New resources to help you meet the challenges of building houses

  • WA construction sector impacted by global shortages and rising costs
  • Information for consumers facing delays, cost increases and other challenges
  • Resources available on the Building and Energy website (dmirs.wa.gov.au)
  • The WA Building Regulator has developed helpful information to help consumers affected by current challenges in the home building industry, including impacts on project timelines and costs.

    The building and energy resources aim to provide general advice to people building or renovating in WA as local industry is impacted by shortages of building materials and skilled workers in Australia and around the world.

    Information is available in the ‘Building a House in Hard Times’ section of the Building and Energy website (dmirs.wa.gov.au/building-delays).

    A new seven-page guide (dmirs.wa.gov.au/building-in-challenging-times) explains current challenges and related legislation and protections, from contract law and complaints processes to insolvency and home insurance.

    “Shortages of materials and labor, along with increased transportation expenses and disruptions, are all contributing to project delays and unprecedented costs for builders and tradespeople,” Saj said. Abdoolakhan, executive director of building and energy.

    “These challenges are often out of the hands of the builder or craftsman as market forces are at play, amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic and global trade issues. The effects can be frustrating for everyone involved, but I’m confident that most participants in the WA construction industry do their best to handle the challenges and complete the projects.

    “I encourage homeowners, builders and tradespeople to maintain open and timely communication about projects. Our new user-friendly resources will also help consumers navigate challenges by having key information at their fingertips if they face delays, price increases or unfinished work.

    Additional guides are available on house building contract price increases and when these are allowed; incomplete construction work, including concerns about a builder’s financial condition; and shortages of residential building materials and labour.

    The documents are available at dmirs.wa.gov.au/building-delays.

    More resources will be added in the coming weeks as part of the consumer education component of recent state government initiatives to protect homeowners and support the building and construction industry.

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