A licensed plumber is required to take out insurance against defects in non-domestic plumbing works. The insurance is known colloquially as the Victorian Plumbers endorsement. This insurance imposes a cost of more than $5 million on the industry. This requirement has been seen as an unnecessary impost on commercial entities, who are adequately protected through contract rights and commercial litigation – therefore not utilising this insurance product.
The Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP) is currently working with industry to:
To maintain public interest, implementation of any change will depend upon Government being satisfied that a reduction in regulatory burden is achieved without compromising consumer protection or exposing other plumbing practitioners to unreasonable risk.