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Future online editions, commencing with the 2015 National Construction Code (NCC), will be freely available to registered users, commencing with access to a free preview of NCC 2015 (both online and in PDF) prior to its adoption date of 1 May 2015. From 1 February 2015, users are able to access NCC 2015 which includes: Volume One (Building Code of Australia for Class 2 to Class 9 Buildings);...
Building Commission
Department News
30 Jan 2015
Only four months after its official launch, Consumer Protection’s iRentWA smartphone app is proving extremely popular with WA tenants. So far the app has been downloaded by 4,175 iPhone and Android phone users, giving them essential information on tenancy laws and handy tools to help them manage their tenancy. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll is confident the app will help...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Jan 2015
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 10 cents per litre (cpl) to 115.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Thursday 29 January 2015, most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP prices by 15 cpl to 118.9 cpl; the majority of BP, Caltex Woolworths and Puma Energy sites to 117.9; and most Coles...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Jan 2015
Western Australians will continue to have the option to register as one of the three levels of building surveying practitioners – level 1, level 2 or technicians – for the foreseeable future.
Building Commission
Media release
28 Jan 2015
Tenancy regulations have changed which require tenants to be given vital information about potential hazards for children in the home. The regulations which underpin the Residential Tenancies Act mean that tenants must be given an information sheet outlining their key rights and obligations at the beginning of a new tenancy. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said that the forms...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Jan 2015
A Mt Hawthorn woman who claims to cure illnesses using spiritual healing has agreed to remove unsubstantiated claims being made in the promotion of her workshops and courses. Following action by Consumer Protection, Maria de Cinque has entered into an enforceable undertaking regarding claims being made on the Theta Healing Heart website ( www.thetahealingheart.com.au ). The undertaking requires...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Jan 2015
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 7 cents per litre (cpl) to 115.2 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Thursday 22 January 2015, most BP sites are increasing their ULP prices by 14 cpl to 119.9 cpl; the majority of Caltex and Coles Express sites to 116.9; and most Caltex Woolworths and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Jan 2015
Overseas backpackers have been duped by a fake online advertisement offering fruit picking work and accommodation in Narrogin. Several travellers have contacted Consumer Protection and the Town of Narrogin after they attended a bogus address in the town that they thought was the office of an employment agent. They had responded to a Gumtree ad and paid about $200 each upfront. The scammer used...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Jan 2015
WorkSafe would like to remind employers and workers of the safety issues associated with working alone and in isolated areas and the importance of developing safe systems of work. WorkSafe offers a number of publications aimed at providing practical advice for employers and workers on working in isolated areas and working in hot conditions. GUIDANCE NOTE: Working alone Working safely in hot...
WorkSafe
Alert
20 Jan 2015
Consumer Protection has issued a warning about a Claremont tailor who has taken substantial payments from consumers but in many cases has failed to deliver the goods. Men’s clothing supplier Joseph Anthony Wholesale Pty Ltd, formerly trading as Joseph Anthony Bespoke, and its sole director Anthony George Riordan was, until recently, operating from premises in the Bayview Centre. The business was...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Jan 2015
Darlington man Rupert Heath Sherrier John, trading as Darlington Painting Services, has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for registration offences.
Building Commission
Media release
16 Jan 2015
In 2014, Western Australians lost at least $30,000 a day to romance fraud, according to the latest scam figures released by Consumer Protection. In the last 12 months 164 victims of romance fraud reported losing a total of $10,893,901 – that’s an average loss of $66,000 per victim. In addition to reported losses there are believed to be many more victims not identified and recorded in the WA...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Jan 2015
MMG (WA) Pty Ltd, trading as the IGA supermarket in Jurien Bay, has been fined $2,250 in the Perth Industrial Magistrate’s Court for illegally employing an 11-year-old girl. The charge related to the employment of the child as a shop assistant in five shifts of work that were performed on weekend days during August 2014. Under the Children and Community Services Act 2004 , it is illegal for...
Labour Relations
Media release
15 Jan 2015
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 6 cents per litre (cpl) to 118.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Thursday 15 January 2015, most BP sites are increasing their ULP prices by 10 cpl to 121.9 cpl; the majority of Caltex sites to 120.9; most Coles Express and Puma Energy sites to 119.9;...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Jan 2015
Consumer Protection is warning Perth residents, particularly Seniors, after receiving reports of travelling conmen offering roof repairs. WA Police has received reports of four men approaching elderly residents in Subiaco, Nedlands and Dianella telling them that their roof is in need of repair and offering to carry out the work for a fee. The men, travelling in a ute, produced a business card...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Jan 2015
If you undertake alterations and additions, then you will need to know how to use the WA Alterations & Additions Protocol (Protocol), a new option for meeting the energy efficiency requirements.
Building Commission
Department News
13 Jan 2015
Unregistered painter Daniel James Arthur Lewis, of Myaree and trading as Danny Lewis Painting, has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for holding out or implying that he was a registered painting contractor when he was not.
Building Commission
Media release
13 Jan 2015
The Building Commissioner is reminding consumers to check a painter’s registration before engaging them to carry out painting work valued over $1,000 or risk being ripped off.
Building Commission
Media release
13 Jan 2015
The Building Services (Registration) Regulations 2011 (the Regulations) provide for the registration of building service providers, including building surveyors.
Building Commission
Department News
13 Jan 2015
WorkSafe has issued a reminder to pay particular attention to safety when returning to work after the festive season. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today that people returning to work after the festive break needed to be especially mindful of workplace risks. “Nine Western Australians have lost their lives in work-related incidents so far this financial year, and employers and...
WorkSafe
Media release
12 Jan 2015
WorkSafe has issued a reminder that the public comment period for the Work Health and Safety Bill 2014 will close on January 30. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch today reminded anyone who intended to submit a public comment on the new laws that they had only three weeks left in which to so do. “Western Australians are being given the opportunity to contribute to the State’s future workplace...
WorkSafe
Media release
09 Jan 2015
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 9 cents per litre (cpl) to 122.6 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Thursday 8 January 2015, most BP, Caltex Woolworths, Coles Express sites and Puma Energy sites are increasing their ULP prices by 13 cpl to 124.9 cpl; and the majority of Caltex...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Jan 2015
WorkSafe will conduct an inspection program to look at safety standards in electrical, electronic and gas appliance retailing for the remainder of the 2014/15 financial year. The program will be conducted in both metropolitan and regional areas. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today this retail sector was being targeted because of the high level of injuries recorded. “Statistics show that...
WorkSafe
Media release
07 Jan 2015
An unlicensed motor vehicle repairer has been fined $5,000 by the Joondalup Magistrates Court. Mark Anthony O’Malley , trading as Ace Auto Air Electrical & Mechanical of Padbury, was also ordered to pay costs of $850 when convicted in his absence on 2 January 2015. Lawyers for Consumer Protection told the Court that Mr O’Malley had advertised his services for motor vehicle repair work on...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Jan 2015
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 11 cents per litre (cpl) to 124.9 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up before New Year’s Day to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Thursday 1 January 2015, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP prices by 18 cpl to 129.9 cpl; the majority of Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and Puma Energy sites...
Consumer Protection
Media release
31 Dec 2014

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