Definition of mechanical services work

Mechanical services work involves the construction, installation, replacement, repair, alteration, maintenance, testing or commissioning of a mechanical heating or cooling system in commercial and residential buildings, for example air conditioning, refrigeration and air handling systems.

Mechanical services work also includes work on medical gas systems found in hospitals and other health services such as dental facilities.

These systems contribute to the overall health and safety of the community and can have fatal consequences if incorrectly installed or maintained.

What isn’t included

Mechanical services work does not include:

  • gas work regulated under the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004
  • any treatment of cooling water
  • connecting or disconnecting a system from a water supply other than disconnecting a system from a water supply at an isolating valve adjacent to a mechanical component of that system
  • design work that is a professional engineering service under the Professional Engineers Act 2002
  • manufacturing of pipe or ducting or components manufactured off-site
  • installing a single head split system
  • installing ductwork and enclosures for air conditioning, air handling and mechanical ventilation systems
  • mechanical services work on a class 1a (detached dwelling) or class 10 (sheds, garages) building
  • mechanical services work on buildings located on certain land (refer to schedule 1A of the amendment regulation).