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Incorrect identification of floors as mezzanines rather than storeys Inadequate fire safety measures for the building’s actual effective height Building surveyors’ employer at the time is deregistered WA’s Building Services Board has cautioned and fined two building surveyors for misleading conduct in connection with a Scarborough apartment development. The Board found registered building...
Building and Energy
Media release
28 Nov 2023
Building and Energy would like to inform all Western Australian registered gasfitters that Standards Australia has recently created a Gasfitters set focusing on relevant standards for gasfitters. The set of standards include: AS/NZS 5601 Gas installations Part 1 and 2 AS/NZS 1596 The storage and handling of LP Gas AS 4575 Gas appliances – Servicing of Type A appliances AS/NZS 3814 Industrial and...
Building and Energy
Department News
27 Nov 2023
PLUMBERS LICENSING BOARD – MEDIA STATEMENT A Butler plumber has been fined $5,500 for working beyond the scope of his licence and not rectifying a defective water heater that could have scalded users. At Armadale Magistrates Court on 29 September 2023, Julian Francis North (TL12335) pleaded guilty to two charges brought by the Plumbers Licensing Board. Mr North holds a plumbing tradesperson’s...
Building and Energy
Media release
22 Nov 2023
Supervising electrician did not check apprentice’s wiring work Transposed conductors caused earthed metal objects to become live Potential for serious or even fatal injuries A Bridgetown home owner was lucky to avoid serious injury after receiving multiple electric shocks from a dangerous wiring error that a Manjimup electrician failed to detect. Licensed electrical worker Nicola Terrigno (...
Building and Energy
Media release
08 Nov 2023
Electrician installed chargers near exposed lead-acid battery bank Risk of chargers igniting hydrogen produced by recharging batteries Electrician also submitted incorrect compliance documents A South West electrician has been ordered to pay $11,000 in fines and costs for a dangerous installation that could have caused a hydrogen explosion. Following prosecution by Building and Energy, the...
Building and Energy
Media release
18 Oct 2023
The Building Services Board has refused to renew the building contractor registration of Boston Keys Pty Ltd (BC103204) on financial grounds. After reviewing Boston Keys’ application for registration renewal, the Board was not satisfied that the company met the financial requirements set out in the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 . The Board’s decision enables home owners with...
Building and Energy
Media release
16 Oct 2023
Explosion and injury risks from portable gas appliances with butane canisters Banned in restaurants, including tabletop cooking, and indoors All portable gas cooking appliances must be approved for use in Western Australia Diners and restaurant owners are reminded that portable gas appliances powered by butane canisters cannot be used for commercial purposes, such as tabletop cooking experiences...
Building and Energy
Media release
11 Oct 2023
Building work undertaken without the required permit, insurance or supervisor Five properties in Perth’s north-eastern suburbs Director fined and company now in liquidation The former director of a now-defunct Perth building company has been ordered to pay $25,000 in fines and costs for unauthorised work and inadequate oversight of five building projects. On 8 September 2023, the State...
Building and Energy
Media release
05 Oct 2023
Building industry participants in regional WA are invited to free information seminars this month, presented by the State Government’s building regulator. Topics at the Building and Energy events include determination of wind classifications and residential timber framing audit findings. There will also be an update on the National Construction Code’s (NCC) 2022 edition and guidance on...
Building and Energy
Media release
04 Oct 2023
WA’s gas safety regulator is urging AFL and NRL fans to stay off the injury list by using barbecues safely this Grand Final weekend. Building and Energy’s premier advice for safe grilling with gas includes: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions, read the barbecue’s safety warnings and look for an approval badge to certify that it is authorised for sale in Australia. Check the gas cylinder for...
Building and Energy
Media release
28 Sep 2023
On 12 September 2023, the Building Services Board (the Board) determined to refuse to renew the building contractor registration of FTD Construction Pty Ltd (BC101942). After receiving advice from Building and Energy following its investigation into FTD (also known as Fulfill The Dream), the Board was not satisfied that the company met the financial requirements for registration or that it had...
Building and Energy
Media release
19 Sep 2023
Houses in Tom Price and Wickham left unprotected Electricians failed to install a vital safety component during switchboard upgrades Company submitted incorrect safety and compliance declarations Occupants in three Pilbara homes were left exposed to potentially fatal hazards for weeks after electricians failed to install essential safety devices while upgrading switchboards. Karratha electrical...
