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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
EnergySafety and WorkSafe are calling for public comment on proposals to amend the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 and the Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991 to prohibit work on energised electrical installations. Key features of the proposals include: a prohibition on...
Developments in OSH in Western Australia
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
Department of Commerce Rapid adjudication using the Construction Contracts Act Types of employment arrangements Building Management and Works (BMW) Making a complaint about a project managed by Department of Finance Measures BMW have taken to protect sub-contractors and contractors on future...
Information for subcontractors
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 contract. If the contract is not in writing the Act includes a schedule of payment terms that are implied in your verbal contract. From time to time you may be...
Information for subcontractors
Resolving payment disputes using the Construction Contracts Act 2004 . Am I a subcontractor or an employee? An employee is paid according to a relevant award or contract of payment and supplied with material and equipment to do the work. A subcontractor is paid based on invoices and results...
Information for subcontractors
The following guides, reports and fact sheets provide general information for subcontractors as well as detailed descriptions of the rapid adjudication process for payment disputes. Information for subcontractors Subcontractors guide resolving payment disputes 1MB Resolving payment disputes in...
Information for subcontractors
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
On 16 December 2015, Mr Lex McCulloch the WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner announced the Department of Commerce – WorkSafe Division (WorkSafe) would be undertaking a review of the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations for adoption in Western Australia. The key principles of the...
Developments in OSH in Western Australia
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...
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In April 2014, Energy Safety published Guidelines for the safe management of high voltage electrical installations. The purpose of the document was to provide advice to ‘responsible persons’ for...
EnergySafety
Fact sheet
30 Apr 2015
Oil-insulated high voltage (HV) combined-fuse switches Order 02-2015 issued to all persons working on and owners and operators of oil-insulated high voltage combined-fuse switches Preliminary...
EnergySafety
Reports
21 Jan 2016
This application form is used to apply for a variable speed drives permit.
EnergySafety
Form – application
18 Feb 2015
L & C fuse switches Order 01-2015 issued to all persons working on and owners and operators of Long and Crawford oil-insulated high voltage combined-fuse switches Preliminary Pursuant to s.18B of...
EnergySafety
Reports
21 Jan 2016
This application form is used to apply for a medical imaging equipment permit.
EnergySafety
Form – application
04 Feb 2015
This application form is used to apply for a university technician's electrical worker's permit.
EnergySafety
Form – application
10 Dec 2014
This application form is used to apply to upgrade your Class G gasfitting permit to include installing and servicing of NG and LPG.
EnergySafety
Form – application
08 Jul 2014
Important points about LP Gas cylinders Regulations require LP Gas cylinders to be inspected and tested every ten (10) years. Filling damaged or out-of-test-date cylinders is illegal and can be...
EnergySafety
Information
03 Apr 2017
General It is a requirement of Regulation 45(1) of the Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991 that an electrical contractor shall ensure that his/her electrical contractor’s licence number appears...
EnergySafety
Information
02 Jul 2014

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Formerly registered Wangara builder Jeffrey West (reg. BP101011 & BC100818 – both expired), the sole trader of Kameleon Homes, has been fined $15,000 and ordered to pay costs of $3,200 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) as a result of disciplinary action by the Building Services Board.
Building Commission
Media release
11 Jan 2017
Complete Ceilings and Renovations Pty Ltd (deregistered by ASIC) and its director Mark Edward Straw of High Wycombe have been fined a total of $242,700 as a result of prosecution action by the Building Commissioner.
Building Commission
Media release
21 Dec 2016
Salter Point man Mal Afrasiabi (BC6365 & BP6365 – expired), a director of the formerly registered Western Australian building company AFRA Construction Pty Ltd (BC12367 – expired) and trading as MAE Contractors (or MAE Constructions WA), has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for registration and contractual offences.
Building Commission
Media release
21 Dec 2016
The December 2016 edition of Building Commission News is out now.
Building Commission
Department News
15 Dec 2016
The Commerce website will be unavailable for between 10-20 minutes sometime between the hours of 6pm and 9pm on Thursday night, 15 December. This is being done to improve the security of network connections. Disruption to people wanting to access the site or use various business systems should be minimal, but we do apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit / Building Commission / Consumer Protection / EnergySafety / Industry Development / Labour Relations / WorkSafe / Corporate
Alert
14 Dec 2016
Information about amendments to the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000 (Plumbing Regulations) that came into effect on 14 December 2016.
Building Commission
Department News
14 Dec 2016
The Mid-West communities of Nabawa, Naraling, South Yuna and East Yuna are the latest locations to benefit from new telecommunications infrastructure, thanks to the Liberal National Government's $105 million investment through Royalties for Regions .
Industry Development
Media release
13 Dec 2016
East Perth man Jon Valmont (alias Jon Marcel), trading as Marcel Roofing, has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for registration and contractual offences he committed in contracting for and carrying out building work in Attadale in late 2013 and early 2014.
Building Commission
Media release
13 Dec 2016
Byford concreter Christopher Ronald Francis Gordon , trading as Flash Concrete , has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for contractual offences he committed while contracting for building work at a Rivervale property in 2014 and a Bull Creek property in 2015.
Building Commission
Media release
12 Dec 2016
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

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