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Two Perth companies and three individuals have been fined almost $40,000 for an electrical licence-sharing arrangement involving solar installations at 25 properties. At Perth Magistrates Court on 11 June 2024, Jafal Brothers Pty Ltd and its director Rohit Kumar Jafal and Tanway Engineering Pty Ltd and its director Sukujohn Tharakan pleaded guilty to offences under WA’s electricity licensing...
Building and Energy
Media release
21 Jun 2024
A former building supervisor has been fined $40,000 and stripped of his building practitioner registration after admitting to multiple disciplinary matters affecting the construction of two Perth homes. Muhammad Salman (BP103029, cancelled) is the former nominated supervisor of Kewdale-based Kulowall Construction Pty Ltd trading as Opus Homes , which entered liquidation in February 2024. A...
Building and Energy
Media release
21 Jun 2024
A campaign is providing a stark reminder of the potentially lethal dangers of DIY electrical or gas fitting work, which must always be carried out by a licensed professional. Radio, social media and video messages from Building and Energy highlight the similarity between DIY and DIE to discourage unlicensed people from attempting this work, which has led to several deaths and near-misses in WA. “...
Building and Energy
Media release
19 Jun 2024
As gas appliances emerge for use in the cooler weather, WA’s energy safety regulator is sharing important advice about staying safe and warm this winter. According to Building and Energy, gas appliances should be serviced by a licensed gas fitter at least every two years, or annually if the equipment is more than 10 years old. “If a gas appliance is faulty or used in an area without enough...
Building and Energy
Media release
18 Jun 2024
A Perth electrician has been fined $15,000 after switchboard components at a Mt Lawley home were left unprotected, putting users at risk of serious injury or electrocution. Gregory Craig Jason Briffa (EW125610) of partnership Gregory and Claire Briffa (EC5777), trading as BMI Technologies , pleaded guilty at Perth Magistrates Court to two offences under WA’s electricity licensing regulations...
Building and Energy
Media release
14 Jun 2024
Building and Energy is examining regulation of fire systems installation work in WA as part of the State Government’s response to recommended building reforms. The review will focus on regulation of this work in apartment, commercial and industrial buildings. It will consider installation and testing of hose reels, hydrants, sprinkler systems, smoke detectors, alarms, exit lighting and passive...
Building and Energy
Media release
29 May 2024
WA’s energy safety regulator is warning about the dangers of unapproved electrical appliances after issuing $10,000 in infringements to sellers of illegal and potentially hazardous power suppl ies and chargers used for e-bikes , e- scooters, and e-skateboards. Building and Energy electrical inspectors found the appliances were not approved for use in Australia . Two retailers received...
Building and Energy
Media release
07 May 2024
An Albany-based building supervisor has been fined $12,500 for failing to adequately manage and supervise the construction of a new home, which was eventually demolished. The State Administrative Tribunal’s (SAT) orders against Asher Daniel Arthur Schlager (BP101285) followed mediation about disciplinary allegations by Building and Energy. According to the agreed facts, Schlager Building Services...
Building and Energy
Media release
01 May 2024
A Wellard man who provided false details to gain building practitioner registration has been fined $5,000 by the Building Services Board. Surjit Singh also agreed to surrender his registrations as a building practitioner (BP104706) and building contractor (BC104676). Mr Singh became a registered building practitioner in April 2023 after completing a building diploma and claiming at least seven...
Building and Energy
Media release
18 Apr 2024
Building and Energy is advising homeowners affected by the liquidation of Start Right Homes Pty Ltd (BC14559) to contact QBE to discuss their home indemnity insurance. The Osborne Park building company, which mainly constructed single-storey houses, appointed liquidators on 7 April 2024. Building and Energy understands the company is yet to complete 24 projects. Building and Energy Executive...
Building and Energy
Media release
09 Apr 2024
WA’s electrical safety regulator is launching three campaigns this year to provide potentially life-saving advice on safety switches, compliant appliances and the dangers of DIY. Beginning today, Building and Energy is sharing messages on social media, streaming services and other platforms to encourage testing of residual current devices (RCDs). These safety switches are designed to immediately...
Building and Energy
Media release
02 Apr 2024
First stage of plumbing regulation reforms now in effect General public can legally carry out certain basic plumbing tasks at their homes Regulation of unmetered water supply and modular plumbing systems from next year Changes to WA’s plumbing rules are now in effect, with further reforms to roll out next year. Building and Energy has published an industry bulletin about the first stage of...
Building and Energy
Media release
27 Mar 2024
The Building Services Board has refused to renew the building contractor registration of Beyond Builders Pty Ltd (BC103289, cancelled) on financial grounds. After reviewing Beyond Builders’ application for registration renewal and a report prepared by Building and Energy, the Board was not satisfied the company met the financial requirements for registration. The Board’s decision enables...
