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The fees below are exclusive of GST and effective from 1 April 2021. Reduced fees were effective from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021, as per the Commerce Regulations Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Regulations (No. 2) 2020 . Building services and plumbing licensing fees A print-friendly PDF version of...
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Workplace health and safety laws require your employer to ensure your safety and the safety of any others in the workplace as much as they reasonably can. This includes minimising the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace. A safe and effective vaccine is just one part of keeping the...
COVID 19 - Coronavirus
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...
Work health and safety legislation reform
The Work Health and Safety Bill 2019 was passed as the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WHS Act) and assented to by the Governor on 10 November 2020. The WHS Act will not commence until proclamation. The WHS regulations have to be finalised before proclamation occurs. Work on the WHS regulations...
Work health and safety legislation reform
Appointed Medical Practitioners (AMPs) are expected to have a good understanding of the duties of an AMP as outlined in regulation 5.24 of the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 (‘the Regulations’). Medical practitioners who wish to become an AMP are required to be adequately trained...
Health surveillance
Introduction Plumbing compliance is monitored and enforced by the Plumbers Licensing Board (the Board) through the designation of plumbing compliance officers employed within the Plumbing Inspectorate for the Building and Energy division of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety...
Plumbing complaints
Have you checked if the products you are buying or installing are certified for use in Australia? In Australia most plumbing and drainage products must be WaterMark certified. The WaterMark Certification Scheme is a mandatory national scheme for plumbing and drainage products to ensure they are fit...
Responsibilities
On 31 March 2020, the Western Australian Government announced a $1 billion COVID-19 health and economic relief package to support Western Australian small and medium-sized businesses. The package included waiving a significant number of fees for 12 months to help businesses survive the economic...
Online licensing services
The following information has been developed to assist employers and employees meet their safety and health obligations. Department of Mines Industry Regulation and Safety Public transport including taxis and rideshare services - Minimising the risk of exposure to COVID-19 Working from home Safe...
COVID 19 - Coronavirus
The following information has been developed for employers and employees looks at ways to look after your mental health during this challenging time. COVID-19 coronavirus guide for employers: Looking after your mental health COVID-19 coronavirus guide for employees: Looking after your mental health...
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This document provides essential information to assist you with your Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards submission. Further information 2021 Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards 2021 Work...
WorkSafe
Information
16 Mar 2021
On 11 January 2021, the Department received a report of an incident at a mine site where an electronic cigarette (vape) battery spontaneously ignited in a worker’s pocket while he was travelling in a...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
23 Feb 2021
This schedule lists the dates when building related legislation administered by Building and Energy is scheduled to be reviewed and the current status of those reviews
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
12 Feb 2021
Employers are required to ensure that where fitted respirators are required to protect health, these are correctly fitted. Examples of fitted respirators (also called respiratory protective equipment...
WorkSafe
Information
15 Jan 2021
The Digital DMIRS Strategy seeks to improve the department’s operations and service delivery through the effective use of technology. Some goals of the strategy are to modernise digital systems and...
Corporate
Information
23 Dec 2020
Reduced velocity aerator stack systems (RVASS) are sanitary stack systems that use specialised fittings and pipework configurations in order to eliminate the need for additional venting required in traditional sanitary stack systems.
Building and Energy
Technical standards
22 Dec 2020
This industry bulletin has been issued to remind the Western Australian plumbing industry of the requirement to test sanitary plumbing and sanitary drainage plumbing installations, and in the case of sanitary drainage plumbing work the requirement to notify the Plumbers Licensing Board (the Board) when the work has been completed.
Building and Energy
Bulletin
12 Nov 2020
Report of the Building Commissioner for the financial year to 30 June 2020 . Construction Contracts Act 2004
Building and Energy
Reports
09 Oct 2020
This application is for: Renewing the inc. ID requirment for Electrical Workers, Electrical Contractors, In-house Installing Work and Gasfitting Permits.
Building and Energy
Form – application
06 Oct 2020
This technical note has been produced to provide technical information for plumbing work in accessible sanitary facilities. Australian standard, AS 1428 Design for access and mobility parts 1 and 2 are referenced in section E of the Plumbing Code of Australia 2019 (PCA). These standards list requirements of the lay out and clearances for plumbing fixtures in access bathrooms.
Building and Energy
Technical standards
05 Oct 2020

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Rogue elements in industry exaggerate necessity for extra work and costs Consumers urged to get multiple quotes to avoid paying too much Do research to find licensed tradies offering sound advice and a fair price WA consumers who get quotes from companies that offer both plumbing and electrical services are being urged to get multiple quotes before signing a contract in order to avoid paying too...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection
Media release
20 May 2021
An anomaly in Regulation 9 of the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000 (Plumbing Regulations) has been identified that may impact students (commonly referred to as pre-apprentices) undertaking the Certificate II in Plumbing course. The anomaly is that pre-apprentices, unlike apprentices, are not authorised to carry out plumbing work. The Department of Mines, Industry...
Building and Energy
Department News
28 Apr 2021
Amendments to the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996, relating to health surveillance for workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica will come into effect on 15 April 2021. The amendments will require employers to provide a low-dose HRCT scan, supervised by an appointed medical practitioner, instead of the previously required chest X-ray. Western Australia is the first...
WorkSafe
Alert
18 Jan 2021
It’s World Toilet Day (November 19) and WA’s plumbing regulator is sharing key advice to ensure lavatories are safe and efficient. Building and Energy Executive Director Saj Abdoolakhan urged home owners not to attempt to install or repair a toilet themselves. “By law, plumbing work related to sanitation, water supply or drainage must only be carried out by a licensed plumber ,” he said. “Many...
Building and Energy
Media release
19 Nov 2020
Asbestos Awareness Week 2020 runs from 23-29 November 2020. Please take this opportunity to ensure your workplace asbestos management systems are up to date, and that workers are aware of these systems. And remember – buildings built before 1990 are likely to contain materials with asbestos content. Follow the links for more information: Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Industry checklist...
WorkSafe
Event
06 Nov 2020
On 31 March 2020, the Western Australian Government announced a $1 billion COVID-19 health and economic relief package to support Western Australian small and medium-sized businesses. The package included waiving a significant number of fees for a period of 12 months to help businesses survive the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. For licensed plumbers, the COVID-19 relief package...
Building and Energy
Department News
30 Oct 2020
The Work Health and Safety Bill 2019 was passed by Parliament on 3 November 2020 and is awaiting royal assent. When assented, the WHS Act will not be operational until regulations are complete. Work to develop the regulations is presently underway and will continue in 2021. The new Work Health and Safety Act 2019 (WHS Act) will replace the current Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984, and...
WorkSafe
Alert
22 Oct 2020
WA’s plumbing regulator has issued a reminder that taps, toilets, showerheads and most other plumbing products must have WaterMark certification to show they have passed safety and quality checks to meet specific Australian standards. As National Water Week (19-25 October) gets underway, Building and Energy is joining with the Australian Building Codes Board to highlight the national WaterMark...
Building and Energy
Media release
19 Oct 2020
The WaterMark Certification Scheme is a mandatory national scheme for plumbing and drainage products to ensure they are fit for purpose and appropriately authorised for use in plumbing and drainage installations.
Building and Energy
Department News
15 Sep 2020
Amendments to the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000 are being drafted to include new plumbing standards for subdivision plumbing work in relation to survey strata schemes. The changes are outlined in Industry Bulletin 125 – New requirements for plumbing services to survey strata lot developments . A free information session is also being offered to inform the Western...
Building and Energy
Department News
27 Jul 2020

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