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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
As part of its function, Building and Energy 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.
Boards
Building Commission Boards and committees: Building Commission Advisory Committee Building Services Board Plumbers Licensing Board Plumbing Industry Reference Group (PIRG), a committee of the Plumbers Licensing Board hosted by the Building Commission 6 Star Committee
Boards and committees
Western Australia’s Building Commission oversees the regulation of building, painting, building surveying and plumbing services. With all these regulatory functions focused within a single agency, our industry and consumers benefit from a more consistent and efficient service. The Building Services...
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Consumer Protection will conduct specific investigations into retirement village complaints, particularly relating to contracts being offered by operators in WA, to ensure that the rights of retirees are being protected. The special investigation unit of senior investigators and lawyers will expand the Department’s ongoing proactive compliance program which has resulted in recent improvements in...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Jul 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 20 cents per litre (cpl) to 129.7 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 18 July 2017, most Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 134.9 cpl (an increase of 27 cpl). Most Caltex Woolworths, Caltex, 7-Eleven, BP and Coles Express sites are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Jul 2017
With Acting Consumer Protection Commissioner David Hillyard What happens when a customer fails to return to collect their goods from a business? Western Australian businesses left holding uncollected items, which they don’t want taking up valuable storage space, have to take certain steps before they can dispose of the goods. This procedure, which can involve an application to the courts...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Jul 2017
Consumer Protection is concerned about a vehicle hire business which appears to have closed down leaving customers out of pocket. Rent Beyond Pty Ltd, trading as Drive Beyond formerly of Beechboro Road in Bayswater, has vacated their Perth premises. The company is registered in Queensland but its sole director Nathan Joyce is based in Victoria. Consumer Protection has not been able to contact Mr...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Jul 2017
A real estate agent has had his licence and triennial certificate cancelled by the State Administrative Tribunal after failing to complete compulsory training requirements. Anthony Palermo of Dalkeith was subject to disciplinary action by Consumer Protection when he failed to complete the necessary Compulsory Professional Development (CPD) obligations for three consecutive years 2013-2015, in...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Jul 2017
A new national safety standard for decorative alcohol-fuelled (ethanol) burners will come into effect on 15 July 2017, replacing an interim ban on the products. The action to ensure the safety of portable table-top burners comes after reports of more than 100 injuries and 36 house fires in Australia since 2010 and at least three deaths overseas. WA first introduced an interim ban in December 2016...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Jul 2017
The emergence of online advertising sites, such as Gumtree, Airtasker and hipages, has made finding a tradesperson easier than ever. These websites either promote the services of a tradesperson or offer consumers a forum for requesting a task to be completed. And while these websites are a convenient way to connect with a builder, building surveyor, painter or plumber the websites do not...
Building Commission
Department News
11 Jul 2017
Canning Vale licensed plumbing contractor Richard James Palmer (PL7708) has been cautioned by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) for negligence and incompetence.
Building Commission
Media release
11 Jul 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 21 cents per litre (cpl) to 130.2 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 11 July 2017, most Puma, Caltex and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 134.9 cpl (an increase of 30 cpl by Puma, 28 cpl by Caltex and 25 cpl by Coles Express...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Jul 2017
A landlady who entered a rental property illegally to conduct renovations and change the locks while the elderly tenant was in hospital has been convicted and ordered to pay $11,907 in fines and costs by the Fremantle Magistrates Court. Marlene Ruzica Pavlovich of Munster, who is a former real estate sales representative, was found guilty on 30 June 2017 of contravening 2 offences under the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Jul 2017

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