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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
Effective, well-maintained and compliant pool safety barriers can help save lives Pool gates must never be propped open Only adults should supervise young children; don’t rely on older children for this Useful resources available from Building and Energy With summer school holidays starting, Western Australians are urged to check their pool safety barriers, keep pool gates closed and ensure young...
Building and Energy
Media release
14 Dec 2022
Mount Lawley house mostly demolished despite requirement to keep key parts Significant new building work did not comply with building permit or plans The building contractor’s nominated supervisor is also the home owner The Building Services Board has issued $8,000 in fines after unauthorised demolition and building work was carried out at a builder’s own heritage-protected Mount Lawley house...
Building and Energy
Media release
08 Dec 2022
Home owners urged to hire professionals to trim trees near power lines Hazards include electric shock, arcing, fire and falls Vegetation should be kept 2m clear of most urban power lines As Western Australians tidy up their gardens for summer, the State’s electrical safety regulator has issued a reminder about rules and responsibilities for trimming trees near overhead power lines. Building and...
Building and Energy
Media release
07 Dec 2022
Advice on what to do before, during and after a cyclone Developed by Building and Energy in collaboration with Engineers Australia Checklists summarise key advice from several organisations A new guide is available with practical tips for protecting people and buildings against cyclone damage. The fact sheet , developed by Building and Energy in collaboration with Engineers Australia’s Cyclone...
Building and Energy
Media release
06 Dec 2022
Western Power will prioritise a plan to reduce the risk posed by power lines in its network of a similar construction to the one that caused the Wickepin-Narrogin bushfire. This action follows discussions between Building and Energy – WA’s energy safety regulator – and Western Power in relation to the February 2022 bushfire, which impacted 18,000ha of farmland and bushland. The fire started when...
Building and Energy
Media release
16 Nov 2022
On 30 September 2022, Standards Australia published a new version of AS/NZS 5601.1 Gas Installations part 1: General installations that supersedes AS/NZS 5601.1:2013. The new version of AS/NZS 5601.1 is automatically adopted in Western Australia. AS/NZS 5601.1:2022 applies to new installations and modifications/extensions to existing installations. It does not apply retrospectively to the...
Building and Energy
Department News
16 Nov 2022
Electric shock risks from incorrect wiring of two installations Mandatory checks and tests were not carried out $8,000 fine for electrical worker and $10,000 fine for electrical contractor Dangerous and defective electrical work carried out in the Great Southern has led to fines totalling $18,000 against a Perth electrician and an electrical contracting company. Following prosecutions by Building...
Building and Energy
Media release
15 Nov 2022
Substandard turf and concrete work in Beeliar and Ashby Ignoring a building remedy order is an offence under WA’s building laws $5,000 fine and $2,000 in costs to be paid A Perth magistrate says two home owners were left in a “vulnerable position” after paying for substandard work by a landscaper, who ignored orders from the Building Commissioner to fix the faults. Haval Akrawy , also known as...
Building and Energy
Media release
14 Nov 2022

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