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The Commerce Regulations Amendment (Building Services) Regulations 2023 (Amendment Regulations), to introduce registration for building engineers in WA, were released for public consultation from 17 August to 24 October 2022. Building and Energy received 17 submissions on this draft.
Building and Energy
Department News
19 Jun 2023
Carbon monoxide hazards from faulty or incorrectly used gas appliances Gas heaters should be regularly serviced by a licensed gas fitter Ensure adequate ventilation and be aware of carbon monoxide symptoms WA’s Director of Energy Safety is urging Western Australians to stay safe and warm this winter by having their gas heaters serviced and being aware of carbon monoxide risks. Saj Abdoolakhan...
Building and Energy
Media release
01 Jun 2023
Building and Energy has issued a warning to consumers, subcontractors and suppliers about the status of registered building contractor Modco Residential Pty Ltd (BC103549). Building and Energy – WA’s building industry regulator – has received information from several owners, subcontractors and suppliers giving rise to concerns about the builder’s capacity to pay its debts as and when they fall...
Building and Energy
Media release
31 May 2023
Teenager’s garden equipment appears to have touched overhead power lines High-voltage power line carrying 22,000 volts of electricity Guides on vegetation management and high-voltage installations available WA’s energy safety regulator is investigating an incident in Gnangara today (27 May 2023) in which a teenager appears to have received an electric shock from high-voltage power lines while...
Building and Energy
Media release
27 May 2023
Defects versus maintenance Building and Energy has observed a trend by strata companies regarding the inclusion of what is considered to be building maintenance items within a defect list, when making a complaint to the Building Commissioner. Background Under the revised Strata Titles Act 1985 , a formal 10-year plan (condition report) and a reserve fund have become a requirement for strata...
Building and Energy
Department News
05 May 2023
Progress payments sought when applicable building stages not complete Non-compliant contract variations to secure additional funds Caution issued by the Building Services Board Consumers are reminded that progress payments under home building work contracts should only be made for services or materials already provided. The advice follows a caution issued by the Building Services Board to Bunbury...
Building and Energy
Media release
03 May 2023
Updated guidance on management of high-voltage electrical installations Publication issued by Building & Energy and endorsed by WorkSafe Revised version aligns with current regulations including new WHS Act Owners and managers of premises with high-voltage electrical installations can now access updated guidance from WA’s energy and workplace safety regulators. Facilities such as large...
Building and Energy
Media release
24 Apr 2023
Building and Energy is investigating polybutylene pipe failures in some new homes Affected consumers should contact their builder in the first instance Pipe manufacturer, Iplex Australia, has announced interim remedy arrangements Western Australia’s building and plumbing regulator is investigating the cause of water leaks from burst polybutylene pipes, which have mostly occurred in homes built in...
Building and Energy
Media release
18 Apr 2023
Use portable gas appliances and generators outdoors ‘Soapy water test’ shows leaks from a gas cylinder, hose or connections Check extension cords and other electrical equipment for damage As families and friends get set for the Easter holidays, WA’s energy safety regulator is sharing its top tips for using gas and electrical appliances safely while camping and caravanning. Building and Energy...
Building and Energy
Media release
06 Apr 2023
Certificates failed to show compliance with applicable building standards Permit authorities misled when issuing related building and occupancy permits Education order and $15,000 in total fines after another $7,000 fine in 2018 Noranda-based building surveyors have been ordered to complete further study and pay $15,000 in fines due to errors and substandard work while certifying five buildings...
Building and Energy
Media release
05 Apr 2023
PLUMBERS LICENSING BOARD – MEDIA STATEMENT A Kardinya man has been ordered to pay more than $1,500 in fines and costs after admitting he provided a fake testimonial for a plumbing licence application. The charge against Kenneth Finbar Wilson , brought by the Plumbers Licensing Board, was heard at Armadale Magistrates Court on 7 March 2023. Mr Wilson pleaded guilty to contravening the WA’s...
Building and Energy
Media release
03 Apr 2023
1 April has become a landmark date for checking smoke alarms Activate the test button and check the alarm is not more than 10 years old Useful information and fact sheets at Building and Energy’s website WA’s building and electrical safety regulator wants home owners to look up at their smoke alarms this April Fools’ Day, the landmark date for checking the life-saving devices. Building and Energy...
Building and Energy
Media release
30 Mar 2023
Around $50,000 in fines, compensation and costs for multiple building offences Defective, incomplete and incorrectly contracted concrete services in Scarborough, Caversham, Alkimos, Ellenbrook and Port Kennedy Previous warning issued by Building & Energy and Consumer Protection A Perth driveway company and its director have been ordered to pay almost $50,000 in fines, compensation and costs...
