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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. Building and Energy has a responsibility to ensure that consumers have confidence in the building, building...
Building or renovating your home
Due to COVID-19, Building and Energy is unable to receive building service or home building work contract complaints lodged in person or by post. All complaints must be lodged using the online complaint form until further notice: https://forms.commerce.wa.gov.au/building-commission/complaint...
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.
Boards
Boards and committees: Building Services Board Plumbers Licensing Board Plumbing Industry Reference Group (PIRG), a committee of the Plumbers Licensing Board hosted by Building and Energy 6 Star Committee
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In the wake of a sudden ceiling collapse at a Thornlie property last week, home owners are reminded to act promptly on warning signs of ceiling stress. The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has published a handy guide for home owners about signs of instability in interior gypsum plasterboard ceilings and what action can be taken. “A collapsed ceiling can cause serious injury, as...
Building and Energy
Media release
29 Aug 2018
Clients of a Perth real estate agency which has now closed had more than $220,000 of their money taken from the agent’s trust account resulting in the company being fined $7,500 by the Perth Magistrates Court and ordered to pay costs of $1,237.50. Austpride Pty Ltd (in liquidation) , formerly trading as Real Estate Masters of Cannington, was convicted on 24 August 2018 of 12 charges related to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Aug 2018
Mandurah Homes Pty Ltd (BC11088) and the company’s co-director and nominated supervisor, Todd Andrew Green (BP101468) , have each been fined $5,000 by the Building Services Board for failing to manage and supervise a building service. The findings relate to a two-storey Halls Head property, built by Mandurah Homes between 2015 and 2016. On a windy night in July 2017, a section of the home’s tin...
Building and Energy
Media release
28 Aug 2018
A major investigation by Consumer Protection into an illegal car dealing operation has come to a successful conclusion after a Camillo couple were fined a total of $10,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court for buying and selling vehicles without a licence. The husband Ahmed Mohammed Yas Yas purchased 56 vehicles from private sellers as well as at auction and sold 53 of them, mostly via Gumtree,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Aug 2018
The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 13 cents per litre (cpl) to 149.9 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 28 August 2018, all metropolitan Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 159.9 cpl (a hike of 22 cpl). Most 7-Eleven, BP, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and Puma sites...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Aug 2018
A Broome real estate agent was fined $6,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) on 10 August 2018 for failing to properly supervise an employee who had made an unauthorised withdrawal from the agency’s trust account. Anthony J Hutchinson Pty Ltd , trading as Hutchinson Real Estate , was also required to pay $500 in costs after admitting that he failed to exercise due skill, care and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Aug 2018
Consumer Protection regularly reminds consumers in Western Australia about their rights and the regulations in place to protect them, but what happens when you actually need to make a formal complaint about a retailer or business? The first step in the process is always to approach the trader and attempt to get a remedy for the issue. We have a handy checklist on our website to guide you through...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Mar 2018
Originally issued Tuesday, 25 January 2011 The Supreme Court of WA has ordered that the operators of ‘Bikini Girls Massage’ be permanently restrained from carrying on any unregistered business in Western Australia and from placing misleading recruitment advertisements in WA. The Commissioner for Consumer Protection launched the legal action to stop Mr Bon Levi and Mr Colin Burton from further...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Jan 2011
Originally issued Thursday, 2 September 2010 An operator of the infamous WA business formerly known as ‘Bikini Girls Massage’ has been fined $12,100 and ordered to pay $5,000 in costs after admitting more than 40 breaches of fair trading and business name laws. Mr Bon Levi appeared at the Magistrates’ Court of Western Australia today for what was due to be the start of a trial but what was...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Sep 2010
Originally issued Tuesday, 17 August 2010 The Perth Magistrates Court has imposed the maximum penalty against an operator of the 'Bikini Girls Massage’ business who engaged in misleading advertising. Mr Colin Burton was today fined $6,000 after pleading guilty to 11 offences under the Fair Trading Act, relating to misleading employment advertisements. He was also fined $100 for a further offence...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Aug 2010

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