A full review of WaterMark was undertaken by the ABCB in 2013-2014 at the request of the Building Ministers' Forum (BMF). The review considered the policy objectives, Scheme Rules, the operation of WaterMark and associated reporting processes, roles and liabilities of the participants as well as the overall costs and benefits to industry, government and the community. The outcomes from the Review have assisted in the decision making process regarding the future of WaterMark.
The draft report on the Review of the WaterMark Certification Scheme received 20 submissions from stakeholders during its public comment period. The Board, at its meeting on 20 February 2014, considered this with a range of other information relating to the current operation of WaterMark and analysis of proposed changes. For background information, a copy of the WaterMark Review Synopsis, WaterMark Review Terms of Reference and the WaterMark Review Consultation Draft Report is available.
Noting that the final decision in respect to the future of WaterMark would be that of the BMF, the Board concluded that some additional review work was required, particularly in respect to economic benefits, in order to satisfy itself of the recommendations it would out to the Ministers. As part of that work the document, Ensuring that plumbing and drainage products are fit for purpose - A Regulatory Commentary after consultation, was prepared for consideration by the Board.
Subsequently, the Board put its final recommendations to the BMF for consideration at its meeting on 31 July 2015. At this meeting, the BMF agreed to the retention of WaterMark as a mandatory plumbing product certification scheme with a range of improvements to enhance its effectiveness, including the move to a single level scheme and adoption of a full cost recovery model.
For further details about about the improved WaterMark scheme, please refer to the Key Features of an Improved WaterMark Certification Scheme.