson says.

“The industry benefits from maintaining high standards and stopping unqualified people putting the public at risk and taking work from skilled tradespeople. The Board’s prosecution and disciplinary functions play a key role in that process.”

The Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Amendment Bill was tabled on Monday and had its first reading in Parliament this afternoon.

The Government Administration Select Committee will consider the Bill over the next week, and invite submissions on it.

ENDS

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1 comment:

  1. Pete Clarence, 14. March 2013, 22:40

    The plumbers are disgusted by Williamson trying to change the act , what other industries is he referring to when mentions all other building industries operate this way , electricians do not , they are funded by a levy on energy accounts regarding prosecutions for illegal work , its abit rich asking 7000 plumbers and drainlayers to fund prosecutions for non registered people , surely that is a government cost , the plumbers wont take this lying down , beware the plumbers federation Mr Williamson you need to wake up and take note .