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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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The Building Commission is developing a range of videos for industry and consumers. Below is a list of videos currently available for viewing. Videos Changes to the Construction Contracts Act The Construction Contracts Act 2004 (CCA) is an important piece of legislation for the building and...
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
On 16 December 2015, Mr Lex McCulloch the WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner announced the Department of Commerce – WorkSafe Division (WorkSafe) would be undertaking a review of the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations for adoption in Western Australia. The key principles of the...
Developments in OSH in Western Australia
The National Assessment Instruments (NAIs) for the High Risk Work Licence (HRWL) classes listed below; include a question in relation to the minimum safe distances to be maintained when conducting operations near electric lines. The question in each NAI has a reference to the use of spotters and...
How to become a high risk work registered assessor
The following frequently asked questions (FAQs) are provided to assist industry and homeowners to be aware of the regulated construction requirements and building standards and to assist those who wish to upgrade their existing homes for better protection from bush fires. What are the laws and how...
Building safely 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
Subscribe to the Building Commission’s industry bulletins and newsletters to stay informed of: general industry trends; legislative changes; updates about registration and licensing; upcoming events and seminars; public consultations; and much more. Have you subscribed to news and updates? Sign up...
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 Commission
Reports
11 Apr 2017
The Building Commission released an e-letter on 28 November 2016 to remind building industry practitioners about interconnection of smoke alarms and the new Australian Standard for smoke alarms. This...
Building Commission
Bulletin
28 Feb 2017
This industry bulletin provides information for building industry practitioners and regulators on certain transitional periods coming to an end that will affect any building permit application...
Building Commission
Bulletin
27 Feb 2017
Application for modification or non-application of a bush fire building standard
Building Commission
Form – application
13 Feb 2017
The Building Amendment Regulations 2017 (the Amendment Regulations) were published in the Government Gazette on Tuesday 7 February 2017 to come into operation on Wednesday 8 February 2017. The...
Building Commission
Bulletin
13 Feb 2017
This Industry Bulletin provides guidance on estimating the value of building work for the purposes of submitting a building permit application.
Building Commission
Bulletin
05 Jan 2017
This industry bulletin is to inform building industry stakeholders of an extension to the Ministerial Order that exempts certain owners of land from the requirement to sign an application for a...
Building Commission
Bulletin
23 Dec 2016

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Announcements

The Building Commission’s final report into the construction of the Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) has cleared the building of asbestos and fire safety issues and identifies the likely sources of the lead contamination.
Building Commission
Media release
24 Apr 2017
The Building Commission wishes to advise members of the building industry that the Australian Government has now finalised its response to the Review of the Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standards 2010, commonly known as the ‘Premises Standards’. The review and response are now publicly available. On 1 May 2011 the Building Code of Australia (BCA) was amended to achieve consistency...
Building Commission
Department News
20 Apr 2017
Building Commissioner Peter Gow has issued a public warning about the financial status of Mount Hawthorn registered building contractor Turquoise Developments Pty Ltd (reg. BC14354), trading as Talbot Le Page Homes.
Building Commission
Media release
18 Apr 2017
Western Australians are being warned by Consumer Protection and the Building Commission not to deal with a roofing business that is ignoring door-to-door trading laws.
Building Commission
Media release
03 Apr 2017
A Canning Vale registered building contractor’s misleading and deceptive conduct has resulted in it being fined $2,500 by the Building Services Board.
Building Commission
Media release
29 Mar 2017
Nedlands man Rohan Keane O’Neill, trading as O’Neill’s Maintenance, has again been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner, this time relating to an incomplete kitchen and bathroom renovation in Como.
Building Commission
Media release
14 Mar 2017
The Building Commission will visit eight towns in regional Western Australia between March and May to update the local building industries on matters relating to the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and roof compliance.
Building Commission
Media release
13 Mar 2017
Graeme John Williams, the director and secretary of formerly registered and since liquidated building company Moonfern Pty Ltd (reg. BC11102 – expired), trading as Williams Homes, has been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for performing work and demanding a deposit for the construction of a Broome dwelling without first providing the owners with a certificate of home indemnity insurance.
Building Commission
Media release
22 Feb 2017
The Building Regulations 2012 were amended on 8 February 2017 to introduce a transitional process for making streamlined applications under section 39 of the Building Act 2011 for seeking a declaration from the Building Commissioner for the non-application or modification of a bush fire building standard. The Building Commissioner can only make a declaration when satisfied that the declaration...
Building Commission
Department News
13 Feb 2017
The Building Services Board has imposed conditions on the contractor registration of Burswood-based builder Builtoncorp Pty Ltd (reg. BC12114).
Building Commission
Media release
01 Feb 2017

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