Building industries get more time for new laws

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  • New Building Act from April 2nd 2012
  • Certainty and protection for consumers and building services providers

An extension of time has been granted for the implementation of the final piece of the Government’s package of building industry legislation, which modernises Western Australia’s outdated laws.

The Building Act 2011 will provide for a new approval process and empower state and local governments to issue permits and enforce compliance with building standards.

“On commencement, the Building Act will provide for a new building approval process and empower state and local governments to issue permits and enforce compliance with building standards,” Building Commissioner Peter Gow said.

“Additional protection for adjoining owners from building work that may affect their land will also be available for the first time.

“The government’s package of legislative reforms protects consumers by setting standards, making sure contractors have the skills, experience and financial capacity to deliver what they promise, and provides a single place for consumers to get information and make complaints.

“After recent consultations with key people from the building, housing and local government arenas, the Minister decided to push out the commencement of the Building Act to April 2nd next year to enable their updating and testing of computer systems and staff training.

“The Government’s package of building legislation, four acts in total, overhauls the State’s building industry and such an undertaking requires us to be responsible and flexible in our approach to ensure the community gets the intended benefits with as little disruption as possible.

“The new legislation replaces laws dating back to 1939 – Western Australia has a vibrant and professional building industry that needs a modern framework to help it thrive.

“This legislation creates a fair and innovative environment for builders and consumers, while providing a range of modern services to fast track building applications and reduce red tape,” Mr Gow said.

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Building Commission
Media release
15 Dec 2011

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