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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...
Construction
The Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 require workers to complete an approved training course before commencing tilt-up or precast concrete construction or manufacture. Workers who have not previously completed an approved training course must be deemed competent under CPCCCM1016A...
Construction
The Australian Consumer Law (ACL) requires a tradesperson and/or builder to meet certain obligations when they do building work: Service guarantee Product guarantee Businesses are obligated to meet all ACL consumer guarantees by law and they cannot be signed away. If you are having troubles with a...
Building or renovating a property
Ask your family or friends to recommend an architect, builder or tradesperson they have recently used. Shop around and get recommendations. If you are using an architect, ask them to recommend two or three building practitioners who have worked for other clients, as a starting point. You should...
Building or renovating a property

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Recently WorkSafe has seen scaffolding where damaged components and unsafe practices were used in the erection of the scaffold. These included broken connection lugs and components secured with wire...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
07 Apr 2017
A checklist for removing non-friable (bonded) asbestos, for both licenced asbestos removalists and for those removing small quantities (less than 10 m2) who do not require a licence.
WorkSafe
Checklist
31 Mar 2017
Principals, contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers working in the building and construction industry should be aware that the remaining sections 7 and 20 of the Construction Contracts Amendment...
Building Commission
Bulletin
24 Mar 2017
Building Commission
Checklist
20 Mar 2017
Building Commission
Checklist
20 Mar 2017
A builder who engages contractors or directly employs people has obligations to meet safety and health requirements under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (the Act). The Act also sets out...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
16 Mar 2017
The Building Commission released an e-letter on 28 November 2016 to remind building industry practitioners about interconnection of smoke alarms and the new Australian Standard for smoke alarms. This...
Building Commission
Bulletin
28 Feb 2017

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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 2017 (that came into operation on 1 June 2017) concludes on Saturday 30 September 2017. From Sunday 1 October 2017, applications for building approvals for...
Building Commission
Department News
29 Sep 2017
A Warrenup man has been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for registration and contractual offences he committed while contracting for and constructing three sheds, in Robinson, Elleker and Warrenup, in 2014.
Building Commission
Media release
28 Sep 2017
The September 2017 edition of Building Commission News is out now. Read the Building Commission News Edition 3/2017 – September 2017 The newsletter features articles on audit and compliance matters, industry updates, events, and links to new publications. If you didn't receive a copy of the newsletter, make sure you are signed up to receive our news and updates. Subscribe to news and updates
Building Commission
Department News
11 Sep 2017
Truth in advertising Consumer Protection continues to receive a number of complaints about representations builders are making in their marketing material. The issues highlighted in this article relate to house and land packages, often where the builder does not own the land. Consumer Protection published its concerns about the advertising of house and land packages in 2013, and while industry...
Building Commission
Department News
11 Sep 2017
The Building Commission has confirmed that testing found no asbestos-containing building products and materials supplied by Yuanda Australia in its general inspection of 13 Western Australian buildings.
Building Commission
Media release
31 Aug 2017
Margaret River registered builder William Robert Price (BC10294 & BP10294) has been fined $5,000 by the Building Services Board for negligent conduct.
Building Commission
Media release
30 Aug 2017
On 16 August 2017 building company SRM Construction Pty Ltd (reg. BC12999) appointed Michael Joseph Ryan and Ian Charles Francis of FTI Consulting (Australia) Pty Ltd as joint liquidators of the company. The Building Commission is investigating claims that home owners may not have received a valid policy of home indemnity insurance from the builder in accordance with its obligations under the...
Building Commission
Department News
22 Aug 2017
On 2 August 2017 building company Ravlich & Clent Constructions Pty Ltd (reg. BC13924) voluntarily appointed Shaun Boyle of DCS Advisory as the administrator of the company. Home owners who have entered into a home building work contract with Ravlich & Clent Constructions and have unfinished, faulty or unsatisfactory work should be covered by home indemnity insurance (HII). They are...
Building Commission
Department News
04 Aug 2017
Perth registered building contractor PTG Construction and Development Pty Ltd (reg. BC31514) and its director and nominated supervisor Pengtao Wen (BP100575) have been fined a total of $8,000 by the Building Services Board for misleading and negligent conduct.
Building Commission
Media release
03 Aug 2017
Canning Vale licensed plumbing contractor Richard James Palmer (PL7708) has been cautioned by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) for negligence and incompetence.
Building Commission
Media release
11 Jul 2017

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