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If you have received a valid payment claim from your contractor or supplier, you are required to make payment in full by the due date, or if you do not agree with the claimed amount in whole or in part, you are strongly recommended to provide a payment schedule within 15 business days of receiving...
Using the security of payment laws
The Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2021 (the Act) promotes cash flow in the building and construction industry in WA by providing a number of protections for subcontractors and a mechanism for the recovery of payments. To exercise your rights to get paid and recover...
Using the security of payment laws
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...
Your obligations and rights
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...
Your obligations and rights
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
WorkSafe takes a systems based approach to the prevention of inappropriate workplace behaviours, such as bullying, harassment (including sexual harassment ) and workplace violence/aggression (including sexual assault ). WorkSafe inquiries focus on the systems in place at a workplace to prevent and...
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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.
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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
Operators and residents of residential parks and lifestyle villages Changes are on the way! From 31 January 2022, changes to the Residential Parks legislation take place. This will affect your...
Consumer Protection
Brochure
10 Dec 2021
Progress report on local government’s four yearly inspections of private swimming pool safety barriers 2020-21. This Report is the third annual report on the progress of local governments’ pool inspection programs and is in response to recommendation 7 of the Ombudsman WA report Investigation into ways to prevent or reduce deaths of children by drowning , tabled in Parliament on 23 November 2017.
Building and Energy
Reports
02 Dec 2021
As part of its function, Building and Energy provides an avenue for both consumers and builders to resolve disputes relating to workmanship issues in connection with a regulated building services and...
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
22 Oct 2021
Current version of the Notice of cessation – Multiple properties (building work) form.
Building and Energy
Form – application
02 Sep 2021
Building and Energy is aware of several roofs that have lifted off or collapsed following changing of their roof cover. In these cases, the required building licence/permit was not in place and the roof was not adequately tied down to the house.
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
26 Jul 2021
The Department of Energy, Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety - Building and Energy Division (Building and Energy) has developed an audit program to monitor whether registered building service...
Building and Energy
Reports
04 Dec 2023
General Inspection (Investigation) Report Five – Investigation into the re-roofing of buildings, provides an overview of Building and Energy’s investigation into the cause of roof failures from...
Building and Energy
Reports
26 Jul 2021
This Decision Paper is the final stage of an extensive review of WA’s regulatory requirements for swimming pools and their associated safety barriers, following the recommendations in the Ombudsman’s...
Building and Energy
Discussion paper
20 May 2021
This information relates to home building work contracts that fall within the scope of the Home Building Contracts Act 1991 – that is, contracts for home building work valued between $7,500 and $500,000.
Building and Energy
Guide / handbook
17 May 2022

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Announcements

New retirement village laws underway to improve seniors' experiences of entering, living in and leaving a village, and support the sector's long-term viability Exit entitlements to be paid to former residents within 12 months of their departure from a village Proposed changes to balance greater protections for village residents and the interests of operators The McGowan Government is progressing...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 May 2023
Progress payments sought when applicable building stages not complete Non-compliant contract variations to secure additional funds Caution issued by the Building Services Board Consumers are reminded that progress payments under home building work contracts should only be made for services or materials already provided. The advice follows a caution issued by the Building Services Board to Bunbury...
Building and Energy
Media release
03 May 2023
Building and Energy is investigating polybutylene pipe failures in some new homes Affected consumers should contact their builder in the first instance Pipe manufacturer, Iplex Australia, has announced interim remedy arrangements Western Australia’s building and plumbing regulator is investigating the cause of water leaks from burst polybutylene pipes, which have mostly occurred in homes built in...
Building and Energy
Media release
18 Apr 2023
1 April has become a landmark date for checking smoke alarms Activate the test button and check the alarm is not more than 10 years old Useful information and fact sheets at Building and Energy’s website WA’s building and electrical safety regulator wants home owners to look up at their smoke alarms this April Fools’ Day, the landmark date for checking the life-saving devices. Building and Energy...
Building and Energy
Media release
30 Mar 2023
Around $50,000 in fines, compensation and costs for multiple building offences Defective, incomplete and incorrectly contracted concrete services in Scarborough, Caversham, Alkimos, Ellenbrook and Port Kennedy Previous warning issued by Building & Energy and Consumer Protection A Perth driveway company and its director have been ordered to pay almost $50,000 in fines, compensation and costs...
Building and Energy
Media release
27 Mar 2023
Building and Energy provides an avenue for resolving disputes relating to workmanship and contractual issues in connection with a regulated building service or home building work contract. These services are provided to parties as a low cost alternative to court proceedings. A new information video has been produced to provide detailed information on the process, including: important timeframes...
Building and Energy
Department News
03 Mar 2023
Kimberley residents may face electrical, gas, plumbing and building hazards Electrical and carbon monoxide risks if generators are not used correctly Never attempt any electrical work or repairs yourself Building and Energy is urging Kimberley residents to be aware of potential electrical, gas, plumbing and structural hazards in the wake of the region’s severe flooding. The State Government...
Building and Energy
Media release
11 Jan 2023
Effective, well-maintained and compliant pool safety barriers can help save lives Pool gates must never be propped open Only adults should supervise young children; don’t rely on older children for this Useful resources available from Building and Energy With summer school holidays starting, Western Australians are urged to check their pool safety barriers, keep pool gates closed and ensure young...
Building and Energy
Media release
14 Dec 2022
Home owners urged to hire professionals to trim trees near power lines Hazards include electric shock, arcing, fire and falls Vegetation should be kept 2m clear of most urban power lines As Western Australians tidy up their gardens for summer, the State’s electrical safety regulator has issued a reminder about rules and responsibilities for trimming trees near overhead power lines. Building and...
Building and Energy
Media release
07 Dec 2022
Advice on what to do before, during and after a cyclone Developed by Building and Energy in collaboration with Engineers Australia Checklists summarise key advice from several organisations A new guide is available with practical tips for protecting people and buildings against cyclone damage. The fact sheet , developed by Building and Energy in collaboration with Engineers Australia’s Cyclone...
Building and Energy
Media release
06 Dec 2022

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