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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
World Plumbing Day (WPD) is an international event on March 11 initiated by the World Plumbing Council celebrating the important role plumbing plays in the health and safety of modern day communities. The aftermath of 2010’s devastating earthquake in Haiti and last year’s tsunami in Japan reveals how easy it is to take for granted the availability of safe drinking water and sufficient sanitation...
Building Commission
Media release
09 Mar 2012
Home owners and builders thinking about undertaking alterations and additions to existing residential buildings will need to comply with 6 star energy efficiency requirements from 30 April 2013. The Building Code of Australia will require all new residential buildings to comply with 6 star energy efficiency requirements from 1st May 2012. “Considerable work has been undertaken by the 6 Star...
Building Commission
Media release
08 Mar 2012
Maddington man David SMIT has been found guilty of doing unregistered painting work for payment. Mr Smit was fined $700 and ordered to pay costs of $385 in the Perth Magistrates Court over a job quoted at $9,680. “Due to this matter first dating back to 2010, it was appropriate that it be subject to laws under the Painters Registration Act 1961, an Act which has since been superseded by the...
Building Commission
Media release
10 Feb 2012
Pool safety saves children’s lives WA laws require pool owners to enclose their pool with a barrier that meets standards Following the recent tragic death of a toddler found in a backyard swimming pool, Building Commissioner Mr Peter Gow has reminded pool owners and anyone thinking about installing a pool to ensure that adequate pool fencing is in place. “I extend my deepest sympathy to the...
Building Commission
Media release
13 Jan 2012
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...
Building Commission
Media release
15 Dec 2011
A Darch man has been found guilty in the Perth Magistrates Court of 4 offences under the Home Building Contracts Act. Joseph Sandon operating as J.J’s Custom Kitchens was fined $4,200 and ordered to pay costs of $271. “This trader undertook kitchen and bathroom renovation work for a customer in Dianella and demanded a 50% deposit on work valued at almost $11,000,” Building Commissioner Peter Gow...
Building Commission
Media release
13 Dec 2011
Limestone Creations Pty Ltd – T/as Urbano Unique Stone Port Kennedy trader Urbano Unique Stone has been fined $1,400 and ordered to pay costs of $524 in the Rockingham Magistrates Court for three offences relating to the Home Building Contracts Act, with work valued at $8,890. “This company failed its customer when it didn’t include information in a home building work contract about bobcat hire,...
Building Commission
Media release
07 Dec 2011
Broome man Colin John Lonsdale (44) has been fined $1,500 and ordered to pay costs of $196 in the Broome Magistrates Court for undertaking building work without being a registered builder. Mr Lonsdale did not attend court and was convicted in his absence of undertaking unregistered building works valued at $42,300 to a commercial property in Hunter Street Broome. “Mr Lonsdale had previously...
Building Commission
Media release
01 Dec 2011
Steven Ferguson of Joondanna has been fined $1,300 and ordered to pay costs of $346 in the Joondalup Magistrates Court on two charges relating to unregistered painting. Between June and July last year Mr Ferguson carried out painting work in Craigie for payment exceeding $200 and then failed to comply with Orders imposed on him by the (then) Painters Registration Board (PRB) to compensate the...
Building Commission
Media release
10 Oct 2011
The traditional Christmas/New Year holidays are fast approaching and each year many people dust off their 'to do' lists which often include odd jobs around the house. The Building Commission has undertaken an information project to hardware sales outlets in Western Australia engaging the traders in displaying point of sale information advising their customers not to undertake DIY plumbing work. "...
Building Commission
Media release
10 Oct 2011
The Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) has successfully prosecuted Mark Anthony Marshall (43) of Leschenault trading as Renostruct, for carrying out unlicensed plumbing work between August and September 2010. Investigations revealed the use of unapproved fittings relating to disconnection, relocation and replacement of water supply and sanitary plumbing work. In addition, the work was found to be of...
Building Commission
Media release
13 Sep 2011
Builders, local authorities, developers, engineers, architects and others intending to be involved with the building industry should attend an information session in WA’s regional areas. “Sweeping reforms to Western Australia’s building industry are seeing wide changes to the responsibilities of owners, builders and many other people who provide services to the building industry,” Building...
Building Commission
Media release
22 Aug 2011

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