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Questions asked during Safe Work Month Webinar on 30 October 2020 have been compiled along with the department's responses. Commencement When did the Work Health and Safety Act receive assent? The Work Health and Safety Act 2020 (WHS Act) was assented to by the Governor on 10 November 2020. However...
Legislation, codes and guidance materials
Health monitoring is the monitoring of a person’s health for the purpose of identifying changes in the person’s health status resulting from exposure to a hazardous chemical. Health monitoring enables the Registered Medical Practitioner (RMP) to identify any potential adverse effect on health from...
Guides for medical practitioners
Introduction Plumbing compliance is monitored and enforced by the Plumbers Licensing Board (the Board) through the designation of plumbing compliance officers employed within the Plumbing Inspectorate for the Building and Energy division of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety...
Responsibilities
Have you checked if the products you are buying or installing are certified for use in Australia? In Australia most plumbing and drainage products must be WaterMark certified. The WaterMark Certification Scheme is a mandatory national scheme for plumbing and drainage products to ensure they are fit...
Responsibilities
The following information has been developed to assist employers and employees meet their safety and health obligations. Department of Mines Industry Regulation and Safety Public transport including taxis and rideshare services - Minimising the risk of exposure to COVID-19 Working from home Safe...
COVID 19 - Coronavirus
This page contains frequently asked questions about vaping. Is vaping hazardous? Yes, vaping can be hazardous. The nature of the hazard will depend upon factors such as the liquid used in the e-cigarette and the health status of the individual. In 2019, there were 2290 cases of lung injury...
Smoking
Licensed plumbing contractors (LPCs) are required to maintain a record of all minor plumbing work they complete on or after 1 January 2020. This replaces the requirement to submit a certificate of compliance for minor plumbing work (known as a multi-entry certificate). It is the responsibility of...
Certificates and diagrams
Status: CLOSED, Submissions closed at 5pm on 28 October 2019 Background In late 2018, the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) commenced a Regional Services Review to improve service delivery to our regional customers. DMIRS staff and State and Local Government stakeholders...
Consultations
Purpose of the compliance inspection Building and Energy carries out a range of building information and education activities, including compliance inspections, in order to reduce consumer harm and avoid disputes and complaints. Non-compliance with legislative requirements often leads to consumer...
Compliance and audit
The following media releases have been issued in the previous six years. The list appears in descending order. Plumbing court case taps into risks of unlicensed work – Stewart Newby ‘Morally offensive’: Plumbers penalised for unlicensed electrical advice Plumber in hot water over incomplete work -...
Disciplinary and prosecution media releases

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The Western Australian strategy and framework for the prevention and management of work-related musculoskeletal disorders are intended as useful resources for stakeholders who can influence...
WorkSafe
Information
11 Feb 2020
ThinkSafe is the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s flagship online publication for workplace safety and health in Western Australia. ThinkSafe magazine - July 2022 ThinkSafe...
WorkSafe
Newsletter
22 Jul 2022
THIS DOCUMENT IS NO LONGER CURRENT AND IS AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE FOR HISTORICAL PURPOSES ONLY. The public comment period on the Work Health and Safety Regulations for Western Australia closed on 26...
WorkSafe
Information
12 Nov 2021
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

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On Thursday 20 February, the Work Health and Safety Bill 2019 passed through the Legislative Assembly of the Western Australian Parliament. The Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Mines and Petroleum and Industrial Relations said: “I am pleased that the Work Health and Safety Bill has now passed the Legislative Assembly. “The McGowan Government recognises the importance of these reforms and hopes...
WorkSafe
Department News
25 Feb 2020
Our offices will be closed from Wednesday 25 December 2019 to Wednesday 1 January 2020. Normal services will return on Thursday 2 January 2020. For urgent enquiries please visit our contact page.
Corporate
Department News
04 Dec 2019
The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has today released an online survey regarding the inclusion of mandatory requirements in the National Construction Code (NCC) for the development of Performance Solutions. You have been invited to complete the survey in order to help inform the development of draft NCC provisions for public consultation and the associated regulation impact analysis. The...
Building and Energy
Department News
13 Sep 2019
It has come to the attention of the Plumbers Licensing Board (the Board) that in a small number of cases plumbing apprentices who have completed their apprenticeships, and obtained the appropriate qualifications to apply for a plumbing tradespersons licence are continuing to work in the industry without obtaining the required licence to do so. This results in the former apprentice effectively...
Building and Energy
Department News
26 Aug 2019
The Water Corporation advises that a number of important enhancements have been made to asset protection documentation. The changes address safety issues for working on or near assets and clarify a number of ambiguities in the previous documentation. Impacted documents and key changes include: Technical Guidelines for working near Water Corporation Assets Inclusion of a requirement for serious...
Building and Energy
Department News
22 Jul 2019
Home owners can be reassured that WA’s building regulator is taking action on standards, compliance and dispute resolution across the industry, according to retiring Building Commissioner Ken Bowron. Mr Bowron leaves Building and Energy (formerly the Building Commission and Energy Safety ) today after 10 years, including 18 months at the helm of the combined division within the Department of...
Building and Energy
Media release
14 Jun 2019
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is conducting a stakeholder satisfaction survey to invite feedback on our services and our role as a regulator. The results will help DMIRS focus on business areas and services that need performance improvements. If you subscribe to a DMIRS email newsletter or subscriber news service, you may be contacted by email and invited to take...
Consumer Protection
Department News
29 Apr 2019
The adoption of eNotice by the plumbing industry has been very positive with feedback showing a high level of satisfaction with the system. As a result, Building and Energy will be ending the sales of paper notices later this year. From 1 October 2019 paper Notices of intention and Certificates of compliance will no longer be available for purchase, however, contractors may continue to lodge...
Building and Energy
Department News
08 Apr 2019
The Drainage Plumbing Diagram (DPD) system will be upgraded tomorrow, Wednesday 10 April 2019 at 5.00pm . The search function will be unavailable for approximately one hour at that time. If you have any enquiries regarding the upgradel, please email be.publications@dmirs.wa.gov.au .
Building and Energy
Department News
09 Apr 2019
The Drainage Plumbing Diagram (DPD) system used for purchasing DPDs will be upgraded next week. The enhanced system will work the same way but will provide a shopping cart feature to allow for multiple purchases and overall improved delivery. The upgrade will take one hour and the DPD search function will be down during this time. It is proposed to occur next week and will be outside of office...
Building and Energy
Department News
01 Apr 2019

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