• 10 September 2020

    Worker critically injured after slipping off roof and falling through guardrails

    The worker was performing metal roof installation works on a double storey house under construction when he has  slipped, then slid down the metal roof sheeting off the roof, through the guard rails that were on the perimeter scaffold, and fell approximately 6 metres to the ground.
  • 04 September 2020

    Electrician electrocuted working at a domestic property

    WorkSafe has issued an alert about the risk of installing cables in older domestic properties where the electrical supply has not been de-energised and/or the integrity of existing electrical cable is not known. 
  • 26 August 2020

    WorkCover Claim Form now digital

    WorkCover Claim Forms are now able to be filled out and submitted in a digital format.
  • 06 August 2020


    The PPTEU has secured Private Plumbing Insurance for the year 2020/2021. This year we are pleased to offer this policy to our members free of charge.  To be eligible for this insurance you must be a full and financial member of the PPTEU for the full term of the policy. In addition you must be licensed/registered with the Victorian Building Authority.   
  • 22 July 2020

    ME launches new on-line tool to help members keep control of their finances.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on our everyday lives and many Australians are facing financial difficulties. 
  • 15 June 2020

    All General Meetings for Melbourne Branch and Geelong Branch cancelled.

    All members are advised the Melbourne Branch and Geelong Branch general meetings are cancelled until further notice due to the restrictions imposed on mass gatherings concerning the coronavirus outbreak.
  • 12 May 2020

    The VBA has introduced a 6-month provisional plumbing registration.

    To ensure affected apprentices aren’t unfairly prevented from gaining registration, the VBA has introduced a 6-month provisional plumbing registration. Plumbing apprentices are eligible for this provisional registration if they have completed their apprenticeship and the Certificate III in Plumbing and are unable to undertake the Journeyman exam due to its postponement.
  • 12 May 2020

    Joint media release by Western Australian building and construction industry associations and unions.

    A coalition of Industry Associations and Trade Unions have joined together to develop guidelines for managing the risks associated with COVID-19 on Western Australian construction sites. The guidelines will be regularly updated and made widely available within the Building and Construction Industry.
  • 30 April 2020

    New accreditation requirements for plumbers undertaking the routine servicing of fire protection equipment.

    Changes to the Plumbing Regulations 2018 clarified that the routine servicing of fire protection equipment is considered plumbing work and must be carried out by an appropriately qualified plumbing practitioner. In response, the VBA has introduced four new restricted classes which practitioners must be registered or licensed under to perform this work.
    Anyone performing routine servicing of fire protection equipment must be registered or licensed with the VBA by 31 December 2020. Unregistered or unlicensed practitioners carrying out this work after this date will be liable to VBA enforcement action. 
  • 07 April 2020

    Member benefits with ME bank, offers for eligible members.

    From 1 March 2020, ME will continue to offer eligible super fund and union members:· 
    An additional 0.05%p.a. discount for the life of your loan on a ME Flexible Home Loan with a Member Package or Basic Home Loan.· 
    A 2% per annum discount on the variable interest rate of ME’s low-rate credit card Frank.

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