Service Trades Council (STC)

STC - Complex Licensing Panel (CLP)


The Complex Licensing Panel (CLP) was established by the Service Trades Council (STC) to assist the QBCC commissioner effectively and efficiently determine licensing matters.  The purpose of the CLP is to assess licensing matters the QBCC commissioner deems to be of such complexity that making a decision in the matter requires the assistance of an expert panel.  Typically, these complex licence matters involve applications from overseas-trained practitioners. 

Role of CLP

The role of the CLP may also include other functions which relate to licensing, training and assessment in the plumbing and drainage industry. These functions include:

  • providing advice to the STC about the establishment of a practical skills assessment program to ensure that applicants for occupational plumbers and drainers licences are appropriately skilled.
  • reviewing national training packages to ensure they are delivering appropriate outcomes for apprentices and other trainees.
  • reviewing mutual recognition processes to ensure that only appropriately trained and skilled persons are eligible for licences.
  • reviewing and provide advice on any other relevant matters referred to the panel by the STC, the QBCC commissioner or the Minister.

Panel members

Kerry Apelt

Kerry is a licensed plumber, drainer and gasfitter with over 47 years experience in plumbing and mechanical services.  Kerry was a Lead Vocational Teacher - Plumbing for TAFE Queensland for 29 years and worked closely with Plumbing Regulators, the National Plumbing Services Training Advisory Group and the Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council in the development of modern training packages and specialist courses to suit the needs of Industry. Kerry was involved in the Plumbing Industry Council and has extensive experience in assessing overseas migrant plumbing qualifications.

Glen Chatterton

Glen Chatterton is employed by Services Trades Queensland and has worked in various policy areas for over a decade with a focus on the plumbing, fire and mechanical trade streams for over 5 years.

Glen holds an undergraduate degree in Public Policy as well as a Master’s in Business Administration. He works with all major stakeholders within the Queensland services trades commercial construction industry to advance the sector. This includes the Plumbers Unions, Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland, the National Fire Industry Association and the Air-conditioning and Mechanical Contractors Association. Glen holds a strong passion for upholding and improving the standards within the industry. 

Evan Dawson

Evan has 42 years refrigeration and air conditioning industry experience. He started his career in 1974 at the Australian Department of Housing and Construction as an apprentice refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic. He became an engineering trade and technical teacher in 1985 and went on to become one of the leading vocational educator and senior technical teachers in Queensland. 

In the 1990s, Evan provided engineering consultancy services to a range of clients including Ampol, CIG, ICI, BOC and various chemical and food processing companies from Phosphate Hill near Mt Isa to Cadbury in Hobart.

Evan's qualifications include the following:

  • Trade Course Certificate Refrigeration Mechanic
  • Advanced Certificate in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
  • Diploma of Teaching (TAFE)
  • Bachelor of Education

Evan is a member of the South Queensland Defence Reserve Support Committee and is also a board member and Director of the Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors Association – Queensland.

Bradley (Brad) Hodgkinson

Brad has worked in Local Government for the past 26 years as a Co-ordinator of Plumbing and Compliance.  As a licensed plumber, he holds qualifications in both construction hydraulics and management.  Brad was first appointed as a general referee to the Building and Development Tribunals in 2003 and continues this appointment today with the Building and Development Disputes Resolution Committees.

Brad looks forward to working with the STC and its members to support appropriate regulation for plumbing licensees throughout our state.

Danny Platt

Danny completed his plumbing apprenticeship in 1975 and immediately started his own business. After 4 years working for himself, he applied for a hydraulic designer position with Austin Anderson.  After a year in this role, Danny moved onto teaching and spent the next 33 years at TAFE, initially with NSW TAFE and then to TAFE Queensland in 1989.    

In 2015, Danny moved out of his teaching role and is currently employed by TAFE Queensland as the Business Manager of Plumbing.

Ray Smith

Ray is a plumber, drainer, gasfitter and plumbing inspector and has worked in the plumbing industry for 40 years.  He spent 20 years as a plumbing contractor and plumbing inspector.

His current role is Coordinator of the plumbing inspectorial team within Toowoomba Regional Council. Ray is a committee member and Secretary of the Institute of Plumbing Inspectors Queensland and has been a committee member for 18 years.

Bill Watson

Bill has over 44 years of experience and leadership in the building industry specialising in plumbing, drainage and gas-fitting as an employee, an employer, a business operator, an industry association advocate, an industry regulatory representative, a Government Board appointee and an accredited trainer.  Bill is exceptionally passionate about the plumbing, drainage and gas industry, and welcomes all initiatives to help drive the recognition that this important community health service so richly deserves.