Events and seminars

The Building Commission is currently offering the following events and seminars:

Building inspectors training 

This training course is designed to provide basic criteria necessary for providing reports that satisfy the requirements of the Building Commissioner where a complaint has been made. The report will be used as part of the determination as to whether or not a regulated building service has been carried out in a proper and proficient manner or is faulty or unsatisfactory.

Participants will receive instruction regarding the Building Commission’s preferred method of report preparation which will meet the requirements of AS 4349.0-2007 Inspection of Buildings – General requirements.

Participants will be required to successfully complete an assessment task prior to receiving a Building Commission statement of completion for this training.

Dates available for 2018:  26 April, 4 July, 12 September, 14 November
Time: 9.00 am - 12.30 pm (including morning tea)
Location: Ground floor, Mason Bird Building, 303 Sevenoaks Street, Cannington
Cost: $40 (inc GST)
Outcome: Certificate of Attendance

To register for this event, visit the Building Commission Eventbrite booking webpage. For further information, email

Go to the 'Building insepctors training' booking page

Plumbing induction sessions

The Building Commission holds free information sessions for licensed plumbing contractors. These sessions will help to clarify plumbers' obligations under the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000 as well as provide an opportunity to meet with other licensed plumbers, and talk to Building Commission plumbing inspectors. New licensed plumbing contractors and existing licence holders in need of a refresher course are invited to attend.

Dates available for 2018: to be announced
Venue: First floor, Mason Bird Building, 303 Sevenoaks Street, Cannington
Cost: Free
Duration: 1 hour

To register to attend, email or phone (08) 6251 1377.

So you want to be a builder?

The majority of applications received for building service registration are not complete, need further clarification or evidence or don't meet the requirements. This  might cost you valuable time and money.

Licensing Services offers an information session for prospective builders aimed at outlining the requirements so prospective applicants can get early advice.

Venue: Ground floor, Mason Bird Building, 303 Sevenoaks Street, Cannington
When: First Tuesday of the month from February to December 2018
Time: 4.00pm to 5.30pm
Cost: Free

The session will give you information on:

  • the application process;
  • the correct forms to use and how to complete them; and
  • required qualifications and experience.

There will also be time for questions and answers during which Licensing Services staff can provide practical and tailored advice.

Presented by:

  • Margaret Sharpe, Manager Licensing, Licensing Services
  • Fiona Brown, Principal Registration and Licensing Officer, Licensing Services
  • Neil Whittet, Senior Registration Officer

Other experienced and approachable staff will also be available to take your individual questions.

For further information, email

Go to the 'So you want to be a builder?' booking page

Building Code of Australia – Free regional seminars 2018

If you are involved in the building and construction industry in regional Western Australia, you shouldn’t miss this important learning opportunity.

Morning session – 9.00am to 12.30pm

The Building Code of Australia (BCA) information session is a half day program in the morning covering the following Australian Building Codes Board information — modified for regional areas:

  • NCC 2016 Volume One amendment relating to fire safety in high rise buildings;
  • NCC 2019 public comment draft proposed amendments;
  • The improved CodeMark scheme; and
  • The practical development and assessment of Performance Solutions.

The morning session will also include information relating to the Building Act 2011 and Building Regulations 2012 and cover recent amendments.

Afternoon session – 1.15pm to 4.00pm

This session will cover:

  • Building Commission audit findings, including current and future general inspection projects;
  • current work being undertaken to address security of payments issues;
  • recent changes to the law and processes related to resolving payment disputes in the building and construction industry; and
  • an update on other reform work being carried out by the Building Commission including reform of the home indemnity insurance scheme.
Location Venue Date Morning Afternoon Register
Geraldton Function Room,
City of Greater Geraldton
Cathedral Avenue, Geraldton
Thursday 15 March 2018 9.00am–12.30pm 1.15pm–4.00pm Register here
Albany Civic Room
City of Albany
102 North Road, Yakamia
Wednesday 21 March 2018 9.00am–12.30pm 1.15pm–4.00pm Register here
Northam Northam Recreation Centre
44 Peel Terrace, Northam
Friday 23 March 2018 9.00am–12.30pm 1.15pm–4.00pm Register here
Kalgoorlie City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder
577 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie
Wednesday 28 March 2018 9.00am–12.30pm 1.15pm–4.00pm Register here
Esperance Council Chambers
Shire of Esperance
Windich Street, Esperance
Wednesday 11 April 2018 9.00am–12.30pm 1.15pm–4.00pm Register here
Busselton Function Room
City of Busselton
2 Southern Drive, Busselton
Thursday 3 May 2018 9.00am–12.30pm 1.15pm–4.00pm Register here
Bunbury Council Room
City of Bunbury
4 Stephen Street, Bunbury
Friday 4 May 2018 9.00am–12.30pm 1.15pm–4.00pm Register here
Karratha Conference Room
Welcome Lotteries House
7 Morse Court, Karratha
Tuesday 8 May 2018 9.00am–12.30pm 1.15pm–4.00pm Register here
Broome C-View Room
Mercure Hotel
1 Weld Street, Broome
Friday 11 May 2018 9.00am–12.30pm 1.15pm–4.00pm Register here


Registration is essential. You can register for either the morning or afternoon or attend the full day by registering for both sessions. Light refreshments will be provided at morning tea at 10.30am.

Go to the 'Building Commission' Eventbrite booking page

Read about the Building Summits held in 2016.

Some previous Building Commission presentations are available online. View the Building Commission videos webpage.

Visit the WorkSafe events webpage for events and information sessions on topics relevant to workplace safety and health.

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