16th & 17th August 2022


Protecting Our Water supply

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Rydges Canberra

Cnr Canberra Avenue & National Circuit, Forrest, ACT

DATES: 16TH & 17TH AUGUST 2022

  • OPTIONAL - WORKSHOP (New Backflow Procedures)  *Member discounts will be offered to all Master Plumbers members.

The Backflow Prevention Association of Australia proudly presents the 2022 Backflow Prevention Conference.  

The aim of the conference is to raise awareness of the importance of backflow prevention and to assist those in the industry increase their knowledge and skills when providing backflow related services.   

The 2022 Backflow Prevention Conference will also highlight areas such as Trade Waste and Water Hygiene.

The extra benefit this year is that the Conference will be held on National Backflow Day which is an International celebration of this industry and the people who work within.

Conference Delegate Fees

MEMBER - Full Conference - (Includes social functions) -  (Special Subsidised price $595)

NON MEMBER - Full Conference  - (Includes social functions)- $735.00

SOCIAL FUNCTIONS ONLY (Partners) - $105.00


WORKSHOP ONLY MEMBER $65.00 - NON MEMBER $115.00 (Includes BPAA Membership until the end of 2022.)

1 DAY ONLY RATE $250.00 - (Contact BPAA office for payment options.)

*Member discounts will be offered to all Master Plumbers members.

Subsidised prices courtesy of the BPAA Conference Sponsors


Registration is now open.  Early bird prices are available until 15th July 2022



This is a valuable opportunity to pass on your knowledge to others.  The Call for Abstracts is now open.  If you would like to share your particular skills or knowledge, please complete our Call for Abstracts Form. 


There is a wide choice of accommodation nearby the Conference venue.  The BPAA has organised special rates at some of these hotels.                                                    




Updated procedures from  AS/NZS 2845.3-2020 which commences on 1st September 2022 for testing RPZD, DCV, Single Check Valves, Spill resistant Vacuum Breakers , DCDA,SDCA.

Opportunity will be there for participants to have hands on practice to the new standards

Venue:                CIT -37 Constitution Ave, Reid ACT  - Block C

Date:                    18th August 2022

Time:                   10.00 am to 12 noon

Duration:           2 hours

Cost:                  MEMBER $65.00 - NON MEMBER $115.00 -  includes a light lunch

                            (Includes BPAA Membership until the end of 2022.) 

Register Below

Rydges Canberra

Please make a separate payment for Social Function only.

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Venue:                            Rydges Canberra, Cnr Canberra Avenue & National Circuit, Forrest, ACT

Dates:                              16th – 17th August + Workshop on 18th August 2022

The Welcome Function will be on the Monday night (15th August) before the Conference begins on the Tuesday. The Conference Dinner will be held on Tuesday 16th August and there will be drinks at the bar on Wednesday following the conference.

If you haven’t booked your accommodation yet, there is a discount code to use.

Go to Rydges Canberra Website

Enter Block code 2208BPAA   and the conference rate of $155 will show as per the example below.  If you have problems booking your accommodation, please give me a call.

Discount is only available until 31 July.

Forrest Hotel & Apartments

call for 


This is a call for abstracts from the backflow and the water industry professionals who are interested in the 2022 National Backflow Prevention Conference. The National Backflow Prevention Conference  is a valuable networking opportunity for those in the water supply and trade waste areas of the plumbing industry.  The participants will include Plumbers, Government bodies, Commercial operators, Suppliers etc. The Conference will provide attendees with the opportunity to share knowledge, skills and future trends. Sessions will include: Changes in legislation Environmental Issues The Business of Backflow New and evolving technologies Other Plumbing related information including:  Trade Waste. Participating as a speaker is a great way to develop your own professional skills and elevate your professional profile.  If you are considering joining the industry elite and presenting at the 2022 NationalBackflow Prevention Conference then you’ll need to act now, the call for presenters has now started, and speaker places are filling fast.



Presentation:  ABCB

Presented by:  Gary Rake

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) ensures safe and sustainable building and plumbing systems through regulatory and non-regulatory measures, in collaboration with governments and industry. We have many programs, committees and governance arrangements to support us in achieving this mission.

