Public consultations

Advertisement of fixed/low-fee adjudications/advisory services

As part of its role in administering the Construction Contracts Act 2004 (the Act) and promoting the use of rapid adjudication to resolve contractual payment dispute, the Building Commission is interested in providing information to construction industry participants on the availability of:

  • adjudicators who are willing to conduct adjudications under the Act at a fixed fee or low cost rate; and
  • adjudicators who provide or are willing to provide advisory services to assist with preparing applications (or responses) in adjudication proceedings, and/or providing advice on contractual payment disputes.

The Building Commission is particularly focused on providing information to parties involved in lower value contractual payment disputes (ie less than $100,000), as they tend to be less familiar with using the adjudication process under the Act.To this end, the Building Commission is seeking expressions of interest from registered adjudicators who currently provide, or are interested in providing, adjudications and/or advisory services to parties on a fixed fee or low cost basis for low value payment disputes.

Details on the requirements and how to submit an expression of interest are available in the document EOI – Advertisement of fixed/low-fee adjudications/advisory services.

Enquiries can be emailed to David Purshouse at david.purshouse@dmirs.wa.gov.au.

Review of the Architects Act 2004 

The Architects Act 2004 (the Act) commenced on 16 November 2005 to:

  • regulate the registration of individuals, and licensing of corporations, as architects;
  • regulate and restrict the use of the words “architect”, “architects”, “architectural” or “architecture”; and
  • set up the Architects Board of Western Australia.

A statutory review of the Act is now due.

About the Architects Board

Architects are registered through the Architects Board of Western Australia.  The Board is self-funding and operates independently of the Department of Commerce.  The Minister for Commerce is responsible for the appointment of six board members (four consumer representatives and two industry members) and four members are elected by registered architects.

About the Review

The process of the review will be in two key stages. The release of this Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (CRIS) constitutes the commencement of the public comment phase of the statutory review of the Act.  Recommendations are included to focus discussion on the key areas highlighted for change. After reviewing comments arising from this first stage, a Decision Regulatory Impact Statement (DRIS) will be published which contains the government’s preferred options for implementation. The DRIS provides the opportunity for stakeholders to comment on the actual proposed changes.

The Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (CRIS)

The purpose of this CRIS is to identify, examine and seek comments on key issues arising out of the Act and the regulation of the architecture occupation in Western Australia and to determine whether the policy objectives of the Act are still valid.

The paper addresses some broad policy issues concerning the need to register architects, the adoption of a national recognition model, whether to extend the registration of architects to other building design para-professionals, if there is merit in bringing the registration of architects under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011, as well as a number of more minor changes to improve the operation of the Act and remove red tape.

Consultation

The paper concentrates on key areas of the Act. However, the Western Australian Government welcomed comment on all parts of the Act.

If you have any comments regarding the review that you would like to contribute, please contact us at architectsreview@dmirs.wa.gov.au.

All responses received will be publicly available on the Building Commission website.  

Review of plumbing

In June 2013, the State Government announced that an independent review of Western Australia’s plumbing laws would be undertaken by ACIL Allen Consulting.

ACIL Allen have completed their review and the WA government is now implementing the recommendations made in their final report.

The Building Commission will publish FAQs, regular updates and discussion papers to keep you informed of the current status in implementing the reforms and to allow further opportunities for consultation.

Standards Australia consultation – AS 3959 bush fire standard 

Standards Australia is seeking public comments on proposed changes to Australian Standard AS 3959 – Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas.

Comments are also being sought by Standards Australia on its draft Preliminary Impact Analysis regarding the proposed changes to AS 3959.

Public comments are to be provided directly through Standards Australia Public Comment online portal by Wednesday 22 November 2017

Information on how to submit comments through this online portal can be found on the Standards Australia website at www.standards.org.au.

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