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The Construction Contracts Act 2004 (the CCA) provides a number of very important protections to head contractors, subcontractors and suppliers working in the building and construction industry to ensure cash flow. The CCA prohibits and modifies certain provisions in construction contracts and...
Information on the Construction Contracts Act
Between July 2017 and June 2019, the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s Building and Energy division coordinated Western Australia’s State-wide Cladding Audit. The audit was part of an Australia-wide initiative to check the cladding on high-risk buildings following the tragic...
Compliance and audit
Latest newsletters and bulletins Building and Energy industry bulletins View the complete list of Building and plumbing industry bulletins Plumbers technical notes View the complete list of Plumbers' technical notes . Building Focus Building Focus edition 4 Building Focus edition 3 Building Focus...
Newsletters and bulletins
What is being done nationally On 23 June 2015, the Australian Senate referred the issue of non-conforming building products to the Senate Economics Reference Committee. The Committee released its interim report ‘Safety – not a matter of good luck’ on 4 May 2016. The Senate Committee is due to hand...
Non-conforming building products
Background information Non-conforming building products (NCBPs) are products and materials that: claim to be something they are not; do not meet required standards for their intended use; or are marketed or supplied with the intent to deceive those who use them. For example a building product that...
Non-conforming building products
Gary Newcombe May 2021 - Current Gary Newcombe became Commissioner for Consumer Protection and Executive Director for Consumer Protection on Monday 24th May 2021. Gary has 40 years' experience in the Commonwealth and State public sectors and the Western Australian Parliament, primarily in the areas...
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Videos and presentations ABCB NCC seminar videos 2021 NCC Seminars: A2.2(4), Performance-Based Design Brief NCC 2019: Building Code of Australia update (Part 1) NCC 2019: Building Code of Australia update (Part 2) NCC 2019 Amendment 1 update View all videos via the YouTube channel Australian...
BC videos
To be considered for registration as a building practitioner , qualifications and experience need to be correctly documented on your application form. Experience To become a building practitioner, there are five registration pathways, called ‘sets’, that applicants can register under. Each of these...
Initial registration
Complete list of updates 2018/19 Quarterly update – 3rd quarter PDF 851KB 2018/19 Half yearly update – 1st half PDF 636KB 2018/19 Quarterly update – 1st quarter PDF 205KB 2017/18 Quarterly update – 3rd quarter PDF 150KB 2017/18 Half yearly update – 1st half PDF 150KB 2017/18 Quarterly update – 1st...
Quarterly and annual reports on the Construction Contracts Act
Payment disputes Am I a subcontractor or an employee? An employee is paid according to a relevant award or contract and is supplied with the material and equipment required to do the work. A subcontractor is paid through invoices based on results achieved and will supply their own material and...
Information on the Construction Contracts Act

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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
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 requests to waive the six year requirement to obtain a further owner-builder approval under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 , specifically on the grounds of "hardship".
Building and Energy
Policies
17 Sep 2020

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Amendments to the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996, relating to health surveillance for workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica will come into effect on 15 April 2021. The amendments will require employers to provide a low-dose HRCT scan, supervised by an appointed medical practitioner, instead of the previously required chest X-ray. Western Australia is the first...
WorkSafe
Alert
18 Jan 2021
Western Australia’s building and energy safety regulator is sharing top tips for a safe summer when using gas barbecues and camping appliances, pools, party lights, lithium-ion batteries, roof spaces and items attached to pillars. Gas barbecues “A barbecue is a great Australian tradition, but gas barbecues can be dangerous if they are not correctly used or maintained,” Building and Energy A/...
Building and Energy
Media release
13 Jan 2021
Mr Howard was jailed for fraud regarding invoices to the North Metropolitan Health Service His conviction led to recent action under WA building registration laws State Administrative Tribunal issued a reprimand and an order to pay costs A former builder has faced disciplinary action under WA’s building registration laws after being convicted of fraud over misuse of North Metropolitan Health...
Building and Energy
Media release
07 Jan 2021
Building and Energy and Consumer Protection have joined forces to warn parents and retailers about the risks and rules when using and selling portable pools this summer. Building and Energy oversees WA’s swimming pool safety barrier standards, which are enforced by local governments, while Consumer Protection regulates product safety. On average, one child a year drowns in a portable pool in...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Dec 2020
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

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