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For the purposes of the information provided below, “mutual recognition” refers to the ability of a person who is registered in connection with an occupation in a state, territory or New Zealand to carry on an equivalent occupation in Western Australia, subject to the provisions of the Mutual...
Occupational licensing
The risk Most pools and spas are fitted with water circulating pumps and cleaning equipment powered by electric motors. Faults can occur in these motors or in the motor’s electrical wiring. This can expose bathers to the risk of electric shock. Signs of electric shock include a tingling sensation,...
Electrical installations
Public comment ended 31 August 2018 - THIS DOCUMENT IS NO LONGER CURRENT AND IS AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE FOR HISTORICAL PURPOSES ONLY The Western Australian Government is seeking your comments on the proposals to modernise Western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...
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
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This Industry Bulletin is intended to inform registered builders about the importance of giving a notice of completion (form BA7) to the permit authority within the prescribed period of time and to...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
12 Jul 2019
The Western Australia guide to standards and tolerances 2019 (the Guide) has been developed for use by builders and building owners as a convenient reference for acceptable standards of workmanship...
Building and Energy
Guide / handbook
30 Jul 2019
This bulletin has been produced in response to a combination of industry concerns regarding current practices and as a result of Building and Energy's inspection findings. The bulletin clarifies that...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
05 Jul 2019
Tasks carried out by electricians 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...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
09 Jul 2019
The department has developed a checklist for employers and workers engaged in the fabrication and installation of stone benchtops. This checklist highlights safety issues with a focus on silica...
WorkSafe
Checklist
30 May 2019
A statutory review of the Act was undertaken to ensure that it is still applicable to the modern functioning of the architectural industry, reduce red tape where possible, and examine the...
Building and Energy
Reports
27 May 2019
This bulletin provides technical guidance and information to assist builders, building surveyors, designers, inspectors and others with improving the tie-down of timber framed (including stick-built...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
27 May 2019
This industry bulletin advises that the Commerce Regulations Amendment (Infringement Notices) Regulations 2019 (the Amendment Regulations) was published in the Government Gazette on Friday 26 April...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
29 Apr 2019
Updates to some of the Building Commissioner approved forms have been made in order to align with recent amendments to the Building Regulations 2012 addressing administrative matters around the...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
27 Mar 2019
The Building Amendment Regulations 2019 (the Amendment Regulations) were published in the Government Gazette on 26 March 2019. The Amendment Regulations come into effect on 1 May 2019. The Amendment...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
27 Mar 2019

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On 30 July 2019, the McGowan Government announced a three-stage plan to improve the bush fire policy framework, including the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas (the Map). The improvements will reduce the number of residential buildings required to comply with the bush fire construction requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA). Stage One will see a new edition of the Map come into effect on...
Building and Energy
Department News
30 Jul 2019
In 2018, the Cabinet Makers Association of Western Australia met with the then Minister for Commerce, in relation to difficulties experienced by cabinet makers in legally claiming progress payments from their clients under the provisions of the Home Building Contracts Act 1991 . The Minister asked the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) to investigate options to address...
Building and Energy
Department News
25 Jul 2019
A Perth building company has been found to be negligent and fined $5,000 by the Building Services Board for winning a contract to renovate a chocolate store in Fremantle, but then failing to carry out or supervise the work. Ferhan Developments Pty Ltd (BC102155) of Queens Park and its sole director Chrishan Fernando won a $236,158 tender and were issued a building permit by the City of Fremantle...
Building and Energy
Media release
23 Jul 2019
The Water Corporation advises that a number of important enhancements have been made to asset protection documentation. The changes address safety issues for working on or near assets and clarify a number of ambiguities in the previous documentation. Impacted documents and key changes include: Technical Guidelines for working near Water Corporation Assets Inclusion of a requirement for serious...
Building and Energy
Department News
22 Jul 2019
Between 1 January 2017 and 28 February 2019, in total 56 regulatory compliance inspections were carried out and 3,209 items of regulatory requirements were inspected. Of these 3,037 or 95% were found to be compliant. The top ten items of non-compliance that require improvement are listed in Table 1 below: Table 1: Top ten items of regulatory compliance that require improvement Item Number...
Building and Energy
Department News
08 Jul 2019
A major Australian building company and its nominated supervisor have been fined a total of $32,000 after significant roof defects were discovered at two Perth homes. The State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) found that BGC Residential Pty Ltd (BC9769) and Thomas Edmund Starkey (BP14002) breached building registration laws by not properly managing and supervising a building service. In 2016, a...
Building and Energy
Media release
01 Jul 2019
A Karrinyup builder has been formally cautioned over the roof construction at a $1.1 million home, which did not comply with approved plans and building standards. The Building Services Board found that Mulvay Pty Ltd (BC10975) and its nominated supervisor, Mark Anthony Mulvay (BP9892), breached WA’s building registration laws by not properly managing and supervising a building service. The two-...
Building and Energy
Media release
24 Jun 2019
Home owners can be reassured that WA’s building regulator is taking action on standards, compliance and dispute resolution across the industry, according to retiring Building Commissioner Ken Bowron. Mr Bowron leaves Building and Energy (formerly the Building Commission and Energy Safety ) today after 10 years, including 18 months at the helm of the combined division within the Department of...
Building and Energy
Media release
14 Jun 2019
A Perth builder has been fined $2,000 after constructing a two-storey dwelling near Manjimup, in breach of conditions placed on his registration. Allen Gledhill , of Mount Nasura, has since voluntarily cancelled his building contractor’s registration (BC100541), which limited him to single-storey residential work and industrial sheds. At its May meeting, the Building Services Board heard that Mr...
Building and Energy
Media release
30 May 2019
The minimum fees prescribed in Schedule 2 of the Building Regulations 2012 will increase by 7 per cent on 1 July 2019 for the 2019–20 year. A list of the current minimum fees and the new minimum fees is in the table below. This increase in fees is the result of a review undertaken by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety at the request of the Parliament’s Joint Standing...
Building and Energy
Department News
08 May 2019

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