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Western Australia has some of the driest climatic regions in Australia and is prone to bushfire attack, particularly around the south west regions. In the past few years there have been numerous fire events that have devastated bushland areas and destroyed or damaged properties. The Building...
Building in bushfire prone areas
The Building Commission protects the community by setting standards and ensuring contractors have the skills, experience and financial capacity to deliver quality building services. It is illegal for an individual, partnership or company to contract for or carry out a building service without first...
Find a registered building service provider or licensed plumber
Only a plumber who holds a licence issued by the Plumbers Licensing Board can legally carry out water supply, sanitary and drainage plumbing work in Western Australia. Licensing plumbers reduces risks to public health, safety and the environment by ensuring they are competent and sufficiently...
Having plumbing work done
General information The Building Regulations 2012 (the Regulations) requires all private swimming and spa pools that contain water that is more than 300mm deep to have a compliant safety barrier installed that restricts access by young children to the pool and its immediate surrounds. In Western...
Swimming pools and spas
A sustainable building industry will balance environmental, social and economic issues to ensure a viable and valuable industry for future generations. The building industry includes developing, planning, designing, building, altering, or maintaining the built environment. The manufacturers,...
Sustainability
What is the European House Borer? The European House Borer (EHB) is a destructive pest that targets seasoned coniferous timber including pine, fir and spruce. If allowed to become established it can cause major structural damage to buildings. The adult beetle lays its eggs into cracks, holes and...
European House Borer
The Dividing Fences Act 1961 (the Act) combines with local government by-laws to regulate the erection and maintenance of dividing fences in Western Australia. The Act provides a process for sharing costs between neighbours, the determination of boundaries and a mechanism for courts to deal with...
Dividing fences
Most people’s biggest investment is their home, so it is important that your contract to build or renovate goes smoothly. Resolving disputes can be costly, both personally and financially. The Building Commission has a responsibility to ensure that consumers have confidence in the building,...
Building or renovating your home
As part of its function, the Building Commission provides an avenue for both consumers and builders to resolve disputes relating to the carrying out of regulated building services and home building work contracts. These services are provided to parties as an alternative to the commencement of court...
Building service and home building contract complaints
The board advises the Minister and the Building Commissioner about matters relating to the Building Services (Registration) Act.
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Consumers have been affected following the closure of a Perth car restoration and panel beating business and Consumer Protection wants any affected consumers to come forward. Impressive Restorations Pty Ltd , operated by Phillip Kevin Lowe , has closed the doors of its Maddington premises but the company has not yet appointed an administrator or liquidator. A number of consumers have lodged...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Mar 2017
A Claremont-based real estate agency has been reprimanded, fined $5,000 and must pay $1,000 to cover the costs of disciplinary action by Consumer Protection due to apartment-buyers being kept in the dark about balcony shutters. During mediation at the State Administrative Tribunal, M Property Pty Ltd agreed there had been two breaches of the Real Estate and Business Agents Act and Code of Conduct...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Mar 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 13 cents per litre (cpl) to 136.2 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 7 March 2017, most Caltex Woolworths, Caltex, Coles Express and BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 139.9 cpl (an increase of 21 cpl, 18 cpl, 16 cpl and 14 cpl,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Mar 2017
Catastrophic failure to manage a trust account and trading without a licence for three months has resulted in a WA real estate agent being fined $8,000 plus $832 in costs. Amanda Jones, formerly trading as Ray White Manjimup Districts, has pleaded guilty to nine charges, under the Real Estate and Business Agents Act. There were: seven charges of failing to correctly balance her trust account each...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Mar 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 14 cents per litre (cpl) to 137.7 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 28 February 2017, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 141.9 cpl (an increase of 17 cpl). Most Caltex Woolworths, Puma and BP sites are increasing their ULP...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Feb 2017
A director and former director of a liquidated solar company have each been fined $1,500 and ordered to pay court costs of $622.25 in relation to potential customers being misled and a deposit taken during the 10 business day ’cooling off period’ a customer is entitled to under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). Jarrad Graeme Hand, director of Polaris Solar Pty Ltd (voluntarily wound up) and a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Feb 2017
A WA real estate agency and sales representative have been fined $12,000 each as part of State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) disciplinary action by Consumer Protection over dishonest conduct during property sale transactions. Sunrun Nominees Pty Ltd trading as House Real Estate WA and Frank Andrew Torre are subject to orders after contravening the Real Estate and Business Agents Act 1978 and the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Feb 2017
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Puppy scammers have been getting their claws into the money of pet-buyers in Western Australia for years. The scammers also use kittens, birds and other popular animals as bait. Sadly the animal never arrives and Consumer Protection has received reports of monetary loss from many heartbroken would-be pet owners. Advertisements can be...
Consumer Protection
Department News
23 Feb 2017
A handyman who took money from consumers but failed to carry out the work has been fined $6,000, ordered to pay a customer $2,150 in compensation and must also pay the $3,800 it cost Consumer Protection to prosecute him. Daniel Murray Howard, who has previously been convicted of dishonesty offences, pleaded guilty to three contraventions of the Australian Consumer Law during a hearing at the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Feb 2017
Graeme John Williams, the director and secretary of formerly registered and since liquidated building company Moonfern Pty Ltd (reg. BC11102 – expired), trading as Williams Homes, has been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for performing work and demanding a deposit for the construction of a Broome dwelling without first providing the owners with a certificate of home indemnity insurance.
Building Commission
Media release
22 Feb 2017

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