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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
Consumers are warned not to deal with an unregistered painter who is continuing to advertise and carry out unauthorised painting work despite being prosecuted last year. Cody Raymond WILLIAMS (born 14 May 1985) was found guilty in the Midland Magistrates Court on 27 June 2012 of two counts of unregistered painting work and two counts of holding himself out to be registered when he was not. Both...
Building Commission
Media release
14 Aug 2013
Capethorne Pty Ltd has been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for entering into a contract for, and carrying out, residential building work at two properties in Thornlie and Canning Vale without the required registration and home indemnity insurance policy. On 31 July 2013 the Armadale Magistrates Court found the company guilty of two charges of entering into a building work contract valued...
Building Commission
Media release
13 Aug 2013
Malaga building company Barrowman Holdings Pty Ltd, trading as Perth Window and Door Replacement Company, and its sole director Stuart William Barrowman have been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for failing to meet their responsibilities under a home building contract. Barrowman Holdings was found guilty of three charges by the Fremantle Magistrate’s Court on 25 June 2013 and...
Building Commission
Media release
08 Jul 2013
Kelmscott man David Zoltan Pierot (trading as DZK Shopfittings) has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for failing to meet his responsibilities under a home building contract for a kitchen renovation he carried out at a Bull Creek property in February 2011. Mr Pierot was found guilty of two charges by the Fremantle Magistrates Court on 25 June 2013 and was ordered to pay...
Building Commission
Media release
08 Jul 2013
Nedlands man Rohan Keane O’Neill has been successfully prosecuted by the Plumbers’ Licensing Board (PLB) and the Building Commissioner on two charges relating to carrying out unlicensed plumbing work and three relating to a home building work contract. Mr O’Neill was found guilty of all five charges by the Fremantle Magistrates Court on 20 June 2013 and was ordered to pay fines totalling $2,500...
Building Commission
Media release
08 Jul 2013
Westminster man Abdol Hoseini has been fined $750 and ordered to pay costs of $213 by the Perth Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to one charge relating to advertising his painting services in a way that implied he was registered when he was not. Mr Hoseini displayed a sign at a Yokine property that quoted the registration number of a person to whom he had no relationship. In Western...
Building Commission
Media release
04 Apr 2013
Leeming man Vernon Mica Clements has been fined $1,300 and ordered to pay costs of $213 by the Perth Magistrates Court after being found guilty of one charge of carrying out unregistered painting work and one charge of alluding to being a registered painter. Mr Clements, trading under the name ‘Intergrated Roofing Services’, alluded to a potential client that he was a registered painter in order...
Building Commission
Media release
04 Apr 2013
Wembley Downs man Gary Benjamin Hill has been successfully prosecuted by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) for three charges relating to carrying out unlicensed plumbing work. Mr Hill, the holder of a plumbing tradesperson’s licence, failed to renew his licence in January 2011. This resulted in his licence being cancelled. Despite receiving notice from the PLB that he was not entitled to do so,...
Building Commission
Media release
04 Apr 2013
A gang of Irish travelling conmen who have been carrying out dodgy work on laying bitumen driveways as well as unauthorised painting work have been targeting Perth home owners. Consumer Protection and the Building Commission have warned consumers not to deal with these itinerant conmen who are breaking door to door trading laws and doing roof painting and restoration work without being registered...
Building Commission
Media release
22 Mar 2013
Seminars will be held in Perth in March and eight regional towns during April and May on the 2013 amendments to the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and other policy and legislation-related matters. The two metropolitan BCA seminars will be run in West Perth by the Australian Building Codes Board on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 March 2013. The Building Commission will then take the information...
Building Commission
Media release
18 Mar 2013
A Perth man has been fined $7,200 and ordered to pay costs of $478 by the Joondalup Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to 14 charges relating to carrying out painting work without a registration. Joseph Karauria Wickliffe quoted the registration number of a former employer to gain employment with a building company as a painting subcontractor. Mr Wickliffe then carried out painting work...
