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A sustainable building industry will balance environmental, social and economic issues to ensure a viable and valuable industry for future generations. The building industry includes developing, planning, designing, building, altering, or maintaining the built environment. The manufacturers,...
Sustainability
What is the European House Borer? The European House Borer (EHB) is a destructive pest that targets seasoned coniferous timber including pine, fir and spruce. If allowed to become established it can cause major structural damage to buildings. The adult beetle lays its eggs into cracks, holes and...
European House Borer
The Dividing Fences Act 1961 (the Act) combines with local government by-laws to regulate the erection and maintenance of dividing fences in Western Australia. The Act provides a process for sharing costs between neighbours, the determination of boundaries and a mechanism for courts to deal with...
Dividing fences
Most people’s biggest investment is their home, so it is important that your contract to build or renovate goes smoothly. Resolving disputes can be costly, both personally and financially. The Building Commission has a responsibility to ensure that consumers have confidence in the building,...
Building or renovating your home
Adjudication The claim A claimant can be a person, body or organisation that presents a payment claim in the event of a payment dispute. The claimant can be: a contractor claiming against a principal; a subcontractor claiming against a contractor; or a supplier of goods claiming against a...
Information on the Construction Contracts Act
As part of its function, the Building Commission provides an avenue for both consumers and builders to resolve disputes relating to the carrying out of regulated building services and home building work contracts. These services are provided to parties as an alternative to the commencement of court...
Building service and home building contract complaints
The Building Commission is committed to maintaining collaborative engagement with the building and construction industry on broad policy and procedural matters likely to affect the industry. The Building Commission Advisory Committee (BCAC) is an advisory forum that comprises all occupational and...
Committees
The board advises the Minister and the Building Commissioner about matters relating to the Building Services (Registration) Act.
Boards
Building Commission Boards and committees: Building Commission Advisory Committee Building Services Board Plumbers Licensing Board Plumbing Industry Reference Group (PIRG), a committee of the Plumbers Licensing Board hosted by the Building Commission 6 Star Committee
Boards and committees
Western Australia’s Building Commission oversees the regulation of building, painting, building surveying and plumbing services. With all these regulatory functions focused within a single agency, our industry and consumers benefit from a more consistent and efficient service. The Building Services...
About the Building Commission

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The Australia wide roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) commenced on 1 July 2016. To coincide with this, new information guides have been released for consumers with disabilities about their rights and businesses with useful information about their obligations under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). The ACL provides protection when you buy goods like food, electrical items...
Consumer Protection
Department News
21 Jul 2016
A wedding and event planning company has been fined $50,000 by the Joondalup Magistrates Court and five WA couples who were left out of pocket when it became insolvent have been awarded a total of $75,775 in compensation. Acceler8 Group Pty Ltd (in liquidation) , which traded as Bali D’Luxe , was convicted of five offences under the Australian Consumer Law of wrongly accepting payment and failing...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Jul 2016
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 10 cents per litre (cpl) to 124.7 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 19 July 2016, most BP and Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 129.9 cpl, an increase of 14 cpl. Most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 127.9 cpl,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Jul 2016
Western Australian Building Commissioner Peter Gow today announced that the Building Commission will carry out an independent audit of the use of Yuanda products in the WA construction industry, beginning with the Perth Children’s Hospital.
Building Commission
Media release
15 Jul 2016
Employment scams are on the rise in response to the economic downturn, according to Consumer Protection. In the 2015/16 financial year WA ScamNet received 48 reports regarding employment scam attempts, with at least 18 victims confirming losses of $42,100 between them. This is an increase compared to the 2014/15 financial year when there were 32 reports of employment scam attempts and 13 victims...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Jul 2016
Banksia Grove man Gordon Leslie Bodsworth , trading as Utopia Landscape Projects , has been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for offences he committed in contracting for landscaping work at an Iluka property in September 2014.
Building Commission
Media release
12 Jul 2016
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 9 cents per litre (cpl) to 126.2 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 12 July 2016, most BP, Caltex, Coles Express and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 129.9 cpl (an increase of 12 cpl by BP, Caltex and Puma and 10 cpl by Coles Express...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Jul 2016
Pemberton builder John George Ryan (BP8830 & BC8830) has been fined $5,000 by the Building Services Board for failing to manage and supervise work he carried out at a Manjimup property between March 2010 and July 2011.
Building Commission
Media release
05 Jul 2016
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 10 cents per litre (cpl) to 128.0 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 5 July 2016, most BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 133.9 cpl, an increase of 15 cpl. The majority of Caltex and Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Jul 2016
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Tragically, between one and two children die in Australian homes every year as a result of blind or curtain cords that don’t comply with safety standards causing choking or strangulation. There are similar deaths occurring regularly across the world. That’s why Consumer Protection WA recently joined fellow Australian and...
Consumer Protection
Department News
04 Jul 2016

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