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All electrical accidents that occur in Western Australia must be reported. The Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991 require that all electrical accidents, irrespective of their seriousness, must be immediately reported to: the employer (if relevant); and the relevant network operator. If the...
Reporting an electrical accident
The community expects that the electrical and gas appliances they use are safe. Legislation requires retailers to ensure that most domestic appliances sold comply with appropriate Australian safety standards. The Electricity Act and Regulations In Western Australia, electrical safety legislation...
Appliance and equipment approvals
Functions The Electrical Licensing Board is constituted under provisions of the Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991. Its primary function is to determine the competence of applicants for, and holders of, electrical licences and permits issued under the licensing regulations. The board...
Boards
The risks associated with an unsafe installation are high, so the work must be restricted to competent (licensed) workers. To emphasise the nature of the hazard, these installations can appear to operate well yet be unsafe. For example, an electrical installation can work without the safety system...
Forms
Information on unsafe and dangerous electrical appliances and product recalls. Dielle Residual Current Device (RCD) A recall has been issued for the Dielle Residual Current Device (RCD), model YK78, approval mark N.21905 which were sold in Queensland and South Australia. See Product Safety...
Electrical appliances
To achieve Building and Energy's regulatory objectives, the Director and staff administer a wide suite of legislation: Energy Safety Act 2006 Energy Safety Regulations 2006 Energy Safety Levy Act 2006 Energy Coordination Act 1994 (major parts) Energy Coordination (General) Regulations 1995...
Legislation administered
On 22 January 2018, the Building and Energy Division was formed from the amalgamation of the Building Commission and Energy Safety . Building and Energy oversees the operations of the building, building surveying, electrical, gas, painting, and plumbing industries including the resolution of...
About Building and Energy
This page contains links to authorities, regulatory bodies, network suppliers, industry bodies and others.
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Renewal Courtesy renewal reminder notices are now only sent by email only. Visit the renewal reminder notices page for further information. For quicker processing, pay to renew your electrical licence using the department's online renewal system. To use the online system you will need to know your...
Services
Forms for applying for an electrical licence.
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This application form is used to apply for a variable speed drives permit.
Building and Energy
Form – application
19 Jul 2019
L & C fuse switches Order 01-2015 issued to all persons working on and owners and operators of Long and Crawford oil-insulated high voltage combined-fuse switches Preliminary Pursuant to s.18B of...
Building and Energy
Reports
19 Jul 2019
This application form is used to apply for an imaging equipment permit.
Building and Energy
Form – application
19 Jul 2019
This application form is used to apply for a university technician's electrical worker's permit.
Building and Energy
Form – application
19 Jul 2019
Private overhead power lines Power lines which transport electricity from your main switchboard and meter to your home or other buildings are private power lines. This includes the pole where the...
Building and Energy
Brochure
19 Jul 2019
General It is a requirement of Regulation 45(1) of the Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991 that an electrical contractor shall ensure that his/her electrical contractor’s licence number appears...
Building and Energy
Information
19 Jul 2019
Wood Pole Order 01-2009 issued to Western Power under Section 18B of the Energy Coordination Act 1994.
Reports
12 Jun 2014
An amended version of the requirements was issued in 2014.
Information
05 Jun 2014
A summary of statistical information about electrical incidents in Western Australia.
Building and Energy
Reports
19 Jul 2019
The Energy Bulletin has been replaced with the Energy and Plumbing Focus newsletter. The Energy and Plumbing Focus newsletter brings you the latest news for the electrical, gas and plumbing...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
15 Jan 2020

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Announcements

After fifteen years being based at the Forrest Centre on St Georges Terrace in Perth, Consumer Protection has moved to a new CBD location. The main location is Gordon Stephenson House, 140 William Street Perth with front counter services available on Level 2. The move is in line with the state government's plan to consolidate existing office space for the public service. Consumer Protection’s...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Sep 2014
Electrical safety regulator Energy Safety will launch a public awareness campaign next month to alert property owners with overhead power lines about their legal responsibilities.
Building and Energy
Media release
18 Sep 2014
Western Australian home and business owners are being urged to contact their builders or electrical contractors to determine the brand of electrical cabling installed in homes or business premises following a national safety recall of Infinity brand cables which don’t comply with Australian safety standards. Energy Safety advises licensed electrical contractors who know or suspect they have...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection / Corporate
Media release
27 Aug 2014
On 12 August 2014, the Minister for Commerce, Hon Michael Mischin MLC announced that a Western Australian version of the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) bill would be introduced shortly into State Parliament. This will be in the form of a green bill, which will be released for a consultation period of three months. More information
WorkSafe
Department News
13 Aug 2014
Unfortunately there was an error in the media release headed “Warning issued on dangerous solar isolating switches” date May 21, 2014.
Media release
22 May 2014
Energy Safety has issued a public warning about dangerous switches used in some solar systems installed since January 1, 2012. Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron said today the switches formed part of all solar photo-voltaic installations. “They are used to disconnect the current produced by solar panels so electricians can work safely on the electrical installation of a home or business,” Mr...
Media release
21 May 2014

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