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Functions The Electrical Licensing Board is constituted under provisions of the Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991. Its primary function is to determine the competence of applicants for, and holders of, electrical licences and permits issued under the licensing regulations. The board...
Boards
The risks associated with an unsafe installation are high, so the work must be restricted to competent (licensed) workers. To emphasise the nature of the hazard, these installations can appear to operate well yet be unsafe. For example, an electrical installation can work without the safety system...
Forms
Information on unsafe and dangerous electrical appliances and product recalls. Dielle Residual Current Device (RCD) A recall has been issued for the Dielle Residual Current Device (RCD), model YK78, approval mark N.21905 which were sold in Queensland and South Australia. See Product Safety...
Electrical appliances
To achieve Building and Energy's regulatory objectives, the Director and staff administer a wide suite of legislation: Energy Safety Act 2006 Energy Safety Regulations 2006 Energy Safety Levy Act 2006 Energy Coordination Act 1994 (major parts) Energy Coordination (General) Regulations 1995...
Legislation administered
On 22 January 2018, the Building and Energy Division was formed from the amalgamation of the Building Commission and Energy Safety . Building and Energy oversees the operations of the building, building surveying, electrical, gas, painting, and plumbing industries including the resolution of...
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Renewal Courtesy renewal reminder notices are now only sent by email only. Visit the renewal reminder notices page for further information. For quicker processing, pay to renew your electrical licence using the department's online renewal system. To use the online system you will need to know your...
Services
Forms for applying for an electrical licence.
Forms
National licensing (NOLs) in Western Australia On 13 December 2013 the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) decided not to proceed with national occupational licensing. Status: Closed 30 September 2013 Information session A public information session on the current status of the national...
Consultations
The table below provides information on when Construction Training Induction Card is required (Based on draft National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work) Guidance on inclusions and exclusions Safety awareness training required Safety awareness training may not be...
Construction Industry Training Card

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This application form is used to apply for an imaging equipment permit.
Building and Energy
Form – application
19 Jul 2019
This application form is used to apply for a university technician's electrical worker's permit.
Building and Energy
Form – application
19 Jul 2019
Private overhead power lines Power lines which transport electricity from your main switchboard and meter to your home or other buildings are private power lines. This includes the pole where the...
Building and Energy
Brochure
19 Jul 2019
General It is a requirement of Regulation 45(1) of the Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991 that an electrical contractor shall ensure that his/her electrical contractor’s licence number appears...
Building and Energy
Information
19 Jul 2019
Wood Pole Order 01-2009 issued to Western Power under Section 18B of the Energy Coordination Act 1994.
Reports
12 Jun 2014
An amended version of the requirements was issued in 2014.
Information
05 Jun 2014
A summary of statistical information about electrical incidents in Western Australia.
Building and Energy
Reports
19 Jul 2019
The Energy Bulletin has been replaced with the Energy and Plumbing Focus newsletter. The Energy and Plumbing Focus newsletter brings you the latest news for the electrical, gas and plumbing...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
15 Jan 2020
These guidelines for the safe management of high voltage electrical installations are issued under Section 33AA of the Electricity Act 1945 (WA) by the Director of Energy Safety and are endorsed by...
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
26 May 2014
A complete list of Building Commission Advisory Notes. Building Commission Advisory Notes are published to provide technical and regulatory information for the building industry of Western Australia.
Building and Energy
Advisory note
07 Nov 2018

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Some WA homes and business premises may be facing a serious fire risk if they have had sub-standard electrical cabling installed which is not replaced soon. In August last year, the inferior cabling imported by Infinity Cable Co Pty Ltd (in liquidation) was the subject of a national recall, with about 40,000 homes and businesses believed to be affected throughout Australia. The cabling does not...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Jun 2015
Working on or near energised electrical equipment (live work) is the leading cause of burns, shocks, serious accidents and fatalities for electricians. Energy Safety ’s Code of Practice for persons working on or near energised electrical installations sets out guidelines issued under the authority of Section 33AA of the Electricity Act 1945 (WA). WorkCover NSW has recently released an electrical...
Building and Energy
Department News
16 Jun 2015
Energy Safety has issued additional safety precautions for the type of high voltage (HV) switches involved in the 3 February Morley Galleria Shopping Centre explosion. The first Order pertained to only Long & Crawford Manchester switchgear. Energy Safety has now extended the Order to all HV oil-insulated combined-fuse switches. Announcing this today, the Director of Energy Safety, Ken Bowron...
Building and Energy
Media release
24 Mar 2015
Energy Safety has imposed new safety precautions for the type of high voltage (HV) switches involved in the 3 February Morley Galleria Shopping Centre explosion. The HV oil-insulated combined-fuse switches produced by Long & Crawford Manchester must be completely disconnected from the electricity supply before any person may open the switch’s lid. Announcing this today the Director of Energy...
Building and Energy
Media release
13 Feb 2015
A Bunbury electrical contracting business and one of its employees have been fined a total of $44,800 over the 2013 electrocution of an 18-year-old trades assistant in the roof space of a home in East Bunbury. JCW Electrical Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and was fined $38,000 in the Bunbury Magistrates Court today. Licensed electrician Dale Francis...
Building and Energy / WorkSafe
Media release
06 Feb 2015
After fifteen years being based at the Forrest Centre on St Georges Terrace in Perth, Consumer Protection has moved to a new CBD location. The main location is Gordon Stephenson House, 140 William Street Perth with front counter services available on Level 2. The move is in line with the state government's plan to consolidate existing office space for the public service. Consumer Protection’s...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Sep 2014
Electrical safety regulator Energy Safety will launch a public awareness campaign next month to alert property owners with overhead power lines about their legal responsibilities.
Building and Energy
Media release
18 Sep 2014
Western Australian home and business owners are being urged to contact their builders or electrical contractors to determine the brand of electrical cabling installed in homes or business premises following a national safety recall of Infinity brand cables which don’t comply with Australian safety standards. Energy Safety advises licensed electrical contractors who know or suspect they have...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection / Corporate
Media release
27 Aug 2014
On 12 August 2014, the Minister for Commerce, Hon Michael Mischin MLC announced that a Western Australian version of the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) bill would be introduced shortly into State Parliament. This will be in the form of a green bill, which will be released for a consultation period of three months. More information
WorkSafe
Department News
13 Aug 2014

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