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Building disputes Monthly reports An overview of the number and type of complaints received, average time taken to close and the decisions/outcomes achieved for the month. September 2022 October 2022 November 2022 Disputes (building service or home building work contract complaints) Any person...
Compliance and audit
Building and Energy protects the community by setting standards and ensuring contractors have the skills, experience and financial capacity to deliver quality building services. It is illegal for an individual, partnership or company to contract for or carry out a building service without first...
Licensing search
Only a plumber who holds a licence issued by the Plumbers Licensing Board can legally carry out water supply, sanitary and drainage plumbing work in Western Australia. Licensing plumbers reduces risks to public health, safety and the environment by ensuring they are competent and sufficiently...
Having plumbing work done
As part of its function, Building and Energy provides an avenue for both consumers and builders to resolve disputes relating to the carrying out of regulated building services and home building work contracts. These services are provided to parties as an alternative to the commencement of court...
Plumbing, building service, and home building contract complaints
Background The Plumbing Industry Reference Group (PIRG) is an advisory body providing expert advice to the Plumbers Licensing (Board) on a range of plumbing and occupational licensing matters, including the licensing regulations, the education and training of plumbers, and the technical plumbing...
Boards
Establishment and function The Plumbers Licensing Board is established by Part 5A of the Plumbers Licensing Act 1995 . The Act vests the Board with four main functions: To monitor matters relating to the qualification and training of plumbers. To advise the Minister for Commerce on matters relating...
Boards
The board advises the Minister and the Building Commissioner about matters relating to the Building Services (Registration) Act.
Boards
Boards and committees: Building Services Board Plumbers Licensing Board Plumbing Industry Reference Group (PIRG), a committee of the Plumbers Licensing Board hosted by Building and Energy 6 Star Committee
Boards and committees
Building regulation Through a range of regulation reforms, Building and Energy has delivered the most significant transformation of Western Australian building laws in over 50 years. Architects Act 2004 The Architects Act 2004 provides for the effective registration of architects in WA. It...
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Building and Energy
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 and Energy
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
09 Jul 2019
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
10 Aug 2021
Building and Energy
Form – application
01 Jul 2019
Please note the 12 month transition period for water meters to comply with the WaterMark certification scheme in this bulletin has been revised to 24 months. The requirement for all water meters to...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
16 Aug 2018
Articles on audit and compliance matters, industry updates, events, and links to new publications. Building Commission News 3/2017 Click here to view the newsletter
Building and Energy
Newsletter
11 Sep 2017

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On 1 July 2015 Standards Australia published new 2015 versions of AS/NZS 3500, Part 1 Water services and Part 2 Sanitary plumbing and drainage. As of 1 May 2015 the Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA) is the primary document that sets the plumbing standards in Western Australia and the AS/NZS 3500:2003, Parts 1, 2 and 4 are called up as Deemed-to-Satisfy referenced documents in the PCA. It should be...
Building and Energy
Department News
30 Jul 2015
The Building Commission is conducting a seminar for plumbers in Broome as part of its 2015 Regional Roadshow. Location: The Mecure, Broome Date and time: Thursday 7 May 2015, 9.00am–12.00pm Cost: Free Participants are welcome to join either or both of the sessions outlined below: 9.00–10.30am Plumbers technical information session Presented by Mike Read, Senior Plumbing Technical Officer This...
Building and Energy
Department News
20 Apr 2015
The National Construction Code 2015 (NCC) is provided as a preview of requirements that will be adopted on 1 May 2015 and it's now available online for FREE!
Building and Energy
Department News
13 Apr 2015
Commerce Minister Michael Mischin has announced a package of regulatory reforms to help Western Australia’s building and plumbing industries save money and work more efficiently.
Building and Energy
Department News
31 Mar 2015
Wednesday 11 March is World Plumbing Day. Initiated by the World Plumbing Council and celebrated annually, this international event raises awareness of the important role of the plumbing industry in protecting public health and safety and the environment.
Building and Energy
Department News
11 Mar 2015
The implementation of Western Australia’s new building laws was the first step towards moving our state towards a risk-based system of building regulation.
Building and Energy
Department News
15 Apr 2014
The Building Commission has released a consultation paper seeking public comment on a proposal relating to the carrying out of basic plumbing repair work in remote Aboriginal communities that do not have ready access to a licensed plumbing contractor or tradesperson. The geographical location of many remote Aboriginal communities creates barriers to the performance of basic plumbing maintenance...
Building and Energy
Department News
25 Feb 2015
Future online editions, commencing with the 2015 National Construction Code (NCC), will be freely available to registered users, commencing with access to a free preview of NCC 2015 (both online and in PDF) prior to its adoption date of 1 May 2015. From 1 February 2015, users are able to access NCC 2015 which includes: Volume One (Building Code of Australia for Class 2 to Class 9 Buildings);...
Building and Energy
Department News
30 Jan 2015
The December 2014 edition of Plumbers' News contains the latest news for the plumbing industry from Western Australia's Building Commission. Plumbers' News edition 2/2014 – December 2014
Building and Energy
Department News
19 Dec 2014
Users can now pre-register for free access to the 2015 edition of the NCC as it becomes available online and as a PDF from 1 February 2015 via the home page of the Australian Building Codes Board website www.abcb.gov.au .
Building and Energy
Department News
16 Dec 2014

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