Building and Energy
Media release
12 Sep 2023
Electric shock risks from unearthed spit motor Flaming Coals SPG1500 1.5m dual-fuel spit with 100kg electric rotisserie Prohibition of sale, hire and use WA’s energy safety regulator has banned the sale, hire and use of a large spit rotisserie barbecue due to electric shock risks. Building and Energy’s statewide prohibition applies to the SPG1500 F laming Coals 1.5m dual fuel (gas and charcoal)...
Building and Energy
Media release
06 Sep 2023
Media statement from Commerce Minister Sue Ellery New building guidance to help Western Australians building a home Key advice and important checks for each building or renovation stage Consumer-friendly videos to be translated to different languages and dialects Resources will protect communities and support the building & construction industry The Cook Government has developed a suite of...
Building and Energy
Media release
06 Sep 2023
Media statement from Commerce Minister Sue Ellery Landmark registration of more than 1,000 engineers in the building sector The registration will deliver safer buildings and greater accountability Two-year transition periods for civil, structural, mechanical, and fire safety engineers Part of a wide-ranging improvement plan for building regulation in Western Australia The Cook Government is set...
Building and Energy
Media release
04 Sep 2023
Following the recent update on plans to extend the transitional period associated with implementation of the NCC 2022 in Western Australia, Building and Energy has received a number of queries regarding the current transitional provisions.
Building and Energy
Department News
30 Aug 2023
Negligent, misleading and unconscionable conduct under builder registration laws Issues during building projects in Shenton Park, Kensington and North Perth $25,000 total fine following SAT mediation with Building and Energy A father and son have been fined a combined $25,000 for improper conduct while overseeing four building projects, including carrying out unauthorised work, providing...
Building and Energy
Media release
17 Aug 2023
WA’s building and plumbing regulator has announced preliminary findings from its investigation into water leaks in Perth homes from a particular brand of polybutylene pipe. Building and Energy’s investigation focused on identifying the cause of failure of Pro-fit polybutylene pipes made by Iplex Australia. Most water leaks occurred in pipes manufactured between mid-2017 and mid-2022. As part of...
Building and Energy
Media release
16 Aug 2023
Building and Energy has completed its investigation into the Wickepin-Narrogin bushfire, which occurred on 6 February 2022. It has now commenced proceedings against Western Power for alleged breaches of the Electricity (Network Safety) Regulations 2015. The legislation requires network operators to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that their network is designed, constructed, operated...
Building and Energy
Media release
16 Aug 2023
Building and Energy is advising property owners affected by the liquidation of Western Luxury Homes Pty Ltd to contact their home indemnity insurance (HII) provider, QBE Insurance. The Perth building company appointed liquidators on 11 August 2023. Building and Energy understands Western Luxury Homes was contracted for 12 home building projects dating from mid-2020. Building and Energy Executive...
Building and Energy
Media release
15 Aug 2023
The WA Government is transferring responsibility for power and water services in 141 remote Aboriginal communities from the Department of Communities to State-owned utilities Horizon Power and Water Corporation respectively. The WA Government want to ensure everyone has access to safe, efficient, and reliable power and water services. The transfer is the first step to ensure residents receive the...
Building and Energy
Department News
10 Aug 2023
A timely reminder to follow the lighting instructions. Building and Energy recently investigated an incident that resulted in a gasfitter being admitted to hospital after sustaining flash fire burn injuries to the face and eyes while attempting to relight a gas storage water heater. This incident occurred while the gasfitter was attending a service call when the property owner advised the...
Building and Energy
Department News
01 Aug 2023
False home indemnity insurance certificate provided Building Services Board issues $3,500 fine Building permit application attempts to mislead permit authority The Building Services Board has issued a $3,500 fine to a Port Kennedy building contractor for providing a false certificate of home indemnity insurance (HII) to a permit authority as part of a building permit application. The Board found...
Building and Energy
Media release
31 Jul 2023
False home indemnity insurance certificates provided for a development project Permit authority misled when issuing a building permit $5,000 fine issued by the Building Services Board The Building Services Board has issued a $5,000 fine to a Herne Hill building contractor for misleading a permit authority into issuing a building permit based on false home indemnity insurance (HII) certificates...
Building and Energy
Media release
31 Jul 2023
Investigators from the State Government’s electrical safety regulator, Building and Energy, are on site at a property in Nollamara where an electrical worker tragically died this morning. The 24-year-old electrician was found deceased in the home’s roof space. Western Australia’s Director of Energy Safety, Saj Abdoolakhan, has extended his deepest condolences to the electrician’s loved ones. “Our...
Building and Energy
Media release
29 Jul 2023

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