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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 for Commerce in September 2021. Security of payment – Action plan What does the Action Plan do? The...
Security of payment
The fees below are exclusive of GST and effective from 1 July 2021. Building services and plumbing licensing fees A print-friendly PDF version of the complete fee schedule is available below. Click here to download the document Electrical licensing fees A print friendly PDF version of the complete...
Fees and payment options
Workplace health and safety laws require your employer to ensure your safety and the safety of any others in the workplace as much as they reasonably can. This includes minimising the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace. A safe and effective vaccine is just one part of keeping the...
COVID 19 - Coronavirus
Questions asked during Safe Work Month Webinar on 30 October 2020 have been compiled along with the department's responses. Commencement When did the Work Health and Safety Act receive assent? The Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WHS Act) was assented to by the Governor on 10 November 2020. However...
Legislation, codes and guidance materials
The installation of renewable energy systems, such as solar PV systems, battery storage systems and wind turbines is notifiable electrical work. In Western Australia, by law (under the Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991), all electrical contractors are required to submit a Notice of...
Information for industry
Health monitoring is the monitoring of a person’s health for the purpose of identifying changes in the person’s health status resulting from exposure to a hazardous chemical. Health monitoring enables the Registered Medical Practitioner (RMP) to identify any potential adverse effect on health from...
Guides for medical practitioners
Electrical workers and electrical contractors in Western Australia were issued a reminder about the regulations for Renewable Energy Systems in issue 2 of the Electrical Focus, published on 9 April 2020. The Electrical Focus is emailed to all electrical licence holders and subscribers for the...
Information for industry
The following information has been developed to assist employers and employees meet their safety and health obligations. Department of Mines Industry Regulation and Safety Public transport including taxis and rideshare services - Minimising the risk of exposure to COVID-19 Working from home Safe...
COVID 19 - Coronavirus
The following information has been developed for employers and employees looks at ways to look after your mental health during this challenging time. COVID-19 coronavirus guide for employers: Looking after your mental health COVID-19 coronavirus guide for employees: Looking after your mental health...
COVID 19 - Coronavirus
Safe Work Australia has created an easy to follow infographic to advise workplaces on the steps they should take if a worker comes down with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.
COVID 19 - Coronavirus

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How to restore your electrical contractor’s licence Expired up to two years To restore an electrical contractor’s licence that has been expired up to two years you can use our online restoration...
Building and Energy
Form – application
24 Mar 2022
How to restore your Restricted Electrical Licence (Disconnect/Reconnect) Expired up to two years To restore a restricted electrical licence (disconnect/reconnect) that has been expired up to two...
Building and Energy
Form – application
23 Mar 2022
How to restore your expired Refrigeration & Air-conditioning Mechanic’s Restricted Electrical Licence Expired up to two years To restore a refrigeration & air-conditioning mechanic’s...
Building and Energy
Form – application
23 Mar 2022
Employers (or persons conducting a business or undertaking) have a duty under OSH or WHS legislation to eliminate, or if that is not reasonable practicable, minimise the risks of COVID-19 at the...
WorkSafe
Information
18 Feb 2022
This policy provides the criteria the Electrical Licensing Board require to be met for an Electrical Contractor's Licence to be issued.
Building and Energy
Policies
22 Oct 2021

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19-year-old apprentice stopped breathing and had no pulse after electric shock Supervisor did not adequately supervise or check the installation as required Electrical company fined a total of $21,500 An apprentice electrician is lucky to be alive after an electric shock left him unresponsive and without a pulse while working at a property in Mandurah. The January 2020 incident was described at...
Building and Energy
Media release
17 Feb 2022
Electrician did not follow the correct procedure during a kWh meter replacement Three family members at the property received electric shocks from taps Electricians must comply with safety standards to prevent causing harm A Perth-based electrical worker has been fined $2,000 for failing to safely carry out work at a Bedford property where three family members received electric shocks after...
Building and Energy
Media release
14 Feb 2022
The requirement date in Western Australia for DC isolators to be certified, where they are incorporated in inverters complying with AS/NZS 4777.2:2020, has been extended to 30 June 2022. This extension acknowledges the challenges manufacturers and suppliers are having with obtaining DC isolator products, including those installed within inverters, certified to AS 60947.3. The current status of...
Building and Energy
Department News
02 Feb 2022
Essential electrical safety component (MEN) not installed, putting users at risk Electrician did not carry out mandatory checks and tests $15,000 fine for company and $5,000 fine for electrical worker The State Government energy safety regulator is warning electricians not to cut corners when checking their work after a Padbury building site was left unprotected against electrical hazards for...
Building and Energy
Media release
02 Feb 2022
Mr Buckle used internet videos and microwave parts to make an electrical art appliance A man was electrocuted near Katanning after touching the device Unlicensed electrical work is illegal and dangerous The tragic electric shock death of a WA man while handling a high-voltage homemade appliance is a stark reminder of the dangers of unlicensed electrical work, the State’s energy safety regulator...
Building and Energy
Media release
18 Jan 2022
The McGowan Government has released exposure drafts of regulations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 ahead of the commencement of major work health and safety (WHS) reforms in March 2022. Releasing the exposure drafts of the supporting regulations provides all participants in Western Australian workplaces the opportunity to prepare themselves to meet the requirements of the new Act and to...
WorkSafe
Alert
20 Dec 2021
M ultiple earthed neutral (MEN) not installed in a switchboard Mandatory testing and verification not carried out, which would have shown defects Electrician fined $7,500 and company fined $25,000 An electrician’s failure to install a key safety component and carry out mandatory tests left a property unprotected against electrical hazards for a week. At Joondalup Magistrates Court on 5 November...
Building and Energy
Media release
18 Nov 2021
Plumbers assessed customers’ switchboards without an electrical licence Magistrate notes offensive conduct, sales tactics and vulnerable victims Pair employed by a large Perth plumbing, gas and electrical company The “scam” conduct of two licensed plumbers who provided unqualified electrical advice was “morally offensive” as it involved vulnerable victims and sales tactics, according to a Perth...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Nov 2021
Switchboard verification requirements Clause 2.10.3.2 of AS/NZS 3000:2018 (Wiring Rules) requires that all switchboards rated at 125 A per phase or greater or subject to a 10 kA fault potential or greater must comply with either AS/NZS 3439 series (now superseded) or the AS/NZS 61439:2016 series. When preparing tender submissions for electrical installations, licensed electrical contractors are...
Building and Energy
Alert
28 Oct 2021
Building & Energy and DFES urge home owners to check smoke alarm dates All smoke alarms should be replaced after 10 years Updated fact sheet on smoke alarm laws for selling, leasing and hiring dwellings WA’s building and fire safety authorities have joined forces to remind home owners that all smoke alarms should be replaced when they are 10 years old. Building & Energy and the Department...
Building and Energy
Media release
07 Oct 2021

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