2021 PFIA Award Categories

The Plumbing and Fire Industry Awards are a showcase of the standout employers and employees committed to a safe, skilled and productive workforce. The awards recognise plumbers and fire protection professionals at every stage of their career and across the various disciplines of their profession.

Nominations have now closed. Congratulations to all finalists as listed below.
The 2021 Winners will be announced at the live event on Thursday 17 March 2022 at Crown Palladium.

MECHANICAL SERVICES AWARD
This Award is presented to an apprentice who completed their apprenticeship in 2019, 2020 or is due to complete in 2021 and who has excelled in the area of mechanical services. The winner of this award is eligible for the Andrew Letten Gold Medal.

Congratulations to our finalists: 

  • Bailey Medwell from JE Mechanical &  Plumbing Services Pty Ltd
  • Shashi Deka from PAV
  • Duy (Don) Do from PAV
FRANK MASKELL GENERAL PLUMBING AWARD
This Award is presented to an apprentice who completed their apprenticeship in 2019, 2020 or is due to complete in 2021 and who has excelled in the area of sanitary, drainage or roofing plumbing. The winner of this a ward is eligible for the Andrew Letten Gold Medal.

Congratulations to our finalists: 

  • Khayne Horman from Cooke and Dowsett

  • Matthew Perriman from PAV

  • Liam Callaghan from Greenstar Plumbing

NA SMITH GAS AWARD
This Award is presented to an apprentice who completed their apprenticeship in 2019, 2020 or is due to complete in 2021 and who has excelled in the area of gas services plumbing. The winner of this a ward is eligible for the Andrew Letten Gold Medal.

Congratulations to our finalist: 

  • William Moxey from ODM Plumbing

NFIA APPRENTICE AWARD
This Award is presented to a fire protection apprentice who has demonstrated a strong commitment to off-the-job studies.

Congratulations to our finalists: 

  • Stuart George from Entire

  • Luke Gregory from ARA Fire

  • Mitchell McGrath from Specialised Fire

Excellence in Fire Protection Award
This Award is presented to a Fire Protection Professional who has delivered innovations, solutions and / or new technologies to improve the delivery of fire protection services to the Industry.

Congratulations to our finalists: 

  • Steve Horner 
  • John Potalej from Network Fire
  • Boyd Morris from Entire Fire
Excellence in Education and Training Award
This Award is presented to a plumbing, fire protection or HVAC industry professional who has delivered innovations, solutions and / or new technologies to improve the delivery of education and training services to the Industry, and provides the winner with Industry wide recognition.

Congratulations to our finalists: 

  • Warren Marnell from Fire Industry Training
  • Norm Anderson from Energy Smart Water
  • Ian Pewtress from Total Gas Care Services
Excellence in Occupational Health and Safety Award
This Award is presented to a Professional who has completed OHS training and is committed to and actively promotes on-site health and safety.

Congratulations to our finalists: 

  • Jackie Sim-Coutts from Entire Mechanical
  • Chris Bell from CDC Plumbing
Excellence in Sustainability Award
This Award is presented to a Professional or Company who has delivered innovations, solutions and / or new technologies to improve energy efficiency or the sustainable use of water, and provides the winner with Industry wide recognition.

Congratulations to our finalist: 

  • Michael Tomlinson from Tomlinson Plumbing

Women in Plumbing Rose Curtis Award’
This Award is presented to a female professional or apprentice who has excelled in her trade within the plumbing, fire protection or HVAC industries, and provides the winner with Industry wide recognition.

Congratulations to our finalists: 

  • Jasmine Garner from Cooke & Dowsett

  • Tahley Houghton from PAV

  • Amy Kosterman from Geelong Fire Services

Indigenous Professional Award
This Award is presented to an Indigenous Apprentice or Professional who has excelled in their trade.

Congratulations to our finalist: 

  • Kaelun Brown from Pathway Plumbing Service

AHSCA Tom Clements Consultant of The Year Award
This award is presented to a Consultant who has demonstrated qualities of integrity and professionalism. For all enquiries relating to nominations for this award, please contact secretary@ahscavic.com.au

Congratulations to our finalists: 

  • Bruce Clements from Bruce Clements Fire & Hydraulics
  • Mark Pearson from LCI Consultants
  • Andrew Potts from JRS Engineering
AHSCA Commercial Plumbing Affiliate of the Year Award
This award is presented to a plumbing professional who has demonstrated integrity and professionalism. For all enquiries relating to nominations for this award, please contact secretary@ahscavic.com.au

Congratulations to our finalists: 

  • Geschke Plumbing

  • Chadoak Plumbing

  • Wilson Plumbing & Drainage

AHSCA Sales Representative of the Year Award
This award is presented to a sales representative who has demonstrated qualities of integrity and professionalism. For all enquiries relating to nominations for this award, please contact secretary@ahscavic.com.au

Congratulations to our finalists: 

  • Shane Ross from Rehau

  • Greg Brittain from Zip Industries

  • Jon Palfrey from Thermal Energy Solutions 

Project of the Year Award
This Award is presented to a company who has delivered outstanding workmanship and innovation within the plumbing, fire protection or HVAC scope of works on a commercial project, and provides the winner with Industry wide recognition.

Congratulations to our finalists: 

  • Cooke & Dowsett for the Sunshine Hospital Emergency Department (SHED)

  • Keralton Plumbing for the Victorian Pride Centre

Excellence in Sustainability Award
This Award is presented to a Professional or Company who has delivered innovations, solutions and / or new technologies to improve energy efficiency or the sustainable use of water, and provides the winner with Industry wide recognition.

Congratulations to our finalist: 

  • Michael Tomlinson from Tomlinson Plumbing

William P. Hite Leadership Excellence Award
This Award is presented to an industry participant who has excelled in a leadership role, and whose impact has made a significant difference for the benefit of all in the plumbing, fire protection, HVAC and pipe trades industries.

The winner of this award is nominated and selected by an industry panel.

Andrew Letten Gold Medal Award
The Andrew Letten Gold Medal Award is the highest honour provided by the Master Plumbers and the highest industry award provided to apprentices. The first Gold Medal was awarded to George Stone in 1908.

Andrew Letten was, for many years, an examiner of plumbing and it was his task to examine plumbing Apprentices throughout Victoria.

The winner of this award is selected from the winners of the Mechanical Services Award, the Frank Maskell General Plumbing Award and the NA Smith Gas Award.