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Who can make a plumbing work complaint? Building and Energy receives complaints from consumers about faulty building and plumbing work. These matters can be resolved quickly through discussion with the contractor and this must be considered in the first instance. If building work is affected by...
Plumbing, building service, and home building contract complaints
Action Plan for Reform An Action Plan for reform to introduce better payment protections for all participants in the Western Australian building and construction industry was released by the Minister for Commerce in September 2021. Security of payment – Action plan What does the Action Plan do? The...
Security of payment
The fees below are exclusive of GST and effective from 1 July 2021. Building services and plumbing licensing fees A print-friendly PDF version of the complete fee schedule is available below. Click here to download the document Electrical licensing fees A print friendly PDF version of the complete...
Fees and payment options
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...
Legislation, codes and guidance materials
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...
Responsibilities
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

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Action Plan for Reform An Action Plan for reform to introduce better payment protections for all participants in the Western Australian building and construction industry was released by the Minister...
Building and Energy
Plans
21 Sep 2021
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

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Outdoor gas hot water system incorrectly installed in an internal room Risk of potentially fatal exposure to carbon monoxide or fire Gasfitter ignored a rectification order but still unlocked the gas supply A Midvale family was exposed to potential fire and carbon monoxide risks after a licensed gas fitter installed an outdoor-only water heater inside their house and later removed the gas company...
Building and Energy
Media release
17 Nov 2021
Draft regulations to support Security of Payment laws released for consultation Workers and industry urged to have their say between now and January 21, 2022 New laws to protect subcontractors start on August 1, 2022 The McGowan Government is asking for feedback on draft regulations to support landmark Security of Payment reforms for subcontractors in the building and construction sector...
Building and Energy
Media release
09 Nov 2021
Water Corporation would like to remind licensed plumbers that any work completed on their assets needs to be authorised by the Water Corporation. In the last few months, Water Corporation has encountered a number of situations where licensed plumbers have completed unauthorised work which can lead to a range of supply, quality and safety issues. Any work on Water Corporation assets must be...
Building and Energy
Department News
04 Nov 2021
Plumbers assessed customers’ switchboards without an electrical licence Magistrate notes offensive conduct, sales tactics and vulnerable victims Pair employed by a large Perth plumbing, gas and electrical company The “scam” conduct of two licensed plumbers who provided unqualified electrical advice was “morally offensive” as it involved vulnerable victims and sales tactics, according to a Perth...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Nov 2021
The Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Bill 2021 has today passed through Parliament The Bill will improve security of payment across the WA building and construction industry An additional $6.9 million allocated for implementation, training and compliance The McGowan Government's Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Bill 2021 has today passed State...
Building and Energy
Media release
22 Jun 2021
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
Plumbing work on-the-job by pre-apprentices undertaking a Certificate II in Plumbing qualification In April 2021 the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s Building and Energy Division (Building and Energy) published advice regarding an anomaly in the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000 (Plumbing Regulations). The anomaly was that the Plumbing Regulations did...
Building and Energy
Department News
21 Jun 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

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