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Services must achieve the consumer’s stated purpose You guarantee your services will be reasonably fit for any purpose specified by the consumer and that any products resulting from the services are also fit for that purpose. Example: A consumer asks for a key to be cut to fit his door and shows...
Guarantees and warranties
What services are covered by the consumer guarantees? Services that you provide in the course of your business or professional activity, including not-for-profit services, that: cost up to $40,000 (or any other amount set by the Australian Consumer Law in future), regardless of purpose or use; cost...
Guarantees and warranties
Whether you have to provide a refund, repair, replacement or compensation to a consumer for problems with goods or services depends on whether you have met consumer guarantees set by Australian law. You are responsible for understanding your legal obligations. Australia’s consumer protection...
Guarantees and warranties
Regulations made under the Plumbers Licensing Act 1995 set out the licensing requirements for a plumbing contractor’s licence. Who needs a plumbing contractor’s licence Anyone who intends to undertake plumbing work must first hold a licence to carry out that work. A plumbing contractor is...
Initial grant of licence
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...
Initial grant of licence
Technical notes on plumbing industry topics are issued to assist licensed plumbers to comply with the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000 (the Regulations) applicable to water supply, sanitary and drainage plumbing work in Western Australia. Each technical note is to be read...
Technical advice
Building disputes Disputes (building service or home building work contract complaints) Any person adversely affected by the carrying out of a regulated building service may lodge a complaint alleging that a building service has not been carried out in a proper and proficient manner or is faulty or...
Compliance and audit
Registration as an adjudicator falls under the Construction Contracts Act 2004 . (1) The qualifications and experience required by an adjudicator are: (a) a degree from a university or other tertiary institution in Australia in one of the following disciplines or an equivalent qualification from an...
Becoming an adjudicator
Building and Energy protects the community by setting standards and ensuring contractors have the skills, experience and financial capacity to deliver quality building services. It is illegal for an individual, partnership or company to contract for or carry out a building service without first...
Licensing search
Only a plumber who holds a licence issued by the Plumbers Licensing Board can legally carry out water supply, sanitary and drainage plumbing work in Western Australia. Licensing plumbers reduces risks to public health, safety and the environment by ensuring they are competent and sufficiently...
Having plumbing work done

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Report of the Building Commissioner for the financial year to 30 June 2018. Construction Contracts Act 2004
Building and Energy
Reports
12 Dec 2018
Building Focus newsletter brings you the latest news for the building, building surveying and painting industries and replaces the Building Commission News. Building Focus Issue 1 Click here to view...
Building and Energy
Newsletter
10 Dec 2018
On 23 February 2018, the Minister announced the establishment of the IAG, as a means of facilitating consultation with key industry stakeholders on measures to improve security of payment for...
Building and Energy
Reports
11 Dec 2018
Energy and Plumbing Focus newsletter brings you the latest news for the electrical, gas and plumbing industries and replaces the Energy Bulletin and Building Commission News. Energy and Plumbing...
Building and Energy
Newsletter
19 Jul 2019
Application form to modify or set aside plumbing standards.
Building and Energy
Form – application
05 Nov 2018
Use this form to apply in writing for mutual recognition of your licence if you are working as a plumber, electrician, or gasfitter. This document works best when using Internet Explorer 11. For all...
Building and Energy
Form – application
26 Nov 2019
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
19 Jul 2019
What is eNotice? eNotice is a web based facility for the electronic lodgement of Notices of intention and Certificates of compliance for plumbing work (excluding multi-entry). Please note: From 1...
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
17 Apr 2019
What is an application to modify or set aside plumbing standards in Western Australia? A licensed plumbing contractor is able to lodge an application on the approved form together with the payment of...
Building and Energy
Guidance note
12 Sep 2018
This fact sheet has been prepared by the Department of Health and the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety to provide information and best practice guidance for organisations and...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
16 Dec 2020

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Announcements

Western Australia's home building industry and new home owners are continuing to enjoy savings, as more outdated requirements are removed from the State's building regulations.
Building and Energy
Media release
13 Oct 2016
Online licensing to save time and money for businesses and tradespeople. Electronic lodgement of notices will reduce overheads for industry.
Building and Energy
Department News
12 Oct 2016
The Liberal National Government today introduced legislation into State Parliament to protect payments to subcontractors in the construction industry.
Building and Energy
Department News
22 Sep 2016
The 2016-17 financial year sees the Australian Building Codes Board embarking on a significant suite of work relating to the advancement of the Energy Efficiency Provisions in the National Construction Code (NCC). These changes will be considered as part of NCC 2019.
Building and Energy
Department News
21 Sep 2016
Waterman’s Bay licensed plumbing tradesperson Gary Clayton Hummerston (TL11472) has been successfully prosecuted by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) for failing to comply with a condition of his licence.
Building and Energy
Media release
14 Sep 2016
An interim report into the discovery of asbestos in the new Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) has found the procurement processes used by principal contractor John Holland Pty Ltd to be comprehensive and consistent with industry practice. However, industry and government must improve processes for detecting and preventing the presence of non-conforming and hazardous products in buildings. Released...
Building and Energy / Corporate
Media release
13 Sep 2016
The Building Commission has released a decision paper on reforms that will allow a specified range of basic emergency plumbing repairs to be carried out by trained Environmental Health Workers in 205 of Western Australia’s remote Aboriginal communities.
Building and Energy
Department News
17 Aug 2016
Kinross man Hajir Mobin trading as Danny’s Plumbing and Gas Services, whose conduct has been the subject of several public warnings and prosecution action by the Department of Commerce, has been prosecuted by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) for carrying out unauthorised plumbing work.
Building and Energy
Media release
25 Jul 2016
A report by Auditor General Colin Murphy has assessed how well the Building Commission regulates Western Australia’s residential building industry.
Building and Energy
Department News
24 Jun 2016
Hammond Park licensed plumbing contractor Nicholas Bradley Mason (PL7879) has been fined by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) and ordered to undertake retraining for failing to meet his notification obligations for plumbing work and installing uncertified plumbing products. In disciplinary proceedings initiated by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) and settled on 10 May 2016, Mr Mason...
Building and Energy
Media release
31 May 2016

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