What We Do

Master Plumbers Australia Limited (MPA) is made up of representatives from each of the Master Plumbers Associations across the country.

The MPA has adopted a unified policy position in the areas of licensing, qualifications and regulation, continuously striving to achieve the following:

  • A national perspective to the government and industry
  • Collaboration on national issues to provide a united front
  • Exploration of national opportunities for the Australian plumbing industry

These goals underpin the work of MPA in submissions at both a State/Territory and Federal Government level.



National Focus Items

National Training Standards

The requirement for entry into the plumbing sector involves undertaking a combination of on the job training and studies through an education provider who is registered to deliver the Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package (CPC08). This is the required standard for plumbing training being delivered in every state and territory. The introduction of a national training package has made it easier for plumbers to find work throughout Australia.

National Plumbing Licensing

Licensing of occupations has its basis in the protection of consumer rights. The reasons for licensing plumbers are broader than this and recognise the importance of high quality, efficient plumbing systems in protecting the health of the public and the environment. States and Territories who are responsible for consumer issues and health in Australia, maintain licensing systems for plumbing to ensure that plumbing work is only carried out by those who are qualified to carry out that particular scope of work.

OHS to WHS – The New National Work and Safety Laws

The model Work Health and Safety Act marks a historic point in health and safety law reform. The Act represents a new way of looking at safety governance and reflects the changing nature of work in modern times. The journey towards national WHS is continuing.

ABCB National Construction Code and Plumbing Code of Australia

The National Construction Code (NCC) is an initiative of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), which has been developed to incorporate all on-site construction requirements into a single code. The NCC comprises of the Building Code of Australia (BCA), Volume One and Two; and the Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA), as Volume Three. 

Environmental Sustainability

Environmental sustainability involves making decisions and taking action that are in the interests of protecting the natural world. Plumbers and regulators have long recognised the importance of minimising the impact of plumbing systems and installations on the environment.

Occupational licensing, product certification, and the development of standards and codes all have the protection of the environment, conservation of water sources and supplies, and water and energy efficiency as primary considerations.