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When providing a compliance certificate for any work you have completed, it’s important to ensure that you are covered for the work you have done, and that work only.
All work subject to a compliance certificate carries insurance to protect the owner/consumer against defective plumbing work and consequential damage caused by the plumbing work. Insurance coverage for defective work is for a period of six years from when the work has been completed.
The compliance certificate should be very clear as to the specific work that you have completed and are certifying. Detailing the work you have completed will create a record of the work covered by your compliance certificate and may absolve you from responsibility of works carried out prior to or after your involvement.
A compliance certificate should include, on the installation details, a detailed list of all the plumbing work completed by you. If the work has been started but not been completed by you, a compliance certificate is still required to be provided and should include the installation details for the portion of the work completed by you.
All practitioners responsible for supplying compliance certificates are required to do so within 14 days of completing the work, regardless of whether or not the work has been paid for.
Examples of types of information which could be included:
- Gas pipework installed and tested from meter to hot plate. Pipework terminated at future connection points for solar hot water booster and ducted heater.
- Did not complete installation as contract terminated by builder on 1/1/2018. Works completed by 1/1/2018 - Hot and cold water rough in to unit 1, Gas rough in from front of Unit 1 to future connection points of hot plate and storage hws. (include all works completed) Did not carry out any works at Unit 2.
- Installed corrugated roof sheets and flashings to pitched roof on unit 1. Did not install gutters or downpipes. Did not install roof sheets or flashings on flat roof on rear unit.
Invoices should also include a detailed list of the specific work completed by the practitioner.
If you have any questions on completing compliance certificates, contact Master Plumbers’ Chief Technical Advisor on (03) 9329 9710.