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In Western Australia workers have been killed by lightning, the most recent in 2014 when a backpacker working on a farm at Bruce Rock died after she was struck by lightning. Workers are most at risk working out in the open, on the sea or other waterways or sheltering under trees or other structures...
Environmental factors
The Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit has responsibility for monitoring compliance with the Western Australian Building and Construction Industry Code of Conduct 2016. The unit is located within the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. Contact the Building and...
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These resources provide information and answers to frequently asked questions about the Western Australian Building and Construction Industry Code of Conduct 2016 . The BCI Code is also supported by Implementation Guidelines . Resources – General Information on BCI Code: Responsibility for...
Resources
The Western Australian Building and Construction Industry Code of Conduct 2016 commenced on 1 January 2017. These Implementation Guidelines have been developed to assist effective workplace management within the building and construction industry that achieves the objectives of the WA Code. Further...
Guidelines
The Western Australian Building and Construction Industry Code of Conduct 2016 commenced on 1 January 2017. This BCI Code has been developed to: ensure the State of Western Australia, in expending public funds on State Building Work, contracts with Building Contractors which conduct themselves in a...
Code of conduct
The Building Commission has commenced an independent audit of Yuanda-supplied building products in the WA construction industry, beginning with the Perth Children's Hospital (PCH) and products that may contain asbestos. Announced by Building Commissioner Peter Gow on 15 July 2016, the audit follows...
Compliance and audit
The following frequently asked questions (FAQs) are provided to assist industry and homeowners to understand the bush fire requirements under the building legislation, including the Building Code of Australia (BCA) bush fire requirements, and to assist those who wish to upgrade their existing homes...
Building in bushfire prone areas
Two Building Summits held on 8 August 2016 and 2 February 2016 provided opportunities for the Western Australian building industry and local and State government agencies to identify new red tape reductions and ways to streamline regulatory requirements for the construction of new homes,...
Events and seminars
The building services Acts and the plumbing regulations set out obligations that registered service providers and licensed plumbing contractors must adhere to. These obligations are set out in the fact sheets below: Obligations for licensed plumbing contractors Obligations for registered building...
Compliance and audit
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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 Commission
Reports
30 Sep 2018
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 Commission
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 Commission
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 Commission
Reports
18 Sep 2018
This bulletin is to provide general guidance on typical bushfire construction details that should be included within plans and specifications that are listed in a certificate of design compliance.
Building Commission
Bulletin
14 Sep 2018
The Building Code of Australia (BCA) 2016 bushfire performance requirements GP5.1 and P2.3.4 require certain residential buildings (being Class 1, Class 2 or Class 3 buildings and associated Class...
Building Commission
Bulletin
14 Sep 2018
This industry bulletin provides guidance on developing performance solutions for housing projects. The information is based on material available at the time of publication and may be subject to...
Building Commission
Bulletin
13 Aug 2018
The Western Australian Government is seeking your comments on the proposals to modernise Western Australia’s WHS laws. Background On 12 July 2017, the Government announcemed the development of a...
WorkSafe
Information
27 Sep 2018
New regulations have come into effect which requires electricity to be switched off before people enter the roof space. To assist workers in notifying homeowners of the new regulations the WorkSafe...
WorkSafe
Information
05 Jul 2018
WorkSafe is investigating an incident with preliminary evidence indicating an employee, who was fatally injured, may have been struck in the head by a 48 inch pipe wrench spanner. The spanner was...
WorkSafe
Alert
31 May 2018

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A Duncraig-based pest control company and its director have been fined a total of $3,000 at Perth Magistrates Court for not providing officially requested information about a termite treatment. Mantis Pest Control and its sole director and secretary, Jefferson Ashley Hetherington, did not attend court on 14 September 2018 when they were found guilty of failing to comply with a written direction...
Building Commission
Media release
12 Oct 2018
A Cowaramup-based builder has been fined $1,500 by the Building Services Board for not complying with an order to rectify issues at a property near Mandurah. The recent penalty against Mark Anthony Wells (BC12740), trading as Mark Wells Designs, follows a separate payment of more than $23,000 last year in relation to the same property. During 2016, the owner of the Madora Bay home identified...
Building Commission
Media release
11 Oct 2018
The McGowan Government has introduced building regulations to restrict the use of combustible material on building facades of high-risk buildings. The new building regulations prevent the use of performance solutions by restricting the use of combustible cladding to those that can demonstrate compliance under the Building Code of Australia’s (BCA) new verification method. This method also...
Building Commission
Media release
06 Oct 2018
Local governments are working to clear a backlog of inspections of private pool safety barriers in the wake of an Ombudsman Western Australia report on children drowning. The law requires that WA local councils inspect private pools in their jurisdiction at least once every four years to ensure they have complying fences or other safety barriers. In last year’s investigation report on ways to...
Building Commission
Media release
20 Sep 2018
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 2018 (that came into operation on 1 June 2018) concludes on Sunday 30 September 2018. From Monday 1 October 2018, applications for building approvals for...
Building Commission
Department News
21 Sep 2018
In the wake of a sudden ceiling collapse at a Thornlie property last week, home owners are reminded to act promptly on warning signs of ceiling stress. The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has published a handy guide for home owners about signs of instability in interior gypsum plasterboard ceilings and what action can be taken. “A collapsed ceiling can cause serious injury, as...
Building Commission
Media release
29 Aug 2018
Building and Energy wishes to remind you that you must use the correct postal address for all correspondence. Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety Building and Energy Division Locked Bag 14 CLOISTERS SQUARE WA 6850 From Friday 24 August 2018 there is no longer a mail redirection set up. Therefore, mail sent to any previous addresses will not be received by the Licensing Boards...
Building Commission / EnergySafety
Department News
29 Aug 2018
Mandurah Homes Pty Ltd (BC11088) and the company’s co-director and nominated supervisor, Todd Andrew Green (BP101468) , have each been fined $5,000 by the Building Services Board for failing to manage and supervise a building service. The findings relate to a two-storey Halls Head property, built by Mandurah Homes between 2015 and 2016. On a windy night in July 2017, a section of the home’s tin...
Building Commission
Media release
28 Aug 2018
Lesmurdie-registered builder Brad Ross Homes Pty Ltd (BC12915) and its director and nominated supervisor Bradley William Ross (BP12915) have each been fined $3,000 by the Building Services Board for negligent conduct. The findings relate to building services carried out at a property in Cottesloe. The Board found the company had been negligent by: failing to ensure that soil excavation on the...
Building Commission
Media release
10 Aug 2018
Some quick checks and routine maintenance could have prevented the explosion of a storage water heater outside a home in Perth’s north, according to Building and Energy inspectors who attended the site. The incident is a timely reminder for owners of all storage water heaters – gas, electric and solar – to follow the recommended maintenance schedule, which usually involves simple checks every few...
EnergySafety
Media release
08 Aug 2018

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