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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...
BC videos
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...
Responsibilities
Drainage plumbing diagram fees A $10.50 fee now applies to the purchase of Drainage Plumbing Diagrams. Go to the 'Search for a drainage plumbing diagram' website Click here for the search Drainage plumbing diagrams (also known as flimsies or as constructed diagrams) are a diagrammatic...
Certificates and diagrams
Frequently asked questions Can I use an online service to submit an updated photo to the PLB? You can submit your updated photograph online through the Building Commission website . Simply ensure your digital photograph is not more than one month old and shows your head and shoulders against a...
Online licensing services
Frequently asked questions An independent review of Western Australia’s plumbing legislation conducted in 2013/14 recommended a number of improvements to the way plumbers are licensed and how plumbing standards are enforced. One of these improvements was to give the Plumbers Licensing Board...
Online licensing services

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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
05 Jul 2018
Tasks carried out by plumbers can increase the risk of musculoskeletal injuries such as sprains and strains due to awkward postures, repetitive actions and excessive force required to lift, carry or...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
19 Jun 2018
Manual task injuries remain one of the largest single causes of injury in the construction industry. These injuries not only cause pain and suffering to the injured worker and their families but also...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
19 Jun 2018

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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
The WA Government has announced a review to improve security of payments for subcontractors in Western Australia's building and construction industry, and the establishment of an Industry Advisory Group (IAG).
Building Commission
Department News
23 Feb 2018
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) has now formally merged the operations of the former Building Commission and Energy Safety to form the new Building and Energy Division. Ken Bowron will lead the Building and Energy team. He holds the statutory positions of the Building Commissioner and the Director of Energy Safety. Building and Energy oversees the regulation of...
Building Commission
Department News
30 Jan 2018
Building Commissioner Ken Bowron has suspended Choiceliving (WA) Pty Ltd’s (BC101237) building contractor registration due to concerns about the company’s financial status.
Building Commission
Media release
25 Jan 2018
Karrinyup licensed plumbing contractor Joseph Travaglini (PL5037) has been fined $1,000 by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) for failing to submit the notifications and certifications required for plumbing work.
Building Commission
Media release
25 Jan 2018
A Bennett Springs man who provided false and misleading information in an attempt to become a registered builder has been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner.
Building Commission
Media release
02 Jan 2018
A report released by ACIL Allen Consulting in February 2014 contained 51 recommendations broadly aimed at making Western Australia’s plumbing laws more modern and responsive to the changing needs of the industry.
Building Commission
Department News
06 Dec 2017
A Maddington builder who provided incorrect and misleading information to become registered has been fined $5,000 and his request to cancel his registration has been accepted by the Building Services Board.
Building Commission
Media release
05 Dec 2017

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