Plumbers and gasfitters
ESV is Victoria’s independent electricity, gas and pipeline safety and technical regulator and responsible for the implementation and enforcement of standards, codes and policies under the Electricity Safety Act 1998, Gas Safety Act 1997 and Pipelines Act 2005 and their respective regulations.
The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) administers the licensing and registration system for plumbers and gasfitters, and promotes and enforces plumbing standards across Victoria.
When to use a licensed tradesperson
Always use a licensed gasfitter for any installation, repairs or renovations involving gas work. This applies to the installation of hot water systems and gas-fuelled heaters, and for renovations where the disconnection or relocation of gas appliances is required.
Don’t ever undertake gas work yourself or to use a tradesperson who does not have specialist gas knowledge and skills.
Finding a licensed gasfitter
Gasfitters have different types of licences depending on the work they are qualified to do. All registered and licensed plumbers are issued with a Photo ID card that lists the type of work they can do.
When searching for a gasfitter, you will need to check their qualifications and areas of expertise. Contact them and ask if they are licensed for the service required. When they attend the site, ask to check their licence card and the registered classes listed on the back of the card.
Type A Gasfitters
There are two different types of gas appliances – Type A and Type B appliances.
Type A appliances include domestic and light commercial type appliances such cookers, space heaters, central heaters, water heaters, catering equipment and leisure appliances. So, when looking to service and repair your gas heater, be sure it’s done by a licensed Type A Gasfitter.
To conduct routine servicing and CO checks, the licence needs to show the ‘gas servicing Type-A’ (circled in red below) accreditation.
Look out for the licence/s below when choosing a gasfitter to carry out the work. Check that they are qualified to carry out Type A appliance servicing.
The benefits to you
- Training and competency – to be a licensed gasfitter, a person must have undertaken the appropriate training to complete gas work safely, including having passed exams for competency and being registered with the VBA.
- Licensed gasfitters must have insurance – providing a six (6) year warranty on the work they perform.
- Preserve your manufacturer’s warranty conditions – if appliance installation work is carried out by a licensed tradesperson, your manufacturer’s warranty conditions are not breached.
After installing a gas appliance, the licensed gasfitter must give you a compliance certificate.
Your copy of the Compliance Certificate protects you if any problems arise later due to faulty installation. If this occurs, the gasfitter will be required to come back and remedy any installation problem.
You may be offered a ‘cheap’ job excluding the cost of the compliance certificate. This is an offence under the Building Act 1993, denies you a guarantee and prevents the work from being audited for compliance and quality.
- Victorian Building Authority (VBA)
- Gas safety at home
- Heating your home safely with gas
- Careers in gasfitting
If you have any queries in relation to gas safety around your property or about choosing and using a plumber or gasfitter, please contact ESV on 03 9203 9700 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.