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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...
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Stay informed with Building and Energy's latest news and updates. Building Commission News Building Commission News is a e-newsletter for builders, plumbers, painters and building surveyors in the Western Australian building and construction industry. Subscribe to news and updates to receive...
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What is being done nationally On 23 June 2015, the Australian Senate referred the issue of non-conforming building products to the Senate Economics Reference Committee. The Committee released its interim report ‘Safety – not a matter of good luck’ on 4 May 2016. The Senate Committee is due to hand...
Non-conforming building products
Background information Non-conforming building products (NCBPs) are products and materials that: claim to be something they are not; do not meet required standards for their intended use; or are marketed or supplied with the intent to deceive those who use them. For example a building product that...
Non-conforming building products
The BCI Code contains various reporting or notification obligations for building contractors. The requirements are contained in paragraph 20 (Industrial Action), paragraph 25 (Collusive tendering), paragraph 26 (Private Covered Building Work) and paragraph 27 (Breaches of the BCI Code). All reports...
Reporting obligations
David Hillyard was appointed as Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection in December 2015. Prior to this, he was the Director of Consumer Protection’s Retail and Services Directorate. David has worked with Consumer Protection for over 35 years and has been in senior management roles where most...
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Videos and presentations Changes to the Construction Contracts Act The Construction Contracts Act 2004 (CCA) is an important piece of legislation for the building and construction industry in Western Australia. On 15 December 2016 important changes to the CCA commenced operation. These were the...
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To be considered for registration as a building practitioner , qualifications and experience need to be correctly documented on your application form. Experience To become a building practitioner, there are five registration pathways, called ‘sets’, that applicants can register under. Each of these...
Initial registration
Complete list of updates 2017/18 Quarterly update – 3rd quarter PDF 150KB 2017/18 Half yearly update – 1st half PDF 150KB 2017/18 Quarterly update – 1st quarter PDF 380KB 2016/17 Quarterly update – 3rd quarter PDF 593KB Complete list of annual reports CCA Annual Report 2016–2017 PDF 4.5MB CCA...
Quarterly and annual reports on the Construction Contracts Act
Payment disputes Am I a subcontractor or an employee? An employee is paid according to a relevant award or contract and is supplied with the material and equipment required to do the work. A subcontractor is paid through invoices based on results achieved and will supply their own material and...
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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 announcemed the development of a...
WorkSafe
Information
27 Sep 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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The McGowan Government has introduced building regulations to restrict the use of combustible material on building facades of high-risk buildings. The new building regulations prevent the use of performance solutions by restricting the use of combustible cladding to those that can demonstrate compliance under the Building Code of Australia’s (BCA) new verification method. This method also...
Building Commission
Media release
06 Oct 2018
Local governments are working to clear a backlog of inspections of private pool safety barriers in the wake of an Ombudsman Western Australia report on children drowning. The law requires that WA local councils inspect private pools in their jurisdiction at least once every four years to ensure they have complying fences or other safety barriers. In last year’s investigation report on ways to...
Building Commission
Media release
20 Sep 2018
The four month transitional period that delayed the application of the bush fire construction requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) for areas that were newly identified as bush fire prone on the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas 2018 (that came into operation on 1 June 2018) concludes on Sunday 30 September 2018. From Monday 1 October 2018, applications for building approvals for...
Building Commission
Department News
21 Sep 2018
In the wake of a sudden ceiling collapse at a Thornlie property last week, home owners are reminded to act promptly on warning signs of ceiling stress. The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has published a handy guide for home owners about signs of instability in interior gypsum plasterboard ceilings and what action can be taken. “A collapsed ceiling can cause serious injury, as...
Building Commission
Media release
29 Aug 2018
Building and Energy wishes to remind you that you must use the correct postal address for all correspondence. Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety Building and Energy Division Locked Bag 14 CLOISTERS SQUARE WA 6850 From Friday 24 August 2018 there is no longer a mail redirection set up. Therefore, mail sent to any previous addresses will not be received by the Licensing Boards...
Building Commission / EnergySafety
Department News
29 Aug 2018
Mandurah Homes Pty Ltd (BC11088) and the company’s co-director and nominated supervisor, Todd Andrew Green (BP101468) , have each been fined $5,000 by the Building Services Board for failing to manage and supervise a building service. The findings relate to a two-storey Halls Head property, built by Mandurah Homes between 2015 and 2016. On a windy night in July 2017, a section of the home’s tin...
Building Commission
Media release
28 Aug 2018
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

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