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Future online editions, commencing with the 2015 National Construction Code (NCC), will be freely available to registered users, commencing with access to a free preview of NCC 2015 (both online and in PDF) prior to its adoption date of 1 May 2015. From 1 February 2015, users are able to access NCC 2015 which includes: Volume One (Building Code of Australia for Class 2 to Class 9 Buildings);...
Building and Energy
Department News
30 Jan 2015
July 2020: Please note the iRentWA app is no longer supported. The Renting a home section of this website continues to be WA consumers’ go-to place for all renting information. Only four months after its official launch, Consumer Protection’s iRentWA smartphone app is proving extremely popular with WA tenants. So far the app has been downloaded by 4,175 iPhone and Android phone users, giving them...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Jan 2015
WorkSafe would like to remind employers and workers of the safety issues associated with working alone and in isolated areas and the importance of developing safe systems of work. WorkSafe offers a number of publications aimed at providing practical advice for employers and workers on working in isolated areas and working in hot conditions. GUIDANCE NOTE: Working alone Working safely in hot...
WorkSafe
Alert
20 Jan 2015
The Building Services (Registration) Regulations 2011 (the Regulations) provide for the registration of building service providers, including building surveyors.
Building and Energy
Department News
13 Jan 2015
If you undertake alterations and additions, then you will need to know how to use the WA Alterations & Additions Protocol (Protocol), a new option for meeting the energy efficiency requirements.
Building and Energy
Department News
13 Jan 2015
Consumer Protection has seen an increase in enquiries and complaints about extended warranties, prompting a seasonal warning for Western Australians. Between January and November 2014 there were 695 enquiries and 69 formal complaints – up from 576 enquiries and 48 complaints between January and November 2013. It is a trend that is likely to continue. Post-Christmas sales or deals mean that many...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Dec 2014
The Building Commission has received several calls regarding a report that aired on Channel 7’s Today Tonight program on 11 December 2014. At the conclusion of the report, which looked at the “problems, dangers and hidden costs of home renovations”, the program’s host stated that “as of next year, you’ll no longer need council approval for swimming pools, patios and granny flats”. This...
Building and Energy
Department News
19 Dec 2014
The December 2014 edition of Plumbers' News contains the latest news for the plumbing industry from Western Australia's Building Commission. Plumbers' News edition 2/2014 – December 2014
Building and Energy
Department News
19 Dec 2014
Users can now pre-register for free access to the 2015 edition of the NCC as it becomes available online and as a PDF from 1 February 2015 via the home page of the Australian Building Codes Board website www.abcb.gov.au .
Building and Energy
Department News
16 Dec 2014
Reforms to the building approvals process for single residential housing will reduce time delays, giving owners and builders greater certainty about when building work can start.
Building and Energy
Department News
10 Nov 2014
If you’re a subcontractor in the construction industry and have had issues getting paid for your work then we want to hear from you! As a subcontractor, you rely on being paid by those who you have benefited from your hard work. Cash flow is critical to the survival of the business and disputes over payment can be costly and time consuming. The Construction Contracts Act 2004 was established by...
Building and Energy
Event
03 Nov 2014
Please be advised that the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) is currently undertaking a project to reduce the level of regulation in the National Construction Code (NCC). The ABCB has released a survey to seek stakeholder feedback on potentially redundant or unnecessary NCC provisions. The survey closes on 12 December 2014 and is available by clicking the link below. Complete the Regulation...
Building and Energy
Alert
30 Oct 2014
The Building Commission’s new risk-based audit process is examining the administrative and technical aspects of the building process undertaken by registered builders.
Building and Energy
Department News
15 Oct 2014
Building The West is a one day only conference hosted by Master Builders and the Australian Institute of Building.
Building and Energy
Department News
09 Oct 2014
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
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
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
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

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