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All electrical accidents that occur in Western Australia must be reported. The Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991 require that all electrical accidents, irrespective of their seriousness, must be immediately reported to: the employer (if relevant); and the relevant network operator. If the...
Reporting an electrical accident
The community expects that the electrical and gas appliances they use are safe. Legislation requires retailers to ensure that most domestic appliances sold comply with appropriate Australian safety standards. The Electricity Act and Regulations In Western Australia, electrical safety legislation...
Appliance and equipment approvals
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
The ACCC has launched a new electrical recall campaign, focussing on Infinity Olsent cables, Dielle Residual Curent Devices and Avanco DC isolators. For more information click the link below. ACCC electrical product recall campaign www.productsafety.gov.au/news/electrical-product-recalls...
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...
About Building and Energy
This page contains links to authorities, regulatory bodies, network suppliers, industry bodies and others.
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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.
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Report of the Building Commissioner for the financial year to 30 June 2015.
Building and Energy
Reports
12 Dec 2018
Report of the Building Commissioner for the financial year to 30 June 2016.
Building and Energy
Reports
12 Dec 2018
Report of the Building Commissioner for the financial year to 30 June 2017.
Building and Energy
Reports
12 Dec 2018
Report of the Building Commissioner for the financial year to 30 June 2018. Construction Contracts Act 2004
Building and Energy
Reports
12 Dec 2018
Building Focus newsletter brings you the latest news for the building, building surveying and painting industries and replaces the Building Commission News. Building Focus Issue 1 Click here to view...
Building and Energy
Newsletter
10 Dec 2018
On 23 February 2018, the Minister announced the establishment of the IAG, as a means of facilitating consultation with key industry stakeholders on measures to improve security of payment for...
Building and Energy
Reports
11 Dec 2018
Energy and Plumbing Focus newsletter brings you the latest news for the electrical, gas and plumbing industries and replaces the Energy Bulletin and Building Commission News. Energy and Plumbing...
Building and Energy
Newsletter
19 Jul 2019
Regulation 55 of the Electricity Licensing Regulations 1991 covers Electrical work on or near energised electrical installations.
Building and Energy
Information
19 Jul 2019
Use this form to apply in writing for mutual recognition of your licence if you are working as a plumber, electrician, or gasfitter.
Building and Energy
Form – application
11 Apr 2023
Suitable for applicants who have completed the Restricted Electrical Licence System Training Record and Logbook (purple logbook).
Building and Energy
Form – application
19 Jul 2019

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On Thursday 20 February, the Work Health and Safety Bill 2019 passed through the Legislative Assembly of the Western Australian Parliament. The Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Mines and Petroleum and Industrial Relations said: “I am pleased that the Work Health and Safety Bill has now passed the Legislative Assembly. “The McGowan Government recognises the importance of these reforms and hopes...
WorkSafe
Department News
25 Feb 2020
Regional electricity provider Horizon Power was fined $40,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court on 4 February 2020 for incorrect work in Kununurra that caused a fire and the telecommunications equipment at various properties to become potentially unsafe. Horizon Power was also ordered to pay $1,516.40 in costs, after earlier pleading guilty to breaching the Electricity Regulations 1947. The court...
Building and Energy
Media release
11 Feb 2020
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection Lanie Chopping Have you ever experienced an electric shock or tingling sensation in your home while touching a metal object like a bathroom tap? It could be a warning sign of a dangerous electrical fault that mustn’t be ignored. Shocks and tingles could be a sign a home’s electricity system has a degraded or broken neutral connection, causing a voltage...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Jan 2020
A new public safety campaign is urging Western Australians to take potentially life-saving action by immediately reporting any electric shocks or tingles to their electrical network operator. The three-month campaign, launched today, is a collaboration between the State Government’s Building and Energy team and network operators Western Power and Horizon Power. “The key message is to contact your...
Building and Energy
Media release
20 Jan 2020
As WA settles in for a season of Christmas lights, barbecues, new outdoor equipment and DIY projects, Building and Energy is sharing its top tips for a safe summer when using gas, electricity, roof spaces and items attached to building structures. Festive lights Building and Energy A/Executive Director Saj Abdoolakhan is encouraging people to ensure their interior and exterior festive lights are...
Building and Energy
Media release
17 Dec 2019
Electrical safety inspectors from Building and Energy are investigating an electric shock incident that resulted in the tragic death of a 50-year-old man last night. Emergency services and Western Power also responded to the incident, which occurred at the man’s home in The Vines at approximately 6.30pm yesterday (Monday 9 December 2019) . The man was found unresponsive near an outdoor spa pool...
Building and Energy
Media release
10 Dec 2019
Our offices will be closed from Wednesday 25 December 2019 to Wednesday 1 January 2020. Normal services will return on Thursday 2 January 2020. For urgent enquiries please visit our contact page.
Corporate
Department News
04 Dec 2019
A Cannington retailer has been fined $5,000 following a prosecution by WA’s electrical safety regulator for selling an unapproved and potentially dangerous travel adaptor. PC Master Pty Ltd representatives did not attend the Perth Magistrates Court on 9 October 2019, when the business was found guilty of breaching the Electricity Act 1945 and also ordered to pay costs of $766. The court was told...
Building and Energy
Media release
16 Oct 2019
The first issue of Building and Energy's Electrical Focus newsletter is now available online .
Building and Energy
Department News
01 Oct 2019
Western Australia’s electrical safety regulator has concluded its investigation into the electrical accident that seriously injured a 12-year-old girl at a property in Beldon in March 2018. In a report released today, Building and Energy (formerly Energy Safety ) outlined the findings of its investigation into the cause of the accident. The investigation included on-site inspections and testing...
Building and Energy
Media release
27 Sep 2019

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