Building Commission
Media release
27 Feb 2013
Consumer Protection and the Building Commission have warned Perth homeowners not to deal with unregistered house painters operating in the metropolitan area. Consumers in the Ballajura area have reported being approached by door-to-door workmen offering to paint their roof or driveway for quotes in excess of $1,000. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll says homeowners should refuse...
Building Commission
Media release
25 Jan 2013
The Commissioner for Consumer Protection and the Building Commissioner have issued a joint alert after receiving reports of unregistered house painters operating in the Perth metropolitan area. Consumers have reported being approached by door-to-door workmen offering to paint their roof or driveway. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll says homeowners should refuse to do business...
Building Commission
Media release
14 Nov 2012
2 x charges - unregistered painting and 2 x charges - holding out to be a registered painter Midland man Cody Raymond Williams has been fined $1,000 on four charges relating to unregistered commercial painting and ordered to pay costs of $378 in the Midland Magistrates Court. The offences occurred prior to recent legislation coming into effect strengthening consumer protection laws, which now...
Building Commission
Media release
23 Jul 2012
Graeme Leslie Moore (67) currently of no fixed address in the Gin Gin area has been convicted in his absence in the Midland Magistrates Court of a building related offence, fined $3,500 and ordered to pay $1,795 in costs. Mr Moore entered into a building contract whilst not registered and undertook work valued at $116,000 for a community organisation in Roberts Street South Hedland. "Not being a...
Building Commission
Media release
27 Jun 2012
Secret Harbour man Paul Thompson has been found guilty of entering into a building contract without being a registered builder, and for making a false statement to the local government. His customers were left with an unfinished garage and had to complete the project themselves as owner-builders. He was fined $1,000 with $478 costs in the Rockingham Magistrates Court. "Mr Thompson was conducting...
Building Commission
Media release
10 Apr 2012
Tuart Hill man Mark Milland has been found guilty in the Perth Magistrates Court of taking more than $25,000 as a deposit on building work valued at $51,000 in Willetton, and failing to provide a prescribed notice. The Home Building Contracts Act restricts the amount that a builder may seek as a deposit to 6.5% of the project’s value and requires mandatory documentation be provided to customers...
Building Commission
Media release
02 Apr 2012
Geraldton man Anthony BLAND has been found guilty of undertaking unregistered commercial painting work. He was fined $300 and ordered to pay costs of $125 in the Geraldton Magistrates Court over a job quoted at $6,500 at a property in Brede Street Geraldton. At the time of the offence, undertaking paid painting work valued at over $200 required a painter to be registered. Mr Bland held a painters...
Building Commission
Media release
28 Mar 2012
Bullsbrook man Mark Browner has been found guilty of undertaking unregistered commercial painting and fined $300 with orders to pay costs of $278 in the Midland Magistrates Court. Charges relate to a job verbally quoted at $3,000 in Brigadoon. "This type of prosecution, like a number of other matters being dealt with under old legislation, will be subject to stronger penalties in the future under...
Building Commission
Media release
22 Mar 2012
Dwellingup man Kim O’Donnell has been found guilty on three building related charges and fined $3,000 with orders to pay costs of $474 in the Mandurah Magistrates Court. Charges relate to offences under the Home Building Contracts Act and the Builders Registration Act, concerning a job in Oro Road Dwellingup valued at over $89,000. Mr O’Donnell was charged and convicted over: Charging an...
Building Commission
Media release
22 Mar 2012
Yanchep man Sean Barrett (56) has been found guilty of undertaking unregistered painting work for payment and misrepresenting to a consumer that he was registered. He was fined $700 on two charges in the Armadale Magistrates Court over a job quoted at $3,300 for work at a house in Amber Way Thornlie. A complaint about incomplete work was made to the (then) Painters Registration Board in May last...
Building Commission
Media release
20 Mar 2012
Bibra lake man David FUERY has been found guilty of undertaking unregistered painting work for payment. He was fined $500 and ordered to pay costs of $278 in the Fremantle Magistrates Court over a job quoted at over $11,000 for restoration work at six East Fremantle units. A complaint about inferior workmanship from the Property Manager of the complex resulted in an inspection that found Mr Fuery...
Building Commission
Media release
14 Mar 2012

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