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Canberra’s Innovative Plumbers

A-Plus specialises in public sector and commercial projects, with capabilities to successfully administer contracts ranging from $10,000 to $20+ million.

A Plus Plumbing currently employees 80-100 staff which comprises of

Tom Paton

Managing Director
Tom is the founder of A Plus Plumbing a business of which he started in the year 2000.

20 years later, The A Plus Group has expanded to employing any where between 60-100 staff members, directly employing and training our own apprentices with an impressive fleet of various plant & equipment.

A fully licensed Plumber in both the ACT and NSW in Plumbing, Drainage, Advanced Gas
and Building.

Tom’s extensive knowledge and vast commercial experience over the years has given the company the opportunity to work on of some of the most complex and largest projects in the both the ACT and regional areas even taking the company abroad occasionally. Tom has an incredible ability to solve, and create innovative solutions for hydraulic issues.

Tom’s key focus in business is building a strong working relationship with clients, being actively involved with each and every project undertaken, ensuring that A Plus Plumbing delivers on time, with the highest quality and safety standards.

Nicola Paton

Business Manager / CFO
Nicola joined the company shortly after it commenced and has been involved in the growth and expansion of the company.

Nicola is responsible for the commercial, financial and operation activities of the A Plus Group, along with the day to day responsibilities of HR.

Nicola’s key focus is to ensure that the A Plus Group maintains a healthy financial position and keeps up to date with all the business compliance requirements, along with mentoring our apprentices.

Kailum Hall

Senior Project Manager / Estimator
Kailum joined the company in 2015 and has more than 12 years’ experience in the plumbing industry,

including extensive experience in both residential and large-scale commercial projects.

During his time with the company, he has played an integral part in managing and delivering some of Canberra’s most complex hydraulic projects to the highest industry standards.

He has a strong ability to negotiate, mentor and manage people and the projects whilst ensuring that the project is adequately resourced to meet all of the performance criteria including those for customer service, budget/profit, time. quality, safety, and environmental.

Joshua Argenti

Senior Project Manager / Estimator
Joshua commenced his employment with A Plus Plumbing as a first year apprentice,

since completing his trade certificate he has moved straight into the administration side of
the business.

Joshua started off estimating, then worked his way up to project managing

Highly efficient with attention to detail and excellent organisational skills

Highly computer literate, exceptional communicator with strong negotiation skills, outstanding problem solving abilities, develops team focus and gets the job done.

Warren Nilon

Senior Project Manager / Estimator/Procurement
Warren came to the company with an extensive knowledge of the plumbing supply chain network.

Having worked for some of the largest plumbing suppliers his connection and understanding of the products available has given the company the of incorporating and offering alternative

Management of the procurement process including negotiations on quality and price, reliability of supply and timeliness of delivery.

Connor Spalding

Civil Engineer
Connor has been full-time with A Plus Plumbing since he graduated from RMIT University in 2014

with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) First Class Honours and receiving the Vice-Chancellor’s List Award. Connor began as our Quality Engineer at HMAS Albatross before moving to the position of Project Engineer/Manager back in Canberra from 2016.

As well has a strong ability to understand complex projects, Connor’s experience at A Plus Plumbing allows him to manage a diverse range of infrastructure/civil projects ranging whether they be small or large. Connors major project experience consists of: HMAS Albatross Redevelopment Project (Infrastructure Services), Woodlawn MBT Facility (Civil and Hydraulic Package), Ashley Drive Upgrade Stage 2 (Stormwater and Watermain Works), MVIS Hume (Hydraulics), Forrest Apartments (Civil Services), Kaleen Icon Watermain Renewal, Casey 4 Estate Sewer & Stormwater and HMAS Harman Water Infrastructure Upgrade.

Connor’s continuous drive to self-develop is a valuable asset to A Plus as he is able to provide wide variety of services including but not limited to: Survey set-outs and pickups, creating of WAE documents in AutoCAD, provide design solutions in CAD to clients, creation of passive fire documentation, creating and maintaining A Plus Systems, estimating of civil tenders, creating commissioning plans and maintaining an understanding of current Icon standards/ACT standard specifications.

