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These publications are designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand the new Work Health and Safety laws. WorkSafe policies These policies support the Statement of Regulatory Intent and provide a framework for how decisions by the regulator and...
Work health and safety laws
This information is designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand the 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 business...
Main responsibilities and duties under WHS
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 as an employee, contractor, subcontractor, self-employed person, outworker, apprentice or trainee, work experience student, employee of a labour hire company...
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 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 basis...
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
This information is designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand the new Work Health and Safety laws. Amendments to Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022 (WHS General Regulations) and Work Health and Safety (Mines) Regulations 2022...
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...
Class exemptions
This guidance is intended to assist local government authorities and amusement device owners/operators in Western Australia understand their duties under Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws with respect to amusement devices. The Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WHS Act) and Work Health and Safety (...
Plant and machinery
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 and contact WorkSafe immediately . The Work Health and Safety Act 2020 introduced the term ‘person conducting a...
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This industry bulletin is intended to highlight the process of extending the duration of a building permit
Building and Energy
Bulletin
28 Jun 2023
This bulletin provides information for those involved in the design, certification and installation of timber framed walls, including builders, building surveyors, structural engineers and suppliers.
Building and Energy
Bulletin
26 Jun 2023
Supporting Documents for Building Engineer’s Registration: Explanatory statement Submission template
Building and Energy
Consultations / public comment
09 Feb 2023
An overview of building disputes for the month of November.
Building and Energy
Reports
23 Dec 2022
An overview of building disputes for the month of September.
Building and Energy
Reports
23 Dec 2022
An overview of building disputes for the month of October.
Building and Energy
Reports
23 Dec 2022
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

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Announcements

False home indemnity insurance certificate provided Building Services Board issues $3,500 fine Building permit application attempts to mislead permit authority The Building Services Board has issued a $3,500 fine to a Port Kennedy building contractor for providing a false certificate of home indemnity insurance (HII) to a permit authority as part of a building permit application. The Board found...
Building and Energy
Media release
31 Jul 2023
$34,600 staircase, decking and painting project left incomplete and faulty $8,000 fine after guilty plea for non-compliance with a building remedy order Previous order to pay more than $47,000 in rectification costs After issuing an $8,000 fine for abandoned building work, a magistrate has warned tradespeople not to accept jobs if they cannot complete them to the expected standards. The comments...
Building and Energy
Media release
12 Jul 2023
Almost $250,000 in fines, compensation and costs No builder registration for carport work in Cottesloe and Mount Pleasant Ignored official orders to rectify work in Alexander Heights and Mount Hawthorn A Perth tradesman and his company have been ordered to pay almost $250,000 in fines, compensation and costs after four property owners were left with unauthorised, defective or incomplete building...
Building and Energy
Media release
05 Jul 2023
Certificates failed to show compliance with applicable building standards Permit authorities misled when issuing related building and occupancy permits Education order and $15,000 in total fines after another $7,000 fine in 2018 Noranda-based building surveyors have been ordered to complete further study and pay $15,000 in fines due to errors and substandard work while certifying five buildings...
Building and Energy
Media release
05 Apr 2023
1 April has become a landmark date for checking smoke alarms Activate the test button and check the alarm is not more than 10 years old Useful information and fact sheets at Building and Energy’s website WA’s building and electrical safety regulator wants home owners to look up at their smoke alarms this April Fools’ Day, the landmark date for checking the life-saving devices. Building and Energy...
Building and Energy
Media release
30 Mar 2023
Effective, well-maintained and compliant pool safety barriers can help save lives Pool gates must never be propped open Only adults should supervise young children; don’t rely on older children for this Useful resources available from Building and Energy With summer school holidays starting, Western Australians are urged to check their pool safety barriers, keep pool gates closed and ensure young...
Building and Energy
Media release
14 Dec 2022
Mount Lawley house mostly demolished despite requirement to keep key parts Significant new building work did not comply with building permit or plans The building contractor’s nominated supervisor is also the home owner The Building Services Board has issued $8,000 in fines after unauthorised demolition and building work was carried out at a builder’s own heritage-protected Mount Lawley house...
Building and Energy
Media release
08 Dec 2022
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

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