Building and Energy
Media release
27 Mar 2023
As previously communicated , on 30 September 2022, Standards Australia published a new version of AS/NZS 5601.1 Gas Installations part 1: General installations. The six month transition period ended on 29 March 2023, and full compliance with AS/NZS 5601.1:2022 will be required from 30 March 2023 except for clause 5.2.11 which is subject to a new variation notice by the Director of Energy Safety...
Building and Energy
Department News
24 Mar 2023
Building and Energy provides an avenue for resolving disputes relating to workmanship and contractual issues in connection with a regulated building service or home building work contract. These services are provided to parties as a low cost alternative to court proceedings. A new information video has been produced to provide detailed information on the process, including: important timeframes...
Building and Energy
Department News
03 Mar 2023
$10,000 fine for excessive deposits and lack of builder’s registration Shed supply and installation contracts at three Great Southern properties Mr Javellana became bankrupt shortly after a 2020 consumer warning WA’s building regulator has taken action against a now-bankrupt Albany shed installer who was previously the subject of a consumer warning. Building and Energy prosecuted Armand Bato...
Building and Energy
Media release
23 Feb 2023
Potentially fatal voltage but home owner luckily avoided serious injury Live exposed wires left behind after air-conditioner removal Electrical contractor fined $25,000 and electrical worker fined $10,000 A Scarborough home owner was lucky to avoid serious injury after receiving an electric shock from live exposed wiring that an electrician failed to isolate. At Perth Magistrates Court on 3...
Building and Energy
Media release
20 Feb 2023
Use, sale and hire ban for BeefEater BS28200 models made between 2017 and 2019 Seven electrical fires in WA in the past four years Owners should switch off the fridge and contact Electrolux Home Products WA’s electrical safety regulator has banned the use, sale and hire of a BeefEater outdoor display fridge following seven fires in Perth. The prohibition applies to BeefEater BS28200 models made...
Building and Energy
Media release
09 Feb 2023
Media statement from Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC, Minister for Commerce Latest stage of security of payment reforms to protect building and construction subcontractors now in effect McGowan Government retention trust scheme election commitment delivered Increased powers to ensure good commercial behaviour in the building sector The McGowan Government has further improved payment protections for...
Building and Energy
Media release
01 Feb 2023
Building defects at projects in East Perth, Hillarys and Secret Harbour Negligence, misleading conduct and failure to pay SAT orders Mr Salisbury is bankrupt and is no longer a registered builder A Rockingham former builder has been fined $15,000 after admitting to nine disciplinary allegations involving building projects in East Perth, Hillarys and Secret Harbour. Building and Energy initiated...
Building and Energy
Media release
30 Jan 2023
On 1 February 2023, changes to the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 enhance the powers of the Building Service Board to manage the commercial conduct and behaviour of registered building service providers. These changes relate to the following events that occur on or after this date. What are the changes? 1. Unpaid building service debts Individuals, partnerships and companies who have...
Building and Energy
Department News
30 Jan 2023
Vevor 5-in-1 heat press is used to prints designs on clothing and mugs Electrical defects could put users at risk of electric shock Building and Energy has banned the machine’s use, sale or hire in WA Users of a heat press machine could be at risk of electric shock due to defects uncovered by WA’s energy safety regulator. Due to safety concerns, Building and Energy has banned the use, sale or...
Building and Energy
Media release
24 Jan 2023
Jackeroo J3PR35L three-way portable refrigerators, made in 2010, cannot be sold in WA Risk of dangerous carbon monoxide levels when operated on gas in an enclosed area All portable gas appliances must be used outdoors in the open air Owners of portable fridges are urged to check if their appliance is part of a gas safety sales ban in Western Australia due to carbon monoxide hazards. Jackeroo...
Building and Energy
Media release
11 Jan 2023
Kimberley residents may face electrical, gas, plumbing and building hazards Electrical and carbon monoxide risks if generators are not used correctly Never attempt any electrical work or repairs yourself Building and Energy is urging Kimberley residents to be aware of potential electrical, gas, plumbing and structural hazards in the wake of the region’s severe flooding. The State Government...
Building and Energy
Media release
11 Jan 2023
LED String Fairy Lights Net Mesh does not comply with electrical safety standards Buyers of this product must discontinue use and unplug immediately One consumer has reported an electrical shock injury needing hospital treatment Consumers are being urgently warned about dangerous Christmas lights that have caused an electric shock injury and are believed to have been sold recently in WA. In a...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Dec 2022

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