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Outcome of fee consultation for the period 2022 to 2025

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(30 November 2021) Thank you for considering the Plumbers Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board consultation document on the proposed fees for the period 2022 to 2025, and to those individuals and organisations who made submissions.

Every three years we review our fees with the last fee review being carried out in 2018. After consideration of the feedback, the Board approved the proposed fees increases. The new fees will come into effect for the licensing year commencing 1 April 2022. The Gazette notice will be available in early 2022.  
 
Fees approved by the Board will take effect on 1 April 2022 
The new fees, including the disciplinary levy, are set out in the table below.  

 

Current fee 

Increase from previous year 

New fee effective 1 April 2022 

% increase* 

First time registration 

 

 

 

 

Annual practicing licence (Journeyman, Tradesman, Certifying) 

$90.00 

$10.00 

$100.00 

4% 

Registration (per registration class, per trade) 

$375.00 

$15.00 

$390.00 

1% 

Disciplinary and prosecution levy (per licensed person) 

$285.00 

$15.00 

$300 

2% 

1 Trade 

$750.00 

$40.00 

$790.00 

2%

2 Trade 

$1215.00 

$65.00 

$1280.00 

2%

3 Trade 

$1680.00 

$90.00 

$1770.00 

2%

Relicensing - Journeyman, Tradesman, Certifying 

 

 

 

 

1 Licence 

$375.00 

$25.00 

$400.00 

2%

2 Licences 

$465.00 

$35.00 

$500.00 

3%

3 Licences 

$555.00 

$45.00 

$600.00 

3%

Exemption under supervision 

$90.00 

$10.00 

$100.00 

4%

Trainee limited certificate 

$55.00 

$10.00 

$65.00 

6%

Provisional licence (per trade) 

$90.00 

$10.00 

$100.00 

4% 

*The percentage increase over the three-year period that the fees are in place.
  
Consultation background and feedback 
The Board proposed changes to its fees and disciplinary levy on 20 May 2021. Feedback was sought from practitioners and stakeholders over a six-week period ending 30 June 2021. 
 
During the consultation, the Board's communications reached a total audience of 35,636 people. 708 of those people wanted more information about the consultation, with 37 people going on to make a submission. These submissions were reviewed by all Board members prior to considering its decision at its meeting in July 2021.  
 
Submission themes 
The key themes from the submissions were: 

The disciplinary levy should not have to be paid for by the profession.  

  • There should be a focus on reducing costs not increasing fees.

The disciplinary levy goes directly towards costs arising out of prosecutions for registered and unregistered tradespeople and the prior investigation as set out in section 143 of the Plumbers Gasfitters and Drainlayers Act 2006 (Act).  

The principle purpose of the Act is to protect public health and safety. One of the mechanisms to achieve this is by having systems and processes in place for complaints and disciplinary activity which the Act funds by a levy on practitioners.  
 
The Board is not able to pass on the disciplinary levy to an individual practitioner. The Board does not recover all of its costs from proceedings, and typically only recovers around 30% to 60% of costs for disciplinary hearings. 
 
The Board did note that a substantial proportion of submissions demonstrated some misunderstandings about the Board’s functions and how its role differs from representative bodies such as Master Plumbers. The Board is a regulatory body charged with ensuring that plumbers, gasfitters, and drainlayers practice safely and competently, with the primary goal of protecting public safety. This is required by law under the Act.  
 
The fees paid by practitioners fully fund the execution of the Board’s regulatory functions. The Board’s role is distinct from that of advocacy groups which provide membership services and benefits.  The Board receives no government funding and manages its operations on a full cost recovery basis.  
 
Summary 
The Board is very mindful of the impact to practitioners and businesses in these challenging times with the disruptions from COVID-19. Ultimately the Board considers these fee increases are necessary to ensure financial sustainability.  
 
This letter is to provide clarity of the new fees early to give everyone the opportunity to plan ahead for the next licencing year. 
 
The Board thanks everyone who made a submission. The Board wishes to engage fully with all practitioners and ensure that all tradespeople’s perspectives are used to inform its regulatory approach.