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Safe use of nailing tools. Labour savers or lethal weapons? Because of their obvious advantages, air operated nailing tools are widely accepted and used in industry. Used safely, they are labour and money savers. Used unsafely, they can be lethal weapons. Accidents with nailing tools have been...
Construction
The OHSE SubbyPack is designed for use as a toolkit across states and territories to help develop and review occupational safety and health management systems. What is an Occupational Health and Safety Management Plan? Occupational Health and Safety Management Plan’ is a site-specific document that...
Construction
The Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 require workers to complete an approved training course before commencing tilt-up or precast concrete construction or manufacture. Workers who have not previously completed an approved training course must be deemed competent under CPCCCM1016A...
Construction
The Australian Consumer Law (ACL) requires a tradesperson and/or builder to meet certain obligations when they do building work: Service guarantee Product guarantee Businesses are obligated to meet all ACL consumer guarantees by law and they cannot be signed away. If you are having troubles with a...
Building or renovating a property
Ask your family or friends to recommend an architect, builder or tradesperson they have recently used. Shop around and get recommendations. If you are using an architect, ask them to recommend two or three building practitioners who have worked for other clients, as a starting point. You should...
Building or renovating a property
Handy checklist to help you compare properties, to use at a pre-settlement inspection or before you accept the keys / take full ownership of the property. A pest inspection could save you thousands of dollars in repair costs. For more information visit our pages on pest control . Property...
Buying a property
All Australian businesses must comply with the Australian Consumer Law. This law also applies to the building industry. Consumer guarantees on goods and services Unconscionable conduct Unfair contract laws False or misleading representations Misleading or deceptive conduct What we do Provide...
Building and renovating
This section of the website provides an overview of the building approvals process to assist those in the building industry, home-owners, permit authority clients and staff, owner-builders and building industry students. The information is relevant whether you are building a house, an office tower...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
The Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 requires the testing and tagging of portable electrical equipment or a portable RCD on any construction or demolition site to be carried out by a competent person or a licensed electrician. A competent person, who does not have an electrical...
Electricity
Construction sites create risks not only for the construction worker, but also for members of the public where the construction work is carried out on a site that is near or adjacent to the property boundary or to any public place. Some examples of the hazards created are: changes to surface levels...
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This bulletin is to provide information to builders, building surveyors, structural engineers and others involved in the design and installation of J-bolt/hook rod tie-down systems. In particular...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
26 Nov 2018
Made under section 67(2A) of the Building Act 2011 (the Act), the Ministerial Order applies to all building permit applications for a Class 1 or Class 10 building or incidental structure.
Building and Energy
Bulletin
21 Nov 2018
WorkSafe reminds painting professionals and other contractors that high pressure water cleaning of asbestos cement material is prohibited. WorkSafe is investigating an incident where a registered...
WorkSafe
Alert
09 Nov 2018
There are serious health risks caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) for workers in the stone benchtop manufacturing, finishing and installation industries. Cumulative exposure to...
WorkSafe
Alert
07 Feb 2020
Will your child and your neighbours’ children be safe while your pool is under construction? Some types of pools need to be filled with water by the pool builder as part of the construction process...
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
21 Dec 2018
The Building Amendment Regulations (No. 2) 2018 (the Amendment Regulations) were published in the Government Gazette on 5 October 2018. The Amendment Regulations create new regulation 31HA in the...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
05 Oct 2018
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) contacted all government departments and agencies (agencies) regarding the risk presented by combustible cladding and requested that...
Building and Energy
Reports
21 Oct 2020
The Building Services (Registration) Amendment Regulations 2018 (the Amendment Regulations) were published in the Government Gazette on Friday 21 September 2018. The Amendment Regulations can be...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
25 Sep 2018
Feedback from industry participants regarding Industry Bulletin 71 Paint adhesion to white set plaster has prompted further advice be issued to building practitioners to assist in obtaining a durable...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
19 Sep 2018
Progress report This report is in response to recommendation 7 of the Ombudsman Western Australia (Ombudsman) report titled Investigation into ways to prevent or reduce deaths of children by drowning...
