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If at some stage you have carried out plumbing work that does not comply with the prescribed plumbing standards and one of the plumbing inspectors confirms that your work does not adhere to these standards you may be issued with a rectification notice. Rectification notices are issued to licensed...
Responsibilities
All major plumbing work, except emergency work, will require a notice of intention to be submitted to Building and Energy at least 24 hours prior to any work being undertaken. A licensed plumbing contractor must not carry out, permit or arrange for major plumbing work to be carried out unless a...
Responsibilities
Plumbing inspectors carry out random inspections of plumbing work on behalf of the Plumbers Licensing Board . Approximately five per cent of water supply, sanitary and drainage plumbing work is randomly inspected based on minimisation of risk to public health and safety and the environment. This...
Inspections
Water supply and sanitary plumbing work can be selected for inspection from notices of intention and certificates of compliance. It is also possible that an inspection could arise from a compliance inspection of the licensed plumbing contractor responsible for the work. The plumbing inspector will...
Inspections
Inspections of drainage plumbing work Drainage plumbing inspections are carried out by plumbing inspectors while the work is under construction. Most drainage plumbing inspections will arise from notifications (r.70 notice) made by, or on behalf of, the licensed plumbing contractor responsible for...
Inspections
Please note: The reporting requirements are changing for all minor plumbing work completed on or after 1 January 2020. Please see the Reporting minor plumbing work performed on or after 1 January 2020 webpage for further information...
Certificates and diagrams
When to lodge a certificate of compliance When major plumbing work is completed, the licensed plumbing contractor who lodged the notice of intention for the work must submit a certificate of compliance within five working days of completing the work. A certificate of compliance can only be lodged...
Certificates and diagrams
National licensing (NOLs) in Western Australia On 13 December 2013 the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) decided not to proceed with national occupational licensing. Status: Closed 30 September 2013 Information session A public information session on the current status of the national...
Consultations
Reasonable time, if no time set A contract or agreement for the supply of services usually states when the services will be provided and the date they will be completed. If not, you automatically guarantee to supply the service within a reasonable time. What is ’reasonable’ will depend on the...
Guarantees and warranties
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

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This information sheet provides advice for persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) on the function, content and application of safe work method statements (SWMS). The Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022 and Work Health and Safety (Mines) Regulations 2022 (WHS Regulations), require a SWMS to be prepared for proposed high risk construction work before commencing any activity.
WorkSafe
Bulletin
04 Jul 2023
Report of the Construction contracts register for the financial year to 30 June 2006.
Building and Energy
Reports
12 Dec 2018
Report of the Construction contracts register for the financial year to 30 June 2007.
Building and Energy
Reports
12 Dec 2018
Report of the Construction contracts register for the financial year to 30 June 2008.
Building and Energy
Reports
12 Dec 2018
Report of the Construction contracts register for the financial year to 30 June 2009.
Building and Energy
Reports
12 Dec 2018
Report of the Construction contracts register for the financial year to 30 June 2010.
Building and Energy
Reports
12 Dec 2018
Report of the Building Commissioner for the financial year to 30 June 2012.
Building and Energy
Reports
12 Dec 2018
Report of the Building Commissioner for the financial year to 30 June 2013.
Building and Energy
Reports
12 Dec 2018
Report of the Building Commissioner for the financial year to 30 June 2014.
Building and Energy
Reports
12 Dec 2018
Report of the Building Commissioner for the financial year to 30 June 2015.
Building and Energy
Reports
12 Dec 2018

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A new code of conduct for Western Australia's building and construction industry will be introduced to prevent anti-competitive behaviour, improve workplace safety and add to the suite of measures adopted by the State Government to ensure subcontractors are paid on time.
Building and Energy
Department News
05 Dec 2016
The Minister for Commerce has approved amendments being made to the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000 (the Plumbing Regulations) to help improve health and living conditions in Western Australia’s remote Aboriginal communities. The changes will allow a suitably qualified environmental health worker based in or close to communities where ready access to a licensed plumber...
Building and Energy
Department News
05 Dec 2016
Currently, all new heated water installations are required to be temperature controlled at the outlets of sanitary plumbing fixtures used primarily for personal hygiene in accordance with the Plumbing Code of Australia and AS/ NZS 3500.4:2015, clause 1.9.2. The requirement above also applies when replacing a water heater with one of a different type, capacity or heat source; for example, when an...
Building and Energy
Department News
12 Dec 2016
Are you a subcontractor or small builder engaged in the WA building and construction industry? Would you like some useful tips about entering into construction contracts in WA? Do you want to learn more about making sure you get paid or what to do in the event of a dispute? If you answered 'yes' to the above, these training sessions are for you: Getting paid: information sessions on the...
Building and Energy
Event
23 Nov 2016
The best way to ensure quality painting and plumbing work, and to make sure only ‘fit and proper’ persons are entering your client’s homes and places of business, is to engage appropriately registered and licensed tradespersons. Painters’ registration requirements Individuals, partnerships and companies that contract with others to provide painting services valued over $1,000 must be registered...
Building and Energy
Department News
01 Nov 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
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
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

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