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The below information provides a description of activities which Western Australia (WA) registered building surveying contractors are permitted to perform. If you are a WA licensee visiting another state under AMR, you are only allowed to perform the activities listed below. If you need to apply...
Initial registration
The Building Commissioner has published a number of suggested forms and templates to help parties to engage with the payment process under the Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2021 . These include forms for making and responding to payment claims, as well as utilising...
Templates and user guides
This information sheet provides advice to persons in control of a workplace and those involved in inspecting, removing, managing or disposing of asbestos contaminated soils at workplaces. This information sheet deals with soils at a workplace, which are contaminated with asbestos containing...
Asbestos
An adjudicator or review adjudicator is registered under the Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2021 to receive adjudication and adjudication review applications and make determinations. All adjudicators and review adjudicators are required to adhere to the requirements as...
Adjudicators and review adjudicators
An Authorised Nominating Authority (ANA) is a body or individual authorised under the Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2021 to receive adjudication and adjudication review applications, nominate an adjudicator or review adjudicator to determine an adjudication...
Authorised nominating authorities
How can I comply with the new work health and safety laws? Under the Work Health and Safety and Regulations 2022 (WHS Regulations), duty holders will be required to manage the risk of falls at workplaces, as prescribed by the following regulations: Regulation 78 – Management of risk of fall...
Slips and trips and falls
Once the adjudicator has been appointed and received an application and the response (if permitted), the adjudicator has 10 business days to assess the application and make a determination. A determination is legally binding however does not remove your right to litigate at a later stage. Review...
Using the security of payment laws
If you have received a copy of an adjudication application, you will be required to prepare an adjudication response within 10 business days of receiving the application. This is your opportunity to outline your reasons for withholding money. Please note only reasons for withholding money that were...
Using the security of payment laws
Adjudication is a dispute resolution process to assist parties to resolve disagreements about a payment claim made for a progress payment. You can apply for adjudication where: You have made a valid payment claim under the Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2021 (the Act)...
Using the security of payment laws
If you have received a valid payment claim from your contractor or supplier, you are required to make payment in full by the due date, or if you do not agree with the claimed amount in whole or in part, you are strongly recommended to provide a payment schedule within 15 business days of receiving...
Using the security of payment laws

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Publications

Action Plan for Reform An Action Plan for reform to introduce better payment protections for all participants in the Western Australian building and construction industry was released by the Minister...
Building and Energy
Plans
28 Jul 2022
Building and Energy has published a draft Code of Conduct for building surveyors for your information and comment. The code sets out minimum expectations of registered building surveyors undertaking building surveying work in Western Australia (WA). It’s based on the Australian Building Codes Board’s national model code of conduct for building surveyors.
Building and Energy
Code of conduct
17 Sep 2021
Current version of the Notice of cessation – Multiple properties (building work) form.
Building and Energy
Form – application
02 Sep 2021
This bulletin is intended to provide guidance on using the correct edition of referenced documents as listed in Schedule 4 of the National Construction Code (NCC). It also provides comment on the use of referenced documents published outside of the NCC amendment cycles.
Building and Energy
Bulletin
07 Oct 2021
The purpose of this technical note is to alert building designers and practitioners to the requirement of adequately controlling the accumulation of harmful contamination of micro-organisms,...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
12 Aug 2021
An important function of the Building Commissioner is to audit the work and conduct of registered builders and building surveyors and to monitor how well building standards are being applied. The...
Building and Energy
Guide / handbook
29 Jul 2021
Our audit strategy (2021–2024) sets out a vision to implement an effective and efficient audit program that focuses our efforts on residential and commercial building industry practices which pose...
Building and Energy
Guide / handbook
29 Jul 2021
Building and Energy is aware of several roofs that have lifted off or collapsed following changing of their roof cover. In these cases, the required building licence/permit was not in place and the roof was not adequately tied down to the house.
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
26 Jul 2021
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety - Building and Energy Division (Building and Energy) has developed an audit program to monitor whether registered building service providers...
Building and Energy
Reports
24 Jun 2021
General Inspection (Investigation) Report Five – Investigation into the re-roofing of buildings, provides an overview of Building and Energy’s investigation into the cause of roof failures from...
Building and Energy
Reports
26 Jul 2021

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Announcements

The Building and Energy Division of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety is seeking expressions of interest for appointment to the Building Services Board (the Board) for the following three positions. Building representative Applicants must be a registered building practitioner. Candidates with broad experience carrying out a range of building services are desirable and are...
Building and Energy
Department News
10 Jun 2021
Building Services Board issues $2,500 fine No building permit in place during an apartment balcony renovation Altered compliance certificate provided to the City of Perth A Mount Hawthorn building practitioner has been fined $2,500 for carrying out unauthorised work at a West Perth apartment and submitting incorrect documents to the City of Perth. The Building Services Board found that Christiaan...
Building and Energy
Media release
03 Jun 2021
Building work at a Kalgan property did not match the approved plans Issues included excessive height and an unauthorised carport Mr Jennings failed to properly manage and supervise a building service A former registered builder has been fined the maximum amount of $5,000 by the Building Services Board for deviating from approved plans and building standards while constructing a house in WA’s...
Building and Energy
Media release
06 May 2021
Former Shire of Cuballing building surveyor unintentionally misled the Shire of Narrogin Errors included the wrong type of certificate, no DFES review and non-compliant fire hydrants Building Services Board penalty followed a Building and Energy investigation A former local government building surveyor has been fined $1,000 for misleading a neighbouring shire when he incorrectly certified...
Building and Energy
Media release
03 May 2021
Building and Energy officers providing on-ground support in the Mid West. Residents urged to be cautious when using generators, gas equipment and other portable appliances. Avoid DIY repairs to electrical, gas and plumbing infrastructure. WA’s energy safety regulator is sharing key electrical and gas safety advice for people in cyclone-affected areas who may be using portable equipment or...
Building and Energy
Media release
15 Apr 2021
The Building Services Board has cautioned a local government building surveyor for failing to ensure that adequate information was included in the certification of work at a Bicton property. The Board found that Modesto Giancaspro (BSP190) was negligent or incompetent while carrying out building surveying work when he signed a certificate of building compliance (CBC) issued by the City of...
Building and Energy
Media release
22 Mar 2021
A South West building surveying company and its supervisor have been fined a total of $3,500 for negligence after their certification of a Roleystone building project failed to meet the required standards. The Building Services Board found that Eaton-based building surveying contractor Jescar Pty Ltd (BSC14) and building surveying practitioner Richard Ruhen (BSP279) were negligent in carrying out...
Building and Energy
Media release
19 Feb 2021
The Building Services Board has fined a building surveyor $1,000 for misleading the Shire of Toodyay by knowingly signing a certificate with the wrong building classification. Daniel Ross Smee (BSP293) provided a certificate of building compliance (CBC) in March 2019 for additions and alterations to a Julimar property, including a bedroom, games room and sunroom. The Board was told that Mr Smee’s...
Building and Energy
Media release
18 Feb 2021
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

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