Consumer

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The Building Commission conducted a survey of home owners, local governments and builders in February and March 2015 to review the requirement for owners to sign a building permit application form. These stakeholders were surveyed on: Their awareness of the current exemption; The requirement for owners to give consent to a building permit application form being submitted to the local government;...
Building and Energy
Department News
28 Apr 2015
On 15 April 2015, Benchmark Designer Homes Pty Ltd went into external administration, which meets the definition of insolvency under the Home Building Contracts Act 1991 and therefore will trigger home indemnity insurance for affected home owners.
Building and Energy
Department News
16 Apr 2015
Commerce Minister Michael Mischin has announced a package of regulatory reforms to help Western Australia’s building and plumbing industries save money and work more efficiently.
Building and Energy
Department News
31 Mar 2015
Check your obligations for public holidays now! This year ANZAC Day, 25 April, falls on a Saturday, which means that employers and employees need to check what public holiday arrangements apply under the relevant WA award, particularly if the business trades on weekends and public holidays. Under the Public and Bank Holidays Act if ANZAC Day falls on a Saturday the next following Monday is also a...
Consumer Protection / Labour Relations
Alert
09 Mar 2015
The Building Commission’s new risk-based audit process is examining the administrative and technical aspects of the building process undertaken by registered builders.
Building and Energy
Department News
15 Oct 2014
The Building Commission is conducting a brief survey to gather information and feedback from home owners about the requirement for all owners of land to sign a building permit application before it is submitted to the local government. In 2012, this requirement was identified as causing delays in the building process due to difficulties in obtaining all signatures. In an attempt to speed up the...
Building and Energy
Alert
13 Feb 2015
Future online editions, commencing with the 2015 National Construction Code (NCC), will be freely available to registered users, commencing with access to a free preview of NCC 2015 (both online and in PDF) prior to its adoption date of 1 May 2015. From 1 February 2015, users are able to access NCC 2015 which includes: Volume One (Building Code of Australia for Class 2 to Class 9 Buildings);...
Building and Energy
Department News
30 Jan 2015
July 2020: Please note the iRentWA app is no longer supported. The Renting a home section of this website continues to be WA consumers’ go-to place for all renting information. Only four months after its official launch, Consumer Protection’s iRentWA smartphone app is proving extremely popular with WA tenants. So far the app has been downloaded by 4,175 iPhone and Android phone users, giving them...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Jan 2015
Consumer Protection has seen an increase in enquiries and complaints about extended warranties, prompting a seasonal warning for Western Australians. Between January and November 2014 there were 695 enquiries and 69 formal complaints – up from 576 enquiries and 48 complaints between January and November 2013. It is a trend that is likely to continue. Post-Christmas sales or deals mean that many...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Dec 2014
The Building Commission has received several calls regarding a report that aired on Channel 7’s Today Tonight program on 11 December 2014. At the conclusion of the report, which looked at the “problems, dangers and hidden costs of home renovations”, the program’s host stated that “as of next year, you’ll no longer need council approval for swimming pools, patios and granny flats”. This...
Building and Energy
Department News
19 Dec 2014

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