Paul Smales

Storeman / Fleet Manager
Paul has been with the company for close to 10 years and throughout this time

taken on a number of differing roles from he controlling the warehouse and stock to getting the materials out onsite.

Paul is responsible for ensuring that all mechanical maintenance of the fleet is undertaken, and that the various job sites have the specialised tools required, and that all equipment is compliant to safety standards.


As a family business, we deeply value our staff, clients and partners alike. Our staff and their families are the back-bone of the A-Plus delivery model, along with robust and structured processes. Being a dedicated team, we recognise the commitment and ongoing effort that our staff make to customer outcomes each and every day.

As a business we pride ourselves on providing a safe work environmentand career progression for A-Plus team members. Our clients have needs and desire practical and innovative solutions that are best value that the market can offer. We understand this quest and seek to work collaboratively to create the best possible outcomes with solutions that are both innovative and of highest possible value.


“A-Plus aims provide best of breed solution at greatest value for our clients through timely delivery of quality Plumbing Services Projects that are Innovative in design, fabricated to the highest possible standards of workmanship and delivered on-time every time, by a professional, capable and focused team”


A-Plus Plumbing was established in Canberra (ACT) in 2000, by Tom Paton, a highly regarded and qualified tradesman, who with passion and dedication wanted to create a business that was founded on excellence and clearly differentiated in the commercial plumbing market.

The company has grown substantially since the beginning and continues to expand and establish itself as having the reputation for providing quality hydraulic solutions to a range of clients across a broad range of industries in the commercial hydraulic /
civil sectors.

The success of A-Plus has been founded on it’s ability to managesmall to large commercial plumbing contracts to the complete satisfaction of each client whilst meeting all contract and plumbingcompliance requirements. A-Plus prides itself on providing the bestoutcomes for our clients through understanding of client requirements, applying Innovative approaches to solutions, from design through to fabrication and a commitment to on-time project delivery by a thoroughly professional, capable, compliant and focused team.

Our Culture

Our business is built on the skill and capability of our people. People who are passionate, inquisitive and focused on excelling in everything they do, whatever their discipline.

Our culture is one of outperformance, innovation and collaboration. Our people are encouraged to be creative in their approach to work, to voice their ideas and opinions – enabling us to push boundaries and make better decisions. Accountability is key to our success; our people, built with an entrepreneurial spirit are clear on their responsibilities, and driven to deliver.

Key to our collaborative culture is the way we listen, share and work as a team. The team to us is both our work colleagues and our clients. The only way we can reach the best possible result is through building a foundation of trust in our relationships through our straight forward and
dependable approach.

Learning & Development

We believe in providing challenging opportunities

For people to learn and grow, both on and off the job and we think outside the obvious in terms of what may be interesting and different for them to be a part of. We encourage the sharing of ideas and learning’s across our businesses.

We have a learning and development team to support the development of our people and our development program offers a powerful combination of coaching and mentoring; technical and leadership skills frameworks for all levels of our business.

Our Performance Management program feeds into this process, and it involves regular balanced feedback, mid year review and end of year review of performance, in addition to Development Planning. All of these phases ensure a comprehensive understanding of the core capabilities, strengths and development needs of our staff.

Diversity & Social Action

A Plus is committed to:

  • Having a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which it operates, both locally and globally, the labour force it employs, and the customers/clients/partners it works with. Our focus on diversity is broad – covering demographics: age, caring responsibilities, disability, ethnicity and race, gender, indigenous, sexual preference, as well as individual diversity, namely experience, perspectives and ways of thinking.
  • Having an inclusive and flexible workplace where all employees are valued, are encouraged to express their ideas and opinions, and are able to reach their full potential; and
  • Leaving a positive legacy in the communities in which we work.

Want To Work At A-Plus?

We are always looking for talented people to join our organisation.
If you would like to work with us please submit your details via our contact page (hit the button below).