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The National Construction Code (NCC) is an initiative of the Council of Australian Governments, developed to incorporate all on-site construction requirements into a single code. The NCC is produced and maintained by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) on behalf of the Australian Government...
Codes and standards
Building disputes Disputes (building service or home building work contract complaints) Any person adversely affected by the carrying out of a regulated building service may lodge a complaint alleging that a building service has not been carried out in a proper and proficient manner or is faulty or...
Compliance and audit
If planning to build in an area affected by the European House Borer (EHB), it is recommended that treated pine is used for structural purposes. A number of pine treatment options are available. For pine in service, in-situ treatment can be undertaken. For other affected pine products such as...
European house borer
European House Borer (EHB) Hylotrupes bajulus (Linnaeus) , is a destructive pest of seasoned coniferous timber including pine, fir and spruce. If allowed to become established it could cause major structural damage to buildings. Timbers commonly used for structural purposes in Australia, including...
European house borer
For specific advice about termite protection for a proposed new home you may contact the building surveyor at your local council, your builder or architect, or a licensed pest control professional. Advice about all types of pesticide treatments can be obtained from the Pesticide Safety Section of...
Termites and pests
Whichever system is selected for the prevention or early detection of termites, it is important that inspections are carried out regularly. You should inspect your property every six months for any obvious signs of infestation. Consumer Protection also recommends that you arrange for an inspection...
Termites and pests
Alternative termite control methods now fall into four broad categories - physical barriers, chemical barriers, resistant materials and design for early detection. Physical barriers Various forms of metal mesh barriers. Specially graded granite chips. Exposed concrete floor slab constructed as a...
Termites and pests
When you get a builder to construct your new home, you will be presented with a range of measures that can be taken against possible damage by termites (white ants). Modified standards In the past, most new homes were protected by spraying the sand pad with organochlorine chemicals. However,...
Termites and pests
Registration as an adjudicator falls under the Construction Contracts Act 2004 . (1) The qualifications and experience required by an adjudicator are: (a) a degree from a university or other tertiary institution in Australia in one of the following disciplines or an equivalent qualification from an...
Becoming an adjudicator
Western Australia has some of the driest climatic regions in Australia and is prone to bush fire attack, particularly around the south west regions. In the past few years there have been numerous fire events that have devastated bushland areas and destroyed or damaged properties. Building and...
Building in bush fire prone areas

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This industry bulletin provides information on the minimum standard of documentation for timber framed roof construction for domestic single and double storey dwellings, particularly for sites...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
07 Nov 2017
An audit of contractor and product performance in the construction of fire walls at the new Perth Children’s Hospital.
Building and Energy
Reports
23 Oct 2017
In May 2017 p resenters from both WorkSafe and the Health Department delivered an information session on asbestos health risks, the relevant legislation, and some common issues that arise in relation...
WorkSafe
Information
23 Oct 2017
A general inspection report into the construction of sheet metal clad timber framed roofing in Perth metropolitan and South West regions.
Building and Energy
Reports
10 Oct 2017
A breakdown of the number and general location of buildings identified as being within the scope of the Western Australian state-wide cladding audit.
Building and Energy
Reports
21 Oct 2020
While apartment living has many advantages, the fire at the Grenfell Tower in London and other fire events in Australia and around the world have highlighted the importance of fire safety in high-...
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
03 Oct 2017
Articles on audit and compliance matters, industry updates, events, and links to new publications. Building Commission News 3/2017 Click here to view the newsletter
Building and Energy
Newsletter
11 Sep 2017
A general inspection into the use of Yuanda products in Western Australian buildings.
Building and Energy
Reports
31 Aug 2017
This Industry Bulletin serves as a reminder to residential builders and permit authorities about their obligations and duties under the Home Building Contracts Act 1991 and related legislation,...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
09 Aug 2017

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Construction Contracts Act videos and fact sheets Building and Energy has undertaken a full redesign of the section of our website which provides information and guidance to industry and the general public in respect of the Construction Contracts Act 2004 (the CCA). The CCA establishes a process through which construction sector participants can access fast, cost effective dispute resolution...
Building and Energy
Department News
09 May 2018
Building and Energy is inviting public comment on proposed reforms to plumbing regulation in Western Australia. The proposed reforms are contained in a Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (CRIS) published by the Department on 1 May 2018.
Building and Energy
Department News
09 May 2018
Building Commissioner Ken Bowron has issued a warning to consumers about the status of registered building contractors Archiapps Pty Ltd (reg BC14480) and Archiapps Development Pty Ltd (reg BC101981). The Building Commissioner has received information giving rise to concerns about the builders’ capacity to pay their debts as and when they fall due. “The fact that the number of court actions...
Building and Energy
Media release
04 May 2018
A Cannington company and one of its directors have been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner and fined a total of $6,000 for registration offences the company committed while contracting for the fit-out of a Wellard fast food outlet in 2014.
Building and Energy
Media release
13 Mar 2018
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety will visit nine regional towns to update the local building and construction industries on Building Code of Australia (BCA) matters and amendments to WA’s building laws. Free seminars are scheduled in Geraldton, Albany, Northam and Kalgoorlie in March, Busselton, Bunbury, Karratha and Broome in May, and Esperance in April. A morning session...
Building and Energy
Media release
27 Feb 2018
The WA Government has announced a review to improve security of payments for subcontractors in Western Australia's building and construction industry, and the establishment of an Industry Advisory Group (IAG).
Building and Energy
Department News
23 Feb 2018
Esperance builders FGS Contracting Pty Ltd (BC101335) and Ryan Wayne Franceschi (BP101345), who is the company’s sole director and nominated supervisor, have been fined $5,000 each and are no longer registered builders in Western Australia.
Building and Energy
Media release
23 Feb 2018
Consumers are again being warned to be cautious in their dealings with unregistered builder Mark Edward Straw, who may also be using the alias Mark Edward James and is trading as Complete Ceilings and Renovations Pty Ltd.
Building and Energy
Media release
09 Feb 2018
The consultation period for proposed changes for NCC 2019 is now open and the ABCB is seeking your feedback. The National Construction Code (NCC) 2019 Public Comment Draft sees a number of proposed changes resulting from major project work done by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) and the Proposal for Change process. These changes aim to deliver a contemporary code without compromising...
Building and Energy
Department News
09 Feb 2018
Western Australian builder Cooper & Oxley Builders Pty Ltd (BC8529) has today voluntarily entered into external administration. Richard Albarran and Hugh Shaw from Hall Chadwick have been appointed as administrators of the company. Anyone owed money by the builder, including subcontractors and suppliers, should contact Hall Chadwick on (08) 6557 6200 and register as a creditor. The Department...
Building and Energy
Media release
08 Feb 2018

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