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Western Power will prioritise a plan to reduce the risk posed by power lines in its network of a similar construction to the one that caused the Wickepin-Narrogin bushfire. This action follows discussions between Building and Energy – WA’s energy safety regulator – and Western Power in relation to the February 2022 bushfire, which impacted 18,000ha of farmland and bushland. The fire started when...
Building and Energy
Media release
16 Nov 2022
On 30 September 2022, Standards Australia published a new version of AS/NZS 5601.1 Gas Installations part 1: General installations that supersedes AS/NZS 5601.1:2013. The new version of AS/NZS 5601.1 is automatically adopted in Western Australia. AS/NZS 5601.1:2022 applies to new installations and modifications/extensions to existing installations. It does not apply retrospectively to the...
Building and Energy
Department News
16 Nov 2022
Electric shock risks from incorrect wiring of two installations Mandatory checks and tests were not carried out $8,000 fine for electrical worker and $10,000 fine for electrical contractor Dangerous and defective electrical work carried out in the Great Southern has led to fines totalling $18,000 against a Perth electrician and an electrical contracting company. Following prosecutions by Building...
Building and Energy
Media release
15 Nov 2022
Substandard turf and concrete work in Beeliar and Ashby Ignoring a building remedy order is an offence under WA’s building laws $5,000 fine and $2,000 in costs to be paid A Perth magistrate says two home owners were left in a “vulnerable position” after paying for substandard work by a landscaper, who ignored orders from the Building Commissioner to fix the faults. Haval Akrawy , also known as...
Building and Energy
Media release
14 Nov 2022
The latest issue of Building and Energy's Electrical Focus is now available online .
Building and Energy
Department News
11 Nov 2022
Cracks, incomplete work and other defects at Woodvale and Landsdale properties No attempt to follow official orders for remedy or compensation Conviction at trial following prosecution by Building and Energy A Perth tradesman has been fined $12,500 for ignoring orders issued by the Building Commissioner to fix defective driveway work at two homes. Ricky Noel Clements , trading as Harden Up...
Building and Energy
Media release
09 Nov 2022
This article is published to alert plumbing and building industry stakeholders in Western Australia of changes to current regulations and standards affecting plumbing system design and installation in WA. The Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000 (Plumbing Regulations) have been amended to align with the latest version of the Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA 2022) which takes...
Building and Energy
Department News
08 Nov 2022
Severe arm and shoulder burns while cleaning high-voltage power lines Equipment provided did not comply with safety standards or testing requirements Network operators have a duty to reasonably ensure work is carried out safely Western Power has been fined $66,000 after an employee received severe electrical burns while using unsafe cleaning equipment near live high-voltage power lines. At Perth...
Building and Energy
Media release
07 Nov 2022
Investigators from the State Government’s energy safety regulator, Building and Energy, are on site at a property in Pinjarra where an electrical worker tragically died yesterday afternoon. Building and Energy is investigating the electrical accident. Western Australia’s Director of Energy Safety, Saj Abdoolakhan, has extended his deepest condolences to the electrician’s loved ones. “Information...
Building and Energy
Media release
05 Nov 2022
Open-flued gas space heaters and open-flued decorative effect gas appliances can only be sold if they have new safety features Prohibition applies to the sale of new and second-hand appliances Consumers should use existing appliances safely and have them serviced Open-flued gas heaters that lack new safety shutdown features have been banned from sale in WA, with owners of existing appliances...
Building and Energy
Media release
27 Oct 2022
Local governments must inspect private pool safety barriers at least every four years 1.5% of WA pools were overdue for inspection at 30 June 2022 62% of councils were up to date with inspections, an improvement from last year WA local governments have shown overall improvement in inspecting private pool safety barriers, but the State’s building regulator says progress must continue to help...
Building and Energy
Media release
25 Oct 2022
This article is to advise licensed plumbing contractors (LPCs) of changes regarding the available methods to notify the Plumbers Licensing Board (Board) that drainage plumbing is ready to be inspected. LPCs responsible for drainage plumbing work, must give the Board notice of the time at which the drainage plumbing will be ready for inspection. The notice must be before the time and in the manner...
Building and Energy
Department News
21 Oct 2022
Media statement from Commerce Minister, Hon Roger Cook MLA Home indemnity insurance reforms to better protect home owners affected by builder insolvencies Maximum insurance payouts will double to $40,000 for lost deposits and $200,000 for incomplete or defective works Home indemnity insurance is compulsory for residential building projects valued at $20,000 or more The McGowan Government has...
