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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
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 False document for building application results in $4,000 fine – Carl Rocco Garreffa Father-and-son builders...
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Public comment ended 31 August 2018 - THIS DOCUMENT IS NO LONGER CURRENT AND IS AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE FOR HISTORICAL PURPOSES ONLY The Western Australian Government is seeking your comments on the proposals to modernise Western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
Western Australia's Building Regulations 2012 (the Regulations) sets out the requirements for home-owners to have compliant smoke alarms installed: prior to the sale or transfer of ownership; where a dwelling is rented under a residential tenancy agreement or made available for such rental; and...
Smoke alarm laws
Once the adjudicator has received an application and the response, the adjudicator has 10 business days to assess the payment dispute and make a determination. You can find further information about how the adjudicator makes a determination in the following video and fact sheet. Topic 5 – The...
Information on the Construction Contracts Act
If you are involved in a payment dispute and the other party applies for rapid adjudication, you will be required to prepare a formal response to the application within 10 business days. This will give you an opportunity to outline your side of the story to the adjudicator. You can find further...
Information on the Construction Contracts Act

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This industry bulletin advises that the Commerce Regulations Amendment (Infringement Notices) Regulations 2019 (the Amendment Regulations) was published in the Government Gazette on Friday 26 April...
Building Commission
Bulletin
29 Apr 2019
Updates to some of the Building Commissioner approved forms have been made in order to align with recent amendments to the Building Regulations 2012 addressing administrative matters around the...
Building Commission
Bulletin
27 Mar 2019
The Building Amendment Regulations 2019 (the Amendment Regulations) were published in the Government Gazette on 26 March 2019. The Amendment Regulations come into effect on 1 May 2019. The Amendment...
Building Commission
Bulletin
27 Mar 2019
In March 2019, a truck mounted concrete pump with boom (TMCPWB) collapsed on to an operator. The injured person had his leg pinned by the boom, causing leg injuries. Possible contributing factors in...
WorkSafe
Alert
18 Mar 2019
The Construction Industry Safety Advisory Committee (CISAC), a tripartite committee of the Western Australian Commission for Occupational Safety and Health, has been made aware of alleged non-...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
08 Mar 2019
This document provides guidance for post-May 2016 private swimming pools and details the applicable building standards for their safety barriers as detailed in Regulation 31C of the Building...
Building Commission
Bulletin
08 Mar 2019
Your home is usually your biggest investment, so it's worth doing your research before deciding who will undertake your building project. Undertaking a few practical checks at the start can help...
Building Commission
Fact sheet
21 Dec 2018
Propped open pool gates and faulty latches are a leading cause of drowning deaths in young children. It only takes seconds for a child to drown, so regularly check that the latch is working and never...
Building Commission
Fact sheet
20 Dec 2018
Research in Australia and overseas has found that workers fabricating benchtops from stone can be exposed to levels of respirable crystalline silica (RCS) which are hazardous to their health. The...
WorkSafe
Guidance note
12 Dec 2018
Report of the Construction contracts register for the financial year to 30 June 2006.
Building Commission
Reports
12 Dec 2018

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The minimum fees prescribed in Schedule 2 of the Building Regulations 2012 will increase by 7 per cent on 1 July 2019 for the 2019/20 year. A list of the current minimum fees and the new minimum fees is in the table below. This increase in fees is the result of a review undertaken by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety at the request of the Parliament’s Joint Standing...
Building Commission
Department News
08 May 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 Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme is an Australian government initiative in partnership with state and territory governments. During the past year the WELS team has been engaged in ‘Project New Build’, working to increase the building industry’s compliance through education, engagement and inspections. For information on this project and other important WELS updates...
Building Commission
Department News
05 Apr 2019
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WITH COMMISSIONER FOR CONSUMER PROTECTION, DAVID HILLYARD Following a recent ceiling collapse at a Thornlie property, home owners are reminded to act promptly on warning signs of ceiling stress. A ceiling collapse can cause serious injury to anyone present at the time of collapse and it can also cause extensive damage to a room’s contents and structure...
Building Commission / Consumer Protection
Department News
03 Apr 2019
A Herne Hill man has been fined $4,000 and ordered to pay $943.50 in costs by the Perth Magistrates Court on 22 February 2019 after altering a certificate of title which was part of an application for owner-builder approval. Carl Rocco Garreffa had removed his wife’s name from the certificate of title of a property in Herne Hill which was jointly owned by the couple and failed to obtain her...
Building Commission
Media release
27 Feb 2019
All three volumes of the National Construction Code (NCC) 2019 previews have been released by The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) and are available to download from NCC online. Further information on the release can be found on the ABCB website. NCC 2019 will be adopted from 1 May 2019 . You are reminded that the Building Regulations 2012 in Western Australia has a 12 months transitional...
Building Commission
Department News
06 Feb 2019
Building industry participants in regional WA are invited to free information seminars on important changes coming up in the Building Code of Australia (BCA) 2019 edition. Spanning nine locations from Esperance to Broome during March, the events are presented by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s Building and Energy team (formerly the Building Commission). The seminars aim...
Building Commission
Media release
05 Feb 2019
A Mandurah electrician has pleaded guilty to breaching electricity regulations by failing to install a crucial safety component at a building site, which could have resulted in a fatal electric shock. Dale Eric Subke of Coodanup is a licensed electrician (EW159776) and a director of Subke Pty Ltd , trading as Dalectrix (EC9256). On February 1, Mandurah Magistrates Court fined Mr Subke $4,500 and...
EnergySafety
Media release
05 Feb 2019
Two clients of a WA builder have transferred a total of $72,000 to scammers believing they were paying instalments towards the construction of their homes. The two payments of $38,000 and $34,000 were made when the consumers received emails purporting to be from their builder requesting the payments be made to a different bank account. The emails were fake and the consumers are now attempting to...
Building Commission / Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Jan 2019
Building and Energy is alerting owners and occupiers of properties with swimming or spa pools about the significant risks of propping open a pool gate. Statistics show that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children under five years of age, with many such tragedies occurring in domestic pools. Building laws in Western Australia require swimming and spa pools with water more...
Building Commission
Media release
17 Jan 2019

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