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Many WA awards require employers to pay an employee working in certain regional towns a location allowance to compensate for the additional cost of living, climatic discomfort, and isolation in these towns. Location allowance is varied annually in accordance with the Consumer Price Index for Perth, excluding housing. The location allowance payable for each town will increase from the first pay...
Labour Relations
Department News
24 Jun 2019
The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by over 22 cents per litre (cpl) to 147.3 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 25 June 2019, most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 156.9 cpl (hiking by up to 32 cpl). Most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 154.9 cpl, most...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Jun 2019
The State minimum wage for award free employees and all pay rates in WA awards increase effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2019. In June the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission awarded a 2.75% increase in the State minimum wage for award free adult employees, lifting it to $746.90 per week. WA award rates of pay were also increased by 2.75%. Junior rates and...
Labour Relations
Department News
24 Jun 2019
A Karrinyup builder has been formally cautioned over the roof construction at a $1.1 million home, which did not comply with approved plans and building standards. The Building Services Board found that Mulvay Pty Ltd (BC10975) and its nominated supervisor, Mark Anthony Mulvay (BP9892), breached WA’s building registration laws by not properly managing and supervising a building service. The two-...
Building and Energy
Media release
24 Jun 2019
A real estate sales representative who stole money from an agency’s trust account has been permanently banned from ever holding a certificate of registration in the industry in WA. Kylie Marie Chiplin pleaded guilty and was convicted on 12 April 2019 of stealing $34,803.99 from the trust account of Peard Real Estate Scarborough between February 2016 and May 2018 while employed as a property...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Jun 2019
WorkSafe is conducting a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues in glass product manufacturing workplaces across WA. The program will continue until the end of the 2019/20 financial year, and will include glass product manufacturers in metropolitan and regional areas of the State. WorkSafe Director Chris Kirwin said today an inspection program was being undertaken in this area...
WorkSafe
Media release
21 Jun 2019
A Claremont property management agency has been reprimanded, fined $8,000 and ordered to pay costs of $2,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) on 13 June 2019 for trust account errors and other breaches of the law. Gemranch Nominees Pty Ltd , trading as TM Residential and Executive Leasing , had breached the Real Estate and Business Agents Act and the Code of Conduct for Agents and Sales...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Jun 2019
WorkSafe has been conducting a proactive inspection program to look at safety and health issues in stone benchtop fabricators. The program will be conducted for the remainder of this financial year, and will continue throughout the 2019/20 financial year. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Darren Kavanagh said the inspection program was initiated in response to serious concerns raised in Queensland last...
WorkSafe
Media release
19 Jun 2019
An unlicensed motor vehicle dealer has been fined $5,000 and ordered to pay costs of $943.50 by the Perth Magistrates Court after pleading guilty on 10 June 2019. Daniel Alan Hodgins of Baldivis had purchased and sold 16 motor vehicles between April 2017 and July 2018 without a licence, in breach of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act. Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said unlicensed...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Jun 2019
The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by over 20 cents per litre (cpl) to 146.1 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 18 June 2019, most BP and Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 153.9 cpl (hiking by up to 33 cpl). Most Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price to 153.7...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Jun 2019
With the end of the financial year looming, Consumer Protection is warning WA taxpayers to be aware of scam attempts that usually accelerate over the next six months. Tax scams continue to take a large financial toll on Western Australians who are usually cold-called by criminals pretending to be from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and demanding a fictitious tax debt be paid immediately. In...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Jun 2019
The Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission has increased the state minimum wage and all pay rates in WA awards effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2019. The Commission has today awarded a 2.75% increase in the state minimum wage for employees who have reached 21 years of age, lifting it to $746.90 per week. WA award rates of pay will also increase by 2.75%. Junior...
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Jun 2019
Home owners can be reassured that WA’s building regulator is taking action on standards, compliance and dispute resolution across the industry, according to retiring Building Commissioner Ken Bowron. Mr Bowron leaves Building and Energy (formerly the Building Commission and Energy Safety ) today after 10 years, including 18 months at the helm of the combined division within the Department of...
