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In keeping with the national trend to place greater accountability on industry members, self-certification forms the basis of Western Australia's regulatory framework. This means that licensed plumbing contractors are responsible for all plumbing work they perform for a period of six years from the...
Responsibilities
If at some stage you have carried out plumbing work that does not comply with the prescribed plumbing standards and one of the plumbing inspectors confirms that your work does not adhere to these standards you may be issued with a rectification notice. Rectification notices are issued to licensed...
Responsibilities
All major plumbing work, except emergency work, will require a notice of intention to be submitted to the Building Commission at least 24 hours prior to any work being undertaken. A licensed plumbing contractor must not carry out, permit or arrange for major plumbing work to be carried out unless a...
Responsibilities
Plumbing inspectors carry out random inspections of plumbing work on behalf of the Plumbers Licensing Board . Approximately five per cent of water supply, sanitary and drainage plumbing work is randomly inspected based on minimisation of risk to public health and safety and the environment. This...
Inspections
Water supply and sanitary plumbing work can be selected for inspection from notices of intention and certificates of compliance. It is also possible that an inspection could arise from a compliance inspection of the licensed plumbing contractor responsible for the work. The plumbing inspector will...
Inspections
Inspections of drainage work Drainage plumbing inspections are done while the work is under construction. Most drainage inspections will arise from notifications made by, or on behalf of, the licensed plumbing contractor responsible for the work. A drainage inspection can also arise at random from...
Inspections
When to submit a multi-entry certificate All minor plumbing work carried out must be certified on a multi-entry certificate. A multi-entry certificate will record up to 25 individual jobs and will need to be submitted within five working days after the end of each calendar month. For example, all...
Certificates and diagrams
When to lodge a certificate of compliance When major plumbing work is completed, the licensed plumbing contractor who lodged the notice of intention for the work must submit a certificate of compliance within five working days of completing the work. A certificate of compliance can only be lodged...
Certificates and diagrams
National licensing (NOLs) in Western Australia On 13 December 2013 the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) decided not to proceed with national occupational licensing. Status: Closed 30 September 2013 Information session A public information session on the current status of the national...
Consultations and reports
The table below provides information on when Construction Training Induction Card is required (Based on draft National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work) Guidance on inclusions and exclusions Safety awareness training required Safety awareness training may not be...
Construction induction

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Publications

This technical note has been issued to clarify the requirements when installing sanitary systems with elevated pipework using drainage principles. AS/NZS 3500.2003, Part 2 Sanitary plumbing and...
Building Commission
Technical standards
24 Oct 2016
Building Commission
Form – application
14 Nov 2014
This technical note has been issued to provide clarification and advice to the plumbing industry on Water Service Providers’ conditions of connection; certification of plumbing work in regard to...
Building Commission
Technical standards
16 Jul 2014
This technical note has been issued to advise the plumbing industry of the installation requirements for water using appliances in domestic and commercial applications. It covers connection of water...
Building Commission
Technical standards
16 Jul 2014
Building Commission
Schedule
13 Jan 2015
Complete this form to apply for mutual recognition as a plumbing tradesperson.
Building Commission
Form – application
13 Dec 2016
Complete this form to apply for mutual recognition as a plumbing contractor.
Building Commission
Form – application
13 Dec 2016
Building Commission
Form – notification
23 Feb 2015

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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
An operation by Building Commission inspectors has resulted in the rectification of 43 dangerous solar water heater installations.
Building Commission
Department News
15 Sep 2014
In February 2014, the Plumbers Licensing Board (the Board), via the Building Commission, introduced a new audit process to complement its previous compliance monitoring activities.
Building Commission
Department News
12 Sep 2014
The Building Commission on behalf of the Plumbers Licensing Board (the Board) recently undertook an investigation into compliance with the self-certification of plumbing work.
Building Commission
Department News
12 Sep 2014
On 19 June 2013, the Hon Michael Mischin MLC, Minister for Commerce, announced an independent review of Western Australia’s plumbing regulation, to be conducted by ACIL Allen Consulting (ACIL Allen). The review examined the effectiveness of the current plumbing laws and made a number of recommendations for change aimed at putting in place a more modern and flexible regulatory framework for...
Building Commission
Department News
10 Sep 2014
WorkSafe engaged Marsden Jacob Associates, an independent consulting firm, to undertake a Western Australian specific RIS process on the model WHS Regulations. The outcome of that process was the preparation of a WA RIS. This report and associated supporting documents are available on the WorkSafe website. More information
WorkSafe
Department News
13 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
The Building Commission Division of the Department of Commerce will be located at the Mason Bird Building in Cannington from 25 August 2014. We will be joining EnergySafety and WorkSafe at the Cannington building and are looking forward to providing you with a convenient and accessible ‘one stop’ location for a wide range of services. Limited services available on 22 and 25 August While the...
Building Commission
Department News
21 Aug 2014
We wish to draw your attention to a number of consultations being undertaken that are of relevance to the building industry.
Building Commission
Department News
24 Jul 2014
A Scarborough paving company and its Director have been ordered to pay a total of $20,000 in penalties after admitting to falsely advertising that the business was a member of the Master Builders Association (MBA). Realgold Corporation Pty Ltd, trading as Repave Spay-On Paving, and its sole Director Peter Vukmirovic were each ordered to pay a penalty of $10,000 by the District Court on 24 April...
Building Commission
Department News
29 Apr 2014

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