Fine puts Karrinyup plumber on notice

Karrinyup licensed plumbing contractor Joseph Travaglini (PL5037) has been fined $1,000 by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) for failing to submit the notifications and certifications required for plumbing work.

The fine is the result of disciplinary action taken by the Board following a Targeted Plumbing Certification Audit the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety carried out at Mr Travaglini’s premises in June 2017.

The Board determined that Mr Travaglini had failed to comply with the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000 by:

  • failing to provide the Board with three notices of intention to carry out major plumbing work at least 24 hours before commencing the work;
  • failing to provide the Board and the owners with eight certificates of compliance for major plumbing work within five days of the completion of the work; and
  • failing to provide the Board with 10 certificates of compliance, covering 38 minor plumbing work projects, within five working days of the end of the calendar month.

The breaches were committed by Mr Travaglini in the three years prior to the audit.

“Plumbing compliance audits help to ensure that performance standards are met, the licensing system works as intended and that consumer confidence in the Western Australian plumbing industry remains high,” PLB Chairperson Howard Croxon said.

“The Targeted Plumbing Certification Audit program is an opportunity to remind and educate licensed plumbing contractors about their obligations and to ensure a fairer contribution to the industry’s regulation through the payment of compliance notification fees.”

Since the current program began in January 2017, completed Targeted Plumbing Certification Audits have identified and recovered more than 1,215 outstanding plumbing notices and certificates. Significant offences are subject to disciplinary or prosecution action and outcomes may include fines.


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25 Jan 2018

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