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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
Procedures are agreed safe ways of completing tasks and are an essential part of any safety management system. Usable procedures increase human reliability by providing a consistent and safe means of performing a task. They can also be job aids to assist with reducing skill- based error from slips...
Human factors
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
WorkSafe takes a systems based approach to the prevention of inappropriate workplace behaviours, such as bullying, harassment (including sexual harassment ) and workplace violence/aggression (including sexual assault ). If a breach is identified, WorkSafe may issue the employer an improvement...
Ask a question or make a complaint
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

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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
General Inspection Report Seven details the findings of the Building and Energy’s general inspection of Certificates of design compliance issued by building surveyor contractors for new warehouse and...
Building and Energy
Reports
17 Jan 2022
Building and Energy undertook a snapshot general inspection into waterproofing systems in wet areas in. The outcome of this is presented in GIR6. The objective of GIR6 was to determine if...
Building and Energy
Reports
13 Dec 2021
Progress report on local government’s four yearly inspections of private swimming pool safety barriers 2020-21. This Report is the third 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 prevent or reduce deaths of children by drowning , tabled in Parliament on 23 November 2017.
Building and Energy
Reports
02 Dec 2021
Current version of the Notice of cessation – Multiple properties (building work) form.
Building and Energy
Form – application
02 Sep 2021
This bulletin is intended to provide guidance on using the correct edition of referenced documents as listed in Schedule 4 of the National Construction Code (NCC). It also provides comment on the use of referenced documents published outside of the NCC amendment cycles.
Building and Energy
Bulletin
07 Oct 2021

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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
Building Services Board issues $1,000 fine Boundary fence removed without neighbour’s awareness or consent Builders are reminded of their responsibilities A Landsdale registered builder has been fined $1,000 for removing a rear boundary fence at a Balga site without notifying or obtaining consent from the neighbour, who was left without a back fence for several weeks. The Building Services Board...
Building and Energy
Media release
28 Oct 2021
Building Services Board issues $1,000 fine for deficient certification Some plans, specifications and technical documents did not show compliance with building standards Building surveyors are reminded of their responsibilities A registered building surveyor has been fined $1,000 for misleading the City of Belmont by incorrectly certifying that an apartment project would comply with relevant...
Building and Energy
Media release
13 Oct 2021
$136,500 building project carried out without the required registration or permit Building Services Board issued $2,500 fine for registration breach and negligence Home owners encouraged to check registration and permits before work starts Home owners are urged to check their builder’s registration and any permits before building work begins after a Cloverdale couple had to seek retrospective...
Building and Energy
Media release
07 Oct 2021
Certificates for three sites failed to show compliance with building standards Projects located in Attadale and White Gum Valley Deficient documents misled the City of Melville and City of Fremantle A Mount Lawley building surveying company and its supervisor have been fined a total of $6,000 for providing deficient certification documents that misled two local governments. The Building Services...
Building and Energy
Media release
01 Sep 2021
Poor oversight and defects at homes in Two Rocks and Mindarie Building Services Board finds the company breached building registration laws Petra Dwelling is no longer a registered building contractor Lack of management and supervision of construction projects in Two Rocks and Mindarie has led to a $5,000 fine for a former registered building company. The Building Services Board found that Petra...
Building and Energy
Media release
26 Aug 2021
Replacement roofs are over-represented regarding wind damage Investigation reveals inadequate tie-downs and absent building permits Building and Energy has published a re-roofing guide for home owners Following several cases where replacement roofs have dangerously lifted off in WA, the State’s building regulator is warning that suitable supports and expertise are essential when changing a roof...
Building and Energy
Media release
28 Jul 2021
Building Services Board’s $3,000 fine follows a SAT order to pay $20,000 Patio and alfresco project had 11 areas of defective work Value of work understated by almost $20,000 in building permit application The Building Services Board has fined a Duncraig building practitioner $3,000 after he carried out faulty patio work and provided incorrect details on a permit application. At its June meeting...
Building and Energy
Media release
22 Jun 2021
Planned changes for better regulation of private swimming pool fences Building and Energy’s decision paper follows an in-depth review and consultation Preparation work underway including draft amendments to Building Regulations Building and Energy has outlined 16 ways that the State Government intends to improve the regulatory requirements for private swimming pools and their safety barriers in...
Building and Energy
Media release
15 Jun 2021

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