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The Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2021 (the Act) commenced in a staged approach from 1 August 2022. The Act introduces industry wide laws to enhance payment protections for contractors (including subcontractors and suppliers), and introduces reform in four areas: New...
Using the security of payment laws
The Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2021 (the Act) applies to certain types of contracts entered into between builders/contractors and homeowners for home building work. This ensures those working in the residential segment have access to the payment protections under...
Information on the Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2021
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 is happening across the world. A guide to building a home in challenging times Content on this...
Building a home in challenging times
The current, Australia-wide shortage of building materials and skilled trades is impacting the residential construction industry in Western Australia. Supply of building materials has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and increased building activity following the State and Federal stimulus...
Building a home in challenging times
This information relates to home building work contracts that fall within the scope of the Home Building Contracts Act 1991 (the Act) – that is, contracts for home building work valued between $7,500 and $500,000. The Act sets out the minimum contract terms and provides circumstances when a builder...
Building a home in challenging times
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Renting or hiring a house or apartment Important electrical and gas safety information you need to know before you rent or hire a property. Renting or hiring a house or apartment fact sheet – Electrical and gas If you rent or hire a home or apartment, your landlord has a duty under electrical and...
Gas installations
Renting or hiring a house or apartment. Important electrical and gas safety information you need to know before you rent or hire a property.
Electrical installations
This webpage provides general guidance on the Dividing Fences Act 1961 (the Act) and its interaction with local government by-laws in relation to the construction and maintenance of dividing fences in Western Australia. The Act provides a process for sharing costs between neighbours, the...
Dividing fences
Damage caused by one neighbour Situations may arise where you consider that your neighbour or neighbours should be responsible for paying the entire repair of the fence because it has been damaged by their actions or inaction. The Act only recognises a limited set of circumstances where an...
Dividing fences

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The Building Amendment Regulations 2021 (the Amendment Regulations) were published in the Government Gazette on 13 April 2021 and commence operation on 1 May 2021. The Amendment Regulations address administrative matters around the conclusion of transitional arrangements for bush fire in the Building Regulations 2012 (the Building Regulations), and other related issues. In general, the Amendment Regulations provide ongoing concessions relating to compliance with the Building Code bush fire construction requirements.
Building and Energy
Bulletin
30 Apr 2021
It's important for employers and workers to be prepared for the risks associated with cleaning up after a natural disaster. This publication has important health and safety information for cleaning...
WorkSafe
Information
20 Apr 2021
The Digital DMIRS Strategy seeks to improve the department’s operations and service delivery through the effective use of technology. Some goals of the strategy are to modernise digital systems and...
Corporate
Information
23 Dec 2020
Welcome to the third issue of the 'Building Focus' newsletter. Building Focus brings you the latest news for the building, building surveying and painting industries.
Building and Energy
Newsletter
24 Jul 2020
The department's mental health and wellbeing inspectors have developed a series of resources on workplace mental health and wellbeing. The concepts presented may assist workplaces to discuss, consult...
WorkSafe
Information
15 Jun 2021
This advisory letter is issued by the electrical contractor or electrician to the owner or occupier.
Building and Energy
Advisory note
14 May 2020
While it is reasonable to be concerned about the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, there are a number of actions you can take to look after your mental health during this challenging time. Access...
WorkSafe
Information
16 Sep 2022
It is reasonable for workers to experience increased worry, anxiety and stress about the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Managing the risk to mental health during this time means workers will have...
WorkSafe
Information
13 Sep 2022
Owners and occupiers of premises on which there is a private swimming pool must ensure they have a compliant safety barrier in place at all times. This document can be used to check the basic...
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
01 Apr 2020

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Many areas of non-compliant building work including roof safety issues Disciplinary matters referred to the State Administrative Tribunal $25,000 fine for Ventura Home Group and $15,000 fine for Justayn Bean Ventura Home Group Pty Ltd (BC10805) and its former nominated supervisor, Justayn James Bean (BP13268), have been fined a total of $40,000 for inadequate management and supervision of eight...
Building and Energy
Media release
13 Jan 2022
Several defects found in construction of a two-storey house SAT mediation concludes with a $7,500 fine for lack of supervision Building company is now in administration A former building company supervisor has accepted a $7,500 fine at the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) for not properly overseeing work at a Busselton house where several faults were found. Jeremy Peter Evans (BP12715) was the...
Building and Energy
Media release
23 Dec 2021
Roof restorer ignored Building Commissioner’s order to rectify defects in Falcon Matter went to trial due to claims of ‘reasonable excuse’ for non-compliance Guilty verdict, $2,000 fine and $1,500 in costs A Mandurah roof restorer has been ordered to pay $3,500 in fines and costs after a court found he did not have a valid reason for disregarding an official order to fix defects. On 6 December at...
Building and Energy
Media release
14 Dec 2021
Local governments must inspect private pool safety barriers at least every four years 1.6% of WA pools were overdue for inspection at 30 June 2021 57% of authorities were up to date with their inspections, but this is a decline Most WA local governments are progressing well with inspections of private pool safety barriers but there is still room for improvement, Building and Energy has reported...
Building and Energy
Media release
09 Dec 2021
Outdoor gas hot water system incorrectly installed in an internal room Risk of potentially fatal exposure to carbon monoxide or fire Gasfitter ignored a rectification order but still unlocked the gas supply A Midvale family was exposed to potential fire and carbon monoxide risks after a licensed gas fitter installed an outdoor-only water heater inside their house and later removed the gas company...
Building and Energy
Media release
17 Nov 2021
Building Services Board issues $1,000 fine Boundary fence removed without neighbour’s awareness or consent Builders are reminded of their responsibilities A Landsdale registered builder has been fined $1,000 for removing a rear boundary fence at a Balga site without notifying or obtaining consent from the neighbour, who was left without a back fence for several weeks. The Building Services Board...
Building and Energy
Media release
28 Oct 2021
Failed to comply with official order to rectify driveway work and damage $5,000 fine plus $368.50 in costs Magistrate noted need to deter substandard work and encourage confidence A Woodvale concreter who ignored a Building Commissioner’s order to rectify driveway work and damage has been fined $5,000 following a prosecution by Building and Energy. Thomas John Sharkey pleaded guilty to breaching...
Building and Energy
Media release
21 Oct 2021
Failed to comply with Building Commissioner’s order to rectify floor and windows Guilty pleas from company and director after Building and Energy investigation Gran Designs WA is no longer trading Failure to comply with a Building Commissioner’s order to fix a Stoneville modular home has cost a building company and its director almost $7,000 in fines and costs. Following a prosecution by Building...
Building and Energy
Media release
14 Oct 2021
Building Services Board issues $1,000 fine for deficient certification Some plans, specifications and technical documents did not show compliance with building standards Building surveyors are reminded of their responsibilities A registered building surveyor has been fined $1,000 for misleading the City of Belmont by incorrectly certifying that an apartment project would comply with relevant...
Building and Energy
Media release
13 Oct 2021
$136,500 building project carried out without the required registration or permit Building Services Board issued $2,500 fine for registration breach and negligence Home owners encouraged to check registration and permits before work starts Home owners are urged to check their builder’s registration and any permits before building work begins after a Cloverdale couple had to seek retrospective...
Building and Energy
Media release
07 Oct 2021

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