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The Building Permit Database (BPD) is a Machinery of Government initiative which is intended to simplify and speed up the reporting of building information. The data specification which outlines the information to be submitted to the BPD is provided below. Building forms data specifications Excel...
Building approvals
In the early hours of 14 June 2017, fire engulfed a 24-storey apartment block in West London’s North Kensington district known as the Grenfell Tower, causing at least 80 deaths and many injuries. While English authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire and its rapid spread, initial...
Compliance and audit
David Hillyard was appointed as Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection in December 2015. Prior to this, he was the Director of Consumer Protection’s Retail and Services Directorate. David has worked with Consumer Protection for over 35 years and has been in senior management roles where most...
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Videos and presentations Changes to the Construction Contracts Act The Construction Contracts Act 2004 (CCA) is an important piece of legislation for the building and construction industry in Western Australia. On 15 December 2016 important changes to the CCA commenced operation. These were the...
BC videos
The Building Commission has commenced an independent audit of Yuanda-supplied building products in the WA construction industry, beginning with the Perth Children's Hospital (PCH) and products that may contain asbestos. Announced by Building Commissioner Peter Gow on 15 July 2016, the audit follows...
Compliance and audit
The following frequently asked questions (FAQs) are provided to assist industry and homeowners to understand the bush fire requirements under the building legislation, including the Building Code of Australia (BCA) bush fire requirements, and to assist those who wish to upgrade their existing homes...
Building in bushfire prone areas
In February/March 2016, the WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner and senior WorkSafe officers presented a number of seminars, in the metropolitan area and three regional locations, to registered High Risk Work Licence (HRWL) assessors (assessors). During the seminars, assessors asked a number of...
Information for high risk work assessors
Two Building Summits held on 8 August 2016 and 2 February 2016 provided opportunities for the Western Australian building industry and local and State government agencies to identify new red tape reductions and ways to streamline regulatory requirements for the construction of new homes,...
Events and seminars
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A guide to the building approvals process in WA
A person responsible for building or demolition work must ensure that the work does not affect land beyond the boundaries of the works land. However there may be the potential for this to occur in certain circumstances, for example where work is on small sized lots or where construction is close to...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA

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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 Commission
Newsletter
10 Dec 2018
Building Commission
Form – notification
21 Nov 2018
Made under section 67(2A) of the Building Act 2011 (the Act), the Ministerial Order applies to all building permit applications for a Class 1 or Class 10 building or incidental structure.
Building Commission
Bulletin
21 Nov 2018
The Building Amendment Regulations (No. 2) 2018 (the Amendment Regulations) were published in the Government Gazette on 5 October 2018. The Amendment Regulations create new regulation 31HA in the...
Building Commission
Bulletin
05 Oct 2018
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) contacted all government departments and agencies (agencies) regarding the risk presented by combustible cladding and requested that...
Building Commission
Reports
30 Sep 2018
The Building Services (Registration) Amendment Regulations 2018 (the Amendment Regulations) were published in the Government Gazette on Friday 21 September 2018. The Amendment Regulations can be...
Building Commission
Bulletin
25 Sep 2018
Progress report This report is in response to recommendation 7 of the Ombudsman Western Australia (Ombudsman) report titled Investigation into ways to prevent or reduce deaths of children by drowning...
Building Commission
Reports
18 Sep 2018
This bulletin is to provide general guidance on typical bushfire construction details that should be included within plans and specifications that are listed in a certificate of design compliance.
Building Commission
Bulletin
14 Sep 2018
The Building Code of Australia (BCA) 2016 bushfire performance requirements GP5.1 and P2.3.4 require certain residential buildings (being Class 1, Class 2 or Class 3 buildings and associated Class...
Building Commission
Bulletin
14 Sep 2018
This industry bulletin provides guidance on developing performance solutions for housing projects. The information is based on material available at the time of publication and may be subject to...
Building Commission
Bulletin
13 Aug 2018

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The following statement was issued by Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Commerce and Industrial Relations, on Tuesday 11 December 2018: John Fiocco's review of security of payment reform for WA subcontractors released Government will carefully consider all 44 recommendations The McGowan Government today released John Fiocco's final report on Security of Payment Reform in the WA Building and...
Building Commission / EnergySafety
Media release
11 Dec 2018
Don't miss your opportunity! If you are involved in the building and construction industry in regional Western Australia you shouldn’t miss this important learning opportunity. Representing the culmination of the first three-year amendment cycle of the National Construction Code (NCC), these seminars will inform practitioners involved with designing, approving or constructing buildings about...
Building Commission
Event
03 Dec 2018
The NCC information seminars, presented by the Australian Building Codes Board, focus on changes to the Building Code of Australia (BCA) for 2019. Standards Australia will also outline details of changes to Australian Standards that are referenced in the BCA. Registration now open! Venue : Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, 21 Mounts Bay Rd, Perth WA 6000 Date : Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20...
Building Commission
Event
03 Dec 2018
Building and Energy’s Audit Branch carry out technical inspections of ongoing building work to check how building standards are being applied. To date the majority of inspections have been on class 1a buildings (houses). In addition to the current audit activities Building Energy will focus audits and inspections on the following building work: wet area waterproofing in all classifications; and...
Building Commission
Department News
26 Nov 2018
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 four month transitional period that delayed the application of the bush fire construction requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) for areas that were newly identified as bush fire prone on the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas 2018 (that came into operation on 1 June 2018) concludes on Sunday 30 September 2018. From Monday 1 October 2018, applications for building approvals for...
Building Commission
Department News
21 Sep 2018
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety – Building and Energy Division (Building and Energy) has recently been made aware of some gate latch assemblies, incorporating key locks, which do not comply with the relevant Australian Standard. These types of latches are commonly used in frameless glass pool fencing and gates. Building and Energy understands that these are imported and...
Building Commission
Department News
22 Aug 2018
The posting of racist signs in Pinjin in the Goldfields is resoundingly condemned by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS).
Building Commission / Consumer Protection / EnergySafety / Labour Relations / WA Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit / WorkSafe / Corporate
Media release
03 Jul 2018
The national Stakeholder Reference Group workshop for the trajectory for low energy homes project will be held in Perth on 21 June 2018. The free information session, also being held in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne, aims to seek feedback from stakeholders on the initial findings from the cost benefit analysis and the draft report. Date and time: Thursday 21 June 2018, 10.00am–12.30pm Venue: ATI...
Building Commission
Department News
14 Jun 2018
Rand Transport (1986) Pty Ltd was handed a $45,000 fine and a $2900 costs penalty in the Perth Magistrate Court following serious ammonia gas burns to a contract worker. Rand, a cold storage food distributor, pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace where contractors were not exposed to hazards. On 11 December 2014, during the construction of a dividing wall within a...
WorkSafe
Media release
30 May 2018

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