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Please note: Some of the information contained in this news item has now expired. This page has been retained for archiving purposes. The Building Commission's Smoke alarm laws fact sheet now provides information on a new interconnection requirement for mains-powered residential smoke alarms. The new interconnection requirement affects: people involved in transferring ownership of their homes;...
Building Commission
Department News
06 Mar 2014
Following recent bushfires in Western Australia, the Building Commission would like to remind people of the availability of the publication ‘ Building for better protection in bushfire areas ’. The publication provides guidance to homeowners who are building or renovating their home in a bushfire prone area. It covers the regulated construction requirements and building standards for new homes...
Building Commission
Department News
04 Mar 2014
Please note: The workshops mentioned in this news item have now passed. This page has been retained for archiving purposes. The Australian Building Codes Board will be conducting two seminars in Perth on upcoming changes to the Building Code of Australia (BCA) for 2014. Please note that at this time, the Building Commission will not be conducting associated regional seminars.
Building Commission
Department News
13 Feb 2014
In June 2013, the State Government announced that an independent review of Western Australia’s plumbing regulations would be undertaken by ACIL Allen Consulting. The consultant’s final report , which was informed through consultation with the WA plumbing industry, is now available.
Building Commission
Department News
13 Feb 2014
Should you open or close your house to keep cool in a heatwave? Senior Research Fellow at Queensland University of Technology, Wendy Miller, covers this hot topic in her article How to keep your house cool in a heatwave on The Conversation website. Wendy then explains how the design and construction of a home has a bearing on its inside temperature and can even eliminate the desire for an air...
Building Commission
Department News
16 Jan 2014
Koondoola painter Trajce Punevski, currently trading as Gnangara Painting Services, has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for carrying out painting without registration and using a cancelled registration number on his vehicle and business card. Punevski was found guilty of three charges at the Perth Magistrates Court on 6 December 2013 and ordered to pay fines of $5,000...
Building Commission
Media release
19 Dec 2013
Timothy John Bushe-Jones, trading as Bushewood Construction, has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for failing to meet his responsibilities under a home building contract. Bushe-Jones was found guilty of two charges at the Perth Magistrates Court on 29 November 2013. He was ordered to pay fines of $950 and court costs of $1,161.15 and was given a spent conviction. The...
Building Commission
Department News
17 Dec 2013
Perth builder Antoun Garcia, trading as High Tech Construction, has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for failing to meet his responsibilities under a home building contract. Garcia was found guilty of three charges at the Armadale Magistrates Court on 28 November 2013 and was ordered to pay fines of $12,000 and court costs of $621.15. He did not appear in court. The...
Building Commission
Department News
12 Dec 2013
Timothy John Bushe-Jones, trading as Bushewood Construction, has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for failing to meet his responsibilities under a home building contract. Bushe-Jones was found guilty of two charges at the Perth Magistrates Court on 29 November 2013. He was ordered to pay fines of $950 and court costs of $1,161.15 and was given a spent conviction. The...
Building Commission
Media release
12 Dec 2013
The Building Commission recently brought together stakeholders from across the building and plumbing industries to look back at its past achievements and hear about its future directions. The Building the Industry 2013 presentation and sundowner was held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on 6 December 2013 and acted as the industry launch for the Commission’s Strategic Plan 2013-2016...
Building Commission
Department News
12 Dec 2013
Roleystone company Howe WA Pty Ltd and its director Stephen Howe, trading as Total Roof Care, have been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for failing to meet their responsibilities under a home building contract. Howe WA Pty Ltd was found guilty of four charges at the Armadale Magistrates Court on 28 November 2013 and was ordered to pay fines of $3,750 and costs of $351.15...
Building Commission
Media release
11 Dec 2013
Perth builder Antoun Garcia, trading as High Tech Construction, has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for failing to meet his responsibilities under a home building contract. Garcia was found guilty of three charges at the Armadale Magistrates Court on 28 November 2013 and was ordered to pay fines of $12,000 and court costs of $621.15. He did not appear in court. The...
Building Commission
Media release
10 Dec 2013
New water laws, which look to transform the provision of water, sewerage, irrigation and drainage services in Western Australia, came into effect on Tuesday, 19 November 2013. While the new legislation, the Water Services Act 2012 and the Water Services Regulations 2013 (the Water Laws), specifically relates to water services providers, there are a number of amendments for those working in the...
