World Plumbing Day: Who knew?

March 13, 2024

Matthew Simons - BPsych (Hons)

Every year on the 11th of March we recognise World Plumbing Day. It is a date that has been fixed in the calendars of the plumbing community since its establishment by the World Plumbing Council in 2010.

The day provides an opportunity for people from within and outside the plumbing community to come together to share knowledge and to create opportunities to improve access to fresh water and safe sanitation for people everywhere.

Of course, clean water and sanitation should be every person’s right; unfortunately, many communities in developing countries – and even in parts of Australia – do not have this basic right.

At ADA Australia, we take this day to recognise all members from the Plumbing and Pipe Trades Employees Union (PPTEU). ADA Australia has been working with the PPTEU and its members for a number of years providing information and training to improve workplace cultures and attitudes around mental health, and protective wellbeing practices around drugs and alcohol.

Our wish is for all members and their families to be safe and well.  

Every PPTEU member has access to the ADA Australia ‘Well Connect’ app, which contains all of ADA Australia’s information and support around mental health and alcohol and drug use. We also assist PPTEU members (and their families) to become familiar with other support services available to them, such as Incolink Counselling, which is free, confidential and always available.

Since the beginning of 2023, ADA Australia has also been supporting PPTEU apprentices via our Best Life: Best Work apprenticeship development program. This training is designed to alert new or younger workers to their rights and responsibilities when at work, to assist them to look after their mental health as well as to raise awareness of their own practices – and the risks – around alcohol and drugs.

Starting an apprenticeship can be difficult. The PPTEU prioritises the training and welfare of young members around the challenges that can undermine their careers and wellbeing, particularly those challenges around drugs, alcohol, work stress and tension and mental disorder.

If you’d like to learn more about any of the training programs we offer, please call ADA Australia on 1300 378 429 or email:

Additionally, if this information has raised any concerns for you, please do speak to your GP, they can help you back to good health, or call a helpline: LIFELINE 13 11 14 or, for PPTEU members, call Incolink Counselling on 1300 000 129.

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Matthew Simons - BPsych (Hons)