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The Work Health and Safety Bill 2019 was passed as the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WHS Act) and assented to by the Governor on 10 November 2020. The WHS Act will not commence until proclamation. The WHS regulations have to be finalised before proclamation occurs. Work on the WHS regulations...
Work health and safety legislation reform
Appointed Medical Practitioners (AMPs) are expected to have a good understanding of the duties of an AMP as outlined in regulation 5.24 of the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 (‘the Regulations’). Medical practitioners who wish to become an AMP are required to be adequately trained...
Health surveillance
The following information has been developed to assist employers and employees meet their safety and health obligations. Department of Mines Industry Regulation and Safety Public transport including taxis and rideshare services - Minimising the risk of exposure to COVID-19 Working from home Safe...
COVID 19 - Coronavirus
The following information has been developed for employers and employees looks at ways to look after your mental health during this challenging time. COVID-19 coronavirus guide for employers: Looking after your mental health COVID-19 coronavirus guide for employees: Looking after your mental health...
COVID 19 - Coronavirus
Safe Work Australia has created an easy to follow infographic to advise workplaces on the steps they should take if a worker comes down with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19. [scald=8226:image_medium {"link":"https:\/\/ www.commerce.wa.gov.au \/publications\/what-do-if-worker-has-covid-19...
COVID 19 - Coronavirus
Industry practitioners would be well aware that the Government of Western Australia has declared a State of Emergency and a Public Health Emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. There are now Directions under the Public Health Act and the Emergency Management Act on various topics e.g...
Covid-19 safety information
This page contains frequently asked questions on COVID-19. Is social distancing required at work? Social distancing must be followed at work as far as practicable, based on principles published by the Department of Health . Risk assessments should be conducted and suitable control strategies...
COVID 19 - Coronavirus
This page contains frequently asked questions about vaping. Is vaping hazardous? Yes, vaping can be hazardous. The nature of the hazard will depend upon factors such as the liquid used in the e-cigarette and the health status of the individual. In 2019, there were 2290 cases of lung injury...
Smoking
Status: CLOSED, Submissions closed at 5pm on 28 October 2019 Background In late 2018, the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) commenced a Regional Services Review to improve service delivery to our regional customers. DMIRS staff and State and Local Government stakeholders...
Consultations
Purpose of the compliance inspection Building and Energy carries out a range of building information and education activities, including compliance inspections, in order to reduce consumer harm and avoid disputes and complaints. Non-compliance with legislative requirements often leads to consumer...
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As part of its risk-based audit program, the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety – Building and Energy Division (Building and Energy) conducts general inspections to assess how well...
Building and Energy
Reports
09 Nov 2020
This Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement is part of the first steps towards meeting the McGowan Government’s commitment to implement Recommendations 1, 2 and 6 of the report Building Confidence...
Building and Energy
Discussion paper
27 Oct 2020
The Amendment Regulations amend regulation 31A of the Building Regulations 2012 to simplify its transitional provisions by reducing the number of adoption dates for different editions of the Building...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
27 Oct 2020
Report of the Building Commissioner for the financial year to 30 June 2020 . Construction Contracts Act 2004
Building and Energy
Reports
09 Oct 2020
The objective of this policy is to guide members of the Building Services Board (Board), officers with powers delegated by the Board and members of the Building Commission staff in making appropriate, consistent and legally defensible assessments of qualifications submitted by applicants for registration as painting practitioners.
Building and Energy
Policies
17 Sep 2020
The objective of this policy is to guide members of the Building Services Board (the Board), officers with powers delegated by the Board and members of the Building Commission staff in making appropriate, consistent and legally defensible assessments of qualifications submitted by applicants for registration as building practitioners.
Building and Energy
Policies
17 Sep 2020
The objective of this policy is to guide members of the Building Services Board. (Board) and officers with powers delegated by the Board and members of the Building Commission staff in making appropriate, consistent and legally defensible assessments on the conduct of the Board's examinations for the purposes of assessing a person's knowledge and skills when applying for registration as a building service practitioner.
Building and Energy
Policies
17 Sep 2020
The objective of this policy is to guide members of the Building Services Board (the Board), officers with powers delegated by the Board and Licensing Services staff in making appropriate, consistent and legally defensible assessments of qualifications submitted by applicants for registration as building surveying practitioners.
