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The Western Australian Government is progressing initiatives to better manage short-term rental accommodation in Western Australia through changes to the State’s planning system and introduction of a state wide registration scheme. Background In response to the 2019 Parliamentary inquiry Levelling...
Holiday accommodation
The following media releases on disciplinary outcomes for network operators have been issued. The list appears in descending order. Western Power fined for safety failures after injuries to line worker Western Power fined $45,000 after inadequate testing procedure results in unsafe work –...
Disciplinary and prosecution media releases
Registration as a review adjudicator entitles an individual to make determinations on review applications. There are various reporting obligations for review adjudicators under the Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2021 and the Building and Construction Industry (Security...
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Registration as an adjudicator entitles an individual to make determinations on adjudication applications. Adjudicators have various reporting obligations under Part 3, Division 3, sections 32(4), 32(6) and 38(4)(c) of the Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2021 and...
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There are various reporting obligations under the Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2021 and the Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Regulations 2022 for authorised nominating authorities, adjudicators and review adjudicators. The administration of...
eNotice
Building or renovating a home can be an exciting and rewarding time. However, you need to be aware that the construction industry in WA, like elsewhere in Australia, is experiencing major shortages of materials and skilled workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic and disruptions to global trade. This...
Building a home in challenging times
As a condition of registration, adjudicators and review adjudicators must adhere to not only the Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2021 (WA) and regulations, they are also required to adhere to the Code of Practice for adjudicators and review adjudicators and any practice...
Adjudicators and review adjudicators
As a condition of authorisation, Authorised Nominating Authorities must adhere to not only the Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2021 (WA) and regulations, ANAs are also required to adhere to the Code of Practice and Building Commissioner practice notes to ensure they...
Authorised nominating authorities
There are various reporting obligations under the Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2021 and the Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Regulations 2022 for authorised nominating authorities, adjudicators and review adjudicators. The administration of...
Authorised nominating authorities
Registration as an adjudicator entitles an individual to make determinations on adjudication applications. Adjudicators have various reporting obligations under Part 3, Division 3, sections 32(4), 32(6) and 38(4)(c) of the Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2021 and...
Adjudicators and review adjudicators

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Practical tips to protect homes and keep those sheltering in them safe from cyclone damage. Cyclone season in Northwest Australia typically runs from November to April although warmer ocean...
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
21 Nov 2022
In 2018 Building and Energy commenced a significant regulatory review in response to recommendations made in a report tabled in 2017 in Parliament by the Ombudsman WA – Investigation into ways to...
Building and Energy
Consultations / public comment
30 Aug 2022
Adjudicators who are currently registered under the Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2021 to determine adjudication applications in Western Australia.
Building and Energy
Register
08 Aug 2022
Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2021 Commencement Proclamation 2022
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
01 Jul 2022
This guide is for all homeowners, owner builders, builders, contractors and suppliers working in the residential building industry.
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
01 Jul 2022
The WA building industry is currently impacted by an Australia-wide shortage of building materials and skilled workers, which is affecting project timeframes and costs. This is not unique to WA and...
Building and Energy
Guide / handbook
25 May 2022
This guide is designed to provide information and practical suggestions that may be helpful to you and others at a time when you are grieving and having to navigate legal and other processes...
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
30 Mar 2022
Important Please read the Western Australian Treasury Corporation (WATC) Disclaimer, WATC IP Statement and DMIRS Statement below. Introduction The Western Australian Treasury Corporation (WATC)...
Consumer Protection
Reports
02 Aug 2022
This fact sheet provides guidance on the requirement for building permits for swimming pools, spas, and their associated fences.
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
20 Jan 2022
General Inspection Report Seven details the findings of the Building and Energy’s general inspection of Certificates of design compliance issued by building surveyor contractors for new warehouse and...
Building and Energy
Reports
17 Jan 2022

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Western Power will prioritise a plan to reduce the risk posed by power lines in its network of a similar construction to the one that caused the Wickepin-Narrogin bushfire. This action follows discussions between Building and Energy – WA’s energy safety regulator – and Western Power in relation to the February 2022 bushfire, which impacted 18,000ha of farmland and bushland. The fire started when...
Building and Energy
Media release
16 Nov 2022
Open-flued gas space heaters and open-flued decorative effect gas appliances can only be sold if they have new safety features Prohibition applies to the sale of new and second-hand appliances Consumers should use existing appliances safely and have them serviced Open-flued gas heaters that lack new safety shutdown features have been banned from sale in WA, with owners of existing appliances...
Building and Energy
Media release
27 Oct 2022
Local governments must inspect private pool safety barriers at least every four years 1.5% of WA pools were overdue for inspection at 30 June 2022 62% of councils were up to date with inspections, an improvement from last year WA local governments have shown overall improvement in inspecting private pool safety barriers, but the State’s building regulator says progress must continue to help...
Building and Energy
Media release
25 Oct 2022
Media statement from Commerce Minister, Hon Roger Cook MLA Home indemnity insurance reforms to better protect home owners affected by builder insolvencies Maximum insurance payouts will double to $40,000 for lost deposits and $200,000 for incomplete or defective works Home indemnity insurance is compulsory for residential building projects valued at $20,000 or more The McGowan Government has...
Building and Energy
Media release
19 Oct 2022
Two new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) sheets are now available. The new FAQs cover digital identity and the WA Relationship Authorisation Manager (WARAM). The My Account FAQ has also been updated. The FAQs provide answers to common questions such as: What is a digital identity and why we need to protect it? What is the WARAM and how can it benefit our customers and their business ? Both new...
Corporate
Department News
29 Sep 2022
As one of the world’s sunniest landscapes, Western Australia is home to a booming rooftop solar industry that shows little sign of slowing down as many households look to address rising power bills and reduce pollution. More than 400,000 WA homes and businesses, or around 36 per cent of customers, are estimated to have rooftop solar connected to WA's main grid, with that figure predicted to swell...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Sep 2022
Residual current devices (RCDs) should be tested at the start of each season Life-saving switches protect against electrocution, serious injury and fire Simple test only takes a few minutes and could save a life With a new season underway, the State’s energy safety regulator is urging home owners to do a simple check of their residual current devices (RCDs) – the life-saving switches that protect...
Building and Energy
Media release
06 Sep 2022
The collapse of building projects across Australia, including Perth, highlights the risks of buying property “off-the-plan” at a challenging time for the building industry. Buying a home or investment property is exciting, but off-the-plan developments can be delayed years, or never proceed, as builders face trades and materials shortages, soaring construction costs and delays exacerbated by the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Aug 2022
Several areas of renovation work deviated from building permit approved plans Balustrade safety barrier not installed, creating a fall risk Penalty includes $5,000 fine and compulsory construction management course A Fremantle builder has been fined $5,000 and ordered to do additional training after carrying out unauthorised home building work and failing to install a verandah safety barrier. The...
Building and Energy
Media release
26 Jul 2022
Further to the Government’s commitment to ensure consumers have resources to navigate the challenges in the building industry right now, Building and Energy has produced a short video as part of its education campaign. The video helps to explain the reasons for the current market conditions and what protections are in place to help. Watch the video here Other information available includes: A...
Building and Energy
Department News
25 Jul 2022

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