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The most significant changes to the Building Regulations in 50 years

posted 12 Sept 2011, 05:16 by Peter Jenner   [ updated 12 Sept 2011, 18:51 ]
The Government's current Building Regulation Reform package will deliver the most significant transformation to Western Australian building legislation in over 50 years.  The existing building approvals process was established by the Local Government Act of 1960, and reflects the way buildings were designed in the 1950's, relying on builders registered under the Builders' Registration Act 1939.  Building policy and legislation has been fragmented between local and state government departments since then, with practitioner registration managed by individual boards.  Reviews of building regulations undertaken by the former Housing and Works and Consumer Protection portfolios recommended that the legislation be updated to reflect modern building practices in Western Australia.  The reviews also suggested that the legislation be managed in one place, by a single entity, and therefore the Building Commission was established.