Western Australia steps closer to registration of building engineers

04 August 2022 | Western Australia


Building and Energy is pleased to advise that the McGowan Government has approved the release of the Decision Regulatory Impact Statement (DRIS) on the registration of building engineers in Western Australia, and the preparation of amending regulations to implement the recommended scheme.

Decision Regulatory Impact Statement on registration of building engineers released

Building and Energy is pleased to advise that the McGowan Government has approved the release of the Decision Regulatory Impact Statement (DRIS) on the registration of building engineers in Western Australia, and the preparation of amending regulations to implement the recommended scheme.

These amending regulations are the first part of what is expected to be a suite of reforms to modernise and improve WA’s building regulatory framework in response to recommendations from the national Building Confidence Report.

Once in force, the registration scheme which will operate under the existing Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 (WA) will increase building design compliance, reduce rectification costs, and provide a formal recourse process for substandard building engineering work.

A copy of the DRIS and accompanying analysis report by Deloitte Access Economics are available on our website (below). You can also find information about the work Building and Energy is doing on some of the other recommendations from the Building Confidence Report.

Building industry reforms – Our work on national Building Confidence Report recommendations

A consultation draft of the amending regulations is anticipated to be released for comment by Building and Energy later in 2022. Announcements on when the amending regulations will then commence operation will be made at a later date.

Background

 

Building industry reforms – Our work on national Building Confidence Report recommendations

Improving the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for the building and construction industry across Australia.

In mid-2017 in response to community and industry concerns about weaknesses in building regulation across Australia, Professor Peter Shergold AC and Ms Bronwyn Weir were commissioned by Australian Building Ministers to examine compliance and enforcement systems and identify ways to enhance the confidence of all those who own, work, live, or conduct their business in Australian buildings .

The Building Confidence Report, published in 2018, made 24 recommendations to Building Ministers to address systemic issues in the building industry and enhance regulatory frameworks to ensure compliance and enforcement of building standards. Building Ministers supported the report’s findings, and in March 2019 agreed to an Implementation Plan.

 

Further information

Government of Western Australia