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Before a home building work contract is signed the builder is required to provide the owner with a copy of the Notice for the home owner , which summarises the requirements of the Home Building Contracts Act 1991 . The notice includes information regarding home indemnity insurance, as well as...
Contracts
It is the builder’s responsibility to ensure that a written contract that accurately reflects the agreement reached is in place between themselves and their client. Contracts will vary depending on whether the type of building work that is proposed is residential or commercial. Any agreement for...
Contracts
The energy efficiency requirements for housing (Class 1 buildings and certain Class 10 buildings and structures) are contained in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) Volume Two which forms part of the National Construction Code. The Performance Requirements for new housing take into account both...
Codes and standards
The Building Code of Australia (BCA) is supported by ‘referenced documents’ including Australian Standards. In simple terms, the BCA specifies 'what' is required and the Australian Standards specify 'how' something is to be done. The Australian Standards form an integral part of the deemed to...
Codes and standards
Building work being undertaken may adversely affect neighbouring properties and adjoining land. This work may include the construction, erection, assembly or placement of buildings or incidental structures, site work and demolition work. If not managed correctly, building or associated work that...
Responsibilities
Residential building work contracts in Western Australia are governed by the Home Building Contracts Act 1991 (the Act). If residential building work valued over $20,000 is to be undertaken, the Act requires that a builder take out home indemnity insurance in the name of the owner before accepting...
Responsibilities
The Home Building Contracts Act 1991 (the Act) enables a registered building contractor to build their principal place of residence once every six years without having to obtain home indemnity insurance. If you are a registered building contractor (individual) wanting to build your principal place...
Responsibilities
Registered builders must erect a legible sign of reasonable dimensions on all works under their control. The sign must show their name and registration number (as it appears on their certificate of registration). It is not sufficient to provide only a trading name. In the case of a partnership or...
Responsibilities
Safe use of nailing tools. Labour savers or lethal weapons? Because of their obvious advantages, air operated nailing tools are widely accepted and used in industry. Used safely, they are labour and money savers. Used unsafely, they can be lethal weapons. Accidents with nailing tools have been...
Construction
The OHSE SubbyPack is designed for use as a toolkit across states and territories to help develop and review occupational safety and health management systems. What is an Occupational Health and Safety Management Plan? Occupational Health and Safety Management Plan’ is a site-specific document that...
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Building and Energy
Form – application
05 Jul 2017
WorkSafe is seeing ongoing non-compliance with wall chasing work, such as: Use of petrol powered saws without local exhaust ventilation (LEV) on-tool, exposing workers to toxic carbon monoxide;...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
13 Jun 2017
Building and Energy
Consultations / public comment
29 May 2017
This Industry Bulletin outlines interconnection requirements for mains-powered smoke alarms installed as part of new building work, such as an addition or alteration, to existing dwellings. This...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
12 May 2017
The following is a guide for home owners who may have concerns about the stability of the plasterboard ceilings within their home.
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
11 May 2017
This industry bulletin provides information for building industry practitioners and regulators regarding changes to termite management system standards referenced by the Building Code of Australia (...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
27 Apr 2017
The Building Commission has released a final audit report on some compliance and conformance issues that arose during the construction of the new Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) at the QEII Medical...
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
24 Apr 2017
An audit of contractor and product performance in the construction of the new Perth Children’s Hospital.
Building and Energy
Reports
24 Apr 2017

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A Duncraig building company that continued to contract for and carry out building work after its building contractor registration lapsed has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner.
Building and Energy
Media release
19 Dec 2017
The Building Commission has produced a guidance note and new Building Act form to deal with amending a building permit to substitute a replacement builder where the builder is unable to continue the building work. This is generally due to insolvency, death or disappearance. Building Act Guidance Note – Building permit: amending builder's details BA19 – Request to amend building permit Enquiries...
Building and Energy
Department News
19 Dec 2017
Changes to Western Australia’s building regulations have clarified restrictions on the types of buildings and incidental structures a building surveyor may sign a compliance certificate for under the Building Act 2011 .
Building and Energy
Department News
06 Dec 2017
Applicants for a builder, building surveyor or painter’s registration in Western Australia are being reminded of their responsibilities when using a third party service provider to prepare their applications.
Building and Energy
Media release
06 Dec 2017
If you are involved in the building and construction industry in regional Western Australia, you shouldn’t miss this important learning opportunity. Morning session – 9.00am to 12.30pm The Building Code of Australia (BCA) information session is a half day program in the morning covering the following Australian Building Codes Board information, (being presented in Perth on 27 and 28 February 2018...
Building and Energy
Event
05 Dec 2017
A Maddington builder who provided incorrect and misleading information to become registered has been fined $5,000 and his request to cancel his registration has been accepted by the Building Services Board.
Building and Energy
Media release
05 Dec 2017
In July 2016, the Building Commission circulated an updated set of Building Commissioner approved forms for use under the Building Act 2011 . An indefinite period was provided to allow the community, industry and permit authorities time to transition the updated forms into their relevant systems. It was considered acceptable during this transition to use previous approved versions of the forms...
Building and Energy
Department News
23 Nov 2017
Maddington company Great Aussie Patios Pty Ltd and its sole director and secretary Marcus Graham Fulker have been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for contractual offences committed in the supply and installation of a patio in Hazelmere in 2015.
Building and Energy
Media release
26 Oct 2017
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...
Building and Energy
Department News
18 Oct 2017
Wembley Downs builder Peter Clyde Carman (BC100666 – expired & BP100822 – restricted) has been fined $4,000 by the Building Services Board for submitting a misleading building permit application to the City of Karratha in 2014.
Building and Energy
Media release
25 Oct 2017

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