In Western Australia it is illegal to carry out plumbing works on water supply, sanitary and drainage without a plumbing licence issued by the Plumbers Licensing Board.
Work undertaken by licensed plumbers are warranted for six years against faulty workmanship. In the event works are not compliant with plumbing standards the Plumbing Board will give instruction to the plumber to rectify works at no cost to the consumer.
However, as Mackie Plumbing and Gas plumbers have found, and evidence within the industry suggests that there has been an increase in the amount of plumbing works engaged by unlicensed plumbers. A new initiate by the Master Plumbers Association of WA called Report Illegal Plumbing (RIP) allows tip-offs to be provided to inspectors without publicly identifying the complainant.
The purpose of the system is to get illegal works rectified and if required commence legal action which may result in prosecution and hopefully decrease the amount of dodgy work being undertaken by unlicensed trades.
In the event you believe you may have illegal plumbing works at your property please contact Mackie Plumbing to rectify, there are significant health and safety risk which can result from substandard plumbing including water contamination, and financial risk as insurance companies are unlikely to cover claims on illegal or unlicensed plumbing work.