Building and Energy
Media release
19 Oct 2022
60 complaints received from unhappy and concerned Perth consumers Issues include excessive pricing, misleading advice and poor quality of work Seek out multiple quotes and check the person is licensed to do the work Consumers are being cautioned by Consumer Protection and Building and Energy to make a wise choice when engaging plumbing services, with a high number of complaints and enquiries...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Oct 2022
Residents at risk of electric shock Live unterminated 240-volt wires left exposed in the bathroom and laundry Guilty plea entered and spent conviction granted An electrician has been fined $4,000 after leaving several live cables exposed at an East Perth home, putting residents at risk of electric shock. The man, who holds electrical worker and electrical contractor licences, pleaded guilty at...
Building and Energy
Media release
12 Oct 2022
The building services legislation sets out the obligations that registered painters must adhere to. These obligations are outlined in Building and Energy’s painting contactors fact sheet . Building and Energy is continuing to carry out proactive, random painting inspections. The purpose of the inspections is to monitor how well painting work is being carried out and how well painting standards...
Building and Energy
Department News
11 Oct 2022
PLUMBERS LICENSING BOARD – MEDIA STATEMENT A Lesmurdie landlord has been fined $2,000 after admitting to connecting a new water supply at a rental property without holding the required plumber’s licence. Following a prosecution by the Plumbers Licensing Board, Nigel David Barnard pleaded guilty at Midland Magistrates Court to breaching WA’s Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations...
Building and Energy
Media release
04 Oct 2022
Residual current devices (RCDs) should be tested at the start of each season Life-saving switches protect against electrocution, serious injury and fire Simple test only takes a few minutes and could save a life With a new season underway, the State’s energy safety regulator is urging home owners to do a simple check of their residual current devices (RCDs) – the life-saving switches that protect...
Building and Energy
Media release
06 Sep 2022
Tradesman received an electric shock from live parts of a shutter power cord Electrician had mistakenly wired the cord into a mains power socket outlet Fortunate that the electric shock was not more serious or fatal A Wanneroo electrician has been fined $7,500 after incorrectly installing a window shutter power cord, causing another tradesman to receive an electric shock from the live plug pins...
Building and Energy
Media release
30 Aug 2022
Free information sessions across regional WA this spring are set to discuss key changes to national building and plumbing codes as well as new subcontractor payment laws. The State Government’s building regulator, Building and Energy, is inviting participants at all levels of the building, construction and plumbing sectors to attend the interactive events. One roadshow will cover the National...
Building and Energy
Media release
18 Aug 2022
Potential risk to residents or tradespeople accessing the switchboard $25,000 fine for electrical contractor and $5,000 fine for electrical worker Metal meter enclosure not bonded to earth and socket outlet wired incorrectly An electrical contractor and electrician have been fined $25,000 and $5,000 respectively after wiring errors left parts of a Kalamunda property unprotected against electrical...
Building and Energy
Media release
15 Aug 2022
Pilbara tradesman falsely presented himself as a licensed electrical contractor Signed off on electrical safety certificates without being authorised to do so Home and business owners can do a fast online search to verify electrical licences WA’s energy safety regulator is urging consumers to use its online licence search to verify that businesses they engage to carry out electrical installing...
Building and Energy
Media release
03 Aug 2022
Media statement from Commerce Minister – Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2021 commences today First of a three-stage reform package to improve protections for subcontractors Industry education and resources to help with transition to new contract laws The McGowan Government is delivering on its election commitment to strengthen...
Building and Energy
Media release
01 Aug 2022
PLUMBERS LICENSING BOARD – MEDIA STATEMENT Western Australia’s plumbing regulator is reminding consumers that plumbing work on water supply, sanitation and drainage must be carried out by licensed plumbers. The Plumbers Licensing Board has warned that incorrect or uncertified plumbing work can cause property damage and compromise public health and safety. The warning was issued by the Board...
Building and Energy
Media release
28 Jul 2022
Several areas of renovation work deviated from building permit approved plans Balustrade safety barrier not installed, creating a fall risk Penalty includes $5,000 fine and compulsory construction management course A Fremantle builder has been fined $5,000 and ordered to do additional training after carrying out unauthorised home building work and failing to install a verandah safety barrier. The...
Building and Energy
Media release
26 Jul 2022

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