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Information on the benefits of using licensed tradespeople Licensing systems are in place to ensure only competent tradespeople carry out installation and repair work. Using a licensed tradesperson ensures the person completing the work is familiar with all necessary regulations and relevant...
Building or renovating a property
One of the largest investments anyone will make is building a new home. The Building Commission provides information about licensed builders or obtaining a builder's licence . Licenced builders’ advertising needs to comply with the Australian Consumer Law, for more information read the Department's...
Building or renovating a property
48-hour clause Where an offer is subject to the sale of your home the seller may want to include a ’48-hour clause’. Should the seller then receive an unconditional or subject to finance only offer you will have 48 hours to make your offer unconditional or your contract will be cancelled. This...
Buying a property
In planning housing and lifestyle options, some people consider re-financing options that allow them to access equity built up in their existing home. Equity is the difference between the value of your home and any amount you still owe on it. These products are known as reverse mortgages or equity...
Accessing equity
Before you make any major decision about your housing options, please research your options thoroughly. It is a good idea to review the laws relating to your accommodation choice and to get independent advice. Resources Acts and regulations Copies of the Acts listed in this guide can be found at...
Seniors Housing Advisory Centre
Deciding where you want to live in your retirement can be daunting. No one knows what the future holds - you need to take into account various situations may arise but also realise you cannot control every possibility. Housing needs change with time. You may be considering changes to your housing...
Seniors Housing Advisory Centre
You can contact the Seniors's Housing Centre team by telephone, email or visiting our office. Phone 1300 367 057 Email seniors.housing@dmirs.wa.gov.au Office Perth CBD Location Level 2, 140 William Street PERTH WA 6000 Please use the public lifts in Railway Lane off Murray St mall (in between Typo...
Seniors Housing Advisory Centre
The following information is also available as part of the Seniors housing guide - contracts and agreements fact sheet. Family agreements A family agreement is an arrangement made between an older person and another party, usually family, friends or carers. The older person agrees to sell or...
Contracts and agreements
All home sellers and landlords must ensure that residual current devices (RCDs) are installed in accordance with the Electricity Regulations to protect all power and lighting circuits. RCDs save lives RCDs cut the electricity supply instantly if a person touches a live part and receives a shock. By...
Residual current devices (RCDs)
Whether building, buying, renting, moving to a retirement village, purchasing services or refinancing, you are likely to be entering into a legal contract between yourself and another party. The following information is also available as part of the Seniors housing guide - Contracts and agreements...
Contracts and agreements

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8 March 2019 current version Application for building permit – uncertified
Building and Energy
Form – application
23 May 2019
8 March 2019 current version – Application for building permit – certified
Building and Energy
Form – application
23 May 2019

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WITH COMMISSIONER FOR CONSUMER PROTECTION, DAVID HILLYARD Following a recent ceiling collapse at a Thornlie property, home owners are reminded to act promptly on warning signs of ceiling stress. A ceiling collapse can cause serious injury to anyone present at the time of collapse and it can also cause extensive damage to a room’s contents and structure...
Building and Energy
Department News
03 Apr 2019
Now summer is officially over, our attention may soon turn to gas heaters and other gas appliances in the home. A recent safety alert affecting four popular gas heaters is a timely reminder that any gas equipment should be used and maintained correctly to avoid potentially dangerous consequences. Along with our colleagues at Building and Energy (formerly Energy Safety ), Consumer Protection is...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Mar 2019
Moving house is an activity guaranteed to set the stress levels soaring, so it helps to know how to avoid potential nasty surprises when engaging the services of a furniture removalist. Whether you’re moving down the street or across the country, it is a time-consuming and often expensive exercise dreaded by most. A moving ‘to-do’ list can seem endless. Not only do you need to find a new place to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Mar 2019
WA home owners are being warned by Consumer Protection and Building and Energy not to deal with roof repair conmen who have approached three consumers, with one handing over $7,000 for work that wasn’t carried out. One of the consumers was approached at his home by three men in a white ute wearing fluoro shirts who told him that his roof and gutters needed urgent repairs. The dodgy door knockers...
Building and Energy
Media release
21 Mar 2019
A national safety alert has been issued for four open-flued gas heaters that, under certain circumstances, may produce too much carbon monoxide – potentially causing serious health risks to users. Building and Energy (formerly Energy Safety ) is urging owners of these gas heaters to stop using them immediately. The safety alert applies to: Regency i31 (purchased after 1 January 2010) supplied by...
Building and Energy
Media release
12 Mar 2019
Building and Energy is alerting owners and occupiers of properties with swimming or spa pools about the significant risks of propping open a pool gate. Statistics show that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children under five years of age, with many such tragedies occurring in domestic pools. Building laws in Western Australia require swimming and spa pools with water more...
Building and Energy
Media release
17 Jan 2019
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s inaugural Annual Report, tabled in Parliament on 19 September 2018, is now available on the website . The 2017-18 report highlights the department’s key achievements and financial performance for the last financial year and showcases what we do for the community of Western Australia. The report also includes independently audited reports...
Corporate
Department News
25 Oct 2018
The McGowan Government will this week introduce a Bill into State Parliament to provide greater protections for long-stay tenants at residential parks in Western Australia. The Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Bill 2018 will ensure fairer dealings and security of contract between park operators and their long-stay tenants. Key reforms include: Limiting the termination of fixed-term...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Oct 2018
With a new season underway, the State’s energy safety regulator is urging home and business owners to do a simple check of their residual current devices (RCDs) – the compulsory life-saving switches that protect against electrocution. RCDs instantly stop the electricity supply when they detect a fault, such as when a person receives an electric shock. The rapid response is designed to protect...
Building and Energy
Media release
26 Sep 2018
In the wake of a sudden ceiling collapse at a Thornlie property last week, home owners are reminded to act promptly on warning signs of ceiling stress. The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has published a handy guide for home owners about signs of instability in interior gypsum plasterboard ceilings and what action can be taken. “A collapsed ceiling can cause serious injury, as...
Building and Energy
Media release
29 Aug 2018

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