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Whether you have to provide a refund, repair, replacement or compensation to a consumer for problems with goods or services depends on whether you have met consumer guarantees set by Australian law. You are responsible for understanding your legal obligations. Australia’s consumer protection...
Guarantees and warranties
Information on the benefits of using licensed tradespeople Licensing systems are in place to ensure only competent tradespeople carry out installation and repair work. Using a licensed tradesperson ensures the person completing the work is familiar with all necessary regulations and relevant...
Building or renovating a property
One of the largest investments anyone will make is building a new home. The Building Commission provides information about licensed builders or obtaining a builder's licence . Licenced builders’ advertising needs to comply with the Australian Consumer Law, for more information read the Department's...
Building or renovating a property
This page contains frequently asked questions on electricity. ​ What are the requirements for testing and tagging portable electrical equipment or a residual current device (RCD) for use on construction and demolition sites, and at other workplaces? For detailed information please see ‘ Guide to...
Electricity
If you’re a builder whose registration is due to expire you can submit an application for renewal up to six weeks before the expiry date stated on your registration certificate. You can download the form or call the Building Commission on 1300 489 099 to request that one be posted to you. It is...
Renewal
New registration (first time) To work as a building practitioner in Western Australia, registration with the Building Services Board is required. If you intend to be the 'nominated supervisor' of a building contractor , you must be registered as a building practitioner . If you are a builder and...
Initial registration
Recognition of interstate and New Zealander applicants If you are applying for mutual recognition you are entitled to an equivalent occupation in Western Australia. The only equivalent is as a building practitioner. If you want to contract for building work with others, you will need to make a...
Mutual recognition
Under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 , only a registered building practitioner or a registered building contractor can perform particular building work. The Building Services Board is the registration authority and is supported in its work by the Building Commission. The legislation...
Initial registration
Dermatitis simply means inflammation of the skin. What is Contact Dermatitis? Contact Dermatitis is an inflammation that occurs when a substance comes into contact with skin. The skin is irritated. This may be in the form of either an allergy or more commonly an irritant reaction. How does the skin...
Diseases and health
Information about the Building Commission's Enforcement Branch.
Enforcement

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The Department of Commerce – WorkSafe Division has released a Discussion Paper on recommendations to amend the model Work Health and Safety Regulations (the WHS regulations) for the Western...
WorkSafe
Information
01 Jun 2016
Building Commission
Information
17 May 2016
The building legislation of Western Australia requires new building work to comply with the Building Code of Australia (BCA). The term building work includes the renovation, alteration, extension,...
Building Commission
Fact sheet
15 Mar 2018
From 8 April 2016 new roof-mounted evaporative coolers being installed on residential buildings that are located in a designated bush fire prone area must be fitted with non-combustible covers. It is...
Building Commission
Fact sheet
07 Jul 2017

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Francesco Di Labio (reg. BP7903 – expired), as the nominated supervisor of Dianella building company Frayson Pty Ltd (BC8331 – cancelled), has been ordered by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) to pay a fine of $15,000 and costs of $1,000 as a result of disciplinary action by the Building Services Board.
Building Commission
Media release
24 Oct 2016
On 17 October 2016, Home Australia Pty Ltd went into liquidation. Home Australia Pty Ltd (Home Australia Group) is the parent company of Collier Homes Pty Ltd (WA) in addition to Homestead Homes Pty Ltd (SA), Newstart Homes (S.E. QLD) Pty Ltd, Ashford Homes Pty Ltd (VIC) and Huxley Homes (NSW). Home owners currently building with Collier Homes (WA) will likely experience delays in the completion...
Building Commission
Media release
17 Oct 2016
Western Australia's home building industry and new home owners are continuing to enjoy savings, as more outdated requirements are removed from the State's building regulations.
Building Commission
Media release
13 Oct 2016
Online licensing to save time and money for businesses and tradespeople. Electronic lodgement of notices will reduce overheads for industry.
Building Commission
Department News
12 Oct 2016
In July 2016, the Building Commission circulated an updated set of Building Commissioner approved forms for use under the Building Act 2011 , and that from 10 October 2016, previous versions of the forms would no longer be considered approved forms by the Building Commissioner. A number of stakeholders have sought to have this period extended in order to transition the new forms into their...
Building Commission
Department News
11 Oct 2016
The Liberal National Government today introduced legislation into State Parliament to protect payments to subcontractors in the construction industry.
Building Commission
Department News
22 Sep 2016
The four month transitional period that delayed the application of the bush fire construction requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) for areas that were newly identified as bush fire prone on the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas 2016 (that came into operation on 21 May 2016) concluded yesterday. From today, 21 September 2016, applications for building approvals for certain residential...
Building Commission
Department News
21 Sep 2016
The 2016-17 financial year sees the Australian Building Codes Board embarking on a significant suite of work relating to the advancement of the Energy Efficiency Provisions in the National Construction Code (NCC). These changes will be considered as part of NCC 2019.
Building Commission
Department News
21 Sep 2016
Waterman’s Bay licensed plumbing tradesperson Gary Clayton Hummerston (TL11472) has been successfully prosecuted by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) for failing to comply with a condition of his licence.
Building Commission
Media release
14 Sep 2016
An interim report into the discovery of asbestos in the new Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) has found the procurement processes used by principal contractor John Holland Pty Ltd to be comprehensive and consistent with industry practice. However, industry and government must improve processes for detecting and preventing the presence of non-conforming and hazardous products in buildings. Released...
Building Commission
Media release
13 Sep 2016

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