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Building and Energy is alerting owners and occupiers of properties with swimming or spa pools about the significant risks of propping open a pool gate. Statistics show that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children under five years of age, with many such tragedies occurring in domestic pools. Building laws in Western Australia require swimming and spa pools with water more...
Building Commission
Media release
17 Jan 2019
Two clients of a WA builder have transferred a total of $72,000 to scammers believing they were paying instalments towards the construction of their homes. The two payments of $38,000 and $34,000 were made when the consumers received emails purporting to be from their builder requesting the payments be made to a different bank account. The emails were fake and the consumers are now attempting to...
Building Commission / Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Jan 2019
If you are covered by the state industrial relations system, here is what you need to know about rates of pay for the Australia Day public holiday in 2019. The public holiday for Australia Day in 2019 is Monday 28 January not Saturday 26 January. Saturday 26 January is an ordinary working day and ordinary rates of pay are applicable. Under the Public and Bank Holidays Act 1972 , Australia Day...
Labour Relations
Department News
16 Jan 2019
The State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) has imposed a $20,000 fine and ordered further training after a father-and-son building partnership breached WA’s building laws in relation to defects at three new homes. The disciplinary allegations against the partnership between Jason Zachariah Burns and his father, Richard Burns (BP4649), trading as Jason Burns Homes (BC13540, expired), were referred to...
Building Commission
Media release
16 Jan 2019
The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by over 21 cents per litre (cpl) to 135.7 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 15 January 2019, all 7-Eleven sites are increasing their ULP price to 142.9 cpl (hiking by 31.6 cpl). Most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 141.9 cpl, most BP...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Jan 2019
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 21 cents per litre (cpl) to 134.7 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 8 January 2019, all Caltex Woolworths and most Coles Express, 7-Eleven and Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 139.9 cpl (increasing by between 28.6 cpl and 29 cpl)...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Jan 2019
If you are a hair salon business owner or a hairdresser and you are covered by the state industrial relations system, here is the information you need to know about employee entitlements for the Australia Day public holiday in 2019. Under the Hairdressers Award, Monday 28 January 2019 is the public holiday for Australia Day. Saturday 26 January 2019 is an ordinary working day and ordinary rates...
Labour Relations
Department News
07 Jan 2019
Wageline has now reopened after the Christmas and New Year period. We are excited to start a new year fresh and ready to help you with your employment queries on state employment law. Wageline deals with queries about: pay rates, leave entitlements and other employment arrangements for employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system long service leave for employees working in...
Labour Relations
Department News
03 Jan 2019
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 20 cents per litre (cpl) to 135.1 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 1 January 2019, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 142.9 cpl (increasing by 30 cpl). All 7-Eleven and most BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 139...
Consumer Protection
Media release
31 Dec 2018
Western Australians are well known for their generosity but donors need to ensure that they are dealing with a licensed organisation to ensure their money reaches the intended recipients. Always ask for identification from door-to-door charity collectors and, if you do donate to them, get a receipt. Times for door-to-door collections for a charitable purpose are between 9am and 6pm Monday to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Dec 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 19 cents per litre (cpl) to 135.9 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 25 December 2018, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 143.9 cpl (increasing by 26 cpl). All 7-Eleven, most Caltex and most BP sites are increasing their...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Dec 2018
Employers are being reminded of the limitations that apply when employing young people over the school holidays. While the Christmas holidays are the perfect time for teenagers to earn some money, employers looking for help over the busy period need to understand that restrictions apply when employing young people and that they need to comply with their obligations under the Children and...
Labour Relations
Department News
21 Dec 2018
Western Australians are being warned about the risks of attaching or hanging items around their homes, in the wake of a young man’s tragic death in Subiaco this month after a brick pier collapsed on an attached hammock. It is WA’s second fatality in the past decade involving a hammock attached to a brick pier, prompting Building & Energy and Consumer Protection to urge caution about how and...
