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ThinkSafe is WorkSafe’s flagship online publication for workplace health and safety in Western Australia. Below is the list of all the editions of the magazine. ThinkSafe magazine : May 2024 ThinkSafe magazine : May 2023 ThinkSafe magazine : July 2022 ThinkSafe magazine : September 2021 ThinkSafe...
ThinkSafe magazine
Archived advisory notes, industry newletters and bulletins from the Building Commission and Energy Safety (now Building and Energy). Local government advisory notes Building advisory note 24 – Alterations and additions, extension of transition period for energy efficiency Building advisory note 23...
Newsletters and bulletins
A complete list of building industry bulletins published for the building services and plumbing industries. Plumbing Industry Bulletin 163 – Requirements for the installation of property sewer connections (in and ups) when a junction is cut-in on an existing main sewer Industry Bulletin 161 –...
Newsletters and bulletins
Building and Energy provides an avenue for both consumers and builders to resolve disputes relating to workmanship and contractual issues in connection with a regulated building service or home building work contract. This video provides detailed information on the dispute resolution process...
Building complaints
This page answers the most common questions asked by high risk work licence applicants. When will my application be finalised Application processing times vary depending on the volume of applications being received and the completeness of the application submitted. If your application is missing...
Information about high risk work licences
These information sheets provide information on how human factors can contribute to a sequence of events that lead to a major incident and how the inclusion of human factors can assist major hazard facility operations. Case study chemical release This case study is based on the fire and a series of...
Human factors
Information sheets provide concise information about legislation, safety and work practices and answers to common questions or how to do instructions. Focus on compliance Construction site security: Unauthorised access Fire risk from transparent bottles containing clear liquids stored in direct...
Information sheets
These guides describe practical measure that can be taken to prevent or minimise the risk of harm and contribute to the overall state of knowledge regarding hazards, risks and controls. Overviews of the WHS laws Western Australia's Work Health and Safety Act 2020 Overview of Western Australia's...
Guides
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

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This industry bulletin is to inform the WA plumbing industry of changes to the considered point of demarcation between drainage plumbing and main sewers when a sewer junction is cut-in to an existing main sewer and a property sewer connection point is provided.
Building and Energy
Bulletin
13 May 2024
Template for service providers to remote Aboriginal communities, to assist with their new requirement to keep a register of authorised workers they engage.
Building and Energy
Template
13 May 2024
The purpose of these guidelines is to assist Licensed Plumbing Contractors in meeting their obligation to exercise general direction and control or supervision over those who carry out plumbing work under the licence.
Building and Energy
Guidance note
03 May 2024
The purpose of this industry bulletin is to provide a reminder of the circumstances under which a maximum allowable delivery temperature of heated water must be provided to the outlets of fixtures used for personal hygiene in Western Australia — from 1 May 2024.
Building and Energy
Bulletin
24 Apr 2024
The objective of this policy is to guide members of the Plumbers Licensing Board (the Board), and departmental officers delegated by the Board, in making appropriate, consistent and legally valid...
Building and Energy
Policies
29 Feb 2024
This industry bulletin is to alert the plumbing and building industries of amendments to the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000 (the Regulations). The changes as introduced by...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
14 Mar 2024
An overview of building disputes for the month of December 2023.
Building and Energy
Reports
22 Jan 2024
An overview of building disputes for the month of October 2023.
Building and Energy
Reports
17 Nov 2023
An overview of building disputes for the month of September 2023.
Building and Energy
Reports
16 Oct 2023
Bidet douche toilet seats and toilet pans with integral douche sprays are becoming more popular. This technical note clarifies the installation requirements and in particular the backflow protection provisions which have changed with the adoption of the Plumbing Code of Australia 2022.
Building and Energy
Technical standards
31 Jul 2023

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First stage of plumbing regulation reforms now in effect General public can legally carry out certain basic plumbing tasks at their homes Regulation of unmetered water supply and modular plumbing systems from next year Changes to WA’s plumbing rules are now in effect, with further reforms to roll out next year. Building and Energy has published an industry bulletin about the first stage of...
Building and Energy
Media release
27 Mar 2024
Media statement from Commerce Minister Sue Ellery Main industry participants enter into mediation over leaking pipes in WA homes The Hon John Chaney SC appointed by the parties to mediate an industry-led solution Former Supreme Court Justice and President of the State Administrative Tribunal, the Hon John Chaney SC, has been appointed to oversee the mediation between builders and the manufacturer...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Mar 2024
Media statement from Commerce Minister Sue Ellery Final stage of improved protections for building and construction subcontractors now in effect Landmark reforms to ensure timely payments across the contracting chain Three-year project delivered new legislation, a retention trust scheme, fairer contracting practices and strengthened regulatory powers The Cook Government has delivered on its...
Building and Energy
Media release
01 Feb 2024
Plumbers Licensing Board media statement A Landsdale plumber has been ordered to pay almost $3,500 in fines and costs for failing to fix a drainage leak when required, resulting in two additional inspections by the plumbing regulator. At Perth Magistrates Court on 13 November 2023, Matthew Continibali (PL9752) of Contabs Pty Ltd, trading as Outlook Plumbing , pleaded guilty to breaching WA’s...
Building and Energy
Media release
12 Dec 2023
PLUMBERS LICENSING BOARD – MEDIA STATEMENT A Butler plumber has been fined $5,500 for working beyond the scope of his licence and not rectifying a defective water heater that could have scalded users. At Armadale Magistrates Court on 29 September 2023, Julian Francis North (TL12335) pleaded guilty to two charges brought by the Plumbers Licensing Board. Mr North holds a plumbing tradesperson’s...
Building and Energy
Media release
22 Nov 2023
WA’s building and plumbing regulator has announced preliminary findings from its investigation into water leaks in Perth homes from a particular brand of polybutylene pipe. Building and Energy’s investigation focused on identifying the cause of failure of Pro-fit polybutylene pipes made by Iplex Australia. Most water leaks occurred in pipes manufactured between mid-2017 and mid-2022. As part of...
Building and Energy
Media release
16 Aug 2023
Unqualified employee told to follow a script and manual to upsell electrical work Bonus scheme encouraged sales of electrical safety packages for at least $4,000 Vulnerable consumers told their homes and families were unsafe Pascoes Maintenance Group Pty Ltd has been fined $75,000 for instructing an unqualified employee to assess electrical installations as part of an “upselling” sales strategy...
Building and Energy
Media release
19 Jul 2023
Media statement from Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC, Minister for Commerce Expanded regulation of plumbing work to reduce risks to public health, safety and the environment Amended plumbing legislation will ensure adequate protections across Western Australia, including unmetered water supplies in regional areas Additional plumbing inspectors to enforce plumbing laws The State Government is ensuring all...
Building and Energy
Media release
30 Jun 2023
Building and Energy is investigating polybutylene pipe failures in some new homes Affected consumers should contact their builder in the first instance Pipe manufacturer, Iplex Australia, has announced interim remedy arrangements Western Australia’s building and plumbing regulator is investigating the cause of water leaks from burst polybutylene pipes, which have mostly occurred in homes built in...
Building and Energy
Media release
18 Apr 2023
PLUMBERS LICENSING BOARD – MEDIA STATEMENT A Kardinya man has been ordered to pay more than $1,500 in fines and costs after admitting he provided a fake testimonial for a plumbing licence application. The charge against Kenneth Finbar Wilson , brought by the Plumbers Licensing Board, was heard at Armadale Magistrates Court on 7 March 2023. Mr Wilson pleaded guilty to contravening the WA’s...
Building and Energy
Media release
03 Apr 2023

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