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Home indemnity insurance Owner-builders are responsible for the building work carried out for a minimum of six years. If the owner-builder sells the home within seven years from the date of a building licence or permit being issued, they are required under the Home Building Contracts Act 1991 to...
Home indemnity insurance
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...
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Building Commission
Consultations / public comment
21 Jun 2016
17 June 2016 Service moving to Building Commission 1 July The Water Corporation currently provides a service whereby real estate agents and other interested persons can request a copy of an existing...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
20 Jun 2016
Building Commission
Guide / handbook
31 May 2016
Building Commission
Guide / handbook
31 May 2016
Building Commission
Guide / handbook
31 May 2016
Building Commission
Guide / handbook
31 May 2016
Building Commission
Guide / handbook
31 May 2016
The Department of Commerce – WorkSafe Division has released a Discussion Paper on recommendations to amend the model Work Health and Safety Regulations (the WHS regulations) for the Western...
WorkSafe
Information
01 Jun 2016
Building Commission
Information
17 May 2016

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Kalbarri man Peter John Barry Ikin , trading as Cape York Connections , has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for carrying out unregistered painting work at eight Mid West properties between December 2013 and June 2015.
Building Commission
Media release
14 Nov 2016
Osborne Park builder, Adam Bryce Thistlethwaite (reg. BP66814 & BC66814), trading as Starboard Side Construction Pty Ltd , has been fined by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) for engaging in negligent conduct that adversely affected a neighbouring property.
Building Commission
Media release
09 Nov 2016
The Building Commission is strongly advising home owners against carrying out their own plaster testing. The advice follows recent media reports and social media posts suggesting the use of a tape adhesion or “sticky tape” test to determine whether plaster has been correctly applied. Home owners are warned that testing their own walls could damage the plaster or paint. Tests should only be...
Building Commission
Department News
25 Oct 2016
Francesco Di Labio (reg. BP7903 – expired), as the nominated supervisor of Dianella building company Frayson Pty Ltd (BC8331 – cancelled), has been ordered by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) to pay a fine of $15,000 and costs of $1,000 as a result of disciplinary action by the Building Services Board.
Building Commission
Media release
24 Oct 2016
On 17 October 2016, Home Australia Pty Ltd went into liquidation. Home Australia Pty Ltd (Home Australia Group) is the parent company of Collier Homes Pty Ltd (WA) in addition to Homestead Homes Pty Ltd (SA), Newstart Homes (S.E. QLD) Pty Ltd, Ashford Homes Pty Ltd (VIC) and Huxley Homes (NSW). Home owners currently building with Collier Homes (WA) will likely experience delays in the completion...
Building Commission
Media release
17 Oct 2016
Western Australia's home building industry and new home owners are continuing to enjoy savings, as more outdated requirements are removed from the State's building regulations.
Building Commission
Media release
13 Oct 2016
Online licensing to save time and money for businesses and tradespeople. Electronic lodgement of notices will reduce overheads for industry.
Building Commission
Department News
12 Oct 2016
In July 2016, the Building Commission circulated an updated set of Building Commissioner approved forms for use under the Building Act 2011 , and that from 10 October 2016, previous versions of the forms would no longer be considered approved forms by the Building Commissioner. A number of stakeholders have sought to have this period extended in order to transition the new forms into their...
Building Commission
Department News
11 Oct 2016
The Liberal National Government today introduced legislation into State Parliament to protect payments to subcontractors in the construction industry.
Building Commission
Department News
22 Sep 2016
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 2016 (that came into operation on 21 May 2016) concluded yesterday. From today, 21 September 2016, applications for building approvals for certain residential...
Building Commission
Department News
21 Sep 2016

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