Building Commission / Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Dec 2018
A vehicle examiner found to have engaged in corrupt activities has been banned by the State Administrative Tribunal from holding a motor vehicle repairer’s business licence or being involved in a licensed repair business for three years. Troy Pintabona of Walliston, Director of Mustang Holdings (WA) Pty Ltd , was also reprimanded and ordered to pay a fine of $1,500. The company has agreed to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Dec 2018
As some of us get older, some of our housing needs are likely to change to suit our lifestyle but there is what appears to be a confusing array of housing options now available for retirees. Working out what is the best choice for you can be tricky and it is important to weigh up the positives and negatives. The Seniors Housing Advisory Centre (SHAC) operating out of Consumer Protection provides...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Dec 2018
A no-frills unmanned service station in Forrestfield has been named the cheapest site in Perth for unleaded petrol in 2018. According to FuelWatch data, FastFuel 24/7 had an average of 135.7 cents per litre (cpl) for the year, followed by United Neerabup on 136.1 cpl and Puma Neerabup on 136.3 cpl. Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said the top ten cheapest sites in Perth were...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Dec 2018
As many West Australians fire up barbecues, plug in Christmas lights and tackle projects around the house this summer, Building and Energy has issued a safety reminder about potential gas and electrical hazards, including in roof spaces. Barbecue safety Director of Energy Safety Saj Khan said incorrectly maintained gas barbecues could cause fires, injuries and property damage – but simple checks...
EnergySafety
Media release
19 Dec 2018
WorkSafe has issued a safety alert reminding painting professionals and other contractors that high pressure water cleaning of asbestos cement material is prohibited. WorkSafe is investigating an incident where a registered painter used a high pressure water cleaner on an asbestos cement roof to prepare it for painting. This resulted in the property and neighbouring properties being contaminated...
Building Commission / EnergySafety
Alert
18 Dec 2018
WorkSafe has issued a safety alert on the health risks caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) for workers in the stone benchtop manufacturing, finishing and installation industries. Cumulative exposure to RCS may cause serious, debilitating and potentially fatal health effects, including silicosis. RCS is smaller than dust and is invisible to the naked eye. Tiny particles of...
Building Commission / EnergySafety
Alert
18 Dec 2018
In December 2018 Mr Darren Kavanagh was appointed the WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner. Mr Kavanagh commences this role with a high level of knowledge and experience gained from more than 20 years working in occupational safety and health, in both National and State legislative jurisdictions. His extensive career in occupational safety and health has included appointment as a member of the...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Dec 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 19 cents per litre (cpl) to 136.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 18 December 2018, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 144.9 cpl (hiking by 31 cpl). All 7-Eleven and most Caltex and BP sites are increasing their ULP...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Dec 2018
It’s that time of the year where people are getting their last minute Christmas shopping done and most businesses are preparing to wind down for the holiday period. Although it is a time for most employers and employees to switch off and take a break, it is important to understand your employment obligations over the festive holiday period. This season’s public holidays are: Christmas Day,...
Labour Relations
Department News
17 Dec 2018
A dealership which specialised in selling luxury motor vehicles on consignment and its Director have been fined a total of $90,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court for breaking laws designed to protect consumers. Luxuride Pty Ltd , formerly of West Perth, was fined $70,000 and Director Nicholas Ngo was fined $20,000 on 12 December 2018 and ordered to pay $5,000 in costs. Mr Ngo did not attend the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Dec 2018
For many of us, summer is the season to relax and unwind but this is also the time of year when travelling tradespeople start approaching householders and businesses with ‘cheap’ deals on jobs like roof painting and bitumen laying. Travelling salespeople often use high pressure tactics to make their deal and can charge exorbitant rates for sometimes sub-standard work, so we are reminding...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Dec 2018
Consumer Protection is urging tenants and landlords in WA to check for unclaimed bond money amounting to a total of almost $1.5 million. The bond money relates to 4,887 tenancies that came to an end between January 2007 and December 2010. The bonds were not paid out for a variety of reasons: Disposal forms submitted were missing signatures; Monies left in dispute of whom it is to be paid to;...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Dec 2018

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