Dealing with generational difference
Dealing with generational difference

Lynda Redfern takes professional development and business flexibility seriously, so when she won Master Plumbers’ competition to attend the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Next Gen event she jumped at the opportunity.

Top tax tips
Top tax tips

Plumbers and plumbing enterprises have access to specific tax concessions, Mark Chapman from H&R Block reports.

Altering the Employee Award
Altering the Employee Award

Can an employer offset award obligations against the rate of pay paid to an employee? Master Plumbers Senior Workplace Relations Adviser Phil Eberhard uncovers some situations where this can occur.

Prepared for emergencies
Prepared for emergencies

Damian de Vincentis and his team at BeOnd Plumbing are often the first responders when things go wrong. He talks to Alison Dean about his plumbing journey, the importance of continuous training and customer care.

Grow your business
Grow your business

The shift from a sole trader to a plumbing business will require systems and structures that allow you to grow, Site Shed entrepreneur Matt Jones explains.

New tax rules a win for ute owners
New tax rules a win for ute owners

The taxman is not known for good news. In a potential win for tradies and small businesses, the Australian Tax Office is relaxing tax rules around the private use of work utes, H&R Block Director of Tax Communications, Mark Chapman, explains.

Tradie health a priority
Tradie health a priority

Tradie Health Month, a national initiative to raise awareness of the risks posed to plumbers and their colleagues who work in trade occupations, takes place in August 2018.

Plumbing for the future
Plumbing for the future

As a nation, when we are asked to define a unique aspect of ourselves and our society it is usually accepted that it’s the opportunity of a “fair go” for all

Lessons from the legends
Lessons from the legends

Award-winning plumber Matt Reynolds takes lessons from the BRW Rich Listers, athletes and icons to help you set goals, develop people and understand your limits.

Dedicated to plumbing
Dedicated to plumbing

Award-winning plumbing apprentice Breanna Szitarity is putting her mark on the plumbing industry and has the full support of her host employer, Lawson Plumbing. Story: Alison Dean

Injecting performance in education
Injecting performance in education

Brendan Gould fell in love with plumbing and education early. He has married those passions and now heads up the registered trade organisation for Master Plumbers. Alison Dean reports.

Giving a crap
Giving a crap

Australian Plumbing Industry magazine’s roving reporter Matt Reynolds recently sat down with ‘Who Gives a Crap’ Co-founder Simon Griffiths to discuss how he built an empire on toilet rolls.

Hard work around the clock
Hard work around the clock

Founder and Director of Around the Clock Plumbing Christopher Unwin has been in the plumbing industry for nearly 18 years, starting as an apprentice of the Master Plumbers Group Training Scheme in 2004.

On the tools at work and home
On the tools at work and home

Determined to make a difference to his industry, My Kitchen Rules contestant and Cert 3 qualified plumber, Dan Gill, wants all plumbers to eat healthy, home-cooked meals.

Down under in Denmark 2017
Down under in Denmark 2017

Ramping up the feel good vibes for our health & wellbeing issue, we have a wrap up of Master Plumbers Australian intern in Denmark, Jack Dainer, who spent August and September learning the tricks of the trade from Copenhagen plumbers Henrik W Hansen.

Update on Plumbing Regulation Development
Update on Plumbing Regulation Development

Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning (DELWP) closed off submissions to the review of the Victorian Plumbing Regulations 2008 in August of this year, the Association has input into what will become the Regulatory Impact Statement

Mental Health - Tools for your toolbox
Mental Health - Tools for your toolbox

We live – and work – in a time of rapid technological change and face ever-increasing demands on our time and attention. The resulting increases in stress load can pose challenges for our mental health, and general sense of wellbeing.

Why you should consider finding a mentor
Why you should consider finding a mentor

When a savvy professional wishes to improve, they seek the wisdom and guidance of an experienced and trusted advisor. From the Trenches Roving Reporter Matt Reynolds discusses the reason why every professional can benefit from a mentor.

Member Profile: Dusten Haass
Member Profile: Dusten Haass

Charlotte Roseby meets Master plumber and National Council Member Dusten Haass, who – not that long ago – was a Master plumbers’ apprentice. Now he’s the founder, Co-owner and Managing Director of Applied Installations.

