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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
As part of the State Government’s COVID-19 coronavirus economic relief package to support businesses and households, fees for notices of intention, drainage diagrams and compliance certificates have been waived for 12 months from Wednesday 28 October 2020 until Wednesday 27 October 2021 (inclusive...
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

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This technical note explains the changes in AS/NZS 3500.2:2018 for permissible junctions in sanitary plumbing and drainage systems. The changes relate to junctions used for connecting graded pipes to...
Building and Energy
Technical standards
05 Dec 2019
Minor plumbing work template. Last updated 5 December 2019.
Building and Energy
Template
05 Dec 2019
This DRIS is the final stage of an extensive review of Western Australia’s plumbing laws which began in 2014 with the release of a report commissioned from independent consultants, ACIL Allen...
Building and Energy
Consultations / public comment
27 Nov 2019
Building and Energy
Form – notification
04 Nov 2019
Updated reporting requirements for minor plumbing work.
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
24 Oct 2019
The objective of this policy is to inform licensed plumbing contractors (LPCs) and restricted plumbing permit holders (permit holders) of their responsibilities in regard to the recording of minor...
Building and Energy
Policies
21 Oct 2019
Complete this form to renew your Plumbing licence/permit.
Building and Energy
Form – application
17 Oct 2019
Building and Energy
Guidance note
20 Sep 2019

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Announcements

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
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

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