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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...
BC videos
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...
Responsibilities
Where a licensed plumbing contractor is choosing to include a performance solution, there are a number of additional steps to follow. These steps are outlined in the ‘Guidance Note for Installing Plumbing and Drainage Performance Solutions in WA’. Guidance Note for Installing Plumbing and Drainage...
Responsibilities
Drainage plumbing diagrams are a diagrammatic representation of a property’s drainage plumbing work. Go to the 'Search for a drainage plumbing diagram' website Click here for the search Drainage plumbing diagrams are regularly used by homeowners, licensed plumbing contractors and others to...
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 and Energy 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 The Plumbers Licensing Board has improved powers regarding the way plumbers are licensed and how plumbing standards are enforced. In particular, the capacity to reassess applicants fitness for a licence at each renewal. The term “fitness” elates to a person’s character...
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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
This technical note has been published to provide information and list mandatory procedures about the disinfection of drinking water storage tanks and water supply pipes as set out in AS/NZS 3500.1:...
Building and Energy
Technical standards
23 Aug 2019
This technical note has been published to provide information on unintentionally heated cold water, floor wastes and floor waste gullies, flammable insulation in wall cavities and plumbing services...
Building and Energy
Technical standards
03 Jul 2019
This technical note has been issued to provide advice on the correct requirements when installing water heaters and water tanks in roof spaces.
Building and Energy
Technical standards
03 Jul 2019
This technical note has been issued to advise the plumbing industry of the mandatory requirements and best practice when installing flow and return lines from solar water heaters/panels on the roof...
Building and Energy
Technical standards
03 Jul 2019
This technical note has been issued to provide technical information about pressure control valves in water services. The majority of these valves are used where the pressure supplied from the...
Building and Energy
Technical standards
25 Jun 2019
This technical note has been developed as a guide to the Western Australian plumbing industry for the correct use and installation of air admittance valves (AAVs) for sanitary and drainage plumbing...
Building and Energy
Technical standards
25 Jun 2019
The department has developed a checklist for employers and workers engaged in the fabrication and installation of stone benchtops. This checklist highlights safety issues with a focus on silica...
WorkSafe
Checklist
07 Feb 2020

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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
FGS Contracting Pty Ltd and the Director Ryan Wayne Franceschi, were fined today in the Perth Magistrate Court in relation to serious injuries caused to a 17 year old worker in Esperance. FGS Contracting Pty Ltd was fined $225,000 for failure to meet their duty to provide a safe workplace and for failing to ensure the correct high-risk work license. Additionally, Franceschi as the Director was...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 May 2018
Axedale Holdings Pty Ltd, trading as Shaw’s Cartage Contractors, was fined in relation to the deaths of two labourers. The deaths were caused by falling concrete tilt-up panels at a Perth construction site. Axedale, among three parties charged, pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the safety of workers, and that failure causing the death of Joseph McDermott and Gerard Bradley. The fine totalled $...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 May 2018
Cloverdale plumber Matthew David Mitchell (TL13359) , trading as Seven Star Plumbing and Gas Pty Ltd , has been ordered to pay a fine of $3,000 to the Building Commissioner by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) as a result of disciplinary action taken against him. At their 23 April 2018 meeting, the Board imposed the fine as a result of disciplinary breaches of the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing...
Building and Energy
Media release
17 May 2018
Building and Energy (formerly EnergySafety) and WorkSafe have issued a reminder on the importance of understanding and avoiding the electrical hazards in roof spaces, with new regulations coming into effect on Monday (14 May 2018). Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron today cautioned homeowners to be mindful of the electrical hazards in roof spaces. “Homeowners may need to access the roof space...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 May 2018

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