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Public comment ended 31 August 2018 - THIS DOCUMENT IS NO LONGER CURRENT AND IS AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE FOR HISTORICAL PURPOSES ONLY The Western Australian Government is seeking your comments on the proposals to modernise Western Australia’s WHS laws. Background On 12 July 2017, the Government’s...
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Latest newsletters and bulletins Building and Energy industry bulletins View the complete list of Building and plumbing industry bulletins Plumbers technical notes View the complete list of Plumbers' technical notes . Building Focus Building Focus edition 2 Building Focus edition 1 Gas and Plumbing...
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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
Lanie Chopping is the current Commissioner for Consumer Protection in Western Australia and Acting Executive Director, Consumer Protection (Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety). Prior to being appointed to act in this role from January 2020, Lanie was the head of the Priorities...
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Videos and presentations Changes to the Construction Contracts Act The Construction Contracts Act 2004 (CCA) is an important piece of legislation for the building and construction industry in Western Australia. On 15 December 2016 important changes to the CCA commenced operation. These were the...
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Complete list of updates 2018/19 Quarterly update – 3rd quarter PDF 851KB 2018/19 Half yearly update – 1st half PDF 636KB 2018/19 Quarterly update – 1st quarter PDF 205KB 2017/18 Quarterly update – 3rd quarter PDF 150KB 2017/18 Half yearly update – 1st half PDF 150KB 2017/18 Quarterly update – 1st...
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
2019 review The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety – Building and Energy Division has commenced a review of the operation and effectiveness of the remote Aboriginal communities plumbing scheme. To view the consultation paper or to provide feedback, please visit the public...
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The Regional Services Review - Consultation Paper is now available for all stakeholders to have their say.
Corporate
Consultations / public comment
16 Sep 2019
This industry bulletin has been issued to provide information on new deemed-to-satisfy (DTS) provisions for fire sprinkler systems. The DTS provisions have been included in the 2019 National...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
13 Sep 2019
Public comment period has now closed regarding the regulations that will support the proposed Work Health and Safety Act for Western Australia (WHS Act (WA)). THIS DOCUMENT IS NO LONGER CURRENT AND...
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Information
14 Jan 2020
This miscellaneous technical note has been issued to provide clarification and advice to the plumbing industry in Western Australia (WA) about the following topics: 1 - Water Services Providers’...
Building and Energy
Technical standards
23 Aug 2019
This technical note has been issued to clarify the general installation requirements of water heaters, including the correct termination of drain lines from temperature/pressure-relief valve and...
Building and Energy
Technical standards
14 Aug 2019
As part of the implementation of the remote Aboriginal communities plumbing scheme, a commitment was given that a review of the scheme would be undertaken once it had been in place for at least...
Building and Energy
Consultations / public comment
01 Aug 2019
This technical note has been issued to provide information about regulated limitations on the use of plastic pipes in solar water heater installations. There are restrictions on the use of plastic...
Building and Energy
Technical standards
01 Aug 2019
This technical note has been issued to advise the plumbing industry of the installation requirements for water using appliances in domestic and commercial application. It covers connection of water...
Building and Energy
Technical standards
23 Jul 2019

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As of 1 January 2019, c ourtesy renewal reminder notices for licences, permits and registrations will only be sent electronically. The changes will apply to the following licensing authorities: Building Services Board Plumbers Licensing Board Director of Energy Safety For information on the renewal process and details on how to update your contact details, visit our Renewal reminder notices...
Building and Energy
Department News
05 Dec 2018
Subcontractors in the building and construction industry will have increased payment protections for Government works projects under changes to be introduced in 2019. The McGowan Labor Government will significantly expand Project Bank Accounts (PBAs). This will come into effect from July 1, 2019. PBAs will apply to a wide range of Government projects where the total value of works exceeds $1.5...
Building and Energy
Media release
04 Dec 2018
Building and Energy’s Audit Branch carry out technical inspections of ongoing building work to check how building standards are being applied. To date the majority of inspections have been on class 1a buildings (houses). In addition to the current audit activities Building Energy will focus audits and inspections on the following building work: wet area waterproofing in all classifications; and...
Building and Energy
Department News
26 Nov 2018
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s inaugural Annual Report, tabled in Parliament on 19 September 2018, is now available on the website . The 2017-18 report highlights the department’s key achievements and financial performance for the last financial year and showcases what we do for the community of Western Australia. The report also includes independently audited reports...
Corporate
Department News
25 Oct 2018
A Perth plumber has been fined $1,000 by the Plumbers Licensing Board for failing to comply with a rectification notice about drainage and infrastructure issues at a Belmont development. Joshua Andrew O’Neill (PL7643), the sole director of Redback Contractors Pty Ltd , was subcontracted to provide plumbing and gas services during construction of the seven-unit complex in 2016 and 2017. Occupants...
Building and Energy
Media release
23 Oct 2018
On 1 May 2018, the Building and Energy Division of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (Building and Energy) released a Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (CRIS) to seek public comment on the final round of reforms arising from the 2013/14 review of plumbing regulation in Western Australia. The CRIS contained 21 proposals, including: The introduction of a new funding...
Building and Energy
Department News
09 Oct 2018
This information has been updated to reflect our new postal address. Building and Energy wishes to remind you that you must use the correct postal address for all correspondence. Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety Building and Energy Division Locked Bag 100 EAST PERTH WA 6892
Building and Energy
Department News
29 Aug 2018
Some quick checks and routine maintenance could have prevented the explosion of a storage water heater outside a home in Perth’s north, according to Building and Energy inspectors who attended the site. The incident is a timely reminder for owners of all storage water heaters – gas, electric and solar – to follow the recommended maintenance schedule, which usually involves simple checks every few...
Building and Energy
Media release
08 Aug 2018
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 and Energy
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

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