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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...
Environmental factors
Recent amendments to the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000 (the Plumbing Regulations) will help to improve health and living conditions in Western Australia’s remote Aboriginal communities. The changes, which came into effect on 14 December 2016, allow suitably qualified...
Responsibilities
Where a licensed plumbing contractor is choosing to include an alternative solution, there are a number of additional steps to follow. These steps are outlined in the ‘Guidance Note for Installing Alternative Plumbing and Drainage Solutions in WA’. Guidance Note for Installing Alternative Plumbing...
Responsibilities
Drainage plumbing diagram fees A $10.50 fee now applies to the purchase of Drainage Plumbing Diagrams. Go to the 'Search for a drainage plumbing diagram' website Click here for the search Drainage plumbing diagrams (also known as flimsies or as constructed diagrams) are a diagrammatic...
Certificates and diagrams
Frequently asked questions Can I use an online service to submit an updated photo to the PLB? You can submit your updated photograph online through the Building Commission website . Simply ensure your digital photograph is not more than one month old and shows your head and shoulders against a...
Online licensing services
Frequently asked questions An independent review of Western Australia’s plumbing legislation conducted in 2013/14 recommended a number of improvements to the way plumbers are licensed and how plumbing standards are enforced. One of these improvements was to give the Plumbers Licensing Board...
Online licensing services

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Areas for consideration by the second Building Summit in August, 2016.
Building Commission
Advisory note
01 Nov 2016
This technical note has been issued to provide advice on the correct requirements when installing water heaters and water tanks in roof spaces.
Building Commission
Technical standards
18 Oct 2016
This Decision Paper has been prepared in compliance with the Western Australian Government’s requirement for a regulatory impact assessment and provides details of proposed reforms to the Plumbers...
Building Commission
Discussion paper
17 Aug 2016
In July 2016 asbestos was found in composite roof panels at the new Perth Children’s Hospital. The roof panels were imported from China and classified as “asbestos free”, but testing by a National...
WorkSafe
Alert
09 Sep 2016
Building Commission
Form – notification
14 Jul 2016
On Wednesday 1 June 2016, the WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner released the Discussion Paper - Work Health and Safety Regulations for Western Australia (the discussion paper) for public...
WorkSafe
Information
19 Jul 2016
This technical note has been published to provide information on unintentionally heated cold water, floor wastes and floor waste gullies, flammable insulation in wall cavities and plumbing services...
Building Commission
Technical standards
25 Oct 2016

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Announcements

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 Commission
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 Commission
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 Commission
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 Commission
Event
23 Nov 2016
Laws introduced by the Liberal National Government to protect payments to subcontractors in the construction industry have passed State Parliament.
Building Commission
Media release
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 Commission
Department News
01 Nov 2016
Western Australia's home building industry and new home owners are continuing to enjoy savings, as more outdated requirements are removed from the State's building regulations.
Building Commission
Media release
13 Oct 2016
Online licensing to save time and money for businesses and tradespeople. Electronic lodgement of notices will reduce overheads for industry.
Building Commission
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 Commission
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 Commission
Department News
21 Sep 2016

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