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Federal and state ministers have agreed to significant building regulation reforms to the National Construction Code (NCC).
Building and Energy
Department News
04 Jun 2014
We wish to draw your attention to consultations being undertaken that are of relevance to the building industry. We have provided links to the consultation information below. As these reviews and subsequent consultations are not being carried out by the Building Commission, you will need to direct any submissions or questions to the relevant agency. Details of how to make a submission are...
Building and Energy
Department News
29 May 2014
Planning Minister John Day recently announced that the State Government had approved measures that would see the bushfire construction requirements of the Building Code of Australia, which includes deemed-to-satisfy compliance with Australian Standard AS 3959, apply from 1 May 2015.
Building and Energy
Department News
29 May 2014
With the use of white set plaster continuing to grow in Western Australia, so too are the number of complaints to the Building Commission by consumers concerned about paint peeling off damaged areas of plaster. Increasingly, the issue is being found to be with the plaster rather than the painting work. A working group has been formed to tackle this industry-wide problem. Convened by the Master...
Building and Energy
Department News
19 May 2014
Please note: The comment period for this proposal has now closed. This page has been retained for archiving purposes. Members of the plumbing industry are invited to comment on a proposal that would see provisional licences offered to overseas qualified plumbers working in Western Australia. Only licensed persons can perform plumbing work in WA, which places a requirement on people from overseas...
Building and Energy
Department News
14 May 2014
The Building Amendment Regulations 2014 (the Amendment Regulations) were published in the Government Gazette on 24 April 2014 and came into operation on 25 April 2014. The Amendment Regulations are outlined in Industry Bulletin 039 .
Building and Energy
Department News
29 Apr 2014
A Scarborough paving company and its Director have been ordered to pay a total of $20,000 in penalties after admitting to falsely advertising that the business was a member of the Master Builders Association (MBA). Realgold Corporation Pty Ltd, trading as Repave Spay-On Paving, and its sole Director Peter Vukmirovic were each ordered to pay a penalty of $10,000 by the District Court on 24 April...
Building and Energy
Department News
29 Apr 2014
The implementation of Western Australia’s new building laws was the first step towards moving our state towards a risk-based system of building regulation.
Building and Energy
Department News
15 Apr 2014
A summary of submissions received on the discussion paper ‘Alternative Plumbing Solutions in Western Australia’ is now available for viewing.
Building and Energy
Department News
13 Mar 2014
Please note: The feedback period detailed in this news item has closed. This page has been retained for archiving purposes. The Construction & Property Services Industry Skills Council (CPSISC) is seeking feedback on first draft qualifications and new units of competency as part of its review of the CPC08 building surveying qualifications. The first draft qualifications and new units of...
Building and Energy
Department News
13 Mar 2014
Tuesday 11 March is World Plumbing Day! Initiated by the World Plumbing Council and celebrated annually, this international event raises awareness of the important role of the plumbing industry in protecting public health and safety, and the environment. The availability of clean drinking water and basic sanitation is something that affects us all, and our Australian lifestyles would be very...
Building and Energy
Department News
11 Mar 2014
Please note: Some of the information contained in this news item has now expired. This page has been retained for archiving purposes. The Building Commission's Smoke alarm laws fact sheet now provides information on a new interconnection requirement for mains-powered residential smoke alarms. The new interconnection requirement affects: people involved in transferring ownership of their homes;...
Building and Energy
Department News
06 Mar 2014
Following recent bushfires in Western Australia, the Building Commission would like to remind people of the availability of the publication ‘ Building for better protection in bushfire areas ’. The publication provides guidance to homeowners who are building or renovating their home in a bushfire prone area. It covers the regulated construction requirements and building standards for new homes...
Building and Energy
Department News
04 Mar 2014
Please note: The workshops mentioned in this news item have now passed. This page has been retained for archiving purposes. The Australian Building Codes Board will be conducting two seminars in Perth on upcoming changes to the Building Code of Australia (BCA) for 2014. Please note that at this time, the Building Commission will not be conducting associated regional seminars.
Building and Energy
Department News
13 Feb 2014
In June 2013, the State Government announced that an independent review of Western Australia’s plumbing regulations would be undertaken by ACIL Allen Consulting. The consultant’s final report , which was informed through consultation with the WA plumbing industry, is now available.
Building and Energy
Department News
13 Feb 2014
Perth builder Antoun Garcia, trading as High Tech Construction, has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for failing to meet his responsibilities under a home building contract. Garcia was found guilty of three charges at the Armadale Magistrates Court on 28 November 2013 and was ordered to pay fines of $12,000 and court costs of $621.15. He did not appear in court. The...
Building and Energy
Department News
12 Dec 2013
The Building Commission recently brought together stakeholders from across the building and plumbing industries to look back at its past achievements and hear about its future directions. The Building the Industry 2013 presentation and sundowner was held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on 6 December 2013 and acted as the industry launch for the Commission’s Strategic Plan 2013-2016...
Building and Energy
Department News
12 Dec 2013
New water laws, which look to transform the provision of water, sewerage, irrigation and drainage services in Western Australia, came into effect on Tuesday, 19 November 2013. While the new legislation, the Water Services Act 2012 and the Water Services Regulations 2013 (the Water Laws), specifically relates to water services providers, there are a number of amendments for those working in the...
Building and Energy
Department News
29 Nov 2013
The Building Commission will introduce a number of enhancements to its existing compliance program in 2014, aimed at ensuring performance standards are being met and the licensing system works as intended. Many licensed plumbing contractors will have experienced a ‘compliance check’ from one of the Building Commission’s plumbing inspectors and in 2014, a compliance check of a contractor’s records...
Building and Energy
Department News
28 Nov 2013
A new transitional arrangement with current providers of home indemnity insurance in Western Australia will mean that it is business as usual. The transitional arrangement gives the Government time to consider and consult on recommendations in the Economic Regulation Authority’s Inquiry into Western Australia’s Home Indemnity Insurance Arrangements , which was tabled in Parliament in September...
Building and Energy
Department News
29 Oct 2013
Please note: Feedback on the report mentioned in this news item has now closed. The page has been retained for archive purposes. The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has released a Directions Report on Emergency Egress For All Occupants. The report discusses potential changes to the National Construction Code (NCC) to improve emergency egress from buildings for all occupants, including...
Building and Energy
Department News
03 Oct 2013
Please note: The information contained in this news item has expired. The page has been retained for archiving purposes. This year’s Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS) WA Chapter Conference will be held at the Joondalup Resort Hotel in Connolly on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 October 2013. The theme is WA Building Act How do we measure up? with the conference set to examine the impact...
Building and Energy
Department News
27 Sep 2013
Please note: Bookings for this seminar have now closed. This page has been retained for archiving purposes. Overtime, rostered days off, leave, allowances and working in bad weather – these are some of the things employers struggle to get right that Labour Relations can help you with. The Department of Commerce's Labour Relations division is offering State system small business employers covered...
Building and Energy
Department News
26 Sep 2013
If you are a builder who advertises house and land packages, you are responsible for ensuring that your advertising complies with the Australian Consumer Law (WA) (ACL). The following advice, Compliance issues regarding advertising by builders, is provided to builders on behalf of the Department of Commerce's Consumer Protection division. For more information, please contact Consumer Protection...
Building and Energy
Department News
25 Sep 2013
Consumer Protection and the Building Commission have warned Perth homeowners not to deal with unregistered house painters operating in the metropolitan area. Consumers in the Ballajura area have reported being approached by door-to-door workmen offering to paint their roof or driveway for quotes in excess of $1,000. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll says homeowners should refuse...
Building and Energy
Media release
25 Jan 2013

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