One night in 1895, an historic meeting took place in the Sydney
Institute of Sanitary and Engineering Technology. This meeting
laid down the initial foundation for the establishment of
an Institute of Plumbing and Sanitary Engineers. This body
was later to evolve into Australia's first Plumbing trade
association, the Master Plumbers Association of NSW, a 'union
of employers' to be later renamed the Master Plumbers &
Mechanical Contractors Association of NSW.
that first meeting, the Master Plumbers Association of NSW
has become one of the strongest specialist contracting organisations
in the building and construction industry.
With An Industry
The plumbing industry worldwide has developed, with the introduction
of new technology, into a complex and varied range of business
activities reflected in the extensive and rigorous education
and training undergone by apprentices entering the profession
today (the TAFE trade course now resembles an engineering
diploma covering multiple disciplines).
the range of tasks of the plumbing contractor has grown rapidly
over time, so has the role undertaken by the Association in
representing and serving not only 'mainstream' plumbing firms
but also the many industry specialists.
as the areas represented by the Association have grown in
number, its name was changed, to include and pay tribute to
the specialists, by the addition of the words 'and Mechanical
Contractors' to the original 'Master Plumbers Association
of NSW'. In 2001, it was agreed to adopt a simpler name for
business purposes, and the name was shortened to the Master
Plumbers Association of NSW.
a truly representative body, the Master Plumbers Association
is guided in terms of its direction, policy and member services
by the requirements and wishes of its members. The members
are represented via the Executive Committee, the elected governing
body, through various industry sector group committees, operations
sub-committees, and regional Branches. Thus, they have a direct
line of input under the constitution in directing Association
member services and representative policy in terms of both
industry sector - specific and region - specific issues and
are located in key regional centres in NSW. Branch office-holders
are elected by members grouped in these centres.