The MPGA is the central body of the Plumbing and Gasfitting Association in Western Australia. One of our main agenda items is to ensure the health and safety of the general public is protected. Much of our time is invested in ensuring a clean drinking water supply and safe sanitation is available throughout WA. We achieve our goals in this area through training, regulation and working as an advocate for the plumbing and gasfitting industry in both state and national governments.

Obviously, we want the best for the people in Western Australia because it’s where we and our families live and work. While we take clean water for granted, underdeveloped countries consider water – and especially clean water – a luxury. As part of our commitment, we are involved with the World Plumbing Council and support their ongoing mission to improve the public health and safeguard the environment.

Improvements in plumbing infrastructure have made a significant impact, a  fact duly acknowledged by American immunologist Dr. Lewis Thomas. In a paper in 2009, Thomas wrote that:

"There is no question that our health has improved spectuculary in the past century. One thing seems certain: it did not happen because of improvements in medicine, or medical science, or even the presence of doctors; much of the credit should go to the plumbers and sanitary engineers of the western world".

Consumer FAQs

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How do I convert from septic tanks to sewerage?

To find information about converting from septic tanks to sewerage and applying for sewer conversions please visit this page.

How do I find out if a plumber is licensed?

All plumbers must be licensed in Western Australia. To check if your plumber is licensed, you can contact:

Plumbers Licensing Board
Street Address:

1/303 Sevenoaks St, Cannington WA 6107
Office hours: Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm
Phone: 1300 489 099

How do I get a MPGA referral for plumbing work?

Members of the Association need to hold a license issued by the Plumbers’ Licensing Board allowing them to legally carry out water supply, sanitary and drainage plumbing work in Western Australia. Unlicensed plumbing is prohibited due to the risks to public health, safety and the environment.

Two ways to obtain referrals:

1. Contact us for the details of three members in your surrounding area qualified to perform the job required. Members will be matched on their nominated skills including:

  • Maintenance
  • Gas
  • Drainage
  • Grey Water
  • New Housing
  • Renovations
  • Commercial
  • Industrial & Roofing

2. Use the Find a Plumber function on this site.

What are poor plumbing practices?

To learn more about poor plumbing practices, click here.

What are the suggested charge out rates for maintenance plumbing work?

Go to the Find a Plumber feature on our website to find Master Plumber. 

Always ask for quotes and compare prices.

Recommended rates:

Ordinary hours of work 7.30 - 4.30 Monday - Friday

Between $100 and $250 per hour is acceptable, this is subject to a number of variables and can range significantly depending on the type of work being carried out.

These rates are recommended guideline rates only. There is NO set minimum or maximum charges. The recommended hourly rate does not include materials.

Some plumbing companies will charge a call out fee, this could be the hourly rate or included in the first hour of labour charge.

After hours and weekend rates charged, could be as much as double the rate of ordinary hours rates.

Why should I choose a Master Plumber?

Members of the Master Plumbers & Gasfitters Association:

  • Produce quality work that complies with relevant laws and regulations
  • Are qualified and registered plumbing contractors
  • Install and connect pipes, fittings and equipment in the correct manner to protect health and safety