Building and Energy
Media release
14 Jun 2019
Private Sector Labour Relations has now concluded its proactive compliance campaign targeting horse riding schools and equestrian centres. As part of the compliance campaign, horse riding businesses across Western Australia were audited by industrial inspectors to ensure that children were not being employed in contravention of child employment laws. Overall, there was a positive response to the...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Jun 2019
The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by 17 cents per litre (cpl) to 145.6 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 11 June 2019, most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 155.9 cpl (hiking by 29 cpl). Most BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 154.9 cpl, most 7-Eleven sites to 153.9...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Jun 2019
A Perth migration agent who accepted money from clients for a range of services which were not supplied has agreed to repay the money under a payment plan supervised by Consumer Protection. Director Rebecca Joan Mason and Mason Migration Pty Ltd , formerly trading as Mason Migration of Subiaco, have signed an enforceable undertaking that agrees by 30 June 2019 to pay a total of $20,955 to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Jun 2019
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Consumer Protection has concerns about the value of add-ons such as extended warranties, rust proofing, paint and fabric protection, and window tinting being sold at the point of sale to people purchasing motor vehicles in Western Australia. Before saying ‘yes’ to after sales products, ask yourself why the manufacturer is not providing...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Jun 2019
There’s a new Consumer Protection Senior Regional Officer for the Great Southern. Steph Marsh spent her first week in the job training at Consumer Protection’s Perth HQ but is now permanently based at the office on Aberdeen Street in Albany. Steph has lived and worked in Albany for the past eight years at the Department of Communities, supporting children and families. She is looking forward to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Jun 2019
A Perth business that failed to provide documents to State Government electrical safety inspectors has been fined $25,000 on appeal after the Supreme Court ruled that the original $3,000 penalty was manifestly inadequate. Jason Aaron Nominees Pty Ltd , based in Willetton, was resentenced for breaching the Energy Coordination Act by not providing records requested by Energy Safety (now Building...
Building and Energy
Media release
04 Jun 2019
The average price of unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by more than 15 cents per litre (cpl) to 150.4 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up this public holiday Monday to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 4 June 2019, most BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 159.9 cpl (hiking by 29 cpl). Most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 157...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Jun 2019
A Perth car dealership and a salesperson managing the business have been fined $31,500 in total for duping consignors who they were selling vehicles for. PAG (WA) Pty Ltd , trading as Xoticar of Welshpool and Mr Zeljko Grujin each pleaded guilty to a total of seven contraventions of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act (MVDA) and two breaches of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) at the Perth Magistrates...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 May 2019
A Perth builder has been fined $2,000 after constructing a two-storey dwelling near Manjimup, in breach of conditions placed on his registration. Allen Gledhill , of Mount Nasura, has since voluntarily cancelled his building contractor’s registration (BC100541), which limited him to single-storey residential work and industrial sheds. At its May meeting, the Building Services Board heard that Mr...
Building and Energy
Media release
30 May 2019
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection, David Hillyard Enthusiasts refer to it as retail therapy, but it can also be incredibly frustrating to circle packed car parks, push your way through hordes of shoppers or visit the shops only to find the item you want isn’t even available. Perhaps that accounts for Australians spending an estimated $27.5 billion dollars online last year, according to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 May 2019
In April 2019, Private Sector Labour Relations conducted an education campaign promoting compliance by takeaway food businesses with the child employment provisions in the Children and Community Services Act 2004. Over 260 businesses across Western Australia were provided with information on child employment laws for this industry. The Children and Community Services Act regulates the employment...
Labour Relations
Department News
27 May 2019
Properties for sale or rent Under the Electricity Regulations 1947 all residential premises sold, rented or hired must have all socket outlets and lighting final sub-circuits protected by at least 2 RCDs. It is also essential to ensure that there are no more than 3 final sub-circuits per RCD and the lighting circuits (if 2 or more) are separated over the RCDs. Further details appear in the...
Building and Energy
Department News
27 May 2019

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