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A Perth gutter repair and roofing business and its sole director have been ordered to pay a total of $14,400 in fines, compensation and costs at Perth Magistrates Court for taking money for services from a consumer but failing to deliver. Alloy Roofing Pty Ltd was fined $8,000 and ordered to pay costs of $3,500 for breaching the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) when it accepted payment but failed to...
Building Commission / Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Feb 2019
Building industry participants in regional WA are invited to free information seminars on important changes coming up in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) 2019 edition. Spanning nine locations from Esperance to Broome during March, the events are presented by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s Building and Energy team (formerly the Building Commission). The seminars aim...
Building Commission
Media release
05 Feb 2019
Building and Energy is alerting owners and occupiers of properties with swimming or spa pools about the significant risks of propping open a pool gate. Statistics show that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children under five years of age, with many such tragedies occurring in domestic pools. Building laws in Western Australia require swimming and spa pools with water more...
Building Commission
Media release
17 Jan 2019
Two clients of a WA builder have transferred a total of $72,000 to scammers believing they were paying instalments towards the construction of their homes. The two payments of $38,000 and $34,000 were made when the consumers received emails purporting to be from their builder requesting the payments be made to a different bank account. The emails were fake and the consumers are now attempting to...
Building Commission / Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Jan 2019
The State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) has imposed a $20,000 fine and ordered further training after a father-and-son building partnership breached WA’s building laws in relation to defects at three new homes. The disciplinary allegations against the partnership between Jason Zachariah Burns and his father, Richard Burns (BP4649), trading as Jason Burns Homes (BC13540, expired), were referred to...
Building Commission
Media release
16 Jan 2019
Western Australians are being warned about the risks of attaching or hanging items around their homes, in the wake of a young man’s tragic death in Subiaco this month after a brick pier collapsed on an attached hammock. It is WA’s second fatality in the past decade involving a hammock attached to a brick pier, prompting Building & Energy and Consumer Protection to urge caution about how and...
Building Commission / Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Dec 2018
WorkSafe has issued a safety alert reminding painting professionals and other contractors that high pressure water cleaning of asbestos cement material is prohibited. WorkSafe is investigating an incident where a registered painter used a high pressure water cleaner on an asbestos cement roof to prepare it for painting. This resulted in the property and neighbouring properties being contaminated...
Building Commission / EnergySafety
Alert
18 Dec 2018
WorkSafe has issued a safety alert on the health risks caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) for workers in the stone benchtop manufacturing, finishing and installation industries. Cumulative exposure to RCS may cause serious, debilitating and potentially fatal health effects, including silicosis. RCS is smaller than dust and is invisible to the naked eye. Tiny particles of...
Building Commission / EnergySafety
Alert
18 Dec 2018
A former builder has been fined $2,500 by the Building Services Board (BSB) for not following approved plans and understating the contract value of a project in Dianella. Ian Robert Jack – formerly of Quinns Rocks and now living interstate – was a registered building practitioner and building contractor (BP101026 / BC100827, since expired) in 2016 when he signed a $243,000 contract to construct a...
Building Commission
Media release
12 Dec 2018
The following statement was issued by Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Commerce and Industrial Relations, on Tuesday 11 December 2018: John Fiocco's review of security of payment reform for WA subcontractors released Government will carefully consider all 44 recommendations The McGowan Government today released John Fiocco's final report on Security of Payment Reform in the WA Building and...
Building Commission / EnergySafety
Media release
11 Dec 2018
The Building Services Board has imposed fines totalling $12,000 in relation to a Mandurah short-stay accommodation development where substantial construction took place without a building permit. The builder, Kerry George Parsons (BP/BC4277) of Jandakot, submitted a building permit application to the City of Mandurah in March 2016 for the five-unit waterfront development valued at $400,000. The...
Building Commission
Media release
10 Dec 2018
As of 1 January 2019, c ourtesy renewal reminder notices for licences, permits and registrations will only be sent electronically. The changes will apply to the following licensing authorities: Building Services Board Plumbers Licensing Board Director of Energy Safety For information on the renewal process and details on how to update your contact details, visit our Renewal reminder notices...
Building Commission / EnergySafety
Department News
05 Dec 2018
A former Myaree builder has been fined $10,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal for failing to properly manage and supervise three projects with a combined contract value of almost $2 million. Geoffrey Ian Britton (BP11802, expired) – the nominated supervisor of Avon Dream Pty Ltd (BC14034, expired), trading as Econstruct – accepted the Building Services Board’s allegations, which included...
