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This page provides information for employers and employees about silica and some of the legal duties relating to protecting workers from developing silicosis. Silica is found in sand, stone, concrete and mortar. It is also used in the manufacture of a variety of products including composite stone...
Silica
Construction Induction Training cards (CIT) are supplied to an RTO on the condition that the CIT cards are only issued to candidates who provide evidence that they are located in Western Australia at the time of the assessment for the CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry...
Construction Industry Training Card
Silica is a common naturally occurring mineral. This fact sheet provides information about where silica is found, what are the hazards and risk management. What is silica and where is it found? Silica is a common naturally occurring mineral, also known as silicon dioxide. One common type of...
Silica
This information addresses common construction issues identified through ongoing building audits as well as concerns and queries raised by various stakeholders in the Western Australian building industry. It also addresses concerns that the current Building Code of Australia and referenced...
Technical compliance
The following media releases on disciplinary outcomes for building surveying services providers have been issued in the previous six years. Builder and building surveyor fined over unauthorised waterfront work – Kerry George Parsons; Matthew James Deal; Inclusive Building Consultants Pty Ltd ​...
Disciplinary media releases
Background Building and Energy’s 2016 general inspection into sheet metal-clad, timber framed roof construction in Western Australia identified a low level of compliance relating to roof frame construction. In response, several resources have been developed to assist with improving roof...
Technical compliance
The following media releases on disciplinary outcomes for building services providers have been issued in the previous six years. The list for each year appears in descending order. 2019 $90,000 penalty for bogus building claims – Frayson Pty Ltd, Instyle Residence Australia Pty Ltd, Armand Noor...
Disciplinary media releases
For the purposes of the information provided below, “mutual recognition” refers to the ability of a person who is registered in connection with an occupation in a state, territory or New Zealand to carry on an equivalent occupation in Western Australia, subject to the provisions of the Mutual...
Occupational licensing
The risk Most pools and spas are fitted with water circulating pumps and cleaning equipment powered by electric motors. Faults can occur in these motors or in the motor’s electrical wiring. This can expose bathers to the risk of electric shock. Signs of electric shock include a tingling sensation,...
Electrical installations
Public comment ended 31 August 2018 - THIS DOCUMENT IS NO LONGER CURRENT AND IS AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE FOR HISTORICAL PURPOSES ONLY The Western Australian Government is seeking your comments on the proposals to modernise Western Australia’s WHS laws. Background On 12 July 2017, the Government’s...
Work health and safety legislation reform

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The purpose of this industry bulletin is to remind industry that ground moisture must be considered in the design and construction of suspended concrete slabs of a building, to ensure the performance...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
05 Aug 2019
The McGowan Government has announced improvements to the bush fire policy framework including changes to the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas for 19 inner metropolitan local governments (from Stirling to...
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
31 Jul 2019
The purpose of this consultation paper is to obtain building industry and public comment on two options for change that have been identified. It is also an opportunity for stakeholders to put forward...
Building and Energy
Discussion paper
24 Jul 2019
Every year thousands of homes are constructed or renovated in Western Australia. While most building projects are completed successfully, occasionally there may be concerns or unmet expectations that...
Building and Energy
Guide / handbook
18 Jul 2019
This Industry Bulletin is intended to inform registered builders about the importance of giving a notice of completion (form BA7) to the permit authority within the prescribed period of time and to...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
12 Jul 2019
The Western Australia guide to standards and tolerances 2019 (the Guide) has been developed for use by builders and building owners as a convenient reference for acceptable standards of workmanship...
Building and Energy
Guide / handbook
30 Jul 2019
This bulletin has been produced in response to a combination of industry concerns regarding current practices and as a result of Building and Energy's inspection findings. The bulletin clarifies that...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
05 Jul 2019
Tasks carried out by electricians can increase the risk of musculoskeletal injuries such as sprains and strains due to awkward postures, repetitive actions and excessive force required to lift, carry...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
09 Jul 2019
The department has developed a checklist for employers and workers engaged in the fabrication and installation of stone benchtops. This checklist highlights safety issues with a focus on silica...
WorkSafe
Checklist
30 May 2019

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Two Perth businesses and their director must pay almost $90,000 in fines and costs following a Building and Energy prosecution for falsely claiming to be authorised to do work that only a registered building contractor can carry out. After a five-day trial in the Perth Magistrates Court, Frayson Pty Ltd and an associated company, Instyle Residence Australia Pty Ltd , were found guilty of separate...
Building and Energy
Media release
12 Aug 2019
A Perth window company and its director have been fined a total of $65,000 for not complying with a Building Commissioner’s order to fix incorrect glass installed at a Mandurah home. Malaga-based Barrowman Holdings Pty Ltd , trading as Perth Window and Door Replacement Company , was contracted to supply and install tinted double-glazed windows and doors at the property at a cost of more than $19,...
Building and Energy
Media release
31 Jul 2019
On 30 July 2019, the McGowan Government announced a three-stage plan to improve the bush fire policy framework, including the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas (the Map). The improvements will reduce the number of residential buildings required to comply with the bush fire construction requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA). Stage One will see a new edition of the Map come into effect on...
Building and Energy
Department News
30 Jul 2019
In 2018, the Cabinet Makers Association of Western Australia met with the then Minister for Commerce, in relation to difficulties experienced by cabinet makers in legally claiming progress payments from their clients under the provisions of the Home Building Contracts Act 1991 . The Minister asked the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) to investigate options to address...
Building and Energy
Department News
25 Jul 2019
A Perth building company has been found to be negligent and fined $5,000 by the Building Services Board for winning a contract to renovate a chocolate store in Fremantle, but then failing to carry out or supervise the work. Ferhan Developments Pty Ltd (BC102155) of Queens Park and its sole director Chrishan Fernando won a $236,158 tender and were issued a building permit by the City of Fremantle...
Building and Energy
Media release
23 Jul 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
Between 1 January 2017 and 28 February 2019, in total 56 regulatory compliance inspections were carried out and 3,209 items of regulatory requirements were inspected. Of these 3,037 or 95% were found to be compliant. The top ten items of non-compliance that require improvement are listed in Table 1 below: Table 1: Top ten items of regulatory compliance that require improvement Item Number...
Building and Energy
Department News
08 Jul 2019
A major Australian building company and its nominated supervisor have been fined a total of $32,000 after significant roof defects were discovered at two Perth homes. The State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) found that BGC Residential Pty Ltd (BC9769) and Thomas Edmund Starkey (BP14002) breached building registration laws by not properly managing and supervising a building service. In 2016, a...
Building and Energy
Media release
01 Jul 2019
A Karrinyup builder has been formally cautioned over the roof construction at a $1.1 million home, which did not comply with approved plans and building standards. The Building Services Board found that Mulvay Pty Ltd (BC10975) and its nominated supervisor, Mark Anthony Mulvay (BP9892), breached WA’s building registration laws by not properly managing and supervising a building service. The two-...
Building and Energy
Media release
24 Jun 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

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