The West Australian

WA will finally introduce mandatory building inspections as part of moves to clean up the construction industry — but the changes will not come into effect until 2026 at the earliest.

Even then, only high-rise apartments and commercial builds will be captured by the first tranche of legislation, with single residential homes to continue to avoid compulsory inspections until 2028.

The long lead time means WA will remain the only State without a mandatory inspection regime for all home builds for at least another five years — and likely longer.

Commerce Minister Sue Ellery unveiled the reforms on Wednesday, which also include new registration requirements for designers and enhanced powers for WA’s Building Commissioner — including the authority to enter any construction site and issue greater penalties.

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