Building and Energy
Media release
14 Mar 2024
Media statement from Commerce Minister Sue Ellery Main industry participants enter into mediation over leaking pipes in WA homes The Hon John Chaney SC appointed by the parties to mediate an industry-led solution Former Supreme Court Justice and President of the State Administrative Tribunal, the Hon John Chaney SC, has been appointed to oversee the mediation between builders and the manufacturer...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Mar 2024
A Mandurah electrical contractor has been fined $12,000 after taking six weeks to inform authorities about an apprentice’s electric shock, which must be reported immediately. At Armadale Magistrates Court on 9 February 2024, Ballantyne Commercial Property Services (EC14101) pleaded guilty to not immediately reporting an electrical accident to the network operator, as required by WA’s electrical...
Building and Energy
Media release
28 Feb 2024
Media statement from Commerce Minister Sue Ellery Changes to streamline and clarify rules for private swimming pool safety barriers Extensive consultation as part of a comprehensive review of pool barrier laws The Cook Government is improving the safety of private swimming pools by implementing the recommendations from a review of private pool safety barrier requirements. The review was...
Building and Energy
Media release
15 Feb 2024
An electrical line worker has been fined $10,500 for safety failures that left an apprentice unconscious and burnt from an electric shock in the Wheatbelt. At Narrogin Magistrates Court on 23 January 2024, Darren Scott Hardy pleaded guilty to breaching WA’s electricity network safety laws following prosecution by Building and Energy. The court heard Mr Hardy was employed by Western Power in...
Building and Energy
Media release
06 Feb 2024
Media statement from Commerce Minister Sue Ellery Final stage of improved protections for building and construction subcontractors now in effect Landmark reforms to ensure timely payments across the contracting chain Three-year project delivered new legislation, a retention trust scheme, fairer contracting practices and strengthened regulatory powers The Cook Government has delivered on its...
Building and Energy
Media release
01 Feb 2024
Building and Energy is advising property owners affected by the liquidation of FTD Construction Pty Ltd to contact their home indemnity insurance (HII) provider, QBE Insurance, if they have not already done so. The Perth building company appointed liquidators yesterday (29 January 2024). In September 2023, the Building Services Board refused to renew the building contractor registration of FTD...
Building and Energy
Media release
30 Jan 2024
Owners of recalled double-door BeefEater fridges are urged to immediately turn them off and arrange a refund or replacement, even if the appliance was previously repaired. The BeefEater BS28200 double-door fridge and the BS28130 single-door model have been recalled nationally due to electrical fire risks. The recall followed action by WA’s electrical safety regulator , Building and Energy, which...
Building and Energy
Media release
25 Jan 2024
Explosion and injury risks from the use of LP gas adaptors Adaptors override the improved safety of LCC27 valves Ensure the safe connection of LP gas cylinders and appliances The State’s energy safety regulator is warning against the use of valve connectors (adaptors) following a recent incident resulting in serious injury. A Perth home owner recently received severe burns while using a barbecue...
Building and Energy
Media release
22 Dec 2023
Former building contractor Lordz Pty Ltd (BC100934; cancelled) and its director Peter Lord have been fined for undertaking building services while unregistered. There was no appearance by Mr Lord or the company at Midland Magistrate Court on 11 December 2023 following prosecution by Building and Energy. They were convicted in their absence of two offences under the Building Services (Registration...
Building and Energy
Media release
22 Dec 2023
Western Power was today fined $80,000 after pleading guilty to failing to ensure network safety in relation to the Wickepin-Narrogin bushfire in February 2022. Perth Magistrates Court heard the bushfire on 6 February 2022 started when Western Power’s high-voltage overhead electricity conductors clashed between two power poles in Wardering. The resulting sparks ignited grass stubble and the fire...
Building and Energy
Media release
22 Dec 2023
Media statement from Commerce Minister Sue Ellery Most significant reforms to Western Australia's building laws in over a decade Initial focus on improvements to design and construction of high-rise buildings, including apartments Strengthened laws to protect consumers and ensure a high-quality construction The Cook Government has announced landmark reforms to the State's building laws and will...
Building and Energy
Media release
20 Dec 2023
A Perth electrician has lost his electrical licences following a criminal conviction for indecent acts while working at a customer’s home. The man’s electrical worker and electrical contractor licences were cancelled by the State Administrative Tribunal after referral by Building and Energy. The Tribunal heard that the electrician was convicted of two indecent dealing offences involving a 13-year...
Building and Energy
Media release
19 Dec 2023

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