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The Western Australian Government is seeking your comments on the proposals to modernise Western Australia’s WHS laws. Background On 12 July 2017, the Government’s announcement of the development of a modernised Work Health and Safety Act for Western Australia which is based on the national model...
Work health and safety legislation reform
Western Australia's Building Regulations 2012 (the Regulations) sets out the requirements for home-owners to have compliant smoke alarms installed: prior to the sale or transfer of ownership; where a dwelling is rented under a residential tenancy agreement or made available for such rental; and...
Smoke alarm laws
Once the adjudicator has received an application and the response, the adjudicator has 10 business days to assess the payment dispute and make a determination. You can find further information about how the adjudicator makes a determination in the following video and fact sheet. Topic 5 – The...
Information on the Construction Contracts Act
If you are involved in a payment dispute and the other party applies for rapid adjudication, you will be required to prepare a formal response to the application within 10 business days. This will give you an opportunity to outline your side of the story to the adjudicator. You can find further...
Information on the Construction Contracts Act
If you have made a payment claim, and it has either been disputed or not paid, then your eligibility to apply for adjudication will depend on whether a “ payment dispute ” has arisen. An application for adjudication must be made within 90 business days of a payment dispute arising. You can find...
Information on the Construction Contracts Act
Before applying for rapid adjudication of a payment dispute, you need to make sure that you have complied with the payment process set out in your construction contract first. If you do not have a written contract, then the CCA implies a right to make payment claims and details how claims must be...
Information on the Construction Contracts Act
The Construction Contracts Act 2004 (the CCA) provides a number of very important protections to head contractors, subcontractors and suppliers working in the building and construction industry to ensure cash flow. The CCA prohibits and modifies certain provisions in construction contracts and...
Information on the Construction Contracts Act
Industry Advisory Group on security of payment reform
Construction Contracts Act
In the early hours of 14 June 2017, fire engulfed a 24-storey apartment block in West London’s North Kensington district known as the Grenfell Tower, causing at least 80 deaths and many injuries. While English authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire and its rapid spread, initial...
Compliance and audit
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This industry bulletin provides guidance on developing performance solutions for housing projects. The information is based on material available at the time of publication and may be subject to...
Building Commission
Bulletin
13 Aug 2018
The Western Australian Government is seeking your comments on the proposals to modernise Western Australia’s WHS laws. Background On 12 July 2017, the Government announcemed the development of a...
WorkSafe
Information
17 Jul 2018
New regulations have come into effect which requires electricity to be switched off before people enter the roof space. To assist workers in notifying homeowners of the new regulations the WorkSafe...
WorkSafe
Information
05 Jul 2018
WorkSafe is investigating an incident with preliminary evidence indicating an employee, who was fatally injured, may have been struck in the head by a 48 inch pipe wrench spanner. The spanner was...
WorkSafe
Alert
31 May 2018
This fact sheet provides information about lightning and includes duties for employers of outdoor workers and precautions to be taken to reduce the risk of injuries and deaths as a result of...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
18 May 2018
New legislation will be coming into effect on 14 May 2018 which will require all workers performing work for reward at “domestic-type” premises, turn off all sources of electricity by opening the...
WorkSafe
Guidance note
05 Jul 2018
Building Commission
Discussion paper
10 Apr 2018
Tasks carried out by plumbers can increase the risk of musculoskeletal injuries such as sprains and strains due to awkward postures, repetitive actions and excessive force required to lift, carry or...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
19 Jun 2018
A person who proposes to construct, extend or alter a public building must comply with the relevant requirements of Western Australia’s health legislation relating to public buildings. This Industry...
Building Commission
Bulletin
04 Apr 2018
Manual task injuries remain one of the largest single causes of injury in the construction industry. These injuries not only cause pain and suffering to the injured worker and their families but also...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
19 Jun 2018

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Lesmurdie-registered builder Brad Ross Homes Pty Ltd (BC12915) and its director and nominated supervisor Bradley William Ross (BP12915) have each been fined $3,000 by the Building Services Board for negligent conduct. The findings relate to building services carried out at a property in Cottesloe. The Board found the company had been negligent by: failing to ensure that soil excavation on the...
Building Commission
Media release
10 Aug 2018
Some quick checks and routine maintenance could have prevented the explosion of a storage water heater outside a home in Perth’s north, according to Building and Energy inspectors who attended the site. The incident is a timely reminder for owners of all storage water heaters – gas, electric and solar – to follow the recommended maintenance schedule, which usually involves simple checks every few...
EnergySafety
Media release
08 Aug 2018
The national Stakeholder Reference Group workshop for the trajectory for low energy homes project will be held in Perth on 21 June 2018. The free information session, also being held in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne, aims to seek feedback from stakeholders on the initial findings from the cost benefit analysis and the draft report. Date and time: Thursday 21 June 2018, 10.00am–12.30pm Venue: ATI...
Building Commission
Department News
14 Jun 2018
A Leschenault builder Agostino Ietto (BP10480) has been ordered to pay a fine of $5,000 to the Building Commissioner for negligence as a result of an East Bunbury house that was not constructed in accordance with the plans that were approved in 2015. The Building Services Board imposed the fine against Agostino Ietto, the nominated supervisor for Ietto West Developments Pty Ltd, due to the...
Building Commission
Media release
07 Jun 2018
The Building Services Board has officially cautioned Fremantle builder Barry Douglas Windsor (BP11375) because he failed to ensure that the correct permit was in place prior to carrying out building extension work at a Fremantle property. This is the second time that Mr Windsor’s conduct has come to the notice of the Building Services Board. In November 2016 the State Administrative Tribunal...
Building Commission
Media release
06 Jun 2018
The 2018 edition of the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas (the Map) comes into effect on Friday 1 June 2018. The Map will be available on the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) website on the afternoon of Thursday 31 May 2018. This edition of the Map will show both ‘new’ bush fire prone areas and those ‘continuing’ from earlier editions of the Map. All bush fire prone areas will be...
Building Commission
Department News
31 May 2018
The 2018 edition of the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas (the Map) comes into effect on Friday 1 June 2018. The Map will be available on the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) website on the afternoon of Thursday 31 May 2018. This edition of the Map will show both ‘new’ bush fire prone areas and those ‘continuing’ from earlier editions of the Map. All bush fire prone areas will be...
Building Commission
Department News
29 May 2018
FGS Contracting Pty Ltd and the Director Ryan Wayne Franceschi, were fined today in the Perth Magistrate Court in relation to serious injuries caused to a 17 year old worker in Esperance. FGS Contracting Pty Ltd was fined $225,000 for failure to meet their duty to provide a safe workplace and for failing to ensure the correct high-risk work license. Additionally, Franceschi as the Director was...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 May 2018
Axedale Holdings Pty Ltd, trading as Shaw’s Cartage Contractors, was fined in relation to the deaths of two labourers. The deaths were caused by falling concrete tilt-up panels at a Perth construction site. Axedale, among three parties charged, pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the safety of workers, and that failure causing the death of Joseph McDermott and Gerard Bradley. The fine totalled $...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 May 2018
Western Australian building contractor Archiapps Pty Ltd (reg BC14480) has entered into liquidation. Cameron Shaw and Richard Albarran of Hall Chadwick have been appointed as the liquidators of the company. Building Commissioner Ken Bowron advises that the company’s status will now trigger policies of home indemnity insurance (HII). Affected home owners should contact their insurer for details of...
Building Commission
Media release
16 May 2018

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