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As part of its function, the Building Commission provides an avenue for both consumers and builders to resolve disputes relating to the carrying out of regulated building services and home building work contracts. These services are provided to parties as an alternative to the commencement of court...
Building service and home building contract complaints
Building Commission Boards and committees: Building Commission Advisory Committee Building Services Board Plumbers Licensing Board Plumbing Industry Reference Group (PIRG), a committee of the Plumbers Licensing Board hosted by the Building Commission 6 Star Committee
Boards and committees
Building regulation Through a range of regulation reforms, the Building Commission has delivered the most significant transformation of Western Australian building laws in over 50 years. Architects Act 2004 The Architects Act 2004 provides for the effective registration of architects in WA. It...
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Western Australia’s Building Commission oversees the regulation of building, painting, building surveying and plumbing services. With all these regulatory functions focused within a single agency, our industry and consumers benefit from a more consistent and efficient service. The Building Services...
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A recent proactive project conducted by the Manufacturing Branch of WorkSafe WA into the powder coating industry in both metro and regional Western Australia found that in many cases, hazardous...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
An employee received numerous injuries when he was hit by a fork tine carriage which fell off a forklift. The forklift was being used to close a workshop sliding door that had come off its roller...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
Two chefs received flash burns to their upper bodies when an aerosol can of cooking oil exploded in a busy café . As a result of the explosion, a large window at the front of the café blew outwards...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
Workers were exposed to asbestos-containing material when an employee used a battery-operated drill to attach a loose post to a wall containing asbestos material. The employee drilled a series of...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
Items of plant were recently imported into Western Australia and found to contain bonded asbestos gaskets. The plant was imported from New Zealand and Thailand for installation at a major industrial...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
A worker received third degree burns to 13 percent of his body when using a new drain cleaning product containing 98 per cent sulfuric acid. In an attempt to unblock a public toilet drain, workers...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
A workbook to assist people in the agricultural sector to address hazards at the workplace.
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
21 May 2014
A retired farmer was fatally injured when he was struck and crushed by hay bales falling from a truck being unloaded by a telescopic handler ( telehandler ). The retired farmer drove the truck into a...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
The purpose of this Alert is to provide information to all employers and employees involved in the unloading of multi trailer tip trucks.
WorkSafe
Alert
20 Apr 2016
The purpose of this Alert is to advise and promote industry awareness regarding compliance to the operating standards that apply to commercial vehicle operations on public roads in WA.
WorkSafe
Alert
20 Apr 2016

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Consumer Protection will discontinue legal action against a rogue fencing contractor due to him having been declared bankrupt. United Fencing (WA) Pty Ltd, a registered company of sole director James Lee Battah of Harvey, has been the subject of legal action by the Department after consumers in the Bunbury and Mandurah areas reported paying large deposits for fencing work that was never carried...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Sep 2013
WorkSafe is investigating a work-related fatality at the BGC (Australia) Pty Ltd trading as BGC Cement worksite in Naval Base near Rockingham this afternoon. A 44-year-old man was believed to have died as a result of a fall. This is the second death at the Beard Street site within 11 months. Inspectors travelled to the site and are investigating the circumstances. No further details are available...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 Sep 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 12 September 2013, most Coles Express sites are hiking their ULP price by 14 cents per litre (cpl) up to 161.9 cpl. Most Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price up to 160.9 cpl, most Caltex and Gull sites up to 159.9 cpl and most Peak and BP sites are going up to 158.9 cpl...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Sep 2013
A Sydney-based property investment promoter has voluntarily agreed to forego promoting his rent-to-buy scheme to WA consumers, to clarify what Consumer Protection believes is misleading advertising and to clarify statements made on various websites. Richard “Rick” Keith Otton, together with his companies Rick Otton.com Pty Ltd and We Buy Houses Pty Ltd, entered into an enforceable undertaking...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Sep 2013
A company which promotes a weight loss product has agreed to clarify claims made in its advertising which Consumer Protection believes may have misled WA consumers and to offer a refund to those customers in WA who believe they have been misled. IGEA Life Sciences Pty Ltd, the promoter and supplier of Bodytrim, has signed a Court enforceable undertaking with Consumer Protection agreeing to place...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Sep 2013
North West painters and decorators are being asked to contribute to the first- ever snapshot of the painting and decorating industry in Western Australia. A survey by the Painting Reference Group, which is made up of representatives from the Building Commission and Master Painters and Decorators Australia, is now open to painters and decorators who are operating in unregulated areas of the state...
Building Commission
Media release
09 Sep 2013
The Plumbers Licensing Board has commenced disciplinary action against plumbing contractor Jason Wayne Walker (PL6489), of south-west Western Australia , after a number of complaints were received by the Building Commission. Building Commissioner Peter Gow said proceedings are underway in the State Administrative Tribunal, which is considering whether to suspend or ultimately cancel Walker’s...
Building Commission
Media release
09 Sep 2013
WorkSafe is investigating the work-related fatality at the Instant Waste Management worksite in Bayswater this afternoon. Inspectors travelled to the site and will investigate the circumstances. No further details are available at this stage. WorkSafe thoroughly investigates serious work-related injuries and deaths in WA with a view to preventing future incidents of a similar nature. WorkSafe WA...
WorkSafe
Media release
09 Sep 2013
Computer hackers are using webcam photos and videos to blackmail their victims while masquerading as officers of international law enforcement agencies, including the Australian Federal Police (AFP). The scammers gain remote access to their victim’s computer through malware. Victims report getting a pop-up message on their computer which claims that the computer has been frozen by the AFP or...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Sep 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 5 September 2013, most Caltex sites are hiking their ULP price by 18 cents per litre (cpl) up to 161.9 cpl. Most Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price up to 160.9 cpl, most BP, Coles Express and Gull sites up to 159.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 158.9 cpl. Tomorrow's...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Sep 2013

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