Training and events

Electricity, gas, water and sewerage, and plumbing industry updates and roadshows

News update

Non-drinking water guidelines

To improve the awareness and understanding of installation requirements of non-drinking water systems, and associated regulatory responsibilities within the plumbing and water industries, the Office of the Technical Regulator (OTR) has developed guidelines for non-drinking water in South Australia.

The guidelines have been structured in such a manner that is consistent with similar documents in the plumbing and water industries, with the focus placed on safety and reliability.

The guidelines are presented in three parts:

The guidelines are for use by the plumbing and water industries, water industry entities, and property owners with a non-drinking water supply. They outline requirements and responsibilities for installing, operating and maintaining non-drinking water systems in accordance with the Water Industry Act 2012, Water Industry Regulations 2012, and appropriate technical standards.

The OTR completed extensive industry stakeholder consultation while developing the guidelines, and received significant feedback. This consultation process was undertaken to ensure that the guidelines are widely accepted across government agencies and industry.

If you would like further information or to be kept up-to-date with the progress of the guidelines, please email the OTR or call 8463 3209.

Electrical roadshows

Electrical roadshows are organised annually by the National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) and supported by the Office of the Technical Regulator. The Office of the Technical Regulator uses these sessions to educate industry members on:

  • changes to the Australian wiring rules
  • issues related to electrical installations
  • the Electricity Act and regulations.

The presentations conducted by the Office of the Technical Regulator take approximately an hour. Other organisations such as SA Power Networks may also participate in the roadshow.

For more information on NECA seminars, visit the events page on the NECA website.

Plumbing and gas technical sessions

Plumbing and gas technical sessions are organised by Master Plumbers South Australia (formerly known as the Plumbing Industry Association of SA). The training and updates are provided by the Office of the Technical Regulator.

Sessions normally take two and a half to four hours and all plumbing and gas workers and contractors in the state are invited to attend.

The sessions cover a number of areas and their content is reviewed and updated every year. They include topics such as:

  • audit feedback
  • incident feedback
  • appliance and component recalls
  • safety notices
  • changes to legislations and standards
  • problem solving scenarios
  • new methods and materials.

The Master Plumbers South Australia website lists upcoming events.

Core discussion – gas

A core subject is discussed at length each year. The subjects are selected based on audit feedback and include areas of poor performance.

Core subjects discussed in the last few years include:

  • natural gas and LPG characteristics and properties
  • combustion principles
  • unflued heaters and ventilation
  • pipe sizing
  • appliance fluing and ventilation with an emphasis on commercial installations
  • selection of LPG regulators and overpressure protection devices
  • installation of pressure proving devices.

The technical sessions may be followed by a practical workshop conducted Master Plumbers South Australia or a product manufacturer. Although the workshops fees are usually subsidised by the Construction Industry Training Board, an entry fee may still apply for the workshops.

For more information contact the Office of the Technical Regulator.

Water and sewerage infrastructure workshops

A key topic is discussed at length each year at roving information sessions. The topics are selected based on feedback to the Office of the Technical Regulator from the water industry.

Key topics include:

  • safety and reliability maintenance and technical management plans
  • auditing requirements

For more information contact the Office of the Technical Regulator.

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