Plumber failed to meet licensing obligations

Waterman’s Bay licensed plumbing tradesperson Gary Clayton Hummerston (TL11472) has been successfully prosecuted by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) for failing to comply with a condition of his licence.

In the Perth Magistrates Court on 26 August 2016, Mr Hummerston pleaded guilty to the charge and was ordered to pay a fine of $500 plus costs of $200 to the Board.

The Board had renewed Mr Hummerston’s plumbing tradesperson’s licence on 28 July 2014 on the condition that he supplied an updated National Police Certificate on or before 27 July 2015. Mr Hummerston failed to provide the updated certificate by the due date.

The Building Commission did not receive an updated National Police Certificate from Mr Hummerston until 14 January 2016.

“The requirement to provide a National Police Certificate as part of a licence application is in place to protect consumers who engage the services of a licensed plumber,” said PLB Chairperson Howard Croxon OAM.

“The licensing system provides consumers with some assurance that the person they are allowing to enter their property is a fit and proper person with the necessary skills and qualifications to carry out work to an appropriate standard.

“Consumers can check a plumber’s licence on the Building Commission website at

“The Plumbers Licensing Board, through the Building Commission, 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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Media release
14 Sep 2016

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