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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...
Online licensing services
The building services Acts and the plumbing regulations set out obligations that registered service providers and licensed plumbing contractors must adhere to. These obligations are set out in the fact sheets below: Obligations for licensed plumbing contractors Obligations for registered building...
Compliance and audit
Western Australia’s system for regulating plumbing work protects consumers and the community by ensuring that only suitably qualified people who hold plumbers licences granted by the Plumbers Licensing Board are legally entitled to carry out plumbing work. Corporate entities such as companies and...
Responsibilities
Under Regulation 54 of the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000, the Plumbers’ Licensing Board may: declare that a specified plumbing standard does not apply to specified plumbing work or specified plumbing; or modify in a specified way a plumbing standard that applies to...
Responsibilities

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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...
WorkSafe
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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Announcements

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
Building and Energy is inviting public comment on proposed reforms to plumbing regulation in Western Australia. The proposed reforms are contained in a Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (CRIS) published by the Department on 1 May 2018.
Building and Energy
Department News
09 May 2018
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 and Energy
Department News
22 Mar 2018

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