The ABCB has two primary technical advisory committees, Building Codes Committee (BCC) and the Plumbing Code Committee (PCC).

 The PCC is a valuable national forum for regulatory authorities and industry to work collectively and collaboratively to consider technical matters relevant to plumbing regulation reform. It plays an active role in assisting the Board, through the Office, in achieving sound technical plumbing regulation outcomes. As a technical advisory committee it is not responsible for making final decisions in relation to the content of the PCA or matters of policy direction.

Backflow prevention and Cross-connection control play a pivotal role in the delivery of safe plumbing and safe drinking water.

The BCC and PCC operate in alignment to ensure a coordinated approach to building and plumbing regulatory reform.


Presented by: Glenn Tate


Glenn is the Technical and Quality Manager for IAPMO Oceana, which is part of the IAPMO Group.  IAPMO is a “Not for Profit” Association that have offices worldwide.  IAPMO Oceana is a JAS-ANZ accredited Conformity Assessment Body that grants WaterMark Certification and GasMark certification for plumbing and gas products. 

Glenn has over 40 years’ experience in the plumbing industry that includes 17 years working with the Victorian water regulator - MMBW (now known as Melbourne Water) with duties that included the assessment of plumbing products before the National Plumbing and Plumbing Product Certification Scheme (NCPDP) was introduced in 1988. Since leaving the Water Regulator, Glenn has been assessing and granting WaterMark certification for over 25 years and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this field.

Presentation:  When you front the coroner, what evidence can you offer?  

Presented by:  Rick Draper


Everyone working in the field of backflow prevention understands three fundamental things that underpin every backflow prevention compliance program:  

  1. Back siphonage or back pressure can cause contamination of the connected water supply if there is no effective backflow prevention
  2. Backflow prevention devices can, and do fail
  3. Death is a foreseeable outcome of a backflow incident

It might seem melodramatic, but if you are summoned to give evidence to a coronial inquest, how will your contribution to the backflow prevention compliance program be viewed?  What defensible evidence can you provide to the court?  Can the coroner compel you to give self-incriminating answers to questions you would rather not be asked?

This presentation will explore the concepts of regulatory compliance and contractual obligations, in the context of having consistent practices and maintaining accurate and defensible evidence.  How can you convince a court that records were being effectively reviewed and have not been altered or augmented after the incident?  

The wider value of accurate and defensible record keeping will be discussed, beyond the foreseeable but hopefully unlikely event of a fatality involving the failure of a backflow prevention device for which you were, in some way, responsible.


Rick Draper is the Managing Director of Amtac Professional Services Pty Ltd, a company he founded in 1993.  While obtaining electrical and electronics trade qualifications in the late 1970’s / early 1980’s, he also studied electrical engineering, marketing, and economics.  A decade later he went back to university to study adult and vocational teaching, majoring in criminology. 

Rick Draper then spent 25 years as a sessional lecturer in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University, teaching risk management and crime prevention.  He remains a member of the Criminology and Criminal Justice Industry Advisory Board, with a specific interest in environmental crime and countering compliance fraud.  He has written numerous reports, articles and book chapters, as well as being called as an expert witness in litigation cases heard in magistrate, district and supreme courts.  

Presentation:  National Construction Code 2022 and Standard changes to be aware of.

Presented by:  Stephen Jennison


Stephen completed his plumbing apprentice in Tamworth New South Wales in 1984 and moved to Brisbane to start his own plumbing business in 1986.

2005 - Stephen commenced working for Pine Rivers Shire Council as a plumbing inspector;

2015 - Stephen became a Senior Plumbing Investigator with Queensland Building and Construction Commission.

2016 - Stephen returned to Council working in the Regulatory Services Department as a Plumbing Compliance Officer.

  • Committee member Standards Australia WS-014 (3500 series)
  • Committee member Standards Australia WS-023 (2845 series)
  • Committee member Plumbing Codes Committee
  • President of the Backflow Prevention Association of Australia Queensland chapter;
  • Stephen is a qualified plumber/ drainer/ gas fitter;
  • Certificate IV Backflow prevention maintenance and testing;
  • Certificate IV On-site sewerage design;
  • Certificate IV Government Investigation.

