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Monday 6 March is the Labour Day public holiday. Employers should be aware of their obligations on this public holiday, including public holiday pay rates. If an employer is covered by a WA award, check the relevant award on the WA award summaries page of our website. Information about public holidays for award free employers is available on the Pay rates for public holidays page of our website...
Labour Relations
Department News
28 Feb 2017
A director and former director of a liquidated solar company have each been fined $1,500 and ordered to pay court costs of $622.25 in relation to potential customers being misled and a deposit taken during the 10 business day ’cooling off period’ a customer is entitled to under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). Jarrad Graeme Hand, director of Polaris Solar Pty Ltd (voluntarily wound up) and a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Feb 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 14 cents per litre (cpl) to 137.7 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 28 February 2017, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 141.9 cpl (an increase of 17 cpl). Most Caltex Woolworths, Puma and BP sites are increasing their ULP...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Feb 2017
A WA real estate agency and sales representative have been fined $12,000 each as part of State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) disciplinary action by Consumer Protection over dishonest conduct during property sale transactions. Sunrun Nominees Pty Ltd trading as House Real Estate WA and Frank Andrew Torre are subject to orders after contravening the Real Estate and Business Agents Act 1978 and the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Feb 2017
A handyman who took money from consumers but failed to carry out the work has been fined $6,000, ordered to pay a customer $2,150 in compensation and must also pay the $3,800 it cost Consumer Protection to prosecute him. Daniel Murray Howard, who has previously been convicted of dishonesty offences, pleaded guilty to three contraventions of the Australian Consumer Law during a hearing at the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Feb 2017
Navantia Australia will today meet with local businesses looking to be part of the significant program to build nine anti-submarine warfare frigates for the Royal Australian Navy. Navantia has been selected as one of three shortlisted designers to participate in the $35 billion SEA5000 Future Frigates program to replace the existing ANZAC Class fleet. Department of Commerce Industry Development...
Industry Development
Media release
23 Feb 2017
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Puppy scammers have been getting their claws into the money of pet-buyers in Western Australia for years. The scammers also use kittens, birds and other popular animals as bait. Sadly the animal never arrives and Consumer Protection has received reports of monetary loss from many heartbroken would-be pet owners. Advertisements can be...
Consumer Protection
Department News
23 Feb 2017
Graeme John Williams, the director and secretary of formerly registered and since liquidated building company Moonfern Pty Ltd (reg. BC11102 – expired), trading as Williams Homes, has been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for performing work and demanding a deposit for the construction of a Broome dwelling without first providing the owners with a certificate of home indemnity insurance.
Building Commission
Media release
22 Feb 2017
An employee has been fined $11,000 (and ordered to pay $1745 in costs) over the death of a fellow worker at a hay baling workplace at Narrogin in 2013. Thomas William Lewis pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care for the safety of another person and, by that failure, causing the person’s death, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court today. At the time of the death, Mr Lewis and...
WorkSafe
Media release
20 Feb 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 12 cents per litre (cpl) to 138.3 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 21 February 2017, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 142.9 cpl (an increase of 15 cpl). Most BP and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 141.9 cpl...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Feb 2017
The sale of portable decorative ethanol burners will be banned in Western Australia for another month in a bid to protect consumers from burns or fire incidents. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection Penny Lipscombe says the 30-day extension of a 60-day interim ban is in response to 100 serious injuries reported throughout Australia and at least 29 house fires since 2010. “We initially...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Feb 2017
When we hear about a tragedy – from a bush fire or floods to someone badly injured by a coward’s punch or deaths in a terrorist attack – it’s normal to want to help those affected and giving or collecting money may seem the most practical way to do so. But cautionary tales from donors and collectors highlight the importance of our charity licensing laws. Consumer Protection is here to help people...
Consumer Protection
Department News
16 Feb 2017
Two different industrial relations systems operate in WA, the state system and the national fair work system. Which system applies to a particular business or organisation and its employees depends on the type of business arrangement under which the employer operates. Wageline's newly revised Guide to who is in the WA state system provides an overview of which types of busiess are included in the...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Feb 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 13 cents per litre (cpl) to 139.7 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 14 February 2017, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 143.9 cpl (an increase of 16 cpl). Most Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 142.9 cpl, most...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Feb 2017
The Building Regulations 2012 were amended on 8 February 2017 to introduce a transitional process for making streamlined applications under section 39 of the Building Act 2011 for seeking a declaration from the Building Commissioner for the non-application or modification of a bush fire building standard. The Building Commissioner can only make a declaration when satisfied that the declaration...
Building Commission
Department News
13 Feb 2017
If you get a call from someone saying they are an officer at the Randwick Police Station and they want your help to catch a scammer, hang up – it’s a scam! Numerous reports have been received recently by Consumer Protection where scammers pretend to be police and tell their targets that their bank accounts or credit cards have been compromised. The pretend police officer then asks the target for...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Feb 2017
The Wageline Newsletter provides employment information direct to your inbox and helps employers stay informed about critical issues employers need to know to comply with state employment law. The Newsletter will also update you on increases to the state minimum wage, WA award rates of pay and other changes to key WA awards. To subscribe to the Wageline Newsletter visit the Wageline Newsletter...
Labour Relations
Department News
07 Feb 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 11 cents per litre (cpl) to 139.1 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 7 February 2017, most Caltex and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 142.9 cpl (an increase of 16 cpl by Caltex and 15 cpl by Puma). Most BP and Coles Express sites are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Feb 2017
Consumer Protection has issued advice to Tigerair passengers affected by the airline’s decision to permanently cancel all flights between Australia and Bali. Passengers who have tickets and have yet to travel are eligible for a full refund from the airline. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said the airline has made a commitment to issue a full refund to affected...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Feb 2017
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard A number of residential building companies have collapsed in WA in recent months prompting Consumer Protection to reissue advice to off-the-plan property buyers. One of the biggest risks for anyone purchasing a home and land package or a yet-to-be-built house, unit or apartment within a development, is the prospect of it not going...
Consumer Protection
Department News
02 Feb 2017
So-called ‘Bitumen Bandits’ are once again operating in Western Australia prompting a fresh Consumer Protection warning. In recent days reports of itinerant driveway layers have been received from north of Perth to the State’s South-West. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard advises home and business owners to say NO to on-the-spot deals offered by these travelling conmen. “...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Feb 2017
The Building Services Board has imposed conditions on the contractor registration of Burswood-based builder Builtoncorp Pty Ltd (reg. BC12114).
Building Commission
Media release
01 Feb 2017
Retail trading hours for the Labour Day (March 6) and Easter Monday (April 17) public holidays will be extended by four hours, with major retailers being able to open from 8am to 6pm. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin has approved the extension from the standard 11am-5pm trading times for general retail shops on Sundays and public holidays. "The extended hours this year are consistent with those...
Consumer Protection
Media release
31 Jan 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 11 cents per litre (cpl) to 138.6 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 31 January 2017, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 142.9 cpl (an increase of 13 cpl). Most BP and Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Jan 2017
A solar company and its Director have been fined a total of $30,000 by the Bunbury Magistrates Court on 24 January 2017 for misleading a consumer by making false claims about their solar panel system. Puresol Pty Ltd , formerly trading as Mysol WA based in Bunbury, was fined $20,000 and ordered to pay costs of $2,864. Sole Director Daniel Victor Leverett was fined $10,000 and ordered to pay costs...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Jan 2017

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