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Managing your high risk work assessor accreditation can include adding a class, renewing, changing your contact details or replacing a lost or stolen licence or accreditation documentation. Add a class Adding a class of high risk work to your assessor accreditation is a similar process to applying...
High risk work licence assessor accreditation
To be granted a WA accreditation based on your interstate accreditation you must submit an application. How to submit your application complete Application for recognition of an interstate assessor accreditation collect all of your supporting documents lodge and pay for your application in one of...
High risk work licence assessor accreditation
Building your new home is an exciting time but such a big investment can be daunting. This video guidance has been produced to outline the most important things for you consider, ensuring that you’re aware of your rights and responsibilities at each stage of the build. By knowing what to expect and...
Building or renovating your home
Building your new home is an exciting time but such a big investment can be daunting. This video guidance has been produced to outline the most important things for you consider, ensuring that you’re aware of your rights and responsibilities at each stage of the build. By knowing what to expect and...
Building or renovating your home
The graph below shows the number of registered building contracting companies which became insolvent in WA since 2017–18 as well as the broader construction data captured by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). ASIC data includes a broad range of industries that are...
Building a home in challenging times
Archived advisory notes, industry newletters and bulletins from the Building Commission and Energy Safety (now Building and Energy). Local government advisory notes Building advisory note 24 – Alterations and additions, extension of transition period for energy efficiency Building advisory note 23...
Newsletters and bulletins
A complete list of building industry bulletins published for the building services and plumbing industries. Plumbing Industry Bulletin 163 – Requirements for the installation of property sewer connections (in and ups) when a junction is cut-in on an existing main sewer Industry Bulletin 161 –...
Newsletters and bulletins
Building and Energy provides an avenue for both consumers and builders to resolve disputes relating to workmanship and contractual issues in connection with a regulated building service or home building work contract. An animated has been produced to provide detailed information on the dispute...
Building complaints
Building and Energy provides an avenue for both consumers and builders to resolve disputes relating to workmanship and contractual issues in connection with a regulated building service or home building work contract. This video provides detailed information on the dispute resolution process...
Building complaints
These information sheets provide information on how human factors can contribute to a sequence of events that lead to a major incident and how the inclusion of human factors can assist major hazard facility operations. Case study chemical release This case study is based on the fire and a series of...
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The flyer is intended for to be handed out by local government pool safety barrier inspectors to owners of pre-5 November 2001 private swimming pools that utilise child-resistant doors as part of...
Building and Energy
Flyers
13 Jun 2024
This fact sheet provides guidance on the requirement for building permits for private swimming pools and fences that form part of their safety barrier (pool fences). In Western Australia, private swimming pools with water that is more than 300mm deep must have a compliant safety barrier. Safety barriers help prevent the drowning deaths and injury of young children under the age of five years by restricting their access to the private swimming pool.
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
30 May 2024
Industry Bulletin 162 has been issued to advise the Building Amendment Regulations 2024 were published 17 April 2024 on the WA legislation website and have commenced operation.
Building and Energy
Bulletin
03 May 2024
The certificate of building compliance (CBC) dated 14 April 2021 (CBC 2021) has been updated and published by the Building Commissioner. The updated version dated 2 November 2023 simplifies the process for building surveyors making the required statements for a CBC that will accompany an application for an occupancy permit or building approval certificate for unauthorised work under section 51 of the Building Act 2011 .
Building and Energy
Bulletin
08 Jan 2024
This industry bulletin is to inform local governments of changes to regulation that affect swimming pool safety barriers.
Building and Energy
Bulletin
05 Jan 2024
This Report is the fifth 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...
Building and Energy
Reports
08 Dec 2023
Important guidance for beginning the building process including tips for choosing a builder and signing your home building work contract. Available in Chinese Simplified (Mandarin), Vietnamese,...
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
07 Nov 2023
The Building Amendment Regulations (No. 2) 2023 (Amending Regulations) were published on the WA legislation website on 20 September 2023 and have commenced operation.
Building and Energy
Bulletin
22 Sep 2023
Important guidance for beginning the building process including tips for choosing a builder and signing your home building work contract.
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
29 Sep 2023

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Media statement from Commerce Minister Sue Ellery Changes to streamline and clarify rules for private swimming pool safety barriers Extensive consultation as part of a comprehensive review of pool barrier laws The Cook Government is improving the safety of private swimming pools by implementing the recommendations from a review of private pool safety barrier requirements. The review was...
Building and Energy
Media release
15 Feb 2024
Media statement from Commerce Minister Sue Ellery Most significant reforms to Western Australia's building laws in over a decade Initial focus on improvements to design and construction of high-rise buildings, including apartments Strengthened laws to protect consumers and ensure a high-quality construction The Cook Government has announced landmark reforms to the State's building laws and will...
Building and Energy
Media release
20 Dec 2023
Former building contractor Lordz Pty Ltd (BC100934; cancelled) and its director Peter Lord have been fined for undertaking building services while unregistered. There was no appearance by Mr Lord or the company at Midland Magistrate Court on 11 December 2023 following prosecution by Building and Energy. They were convicted in their absence of two offences under the Building Services (Registration...
Building and Energy
Media release
22 Dec 2023
Incorrect identification of floors as mezzanines rather than storeys Inadequate fire safety measures for the building’s actual effective height Building surveyors’ employer at the time is deregistered WA’s Building Services Board has cautioned and fined two building surveyors for misleading conduct in connection with a Scarborough apartment development. The Board found registered building...
Building and Energy
Media release
28 Nov 2023
Building industry participants in regional WA are invited to free information seminars this month, presented by the State Government’s building regulator. Topics at the Building and Energy events include determination of wind classifications and residential timber framing audit findings. There will also be an update on the National Construction Code’s (NCC) 2022 edition and guidance on...
Building and Energy
Media release
04 Oct 2023
On 12 September 2023, the Building Services Board (the Board) determined to refuse to renew the building contractor registration of FTD Construction Pty Ltd (BC101942). After receiving advice from Building and Energy following its investigation into FTD (also known as Fulfill The Dream), the Board was not satisfied that the company met the financial requirements for registration or that it had...
Building and Energy
Media release
19 Sep 2023
Media statement from Commerce Minister Sue Ellery Landmark registration of more than 1,000 engineers in the building sector The registration will deliver safer buildings and greater accountability Two-year transition periods for civil, structural, mechanical, and fire safety engineers Part of a wide-ranging improvement plan for building regulation in Western Australia The Cook Government is set...
Building and Energy
Media release
04 Sep 2023
Following the recent update on plans to extend the transitional period associated with implementation of the NCC 2022 in Western Australia, Building and Energy has received a number of queries regarding the current transitional provisions.
Building and Energy
Department News
30 Aug 2023
Negligent, misleading and unconscionable conduct under builder registration laws Issues during building projects in Shenton Park, Kensington and North Perth $25,000 total fine following SAT mediation with Building and Energy A father and son have been fined a combined $25,000 for improper conduct while overseeing four building projects, including carrying out unauthorised work, providing...
Building and Energy
Media release
17 Aug 2023
False home indemnity insurance certificates provided for a development project Permit authority misled when issuing a building permit $5,000 fine issued by the Building Services Board The Building Services Board has issued a $5,000 fine to a Herne Hill building contractor for misleading a permit authority into issuing a building permit based on false home indemnity insurance (HII) certificates...
Building and Energy
Media release
31 Jul 2023

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