STC – Service Trades Licensing Advisory Panel (STLAP)

STLAP Purpose and Functions

The STLAP (formerly called the Complex Licensing Panel) is established under section 106(d) of the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2018 to assist the Commissioner with the performance of the Commissioner’s functions under part 2, divisions 1 to 7 of the PD Act, and to support the STC.

The functions of the Panel include:

  • Reviewing and providing advice about technical qualifications for licences under the PD Act
  • Providing advice about skills and experience required for licences under the PD Act
  • Reviewing national training packages to ensure they are delivering appropriate outcomes for apprentices and other trainees
  • Conducting research and analysis of licensing practices in other Australian jurisdictions and overseas
  • Reviewing licence applications which may be referred by the QBCC for further analysis; and
  • Reviewing and providing advice or information about any other relevant matter referred to the Panel by the Council.

STLAP Members

STLAP members are appointed by the STC for a term of two years, and include representatives of both government and industry. Current STLAP members include:

  • Mr Ernie Kretschmer, Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland (Chair)
  • Mr Evan Dawson, Air-conditioning and Mechanical Contractors Association (Deputy Chair)
  • Mr Luke Barden, Plumbing and Pipe Trades Employees Union
  • Mr Allen Taylor, National Fire Industry Association
  • Ms Jennifer Barbour, Petroleum and Gas Inspectorate
  • Mr Adam Shaw, TAFE Queensland
  • Mr Max Hunter, Independent Member
  • Ms Kimberly Kerby, Independent Member
  • Ms Penny Cornah, Service Trades Council Chair