Building and Energy
Policies
17 Sep 2020
The objective of this policy is guide members of the Building Services Board (the Board), officers with powers delegated by the Board and Licensing Services staff in making appropriate, consistent and legally defensible assessments of experience claims submitted by applicants for registration as a building practitioner.
Building and Energy
Policies
17 Sep 2020
The objective of this policy is to guide members of the Building Services Board (the Board), officers with powers delegated by the Board and Licensing Services staff in making appropriate, consistent and legally defensible decisions in relation to applications for owner-builder approval under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011.
Building and Energy
Policies
17 Sep 2020

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WA consumers are being warned about an asbestos and demolition operator who is misleading the community, by falsely claiming to hold valid WorkSafe licences which have expired or were once held by companies that have since been liquidated. David Michael Scofield of Applecross, is the registrant of the website www.actionasbestos.com.au which contains a reference to “Class 2 Demolition Licence No...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Dec 2020
WA’s building regulator is seeking public comment on proposals to review registration requirements for building practitioners and contractors. The consultation is part of Building and Energy’s broad review of the compliance and enforcement framework for the WA building industry. The main aim of the initiatives is to improve confidence in the building sector and respond to a major national report...
Building and Energy
Media release
26 Nov 2020
The supervisor of a house construction in Shelley has been fined $5,000 after several areas, including the roof and ceiling, failed to comply with approved plans or building standards. The Building Services Board found that Christopher John Joseph Brereton (BP102223) breached WA’s building registration laws by failing to properly manage and supervise a building service. Mr Brereton was a co-...
Building and Energy
Media release
12 Nov 2020
South Perth building company Jaxon Construction Pty Ltd (BC12208) has been fined $5,000 for negligence after carrying out unauthorised building works that deviated from the approved plans for a Perth hotel development. The Building Services Board also issued a $2,500 fine to the builder’s nominated supervisor, Christopher Christou (BP/BC6285), for failing to properly manage and supervise the...
Building and Energy
Media release
10 Nov 2020
Asbestos Awareness Week 2020 runs from 23-29 November 2020. Please take this opportunity to ensure your workplace asbestos management systems are up to date, and that workers are aware of these systems. And remember – buildings built before 1990 are likely to contain materials with asbestos content. Follow the links for more information: Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Industry checklist...
WorkSafe
Event
06 Nov 2020
The National Construction Code (NCC) 2019 Amendment 1 was adopted on 1 July 2020 with certain transitional provisions in relation to Volume One and Two of the NCC (the Building Code). These transitional provisions end on 30 April 2021. This means that a building permit application lodged on or after 1 May 2021 needs to demonstrate compliance with the NCC 2019 Amendment 1 until such time that a future edition of the NCC comes into effect. It is recommended that NCC 2019 Amendment 1 is used for current and upcoming design proposals, particularly where there may be a chance that the building permit application cannot be made prior to 1 May 2021.
Building and Energy
Department News
27 Oct 2020
The Work Health and Safety Bill 2019 was passed by Parliament on 3 November 2020 and is awaiting royal assent. When assented, the WHS Act will not be operational until regulations are complete. Work to develop the regulations is presently underway and will continue in 2021. The new Work Health and Safety Act 2019 (WHS Act) will replace the current Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984, and...
WorkSafe
Alert
22 Oct 2020
WA’s plumbing regulator has issued a reminder that taps, toilets, showerheads and most other plumbing products must have WaterMark certification to show they have passed safety and quality checks to meet specific Australian standards. As National Water Week (19-25 October) gets underway, Building and Energy is joining with the Australian Building Codes Board to highlight the national WaterMark...
Building and Energy
Media release
19 Oct 2020
A Perth owner-builder has been ordered to pay $6,000 in fines and costs after failing to fix several building issues affecting the new owners of a Yanchep house. Jonathon Robert Reardon did not appear at Joondalup Magistrates Court on 1 October 2020 when he was convicted of breaching WA’s building laws by not complying with a Building Commissioner’s order. The court was told that in 2013 Mr...
Building and Energy
Media release
13 Oct 2020
Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Bill 2020 to be introduced into State Parliament Delivering an election commitment to provide a fairer system for those carrying out construction work or supply related goods and services in WA Bill improves security of payment across the WA building and construction industry New laws to bolster the confidence of all participants in Western...
Building and Energy
Media release
23 Sep 2020

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