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WHS guidance kits are resources that include short animations which can be used at health and safety meetings or toolbox meetings to raise awareness of responsibilities and duties under the Work Health and Safety laws. Introducing WHS laws Guide to WHS resources – Introducing WHS laws [ Youtube...
Work health and safety laws
These publications are designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand the new Work Health and Safety laws. Statement of Regulatory Intent This Statement from the regulator provides the principles for the regulatory approach that WorkSafe (...
Work health and safety laws
This information is designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand the new Work Health and Safety laws. A WHS service provider is a person conducting a business or undertaking ( PCBU ) that provides work health and safety services to another...
Main responsibilities and duties under WHS
This information is designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand the new Work Health and Safety laws. Who is considered a worker? Under the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 a worker is any person who carries out work for a PCBU , including work...
Main responsibilities and duties under WHS
The WHS Act and accompanying regulations came into effect on 31 March 2022. Download the Act Download the regulations This information is designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand the new Work Health and Safety laws. Short video animations...
Main responsibilities and duties under WHS
This information is designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand the new Work Health and Safety laws. How does the WHS Act describe volunteers and volunteer organisations? The WHS Act describes a volunteer as a person who acts on a voluntary...
Main responsibilities and duties under WHS
This information is designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand the new Work Health and Safety laws. Who is an officer under WHS? The role and influence a person has in a business determines if they are an officer under the WHS Act. Broadly,...
Main responsibilities and duties under WHS
These publications and videos are designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand the Work Health and Safety laws. Introduction to the new work health and safety (WHS) laws Western Australia's Work Health and Safety Act 2020 - guide (dmirs.wa.gov...
Main responsibilities and duties under WHS
This information is designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand the new Work Health and Safety laws. Will there be a transition period for businesses to adopt the new laws? Yes, transitional arrangements are now in place where duties are new...
Work health and safety laws
The regulator can grant a group of people an exemption from complying with a regulation of the Work Health and Safety Regulations. These are referred to as a class exemptions. It is important to read class exemptions closely to see if they apply to you, and if you cannot meet all of the conditions...
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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
This Industry Bulletin provides information relating to new Western Australian State Variations introduced in the 2022 edition of the National Construction Code.
Building and Energy
Bulletin
09 Nov 2022
This report details individual local government private swimming pool safety barrier inspection figures for the 2021/22 period, as voluntarily reported by those local governments.
Building and Energy
Reports
19 Oct 2022
The Building Amendment Regulations (No. 2) 2022 (Amendment Regulations) were published in the Government Gazette on 23 September 2022 and commence operation on 1 May 2023. The Amendment Regulations...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
04 Oct 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
A person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) must do what is ‘reasonably practicable’ to keep workers and other people at the workplace healthy and safe. PCBUs must eliminate risks to health...
WorkSafe
Information
05 Aug 2022
Report an incident to WorkSafe poster is a quick reference guide to reporting a death, serious injury or illness, or life-threatening dangerous incident.
WorkSafe
Poster
08 Jul 2022
This information sheet provides general guidance for workers and persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) on how to manage the risk of falls at work under the new work health and safety...
WorkSafe
Information
18 Jul 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
The intent of this Industry Bulletin is to confirm the fire safety requirements for roofed outdoor areas, commonly referred to in Western Australia as patios.
Building and Energy
Bulletin
23 Mar 2022

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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
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
Free information sessions across regional WA this spring are set to discuss key changes to national building and plumbing codes as well as new subcontractor payment laws. The State Government’s building regulator, Building and Energy, is inviting participants at all levels of the building, construction and plumbing sectors to attend the interactive events. One roadshow will cover the National...
Building and Energy
Media release
18 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
Home owners left with defective, incomplete and unauthorised building work No nominated supervisor or building permits for some of the work $3,000 fine for breaches of WA’s builder registration laws The Building Services Board has fined a Success building company $3,000 for carrying out unauthorised, defective and inadequately supervised work during an outdoor renovation project in Stirling. The...
Building and Energy
Media release
14 Jul 2022
Premises certified despite not complying with applicable building standards Fire safety risks for building occupants, including a child-care centre Registered building surveying contractor and practitioner fined $5,000 each The Building Services Board has fined a Perth building surveying company and its former supervisor $5,000 each for incorrectly certifying that a commercial premises complied...
Building and Energy
Media release
28 Jun 2022
Directors admit to sourcing and providing fake insurance certificates, falsely representing a project value and failing to ensure oversight of building services State Administrative Tribunal orders global fines of $35,000 each Western Australian Construction Pty Ltd entered administration in 2020 Two former building company directors have been fined a total of $70,000 after admitting to forging...
Building and Energy
Media release
16 Jun 2022
Product safety recall for various pool gate latches made by Aristo Glass Products The faulty gate latches may not latch properly and pose a drowning risk for children Consumers are reminded that pool safety is an all-year-round issue Building and Energy is alerting consumers about a recall of several faulty latches that may fail to securely shut swimming pool gates, creating a drowning risk for...
Building and Energy
Media release
21 Apr 2022
The new Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022 (WHS Regulations) were gazetted on 11 March 2022 and will commence on the 31 March 2022, bringing the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 into full force and effect. The WHS Regulations replace the current Occupational and Safety Regulations 1996 (OSH Regulations). You can access the WHS Regulations on the WA Legislation website: WALW - Work...
WorkSafe
Department News
25 Mar 2022
Building work commenced without a building permit in place Failed to meet deadlines even after an extension was granted Mr Honeybone is no longer a registered building practitioner or contractor A former builder has been fined $4,000 for starting work without a building permit and missing contractual deadlines at a Bouvard property. The Building Services Board found that Darrell John Honeybone (...
Building and Energy
Media release
28 Feb 2022

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