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Building Commission News is a e-newsletter for builders, plumbers, painters and building surveyors in the Western Australian building and construction industry. Subscribe to news and updates to receive Building Commission News delivered to your inbox. Building Commission News Edition 3/2017 –...
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What is being done nationally On 23 June 2015, the Australian Senate referred the issue of non-conforming building products to the Senate Economics Reference Committee. The Committee released its interim report ‘Safety – not a matter of good luck’ on 4 May 2016. The Senate Committee is due to hand...
Non-conforming building products
Background information Non-conforming building products (NCBPs) are products and materials that: claim to be something they are not; do not meet required standards for their intended use; or are marketed or supplied with the intent to deceive those who use them. For example a building product that...
Non-conforming building products
David Hillyard was appointed as Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection in December 2015. Prior to this, he was the Director of Consumer Protection’s Retail and Services Directorate. David has worked with Consumer Protection for over 35 years and has been in senior management roles where most...
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The Building Commission is developing a range of videos for industry and consumers. Below is a list of videos currently available for viewing. Videos and presentations Changes to the Construction Contracts Act The Construction Contracts Act 2004 (CCA) is an important piece of legislation for the...
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Complete list of updates 2017/18 Half yearly update – 1st half PDF 2017/18 Quarterly update – 1st quarter PDF 380KB 2016/17 Quarterly update – 3rd quarter PDF 593KB Complete list of annual reports CCA Annual Report 2016–2017 PDF 4.5MB CCA Annual Report 2015–2016 PDF 7.6MB CCA Annual Report 2014–...
Quarterly and annual reports on the Construction Contracts Act
Payment disputes Am I a subcontractor or an employee? An employee is paid according to a relevant award or contract and is supplied with the material and equipment required to do the work. A subcontractor is paid through invoices based on results achieved and will supply their own material and...
Information on the Construction Contracts Act
In Western Australia workers have been killed by lightning, the most recent in 2014 when a backpacker working on a farm at Bruce Rock died after she was struck by lightning. Workers are most at risk working out in the open, on the sea or other waterways or sheltering under trees or other structures...
Environmental factors
Recent amendments to the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000 (the Plumbing Regulations) will help to improve health and living conditions in Western Australia’s remote Aboriginal communities. The changes, which came into effect on 14 December 2016, allow suitably qualified...
Responsibilities
Where a licensed plumbing contractor is choosing to include an alternative solution, there are a number of additional steps to follow. These steps are outlined in the ‘Guidance Note for Installing Alternative Plumbing and Drainage Solutions in WA’. Guidance Note for Installing Alternative Plumbing...
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Form – application
26 Oct 2017
This industry bulletin has been produced to inform the plumbing industry and relevant stakeholders of recent changes to the certification of water meters installed in plumbing systems. The changes do...
Building Commission
Bulletin
13 Oct 2017
Articles on audit and compliance matters, industry updates, events, and links to new publications. Building Commission News 3/2017 Click here to view the newsletter
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Newsletter
11 Sep 2017
Articles on audit and compliance matters, industry updates, events, and links to new publications. Building Commission News 2/2017 Click here to view the newsletter
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Newsletter
25 Jul 2017
Conciliation is a process whereby parties, with the help of a conciliator, meet to identify issues, develop solutions to the problem and explore ways to reach an agreement. This publication is a...
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Information
12 Jul 2017
Building Commission
Guidance note
07 Jul 2017
This technical note has been produced to provide technical information on access facilities for the disabled. Australian standard, AS 1428 Design for access and mobility parts 1 and 2 are referenced...
Building Commission
Technical standards
13 Jun 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
This technical note has been issued to clarify the venting requirements for pumping apparatus including the connected drains, branch drains and fixture discharge pipes as listed in AS/NZS 3500.2:2015...
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Technical standards
13 Jun 2017

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Background: The Commissioner for Consumer Protection has issued a warning and advice to WA's plumbing industry. Commissioner’s Blog: Upselling could land plumbers in hot water Video and FAQs: https://youtu.be/4VUu0Dl2ytk It comes after a large number of complaints and enquiries over the last six months, which indicate some plumbers / plumbing service providers are attending properties to carry...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Mar 2018
The Plumbers Licensing Board is reminding civil contractors that only suitably qualified people who hold the required plumbers’ licence are legally entitled to carry out plumbing work in Western Australia and that all plumbing work must be certified.
Building Commission
Department News
22 Mar 2018
Update (26 March 2018): In response to enquiries from plumbers, a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page has been published. With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Plumbers could find themselves in hot water if they go to a home to carry out one job but end up taking payment for more than they were called out for. A 10 business day cooling-off period applies to any approach from...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Mar 2018
The WA Government has announced a review to improve security of payments for subcontractors in Western Australia's building and construction industry, and the establishment of an Industry Advisory Group (IAG).
Building Commission
Department News
23 Feb 2018
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) has now formally merged the operations of the former Building Commission and Energy Safety to form the new Building and Energy Division. Ken Bowron will lead the Building and Energy team. He holds the statutory positions of the Building Commissioner and the Director of Energy Safety. Building and Energy oversees the regulation of...
Building Commission
Department News
30 Jan 2018
Building Commissioner Ken Bowron has suspended Choiceliving (WA) Pty Ltd’s (BC101237) building contractor registration due to concerns about the company’s financial status.
Building Commission
Media release
25 Jan 2018
Karrinyup licensed plumbing contractor Joseph Travaglini (PL5037) has been fined $1,000 by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) for failing to submit the notifications and certifications required for plumbing work.
Building Commission
Media release
25 Jan 2018
A Bennett Springs man who provided false and misleading information in an attempt to become a registered builder has been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner.
Building Commission
Media release
02 Jan 2018
A report released by ACIL Allen Consulting in February 2014 contained 51 recommendations broadly aimed at making Western Australia’s plumbing laws more modern and responsive to the changing needs of the industry.
Building Commission
Department News
06 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 Commission
Media release
05 Dec 2017

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