South West plumber’s licence is suspended
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The State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) has suspended Western Australian plumber Jason Wayne Walker’s (PL6489) plumbing contractor licence until October 2015 after he admitted disciplinary matters including fraudulent conduct in relation to the carrying out of plumbing work and agreed to pay a $3,500 fine and costs of $700.
The Plumbers Licensing Board (the Board) commenced disciplinary action against the Bunbury plumber in August 2013 after a number of complaints made to the Building Commission and Consumer Protection sparked an investigation into his conduct.
At the time, Building Commissioner Peter Gow issued a warning to consumers to exercise caution if dealing with Walker and, with Walker’s consent, the SAT implemented a temporary suspension of his licence while it was dealing with the case.
At mediation in March 2014, Walker admitted to the following conduct occurring at a number of South West sites between January and June 2013:
- demanding payment for plumbing work that was not carried out;
- failing to provide Notices of Intention and Certificates of Compliance to the Board in the appropriate timeframe; and
- threatening or intimidating clients in order to obtain payment.
The conduct formed the basis for allegations of three disciplinary matters: fraudulent conduct; failing to comply with the Plumbing Regulations; and acting in a way that demonstrated he was not fit and proper to hold a plumbing contractor’s licence.
In reaching a settlement, the Board and the SAT took into account the fact that Walker had attempted to rectify his wrongdoings, had completed a substance rehabilitation program and was cooperative throughout the proceedings.
While Walker’s plumbing contractor’s licence is suspended until 1 October 2015 he will be entitled to work under the supervision of other licenced plumbing contractors during the period of suspension.
“The Building Commission’s complaints process is an important protection for consumers and the building industry alike and I encourage anyone who has a building or plumbing related concern to let us know about it,” said Building Commissioner Peter Gow.
“The Building Commission will continue to take action against and name those who put consumer interests and the reputation of the building industry at risk.”
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