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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
Lanie Chopping is the current Commissioner for Consumer Protection in Western Australia and Acting Executive Director, Consumer Protection (Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety). Prior to being appointed to act in this role from January 2020, Lanie was the head of the Priorities...
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Videos and presentations Changes to the Construction Contracts Act The Construction Contracts Act 2004 (CCA) is an important piece of legislation for the building and construction industry in Western Australia. On 15 December 2016 important changes to the CCA commenced operation. These were the...
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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
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 Commissioner 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 bush fire prone areas

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WorkSafe has identified instances where demolition work was conducted without first removing asbestos-containing materials. Recently, workers may have been exposed to asbestos while carrying out...
WorkSafe
Alert
17 Sep 2020
The objective of this general inspection was to determine if new residential buildings (dwellings) in designated bush fire prone areas are adequately meeting the bush fire building requirements of...
Building and Energy
Reports
03 Jun 2020
This industry bulletin provides information on the Home Building Contracts Amendment Regulations 2020 (the Amendment Regulations) which were published in the Government Gazette and have commenced...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
29 May 2020
The Western Australian occupational safety and health laws require employers to take care of the safety and health of their workers and others at the workplace. This includes: providing and...
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
01 May 2020
The Building Amendment Regulations (No. 3) 2020 (Amendment Regulations) were published in the Government Gazette on 24 April 2020 and have commenced operation.
Building and Energy
Bulletin
28 Apr 2020
Building and Energy’s 'Public naming of building service providers policy'
Building and Energy
Policies
22 Apr 2020
In early 2020, an air-conditioning installer suffered a fatal electric shock while working in the roof space of a house. In Western Australia, it is a legal requirement to de-energise and isolate all...
WorkSafe
Alert
17 Sep 2020
While it is reasonable to be concerned about the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, there are a number of actions you can take to look after your mental health during this challenging time. Access...
WorkSafe
Information
08 Apr 2020
It is reasonable for employees to experience increased worry, anxiety and stress about the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Managing the risk to mental health during this time means employees will have...
WorkSafe
Information
08 Apr 2020
Safe Work Australia has created an easy to follow infographic to advise workplaces on the steps they should take if a worker comes down with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19. [scald=8226:...
WorkSafe
Information
07 Apr 2020

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A Parmelia man has been fined $5,000 after his application for building practitioner registration was found to include incorrect or misleading information, including falsified references. Lipeng Cao was also ordered to pay $1,000 in costs when a State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) matter concluded on 11 May 2020 following disciplinary proceedings commenced by Building and Energy. Mr Cao’s...
Building and Energy
Media release
28 May 2020
As many businesses prepare to reopen, WA’s plumbing regulator is urging owners and managers of recently unoccupied buildings to ensure that hot and cold water services are thoroughly flushed before use to clear potentially hazardous stagnation. Building and Energy is supporting an advisory note issued by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB), which warns that water quality could change if it...
Building and Energy
Media release
21 May 2020
A Perth tradesman has pleaded guilty to carrying out work that requires builder registration when he undertook a $40,000 roof and patio project, which also resulted in workmanship issues and months of delays. At Midland Magistrates Court on 11 May 2020, Ross Zedric Newbold of Alfresco Living WA was fined $5,000 and ordered to pay costs of $953.50 for breaching WA’s building registration laws...
Building and Energy
Media release
20 May 2020
Water Corporation, in consultation with Building and Energy, made changes to their water meter relocation process as of 29 April 2020. The changes are designed to better align processes with water services legislation and plumbing regulations, as well as to improve safety when working on or near Water Corporation assets. Key changes to the water meter relocation process: The customer will need to...
Building and Energy
Department News
11 May 2020
The McGowan Government has announced a new package to support tenants, landlords and the construction industry in the COVID-19 pandemic. The package adds to the McGowan Government's $1.7 billion stimulus and relief package for businesses and households impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It complements the introduction of a six-month freeze on rent increases, the moratorium on evictions from March...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Apr 2020
Building and Energy is urging parents of young children to be extra vigilant about potential hazards as youngsters spend more time at home due to COVID-19 coronavirus. “Parents and carers keeping their children out of schools and day-care facilities has meant they are often looking after children all day while juggling working from home and other commitments,” Building and Energy Executive...
Building and Energy
Media release
23 Apr 2020
Western Australia’s plumbing regulator is warning homeowners about the health risks of DIY installation of toilet hygiene spray hoses, which should only be fitted by a licensed plumber. The alert from Building and Energy follows a rise in sales of the flexible douche hoses in the wake of toilet paper shortages and a focus on cleanliness due to COVID-19 coronavirus. Hygiene spray hoses for toilets...
Building and Energy
Media release
09 Apr 2020
While the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic is changing rapidly, we remain focussed on delivering our services while adhering to advice from Government to protect the health and safety of our staff and the wider community. The department is planning for a range of scenarios and endeavouring to ensure continuity of service. A number of functions can be performed remotely or by using our online...
Corporate
Department News
23 Mar 2020
**PLEASE NOTE THAT MANY OF THESE EVENTS HAVE NOW BEEN CANCELLED** Plumbers and other building industry participants are invited to free metropolitan and regional information sessions presented by the State Government’s Building and Energy team this month. One series of seminars will outline new requirements for plumbing at survey strata lot developments. “Plumbers, builders and developers will...
Building and Energy
Media release
11 Mar 2020
Under OSH legislation, employers are required to provide and maintain, as far as is practicable, a working environment in which their workers are not exposed to health risks. This includes situations where employees and contractors may be at risk of contracting viruses such as the COVID-19 coronavirus. Employers need to keep up to date with the latest health warnings from the Australian and WA...
WorkSafe
Alert
10 Mar 2020

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