Implementation and Transition
The improved Scheme was launched on 1 July 2016 with publication of the draft WaterMark Scheme Rules and publication of a Notice of Direction advising the cost recovery arrangements for the improved Scheme.
In January 2017 the new cost recovery arrangements for the Scheme were implemented.
In June 2017 the Manual for the WaterMark Certification Scheme (published in draft as the WaterMark Scheme Rules) for the improved Scheme was finalised and published. The Manual includes the Rules for the Scheme, and the Approved Certifier and Approved User agreements, as approved by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
On 1 August 2017 progressive transition to the improved Scheme commenced.
- Within 1 year of implementation all renewals of Approved Certifier Agreements are to be completed in accordance with the requirements of the single level scheme.
- Within 3 years all retained existing Level 2 products are to be re-certified in accordance with the requirements of the single level scheme.
- Within 5 years all retained existing Level 1 products are to be re-certified in accordance with the requirements of the single level scheme.
For a more detailed timeline, please refer to the Improved WaterMark Certification Scheme Transition Timeline.
Early in 2017 the WaterMark Schedule of Products and the WaterMark Schedule of Excluded Products were published. These schedules were prepared as a result of completion of Stage One of the ABCB project to review products for inclusion in or exclusion from the improved Scheme.
The schedules were published in advance of implementation of the improved Scheme on 1 August 2017 to enable affected stakeholders to commence transition to the new arrangements.
Other changes to Scheme requirements that will impact on stakeholder practice, compliance and/or enforcement will be introduced incrementally, with appropriate lead and transition times as determined in consultation with affected parties (i.e. manufacturers and suppliers, WaterMark Conformity Assessment Bodies, Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ), Standards Australia, National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA), testing laboratories and the State and Territory Plumbing Administrations).
A more detailed status of the key areas of the improved Scheme is available.