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Regional roadshow Building and Energy will be travelling the State from September to November 2022 to deliver free information sessions on the first stage of new legislation aimed at ensuring subcontractors and suppliers receive timely payments for their work. The Building and Construction Industry...
Information on the Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2021
PCBUs have a duty under the Work Health and Safety Act. This information is designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand the duties of a PCBU. What is a business or undertaking Whether an organisation is a business or undertaking will depend on...
Your rights and responsibilities
Notifiable incidents are applicable to all duty holders under the jurisidction of the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 . A 'notifiable incident' means: the death of a person; or a serious injury or illness of a person; or a dangerous incident . Need to report a notifiable incident? Preserve the site...
Report an incident
Dangerous incidents are applicable to all duty holders under the jurisidction of the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 . The regulator must be notified of any incident in relation to a workplace that exposes any person to a serious risk resulting from an immediate or imminent exposure to: an...
Report an incident
How can I comply with the new work health and safety laws? Under the Work Health and Safety and Regulations 2022 (WHS Regulations), duty holders will be required to manage the risk of falls at workplaces, as prescribed by the following regulations: Regulation 78 – Management of risk of fall...
Slips and trips and falls
The Work Health and Safety Act and accompanying regulations came into effect on 31 March 2022. Go to the Work Health and Safety laws website For information about WA's work health and safety (WHS) laws
About WorkSafe
Do you want to make a complaint about bullying, sexual assault or harassment? Contact WorkSafe on 1800 678 198 or email wscallcentre@dmirs.wa.gov.au
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The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety will be hosting a free webinar on Friday 12 November from 12pm – 1pm. This free webinar is your chance to ask questions about how volunteers and volunteer organisations may or may not be affected by Western Australian’s new WHS laws...
Information sessions and workshops
This webpage provides general guidance on the Dividing Fences Act 1961 (the Act) and its interaction with local government by-laws in relation to the construction and maintenance of dividing fences in Western Australia. The Act provides a process for sharing costs between neighbours, the...
Dividing fences
Questions asked during Safe Work Month Webinar on 30 October 2020 have been compiled along with the department's responses. Commencement When did the Work Health and Safety Act receive assent? The Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WHS Act) was assented to by the Governor on 10 November 2020. However...
Legislation, codes and guidance materials

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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
This Industry Bulletin has been developed to remind building surveyors of their responsibilities when including technical documents with a certificate of design compliance (CDC), a certificate of...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
18 Mar 2022
Employers (or persons conducting a business or undertaking) have a duty under OSH or WHS legislation to eliminate, or if that is not reasonable practicable, minimise the risks of COVID-19 at the...
WorkSafe
Information
18 Feb 2022
The Building Services (Registration) Amendment Regulations (No 2) 2021 (Amendment Regulations) were published in the Government Gazette on 8 October 2021 and have commenced operation. The Amendment...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
21 Jan 2022
Following a review of the remittance process in July 2018, Building and Energy published Industry Bulletin 101 , which prescribed the information that is required to be provided by permit authorities...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
21 Jan 2022
This fact sheet provides guidance on the requirement for building permits for swimming pools, spas, and their associated fences.
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
20 Jan 2022

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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
Home indemnity insurance is compulsory for home building work valued at $20,000 or more Confirm the builder has an HII policy for your project before paying deposits HII offers financial protection for incomplete or defective work in certain situations WA’s building regulator is urging home building clients not pay deposits without seeing evidence that the builder has a home indemnity insurance (...
Building and Energy
Media release
24 Feb 2022
Local governments must inspect private pool safety barriers at least every four years 1.6% of WA pools were overdue for inspection at 30 June 2021 57% of authorities were up to date with their inspections, but this is a decline Most WA local governments are progressing well with inspections of private pool safety barriers but there is still room for improvement, Building and Energy has reported...
Building and Energy
Media release
09 Dec 2021

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