A Geschke in the ranks
A Geschke in the ranks

Charlotte Roseby continues our ‘Plumber at War’ series, with Master Plumber John Geschke whose grandfather, Charles Geschke, was an iron founder and ANZAC who survived the horrors of trench warfare on The Western Front.

Refrigerants: just the FAQs
Refrigerants: just the FAQs

Many a flag waving, patriotic Aussie has sat around the brass top of a pub bar on a hot day and expounded on the wealth of ingenuity apparent in those bred with a genetic love for Jimmy Barnes and meat pies.

Member Profile: Kimberley Smyth
Member Profile: Kimberley Smyth

Hey Sista plumbing was established in 2012 as one of the first female led plumbing companies in Australia. Co-owner Kimberley Smyth has experienced more than her fair share of life’s ups and downs.

Trends in heating and cooling
Trends in heating and cooling

Business expert and former heating and cooling specialist plumber Phil Coombs discusses world industry trends in heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HvAC) and the opportunities and implications on the horizon for the plumbing industry of the future

Member Profile: 2 Brothers plumbing
Member Profile: 2 Brothers plumbing

With over 15 years’ experience, Jon and Dan Simpkin make up 2 Brothers plumbing, residential and commercial plumbing superheroes, servicing Melbourne’s city and inner suburbs.

How to avoid discrimination
How to avoid discrimination

Everyone in the workplace and work – related environments, irrespective of their position / role, deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.

Member Profile: Grant Donald
Member Profile: Grant Donald

Charlotte Roseby meets Master Plumber and Association Board Member Grant Donald, Director of Premier Plumbing Service – a commercial plumbing company based in regional Victoria, which has been a member of Master Plumbers for 62 years.

Happy Birthday Kenny
Happy Birthday Kenny

A short 10 years ago almost no one knew who Shane Jacobson was. A low budget, family made mockumentary about toilets changed all that.

Career Change Champs
Career Change Champs

Gone are the days when a class of first-year plumbing apprentices is the sole domain of fresh faces straight from school. we’re delighted to report a marked increase in diversity as apprentices sign up from an increasingly larger age pool ...

Don't discriminate
Don't discriminate

Phil Eberhard, Master Plumbers’ Senior Workplace Relations Advisor examines the issues surrounding direct discrimination and disability in a case study.

Don’t blame it on sunshine
Don’t blame it on sunshine

Despite being an almost entirely preventable disease, at least two in every three Australians will develop skin cancer before they reach the age of 70. If you’re working outside you’re at a higher risk of developing skin cancer than most people.

Lyndon McDonald: Plumbing for peace
Lyndon McDonald: Plumbing for peace

Charlotte Roseby continues our ‘Plumber at War’ series, talking with Lyndon McDonald, who served as a plumber in the Army and was deployed to Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.

Member Profile: Chadoak
Member Profile: Chadoak

Charlotte Roseby talks to Chadoak Plumbers, who have invested in 9001, 14001 and 4801 accreditation to achieve excellence in quality management, environmental performance and occupational health and safety.

Lights, camera, safety
Lights, camera, safety

It’s common knowledge that humans acquire, store and process knowledge in different ways. Some people need to write something down to absorb its message. Others prefer to sketch it.

Plumbing: the early years
Plumbing: the early years

We’ve come a long way since the days of turn of the century plumbing hardships. With the steady march of progress in industry, innovations in plumbing technology and ideology have come on in leaps and bounds. The rst half of the 20th century was the turn

Member Profiles: In search of the Australian Dream
Member Profiles: In search of the Australian Dream

Life’s a beach for Master Plumbers members who live along Victoria’s stunning coastlines. It’s the Australian dream to be woken up by the crash of the waves every morning; go for a run on the sand with the dog and spend lazy Sundays BBQing by the sea.

Member Profile: Horton Poulter
Member Profile: Horton Poulter

Founder and director of Creative Plumbing Horton Poulter is a poster boy for the Master Plumbers group training scheme. it all began at the start of his plumbing career when he was awarded the highest industry accolade possible as a young apprentice.

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