Suspension and fine for licence lending

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Halls Head man Roy Keith Perkins (TL2619), director of Nucross (W.A.) Pty Ltd, trading as Perkins Plumbing Contractors, has been fined and had his plumbing tradesperson’s licence suspended by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) as a result of disciplinary action by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB).

In a settlement finalised on 18 April 2016, Mr Perkins admitted to fraudulent conduct in relation to the carrying out of plumbing work, which is a disciplinary matter under the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000.

Mr Perkins’ plumbing tradesperson’s licence was suspended for six months from 18 April 2016 and he was ordered to pay the PLB a $2,500 fine and costs of $975.

The SAT heard that in August 2010 Mr Perkins entered into an arrangement with licensed plumbing contractor Kim Godfrey (PL986) under which he would make regular payments for
Mr Godfrey to sign the Notice of Intention and Certificate of Compliance documents for plumbing work carried out by Perkins Plumbing Contractors. This is commonly known as licence lending.

During the next two years the company carried out plumbing work on at least 28 residential and commercial projects in locations including Doubleview, Duncraig, Ellenbrook, Gingin, Hamersley, Heathridge, Innaloo, Karrinyup, Midland, Midvale, Mount Helena, Mullaloo, Mundaring, Ocean Reef, Parkerville, Swanbourne, Two Rocks, West Swan and Wickham.

“Mr Perkins’ fraudulent conduct in using someone else’s plumbing contractor licence to carry out and certify plumbing work put the public safety at risk and denied the owners of their right to ensure their plumbing work was safe and carried out in accordance with the regulations,” said PLB Chairperson Howard Croxon OAM. “If plumbing work is done incorrectly, it can cause the failure of plumbing equipment or systems and result in property damage, disease, injury or even death.”

While Mr Godfrey’s signing of the notices and certificates represented to the PLB that he proposed to carry out the plumbing work, he did not carry out or exercise general direction or control over the carrying out of the plumbing work as required by the Regulations.

In September 2015, the SAT suspended Mr Godfrey’s plumbing contractor’s licence for two years and ordered him to pay the PLB a fine of $5,000 and costs of $975 for fraudulent conduct in relation to this matter. Read the Building Commission’s media statement at: www.commerce.wa.gov.au/announcements/thornlie-plumber-suspended-and-fined.

“The Plumbers Licensing Board, through the Building Commission, is committed to stamping out this type of conduct,” Mr Croxon said. “We will continue to hold to account and name those who put the public interest and the reputation of the plumbing industry at risk.”

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