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What is being done nationally On 23 June 2015, the Australian Senate referred the issue of non-conforming building products to the Senate Economics Reference Committee. The Committee released its interim report ‘Safety – not a matter of good luck’ on 4 May 2016. The Senate Committee is due to hand...
Non-conforming building products
Background information Non-conforming building products (NCBPs) are products and materials that: claim to be something they are not; do not meet required standards for their intended use; or are marketed or supplied with the intent to deceive those who use them. For example a building product that...
Non-conforming building products
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 and presentations Changes to the Construction Contracts Act The Construction Contracts Act 2004 (CCA) is an important piece of legislation for the...
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Complete list of updates 2017/18 Quarterly update – 3rd quarter PDF 150KB 2017/18 Half yearly update – 1st half PDF 150KB 2017/18 Quarterly update – 1st quarter PDF 380KB 2016/17 Quarterly update – 3rd quarter PDF 593KB Complete list of annual reports CCA Annual Report 2016–2017 PDF 4.5MB CCA...
Quarterly and annual reports on the Construction Contracts Act
Payment disputes Am I a subcontractor or an employee? An employee is paid according to a relevant award or contract and is supplied with the material and equipment required to do the work. A subcontractor is paid through invoices based on results achieved and will supply their own material and...
Information on the Construction Contracts Act
In Western Australia workers have been killed by lightning, the most recent in 2014 when a backpacker working on a farm at Bruce Rock died after she was struck by lightning. Workers are most at risk working out in the open, on the sea or other waterways or sheltering under trees or other structures...
Environmental factors
Recent amendments to the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000 (the Plumbing Regulations) will help to improve health and living conditions in Western Australia’s remote Aboriginal communities. The changes, which came into effect on 14 December 2016, allow suitably qualified...
Responsibilities
Where a licensed plumbing contractor is choosing to include an alternative solution, there are a number of additional steps to follow. These steps are outlined in the ‘Guidance Note for Installing Alternative Plumbing and Drainage Solutions in WA’. Guidance Note for Installing Alternative Plumbing...
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WorkSafe is investigating an incident with preliminary evidence indicating an employee, who was fatally injured, may have been struck in the head by a 48 inch pipe wrench spanner. The spanner was...
WorkSafe
Alert
31 May 2018
This industry bulletin is to inform the plumbing industry and relevant stakeholders about the certification of emergency eye wash and shower equipment installed in water supply plumbing systems in...
Building Commission
Bulletin
24 May 2018
Notification of drainage plumbing work completed form
Building Commission
Form – notification
24 May 2018
Form to maintain employee and conractor details as per the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000
Building Commission
Form – notification
31 May 2018
This fact sheet provides information about lightning and includes duties for employers of outdoor workers and precautions to be taken to reduce the risk of injuries and deaths as a result of...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
18 May 2018
Licensed plumbing contractors are required to submit a drainage plumbing diagram when they are the responsible person for drainage plumbing work that involves the installation, alteration or...
Building Commission
Form – notification
04 May 2018
Building Commission
Form – notification
01 May 2018
This Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement discusses options for the remaining ACIL Allen recommendations from the plumbing review. It has been prepared in accordance with the Government’s...
Building Commission
Consultations / public comment
01 May 2018
New legislation will be coming into effect on 14 May 2018 which will require all workers performing work for reward at “domestic-type” premises, turn off all sources of electricity by opening the...
WorkSafe
Guidance note
26 Apr 2018

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The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (the Department) has been running information sessions in metro and regional areas discussing proposed changes to plumbing regulation in Western Australia. Two more Perth dates have been added and this is the final opportunity for stakeholders to find out more about the proposals and provide any feedback to the Department. Dates and times: 4...
Building Commission
Department News
14 Jun 2018
Rand Transport (1986) Pty Ltd was handed a $45,000 fine and a $2900 costs penalty in the Perth Magistrate Court following serious ammonia gas burns to a contract worker. Rand, a cold storage food distributor, pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace where contractors were not exposed to hazards. On 11 December 2014, during the construction of a dividing wall within a...
WorkSafe
Media release
30 May 2018
FGS Contracting Pty Ltd and the Director Ryan Wayne Franceschi, were fined today in the Perth Magistrate Court in relation to serious injuries caused to a 17 year old worker in Esperance. FGS Contracting Pty Ltd was fined $225,000 for failure to meet their duty to provide a safe workplace and for failing to ensure the correct high-risk work license. Additionally, Franceschi as the Director was...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 May 2018
Axedale Holdings Pty Ltd, trading as Shaw’s Cartage Contractors, was fined in relation to the deaths of two labourers. The deaths were caused by falling concrete tilt-up panels at a Perth construction site. Axedale, among three parties charged, pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the safety of workers, and that failure causing the death of Joseph McDermott and Gerard Bradley. The fine totalled $...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 May 2018
Cloverdale plumber Matthew David Mitchell (TL13359) , trading as Seven Star Plumbing and Gas Pty Ltd , has been ordered to pay a fine of $3,000 to the Building Commissioner by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) as a result of disciplinary action taken against him. At their 23 April 2018 meeting, the Board imposed the fine as a result of disciplinary breaches of the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing...
Building Commission
Media release
17 May 2018
Building and Energy (formerly EnergySafety) and WorkSafe have issued a reminder on the importance of understanding and avoiding the electrical hazards in roof spaces, with new regulations coming into effect on Monday (14 May 2018). Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron today cautioned homeowners to be mindful of the electrical hazards in roof spaces. “Homeowners may need to access the roof space...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 May 2018
Building and Energy is inviting public comment on proposed reforms to plumbing regulation in Western Australia. The proposed reforms are contained in a Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (CRIS) published by the Department on 1 May 2018.
Building Commission
Department News
09 May 2018
Background: The Commissioner for Consumer Protection has issued a warning and advice to WA's plumbing industry. Commissioner’s Blog: Upselling could land plumbers in hot water Video and FAQs: https://youtu.be/4VUu0Dl2ytk It comes after a large number of complaints and enquiries over the last six months, which indicate some plumbers / plumbing service providers are attending properties to carry...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Mar 2018
The Plumbers Licensing Board is reminding civil contractors that only suitably qualified people who hold the required plumbers’ licence are legally entitled to carry out plumbing work in Western Australia and that all plumbing work must be certified.
Building Commission
Department News
22 Mar 2018
Update (26 March 2018): In response to enquiries from plumbers, a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page has been published. With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Plumbers could find themselves in hot water if they go to a home to carry out one job but end up taking payment for more than they were called out for. A 10 business day cooling-off period applies to any approach from...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Mar 2018

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