Building and Energy
Reports
18 Sep 2018

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A building surveying company and its director have been fined a total of $7,500 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) after certifying plans that resulted in a non-complying swimming pool barrier at a home in Iluka. Western Australia Building Certifiers and Assessors Pty Ltd (WABCA), a registered building surveying contractor (BSC226) based in East Victoria Park, and its sole director, John...
Building and Energy
Media release
27 Nov 2018
Building and Energy’s Audit Branch carry out technical inspections of ongoing building work to check how building standards are being applied. To date the majority of inspections have been on class 1a buildings (houses). In addition to the current audit activities Building Energy will focus audits and inspections on the following building work: wet area waterproofing in all classifications; and...
Building and Energy
Department News
26 Nov 2018
A Mount Lawley tradesman must pay almost $10,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to nine charges brought by the Building Commissioner in relation to projects at three Perth properties. Phillip Davies-Morgan , of MDM Industries Pty Ltd , trading as Perth Ceiling Fixers , provided renovation work at homes in South Lake, Dianella and Morley in 2015 and 2016. At a hearing last month, Perth...
Building and Energy
Media release
21 Nov 2018
The Building Services Board has formally cautioned an Albany building company and a supervisor after the roof of a home under construction did not comply with applicable building codes and standards. The Board found that Ryde Building Company Pty Ltd (BC10056) and the project’s nominated supervisor, Luke Harris (BP14503), both failed in their respective obligations to properly manage and...
Building and Energy
Media release
19 Nov 2018
Our offices will be closed from Monday 24 December 2018 to Wednesday 2 January 2019 . Normal services will return on Thursday 3 January 2019 . For urgent enquiries please visit the contact us page . You can still renew your licence on our website at any time.
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection / Labour Relations / WorkSafe / Corporate
Department News
15 Nov 2018
A Perth bathroom renovation company and two of its officers have been fined $5,000 under WA’s building laws in relation to work at homes in Kalamunda and Gwelup. WA Bathrooms and Tiling Pty Ltd (trading as WA Bathrooms ), formerly based in Osborne Park, was convicted in Perth Magistrates Court last month of four charges brought by the Building Commissioner. The company’s director and general...
Building and Energy
Media release
05 Nov 2018
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s inaugural Annual Report, tabled in Parliament on 19 September 2018, is now available on the website . The 2017-18 report highlights the department’s key achievements and financial performance for the last financial year and showcases what we do for the community of Western Australia. The report also includes independently audited reports...
Corporate
Department News
25 Oct 2018
A Perth plumber has been fined $1,000 by the Plumbers Licensing Board for failing to comply with a rectification notice about drainage and infrastructure issues at a Belmont development. Joshua Andrew O’Neill (PL7643), the sole director of Redback Contractors Pty Ltd , was subcontracted to provide plumbing and gas services during construction of the seven-unit complex in 2016 and 2017. Occupants...
Building and Energy
Media release
23 Oct 2018
West Perth building practitioner Rodney Obeid (BP14339) has been fined $5,000 by the Building Services Board for failing to properly manage and supervise work at an $11 million East Perth apartment development. Mr Obeid was the nominated supervisor for Nazero Constructions WA, which provided a notice of completion to the City of Perth for the six-storey property in June 2015. After carrying out a...
Building and Energy
Media release
22 Oct 2018
A Joondanna tradesman who falsely claimed to be a registered painter has been fined $5,000 at Perth Magistrates Court for several offences under WA’s building laws. Alex Mazloomi , trading as Arios Painting and Decorating , did not appear in court on 5 October when he was found guilty of six charges brought by the Building Commissioner. The court heard that Mr Mazloomi was not a registered...
Building and Energy
Media release
18 Oct 2018

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