Building Commission
Department News
29 Nov 2013
The Building Commission will introduce a number of enhancements to its existing compliance program in 2014, aimed at ensuring performance standards are being met and the licensing system works as intended. Many licensed plumbing contractors will have experienced a ‘compliance check’ from one of the Building Commission’s plumbing inspectors and in 2014, a compliance check of a contractor’s records...
Building Commission
Department News
28 Nov 2013
Building Commissioner Peter Gow says a new transitional arrangement with current providers of home indemnity insurance in Western Australia will mean that it is business as usual. The transitional arrangement gives the Government time to consider and consult on recommendations in the Economic Regulation Authority’s inquiry into Western Australia’s home indemnity insurance arrangements, which was...
Building Commission
Media release
29 Oct 2013
A new transitional arrangement with current providers of home indemnity insurance in Western Australia will mean that it is business as usual. The transitional arrangement gives the Government time to consider and consult on recommendations in the Economic Regulation Authority’s Inquiry into Western Australia’s Home Indemnity Insurance Arrangements , which was tabled in Parliament in September...
Building Commission
Department News
29 Oct 2013
Ballajura man Christopher James Webb trading as Precision Paving has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for failing to remedy unsatisfactory work carried out at Mt Lawley property in May 2011. Webb pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to comply with a Building Remedy Order without a reasonable excuse at the Perth Magistrates Court on 4 October 2013. The court ordered him...
Building Commission
Media release
18 Oct 2013
Perth building company Bower Roofing & Restorations Pty Ltd has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for carrying out residential building work without the required registration, failing to meet its responsibilities under a home building contract and making a false representation to the local government in order to obtain a building licence. Bower Roofing &...
Building Commission
Media release
08 Oct 2013
Please note: Feedback on the report mentioned in this news item has now closed. The page has been retained for archive purposes. The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has released a Directions Report on Emergency Egress For All Occupants. The report discusses potential changes to the National Construction Code (NCC) to improve emergency egress from buildings for all occupants, including...
Building Commission
Department News
03 Oct 2013
Perth building company Bovilla (2005) Pty Ltd (Bovilla) trading as Dura-Fenz, and its sole director Boyd Michael Lynch have been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for failing to meet their responsibilities under a home building contract. Bovilla (2005) Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to two charges at the Bunbury Magistrates Court on 9 September 2013 and was ordered to pay fines of $5,...
Building Commission
Media release
02 Oct 2013
Please note: The information contained in this news item has expired. The page has been retained for archiving purposes. This year’s Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS) WA Chapter Conference will be held at the Joondalup Resort Hotel in Connolly on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 October 2013. The theme is WA Building Act How do we measure up? with the conference set to examine the impact...
Building Commission
Department News
27 Sep 2013
Please note: Bookings for this seminar have now closed. This page has been retained for archiving purposes. Overtime, rostered days off, leave, allowances and working in bad weather – these are some of the things employers struggle to get right that Labour Relations can help you with. The Department of Commerce's Labour Relations division is offering State system small business employers covered...
Building Commission
Department News
26 Sep 2013
If you are a builder who advertises house and land packages, you are responsible for ensuring that your advertising complies with the Australian Consumer Law (WA) (ACL). The following advice, Compliance issues regarding advertising by builders, is provided to builders on behalf of the Department of Commerce's Consumer Protection division. For more information, please contact Consumer Protection...
Building Commission
Department News
25 Sep 2013
North West painters and decorators are being asked to contribute to the first- ever snapshot of the painting and decorating industry in Western Australia. A survey by the Painting Reference Group, which is made up of representatives from the Building Commission and Master Painters and Decorators Australia, is now open to painters and decorators who are operating in unregulated areas of the state...
Building Commission
Media release
09 Sep 2013
The Plumbers Licensing Board has commenced disciplinary action against plumbing contractor Jason Wayne Walker (PL6489), of south-west Western Australia , after a number of complaints were received by the Building Commission. Building Commissioner Peter Gow said proceedings are underway in the State Administrative Tribunal, which is considering whether to suspend or ultimately cancel Walker’s...
Building Commission
Media release
09 Sep 2013

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