Events and seminars

Building and Energy is currently offering the following events and seminars:

Contract management series seminars

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety – Building and Energy Division is proud to partner with HHG Legal Group to deliver a series of information seminars aimed at those working in the building and construction industry.

The seminars are designed to assist participants understand common contractual issues and pitfalls that can arise on construction projects. The seminars are suitable for builders, painters, plumbers, electricians and all other trade contractors who provide goods and services on construction projects.

Each of the three seminars will be run twice throughout 2018/19 in Cannington and are free to attend.  

Seminar 1: Contract variations and time bars

  • Tuesday 5 June 2018, 4.30pm to 6.00pm – Cannington
  • Tuesday 4 December 2018, 4.30 to 6.00pm – Cannington

Conditions precedent, often called time-bars, are the most common reason that contractors in the building and construction industry do not get paid for the work that they do (and may end up owing money). Time-bars are strict contractual deadlines for contractors:

  • to give notice of a change or delay in their work; and
  • to claim a price increase, extension of time and/or prolongation costs.  

Building and Energy Division invites you to join HHG Legal Group’s Murray Thornhill, director, and Daniel Morris, special counsel, to learn how to get paid what your work is worth and keep it when faced with time-bars.

To register visit Eventbrite at:

Seminar 2: Defects liability and warranties

  • Tuesday 17 July 2018, 4.30pm to 6.00pm – Cannington
  • Tuesday 12 February 2019, 4.30pm to 6.00pm – Cannington

Construction contractors often look no further than the written warranty and the defects liability period to understand their obligation to rectify faulty workmanship. However, the written warranty is not the only source of a builder’s liability for construction defects. A builder’s liability to fix their subcontractors’, employees and sometimes even other contractors’ workmanship may exceed the terms of any written warranty, especially if:

  • home building works are involved; and/or
  • the defects have been hidden from plain view.

Building and Energy Division invites you to join HHG Legal Group’s Murray Thornhill, director, and Daniel Morris, special counsel, to learn more about contractors’ defect liability risks, the particular risks faced by home builders and builders off the plan and ways to identify and manage those risks early and effectively.

To register visit Eventbrite at:

Seminar 3: Contractual disputes and debt recovery

  • Tuesday 28 August 2018, 4.30pm to 6.00pm – Cannington
  • Tuesday 9 April 2019, 4.30pm to 6.00pm – Cannington

If you have carried out construction work at the request of another, you are entitled to be paid for it. If a price has been agreed, you must be paid that price unless the agreement is unenforceable. Even without an enforceable price, you are virtually always entitled to be paid the fair value of the work that you do at someone else’s request.

However, being entitled to payment is one thing; getting hold of your money is quite another. For example, as effective as rapid pay dispute adjudication can be under the Construction Contracts Act 2004, there are some cases where it doesn’t apply. If your right to be paid is not properly secured before you start work on site and your principal becomes insolvent, you may find there is nothing left once the banks and secured suppliers have taken their cut.

Building and Energy Division invites you to join HHG Legal Group’s Murray Thornhill, director, and Daniel Morris, special counsel, to learn the best way to get paid in common construction scenarios; when adjudication may not work and why; and how to protect your payment rights if your principal becomes insolvent.

To register visit Eventbrite at:

Seminar 4: Insolvency and risk mitigation

  • Wednesday 3 October 2018, 4.30pm–6.00pm – Cannington

Insolvency is an ever present risk in the building and construction industry.  Knowing the warning signs, managing your business's risks and understanding the official processes can be crucial to your businesses survival.

Building and Energy Division invites you to join Cor Cordis’ partners Cliff Rocke and Jeremy Nipps, who will be discussing:

  • The general principles of corporate insolvency;
  • The different avenues for dealing with corporate insolvency;
  • Trends in insolvency;
  • Warning signs; and
  • How to protect your interests.

To register visit Eventbrite at : 

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 Building and Energy'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 and Energy statement of completion for this training.

Dates available for 2019:  20 February, 24 April, 26 June, 28 August, 6 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

Building and Energy 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 and Energy plumbing inspectors. New licensed plumbing contractors and existing licence holders in need of a refresher course are invited to attend.

Venue: First floor, Mason Bird Building, 303 Sevenoaks Street, Cannington
Cost: Free
Duration: One hour

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

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Read about the Building Summits held in 2016.

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

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

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