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A Wangara motor vehicle dealer and its sole Director have been ordered to pay a total of more than $80,000 in fines and costs by the Joondalup Magistrates Court for selling used vehicles without a warranty. Ridgehaven Holdings Pty Ltd, trading as Wanneroo Cars and Commercials of Wangara (now closed), and its sole Director Brian John Whitehead pleaded guilty to 29 charges under the Australian...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Sep 2014
An operation by Building Commission inspectors has resulted in the rectification of 43 dangerous solar water heater installations.
Building and Energy
Department News
15 Sep 2014
In February 2014, the Plumbers Licensing Board (the Board), via the Building Commission, introduced a new audit process to complement its previous compliance monitoring activities.
Building and Energy
Department News
12 Sep 2014
The Building Commission on behalf of the Plumbers Licensing Board (the Board) recently undertook an investigation into compliance with the self-certification of plumbing work.
Building and Energy
Department News
12 Sep 2014
On 19 June 2013, the Hon Michael Mischin MLC, Minister for Commerce, announced an independent review of Western Australia’s plumbing regulation, to be conducted by ACIL Allen Consulting (ACIL Allen). The review examined the effectiveness of the current plumbing laws and made a number of recommendations for change aimed at putting in place a more modern and flexible regulatory framework for...
Building and Energy
Department News
10 Sep 2014
Monday 29 September is the Queen's Birthday public holiday in Perth and most of regional Western Australia. Employers should check the public holiday arrangements in any relevant WA award to ensure that employees are paid correctly when working on a public holiday. Check Wageline's award summaries or contact Wageline for information.
Labour Relations
Alert
09 Sep 2014
Western Australian home and business owners are being urged to contact their builders or electrical contractors to determine the brand of electrical cabling installed in homes or business premises following a national safety recall of Infinity brand cables which don’t comply with Australian safety standards. The sub-standard cables, imported by Infinity Cable Co Pty Ltd (in liquidation), were...
Building and Energy
Department News
29 Aug 2014
Gemmill Homes has been helping the Building Commission put its new risk-based auditing process for builders through its paces.
Building and Energy
Department News
27 Aug 2014
New workplace safety topics and expert presenters feature in the dynamic program of Safe Work October 2014 workshops.
WorkSafe
Event
25 Aug 2014
The Building Commission Division of the Department of Commerce will be located at the Mason Bird Building in Cannington from 25 August 2014. We will be joining EnergySafety and WorkSafe at the Cannington building and are looking forward to providing you with a convenient and accessible ‘one stop’ location for a wide range of services. Limited services available on 22 and 25 August While the...
Building and Energy
Department News
21 Aug 2014
On 12 August 2014, the Minister for Commerce, Hon Michael Mischin MLC announced that a Western Australian version of the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) bill would be introduced shortly into State Parliament. This will be in the form of a green bill, which will be released for a consultation period of three months. More information
WorkSafe
Department News
13 Aug 2014
WorkSafe engaged Marsden Jacob Associates, an independent consulting firm, to undertake a Western Australian specific RIS process on the model WHS Regulations. The outcome of that process was the preparation of a WA RIS. This report and associated supporting documents are available on the WorkSafe website. More information
WorkSafe
Department News
13 Aug 2014
The Building Commission is developing a new risk-based auditing process for building surveyors.
Building and Energy
Department News
30 Jul 2014
The Building Commission has sought ministerial approval to allow new applications for registration as a Building Surveying Practitioner Technician to be accepted beyond 2 April 2015.
Building and Energy
Department News
30 Jul 2014
The Building Commission is aware of concerns about inconsistencies in star ratings being provided by house energy rating scheme assessors for the purpose of demonstrating compliance with the NCC energy efficiency requirements.
Building and Energy
Department News
30 Jul 2014
The Australian Institute of Building Surveyors' 2014 WA Conference will be held at Joondalup Resort on 16 and 17 October.
Building and Energy
Department News
30 Jul 2014
On Friday, 15 August, WorkSafe will move from its home in West Perth to new offices in Cannington. WorkSafe will be open for business as usual on Monday, 17 August, including the licensing centre. For more information call 1300 489 099 or email safety@commerce.wa.gov.au .
WorkSafe
Department News
28 Jul 2014
We wish to draw your attention to a number of consultations being undertaken that are of relevance to the building industry.
Building and Energy
Department News
24 Jul 2014
WA scam victims lost a total of $150,000 last financial year in the tech support scam, the amount of losses more than tripling in 12 months. The alarming figures released by WA ScamNet show the number of victims reporting a loss has also tripled, but over a two year period. Scam victims Total losses 2011/12 46 $20,901 2012/13 67 $44,009 2013/14 126 $154,303 Victims receive a call from someone...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Jul 2014
The Building Surveyors' News contains the latest news and information for building surveyors and their industry from Western Australia's Building Commission.
Building and Energy
Department News
24 Jul 2014
The project to review and redevelop the Building Surveying qualification framework commenced in September 2012. This CPC08 Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package ‘continuous improvement’ project has been undertaken to meet the needs of individuals, enterprises and regulators. Following extensive stakeholder feedback received on the first draft qualifications and units disseminated...
Building and Energy
Department News
21 Jul 2014
Housing companies and builders are being asked to complete a short 10 minute survey on prefabricated housing.
Building and Energy
Department News
08 Jul 2014
As of today, the Western Australian state minimum wage has increased by $20.00 to $665.90 per week for full time adult employees. All State award minimum rates have also increased. Don’t get caught out paying incorrect rates of pay! Contact Wageline today and we will email you the award summary for your industry, containing pay rates and other useful information. The updated rates are on the WA...
Labour Relations
Alert
01 Jul 2014
In 2013, the Building Commission and the Master Painters & Decorators Australia asked more than 3,000 Western Australian painters and decorators to complete a survey.
Building and Energy
Department News
27 Jun 2014
The WA Industrial Relations Commission has granted a $20 per week increase to the State minimum wage and pay rates under WA awards. The increase is effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2014. Wageline is currently updating the WA award summaries with the new rates of pay, and these will be published shortly. To be notified of changes in your award, subscribe to Wageline's Award...
Labour Relations
Alert
23 Jun 2014

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