Building Commission
Media release
04 Dec 2018
Subcontractors in the building and construction industry will have increased payment protections for Government works projects under changes to be introduced in 2019. The McGowan Labor Government will significantly expand Project Bank Accounts (PBAs). This will come into effect from July 1, 2019. PBAs will apply to a wide range of Government projects where the total value of works exceeds $1.5...
Building Commission
Media release
04 Dec 2018
The NCC information seminars, presented by the Australian Building Codes Board, focus on changes to the Building Code of Australia (BCA) for 2019. Standards Australia will also outline details of changes to Australian Standards that are referenced in the BCA. Registration now open! Venue : Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, 21 Mounts Bay Rd, Perth WA 6000 Date : Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20...
Building Commission
Event
03 Dec 2018
Don't miss your opportunity! If you are involved in the building and construction industry in regional Western Australia you shouldn’t miss this important learning opportunity. Representing the culmination of the first three-year amendment cycle of the National Construction Code (NCC), these seminars will inform practitioners involved with designing, approving or constructing buildings about...
Building Commission
Event
03 Dec 2018
With warmer weather on the way, West Australians are reminded that pools with water deeper than 30cm must have complying safety barriers to prevent child drownings. This was one of the key messages the Building and Energy division jointly shared with Consumer Protection at the bi-annual WA Pool Spa Outdoor Living Expo held on 8 and 9 September 2018 at the Claremont Showground. Our attendance at...
Building Commission
Department News
28 Nov 2018
A building surveying company and its director have been fined a total of $7,500 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) after certifying plans that resulted in a non-complying swimming pool barrier at a home in Iluka. Western Australia Building Certifiers and Assessors Pty Ltd (WABCA), a registered building surveying contractor (BSC226) based in East Victoria Park, and its sole director, John...
Building Commission
Media release
27 Nov 2018
Building and Energy’s Audit Branch carry out technical inspections of ongoing building work to check how building standards are being applied. To date the majority of inspections have been on class 1a buildings (houses). In addition to the current audit activities Building Energy will focus audits and inspections on the following building work: wet area waterproofing in all classifications; and...
Building Commission
Department News
26 Nov 2018
A Mount Lawley tradesman must pay almost $10,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to nine charges brought by the Building Commissioner in relation to projects at three Perth properties. Phillip Davies-Morgan , of MDM Industries Pty Ltd , trading as Perth Ceiling Fixers , provided renovation work at homes in South Lake, Dianella and Morley in 2015 and 2016. At a hearing last month, Perth...
Building Commission
Media release
21 Nov 2018
The Building Services Board has formally cautioned an Albany building company and a supervisor after the roof of a home under construction did not comply with applicable building codes and standards. The Board found that Ryde Building Company Pty Ltd (BC10056) and the project’s nominated supervisor, Luke Harris (BP14503), both failed in their respective obligations to properly manage and...
Building Commission
Media release
19 Nov 2018
The State Government and Royal Life Saving Society - Australia have launched a national campaign to warn consumers about the dangers of portable pools this summer. Tragically, on average, one child dies from drowning in a portable pool every year, with others needing hospital treatment and some suffering from permanent brain damage. The Don't Duck Out, Make It SAFE initiative includes four key...
Building Commission / Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Nov 2018
On average one child dies from a portable pool-related drowning every year in Australia, while others need hospital treatment and may be left with severe brain injuries. These statistics have prompted Australian Consumer Law and product safety regulators to join forces with Royal Life Saving Society - Australia to remind parents and carers to make portable pools SAFE. Portable pools – ranging...
Building Commission / Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Nov 2018
Our offices will be closed from Monday 24 December 2018 to Wednesday 2 January 2019 . Normal services will return on Thursday 3 January 2019 . For urgent enquiries please visit the contact us page . You can still renew your licence on our website at any time.
Building Commission / Consumer Protection / EnergySafety / Labour Relations / WA Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit / WorkSafe / Corporate
Department News
15 Nov 2018
A registered builder has been fined $22,000 (and ordered to pay $900 in costs) after an apprentice fell six metres from trestle scaffolding and was seriously injured last year. Stephen John Gregson – trading as Gregson Constructions – pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and was fined in the Joondalup Magistrates Court on Friday. In August 2017, Mr Gregson and...
Building Commission / WorkSafe
Media release
07 Nov 2018

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