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Whether you have to provide a refund, repair, replacement or compensation to a consumer for problems with goods or services depends on whether you have met consumer guarantees set by Australian law. You are responsible for understanding your legal obligations. Australia’s consumer protection...
Guarantees and warranties
In 2014-15 WorkSafe proposes to conduct the following safety projects subject to availability of resources. All industries Communicable diseases Labour hire - Checklist Accommodation, cafes and restaurants Catering - Media statement - Checklist Restaurants - Media statement - Checklist Agriculture...
Workplace inspections
In Western Australia, the following building trades are required to be licensed by the organisations listed: Builders are required to be registered with the Building Commission. Building surveyors are required to be registered with the Building Commission. Painters are required to be registered...
Responsibilities
The National Construction Code (NCC) is an initiative of the Council of Australian Governments, developed to incorporate all on-site construction requirements into a single code. The NCC is produced and maintained by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) on behalf of the Australian Government...
Codes and standards
Western Australia has some of the driest climatic regions in Australia and is prone to bushfire attack, particularly around the south west regions. In the past few years there have been numerous fire events that have devastated bushland areas and destroyed or damaged properties. The Building...
Building in bushfire prone areas
The Building Commission protects the community by setting standards and ensuring contractors have the skills, experience and financial capacity to deliver quality building services. It is illegal for an individual, partnership or company to contract for or carry out a building service without first...
Find a registered building service provider or licensed plumber
The Building Regulations 2012 (the Regulations) requires all private swimming and spa pools that contain water that is more than 300mm deep to have a compliant safety barrier installed that restricts access by young children to the pool and its immediate surrounds. The requirements for safety...
Swimming pools and spas
A sustainable building industry will balance environmental, social and economic issues to ensure a viable and valuable industry for future generations. The building industry includes developing, planning, designing, building, altering, or maintaining the built environment. The manufacturers,...
Sustainability
Adjudication The claim A claimant can be a person, body or organisation that presents a payment claim in the event of a payment dispute. The claimant can be: a contractor claiming against a principal; a subcontractor claiming against a contractor; or a supplier of goods claiming against a...
Information on the Construction Contracts Act
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

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On 1 July 2013, changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 (the Act) and the Residential Tenancies Regulations 1989 came into force. These frequently asked questions are designed to assist you in...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
09 Feb 2017
These guidelines are issued under Section 33AA of the Electricity Act 1945 (WA) by the Director of Energy Safety, to assist property owners and electrical contractors in the selection, installation...
EnergySafety
Guide / handbook
21 Jan 2016
This code details the requirements for vegetation control work carried out near the live conductors of overhead power lines and is to be read in conjunction with Electricity Regulations 1947 Regulation 316A.
EnergySafety
Code of practice
04 May 2015
Paying proper attention to customer complaints is an essential part of a well-managed business operation. In fact, complaints can improve your efficiency and profitability. Why have a complaint...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
08 Sep 2017
New WAER 2015 for installation designs commenced after 1 January 2016.
EnergySafety
Technical standards
29 Jun 2017
This Quick Reference Guide provides general guidance and direction for subcontractors engaged in the Western Australian building and construction industry regarding common rights and obligations. The...
Building Commission
Flyers
19 May 2014
If you are a subcontractor and find yourself in a situation where you are not being paid or are being paid late by a head contractor, acting quickly to determine your options is the vital first step...
Building Commission
Flyers
22 May 2014
This document was developed to assist in the investigation of slips, trip and falls in the workplace.
WorkSafe
Checklist
22 May 2014
This checklist has been developed to assist you in identifying risks associated with working at height .
WorkSafe
Checklist
18 Feb 2015
WorkSafe has produced this checklist to assist you in inspecting your workplace in regards to evacuation and first aid. Although the checklists do not cover all the requirements under workplace safety and health laws, they will give you a better idea of whether your workplace meets basic standards of safety. They will also assist in laying the foundation for a safety and health management system at your workplace.
WorkSafe
Checklist
22 May 2014

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Announcements

Karawara unregistered painter Tom Tomic has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for carrying out unauthorised painting work at a Wilson property in 2012.
Building Commission
Media release
14 Sep 2015
WorkSafe and Consumer Protection have issued a joint warning about a conman who is masquerading as a licensed asbestos removal expert, leaving consumers dangerously exposed to asbestos as well as out of pocket. David Leslie Patrick Back , also known as Davic and trading as Southside Asbestos Removals or Southside Asbestos and Demolition (both unregistered) , has accepted payment for work either...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Aug 2015
The Building Commissioner is warning the public to exercise caution in any dealings with Frayson Pty Ltd (Frayson) or its sole director Dianella man Armand Noor , after receiving information the company may be continuing to operate after its registration was suspended earlier this year.
Building Commission
Media release
25 Aug 2015
The AS/NZS 5601 drafts for comment have been released. The following draft amendments are available to download from the Standards Australia website : DR AS/NZS 5601.1:2013 Amd 2:2015 Gas Installations - General installations; and DR AS/NZS 5601.2:2013 Amd 1:2015 Gas Installations - LP Gas installations in caravans. The public comment period closes on 19 October 2015. Comments can be submitted...
EnergySafety
Department News
18 Aug 2015
Consumer Protection is once again warning consumers not to deal with ‘bitumen bandits’ who offer to lay driveways on-the-spot with material supposedly leftover from another job and then leave town before you can challenge them about their shoddy work and materials. Reports received by Consumer Protection’s Mid-West office suggest that two men in high-visibility work clothes, driving a white ute...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Jul 2015
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection, David Hillyard Paying large amounts of money up front for nothing in return or hiring a tradesperson without a recommendation, or without seeing references or sighting previous good work are some of the mistakes Western Australians regularly make when having work carried out on their homes. In the last few months we have issued new warnings about...
Consumer Protection
Department News
26 Jun 2015
Working on or near energised electrical equipment (live work) is the leading cause of burns, shocks, serious accidents and fatalities for electricians. Energy Safety ’s Code of Practice Safe Low Voltage Work Practices by Electricians sets out guidelines issued under the authority of Section 33AA of the Electricity Act 1945 (WA). WorkCover NSW has recently released an electrical safety video...
EnergySafety
Department News
16 Jun 2015
An investigation by Victoria’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade found that external aluminium composite cladding used in the construction of the Lacrosse Building in Melbourne’s Docklands precinct did not comply with the standards required for that use and contributed to the rapid spread of fire up the building in November 2014.
Building Commission
Media release
05 Jun 2015
Commerce Minister Michael Mischin has announced a package of regulatory reforms to help Western Australia’s building and plumbing industries save money and work more efficiently.
Building Commission
Department News
31 Mar 2015
Consumer Protection is warning Perth people not to do business with a rogue air conditioning unit repairman who has a long history of poor service and a large number of unhappy customers. Christopher Brocklebank , who is believed to be living in Woodvale, runs Perth Evaporative Air & Gas Services , and has previously traded under the name Elements Hearth, Wind and Fire . He is facing seven...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Mar 2015

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