Presentation:  Cross-connection control and backflow prevention code changes in NCC 2022

Presented by:  Peter McLennan

 The Plumbing Code of Australia, NCC 2022, brings major changes relating to the cross-connection control requirements of Part B5 and referenced specification (Specification 41). The Performance Requirement provisions have been expanded, a Verification Method has been included for a Performance Solution and a new Specification 41 Deemed-to-Satisfy provision has been added. Specification 41 only prescribes Hazard Ratings for a limited list of known hazards. It does not cover every potential cross-connection that may arise from time to time.  The Hazard Ratings prescribed in Specification 41 must be used for selecting the required backflow prevention device, for the purposes of compliance with the Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions. A new Verification Method / risk assessment has also been included for scenarios not listed in Specification 41. This presentation leads the audience through the changes, plus goes into the reasons behind the development of the Verification Method. With the examples used, the audience will understand the changes and be ready for the introduction of the NCC 2022 later this year. Peter McLennan is the Senior Project Officer with the Australian Building Codes Board in Canberra, Australia. He has over 30 years’ experience in Backflow Prevention across a range of entities, both corporate and private in the plumbing services and piping distribution industry. Peter is considered a subject matter expert in the field of backflow prevention and has presented papers at conferences nationally and internationally on industry subjects related to protecting the water supply, backflow prevention and demand management. He has extensive authorship of articles published in trade publications both nationally and internationally on water supply topics and was fortunate to be awarded the 2018 Queensland Plumbing Industry Leadership Award

Presentation:   Proper Care of Field Test Kits

Presented by:  Mike Lueck

Proper Care of Test Kits - A backflow prevention assembly tester must use a properly working test kit to perform their testing duties. The presentations will discuss what a tester must do to maintain their test kits, so they are working properly and providing accurate data. It will show examples of properly maintained test kits as well as the consequences when they are not properly maintained. Mike Lueck Introduction - Mike has been active in cross-connection control and backflow prevention with ABPA, ASSE, BPAA, BPMA, State of Michigan and the UA since 1984. Mike is currently an international member of BPAA, a member of the ABPA Certification Committee, ASSE Cross-Connection Control Technical Committee and Director-At-Large on the ABPA Board of Directors. Mike has done presentations at backflow prevention conferences in the United States, Canada and Australia.


Gould Instruments is proud to introduce our latest family of high accuracy digital instruments fur the backflow, plumbing and Fire industries.

We design our products locally, and utilise as much local content as possible.

Our new APP provides seamless reporting and cloud storage for a swathe of testing scenarios.

Our instruments are in full compliance with the new backflow standard AS2845.3:2020.

Please feel free to visit us at the BPAA conference in Canberra.

You can even bring your analogue gauge along, we will test it to the new standard at NO COST. If it passes, a test report will be sent via email.


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Terms and Conditions

Insurance and Liability

The organisers do not take responsibility for any individual, medical, travel or personal insurance. Participants are advised to secure their own insurance policies as necessary. Delegate registration fees do not provide such insurance coverage.

Photography Policy

Photographs will be taken throughout the event for marketing and promotional purposes. If you do not wish for your photo to be taken please contact us.


The Tradeshow times  Will be from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm each day of the conference.

Trade display personnel are expected to make themselves available at these times. 

Sign in Forms and Name Badges

All delegates will required to sign an attendance sheet on arrival each day.  You will also need to sign in using any Government app or QR code for Covid 19 if required.  A name badge will be given to you upon arrival at the conference. This badge is the official pass and must be worn at all times to gain entry to all conference areas and social functions.

Dress Code

Please note smart casual attire is appropriate for conference sessions and social functions. A jacket may be necessary for air-conditioned meeting rooms.


The content and material of all seminars remains the copyrighted property of BPAA for reproductions and distribution purposes. Conference sessions cannot be filmed or recorded for personal use outside of the designated event.

Privacy Policy

The BPAA takes great care to protect the privacy of information supplied by individuals or organisations in accordance with the Privacy Act and the Australian Privacy Principles.  Upon registration, you will be asked to either share your contact details with others involved in the conference.  You will have the option not to share your details. 

CPD Points

The conference program provides attendees may claim 9 CPD points based on the BPAA scale of 25 points per year.


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