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The first step in the process, if you have not already done so, is to make a claim for payment under your contract. Most written contracts contain provisions detailing how and when claims for progress payment, final payment or return of security are made, and how the head contractor (or principal)...
Subcontractors guide to payment disputes
In very simple terms, adjudication can only start after you make a payment claim to the person or company that owes you money. Where the person or company fails to pay your claim or disputes the amount, you can then apply to have the dispute decided by an adjudicator who will determine the payment...
Subcontractors guide to payment disputes
Under the Act, adjudication is when an adjudicator – a registered, trained professional experienced in construction contract administration and dispute resolution – is appointed to review the issue and expedite the resolution of a payment dispute. Adjudication is an inexpensive method for obtaining...
Subcontractors guide to payment disputes
The Act applies to all contracts for the carrying out of construction work in Western Australia entered into after 1 January 2005. Construction work is defined in the Act to include the carrying out of most trade work, or supply of goods and services, typically associated with building and...
Subcontractors guide to payment disputes
For anyone working in the construction industry, the Act provides a number of very important protections to ensure fair conduct and cash flow. The Act: Provides that contracts with payment on terms greater than 50 days shall be read as requiring payment within 50 days (be aware that from 3 April...
Subcontractors guide to payment disputes
You have carried out work on a construction project and have not been paid, or the client has refused to pay you the full amount owed. What do you do? It is important to understand that your right to be paid comes from your contract and you need to follow the payment process set out in your...
Subcontractors guide to payment disputes
This guide is intended to help you understand how to resolve contractual payment disputes using the Construction Contracts Act 2004 (the Act) and outlines the process for parties undertaking rapid adjudication and the rights and obligations of parties to contracts for building and construction work...
Subcontractors guide to payment disputes
In Western Australia workers have been killed by lightning, the most recent in 2014 when a backpacker working on a farm at Bruce Rock died after she was struck by lightning. Workers are most at risk working out in the open, on the sea or other waterways or sheltering under trees or other structures...
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The Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit has responsibility for monitoring compliance with the Western Australian Building and Construction Industry Code of Conduct 2016. The unit is located within the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. Contact the Building and...
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These resources provide information and answers to frequently asked questions about the Western Australian Building and Construction Industry Code of Conduct 2016 . The BCI Code is also supported by Implementation Guidelines . Resources – General Information on BCI Code: Responsibility for...
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WorkSafe is seeing ongoing non-compliance with wall chasing work, such as: Use of petrol powered saws without local exhaust ventilation (LEV) on-tool, exposing workers to toxic carbon monoxide;...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
13 Jun 2017
Building Commission
Consultations / public comment
29 May 2017
This Industry Bulletin outlines interconnection requirements for mains-powered smoke alarms installed as part of new building work, such as an addition or alteration, to existing dwellings. This...
Building Commission
Bulletin
12 May 2017
The following is a guide for home owners who may have concerns about the stability of the plasterboard ceilings within their home.
Building Commission
Fact sheet
11 May 2017
This industry bulletin provides information for building industry practitioners and regulators regarding changes to termite management system standards referenced by the Building Code of Australia (...
Building Commission
Bulletin
27 Apr 2017
The Building Commission has released a final audit report on some compliance and conformance issues that arose during the construction of the new Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) at the QEII Medical...
Building Commission
Fact sheet
24 Apr 2017
An audit of contractor and product performance in the construction of the new Perth Children’s Hospital.
Building Commission
Reports
24 Apr 2017
Articles on regulatory matters, electronic enablement initiatives, industry updates, events, and links to new publications. Building Commission News 1/2017 Click here to view the newsletter
Building Commission
Newsletter
13 Apr 2017

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Canning Vale licensed plumbing contractor Richard James Palmer (PL7708) has been cautioned by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) for negligence and incompetence.
Building Commission
Media release
11 Jul 2017
Canning Vale man Nicholas Bradley Mason (PL7879 – suspended), trading as Mason Plumbing and Gas , has had his plumbing contractor’s licence suspended for three months by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) as a result of disciplinary action by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB).
Building Commission
Media release
06 Jul 2017
Western Australian Building Commissioner Peter Gow today confirmed the Building Commission is broadening its audit of aluminium composite panels (ACPs) following the Grenfell Tower fire in London.
Building Commission
Media release
04 Jul 2017
Building Commissioner Peter Gow today announced a pricing reform to Western Australia’s home indemnity insurance (HII) scheme. Large volume and multi-unit project builders will have to pay a premium increase as of Monday 2 October 2017. The increase is required to ensure the HII scheme is sustainable and to prevent WA taxpayers from footing the bill for recent builder failures. Small to medium...
Building Commission
Media release
27 Jun 2017
The June 2017 edition of Building Commission News is out now. Read the Building Commission News Edition 2/2017 – June 2017 The newsletter features articles on audit and compliance matters, industry updates, events, and links to new publications. If you didn't receive a copy of the newsletter, make sure you are signed up to receive our news and updates. Subscribe to news and updates
Building Commission
Department News
13 Jun 2017
Carramar plumber James Raymond Hudson (PL5487) has been ordered to pay a $3,000 fine to the Building Commission and has had a condition placed on his licence by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) as a result of the disciplinary action against him in May 2017. At the 29 May meeting the Board recommended the actions as a result of breaches of the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards...
Building Commission
Media release
09 Jun 2017
The Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas 2017 (the Map) that comes into effect on Thursday 1 June 2017, is now available from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) website. This edition of the Map will show both ‘new’ bush fire prone areas and those ‘continuing’ from earlier editions of the Map. All bush fire prone areas will be coloured pink on the Map, with ‘new’ bush fire prone areas...
Building Commission
Department News
02 Jun 2017
The directors of The Patio Guys (WA) Pty Ltd (in liquidation), Sean and Roberta Keown, have been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for offences committed by the company. In the Bunbury Magistrates Court on 29 May 2017, Mr and Mrs Keown were each ordered to pay fines totalling $1,500 and ordered to pay costs of $578 after pleading guilty to three charges each. The first two...
Building Commission
Media release
01 Jun 2017
Registered builder Anthony Clay trading as Mallee Tree Homes and Additions has accepted a fine of $5,000 and costs of $1,500 as a result of disciplinary action commenced by the Building Services Board in the State Administration Tribunal in April 2017. As a result of the proceedings, Mr Clay admitted that he had engaged in negligent conduct and harsh, misleading or deceptive conduct, in...
Building Commission
Media release
31 May 2017
Building Commissioner Peter Gow has issued a public warning about the status of registered building contractor Contempo Group Pty Ltd (reg. BC14145). The Building Commission has been advised by Contempo Group’s director that the building contractor’s nominated building supervisor, Mr John Hewitt (reg. 14108) is no longer performing the role of nominated supervisor. The Building Commission has...
Building Commission
Media release
22 May 2017

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