Reduction of licence and related fees in response to COVID-19 coronavirus

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12 month discount on licensing fees – 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021

On 31 March 2020, the State Government announced a COVID-19 coronavirus economic and health relief package. The package includes providing a 12 month discount on licensing and similar fees for the 12 month period between 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 to assist small and medium-sized businesses.

The term “licensing-related” fees includes fees for various types of authorisations including licences, registrations, permits, certifications, and extends to incorporated associations and co‑operatives.

The Regulation amendments to implement this change come into effect on 28 October 2020.

Licensing-related fees and charges

From 28 October 2020 to 31 March 2021, the following will apply:

  • a fee, paid with the application, discounted by one year’s worth of the full fee, will be payable for any licences issued for more than one year; that is:
    • the fee payable for a five-year licence will be discounted by one fifth (20%);
    • the fee payable for a three-year licence will be discounted by one third (33%); 
    • the fee payable for a two-year licence will be discounted by one half (50%).
  • one-year or annual licence fees and one-off transaction fees will be waived.

Refunds

  • Refunds equivalent to 12 months of the fee will be provided for fees paid for multi-year licences between 1 April 2020 and 27 October 2020.
  • Refunds will be provided for one-year, annual and one-off fees that have been paid between 1 April 2020 and 27 October 2020.

We will be making arrangements to send eligible refunds as soon as possible and may need to contact applicants/licensees to request bank details so we can pay the refund by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).  

Refunds will be made by EFT only. If you receive an email and/or letter from the Department requesting your bank details, please complete the form and return it as soon as possible.  We will be processing about 50,000 refunds to our various groups of licensed occupations, so we appreciate your patience during this process.

Plumbing notification and compliance feesPlumbing notification and compliance fees

Fees for plumbing notification and compliance fees will be waived for a period of 12 months, starting on the day the new laws commence.
This includes all fees relating to notices of intention, compliance certificates, installation (fixture) fees, purchases of drainage plumbing diagrams, and reinspections that are listed in Schedule 1 of the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000.

Any plumbing notification and compliance fees paid prior to the commencement of the new laws will not be refunded, irrespective of when the work was carried out.
Likewise, notices of intention and associated fixture fees lodged after the end of the 12-month period will not be waived, irrespective of when the work was carried out. Fees for reinspections will only be waived if the reinspection occurs within the 12-month period.

Under Western Australia’s self-certification framework for plumbing work, plumbing contractors are still required to submit notices of intention at least 24 hours prior to commencing major plumbing work, irrespective of the fees being waived, and to submit the associated certificate of compliance within five working days of completing that work.

The self-certification process is intended to protect consumers by providing certainty that plumbing work has been performed in accordance with the relevant standards. Penalties apply if these requirements are not complied with. Plumbing inspectors will continue to be actively enforcing these requirements during 12-month period.

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