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The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 10 cents per litre (cpl) to 148.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 4 September 2018, most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 152.9 cpl (an increase of 15 cpl). Most BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 151.9 cpl, and most 7-...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Sep 2018
WorkSafe is conducting a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues in workplaces where scientific testing and analysis is carried out. Inspectors will be looking at safety issues in workplaces conducting non-destructive testing such as radiographic, ultrasonic, magnetic particle, liquid penetrant, electromagnetic and visual testing. The program will continue until the end of the 2018/...
WorkSafe
Media release
31 Aug 2018
Perth home owners are being warned about bogus door to door water testers who give the impression that they are from the Government, but are really sellers of water filtration systems. Several reports have been received about the door knockers, some in high-vis vests, who tell householders they are testing water quality in the area and are persistent in requesting access. The tap water in one...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Aug 2018
Building and Energy wishes to remind you that you must use the correct postal address for all correspondence. Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety Building and Energy Division Locked Bag 14 CLOISTERS SQUARE WA 6850 From Friday 24 August 2018 there is no longer a mail redirection set up. Therefore, mail sent to any previous addresses will not be received by the Licensing Boards...
Building Commission / EnergySafety
Department News
29 Aug 2018
In the wake of a sudden ceiling collapse at a Thornlie property last week, home owners are reminded to act promptly on warning signs of ceiling stress. The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has published a handy guide for home owners about signs of instability in interior gypsum plasterboard ceilings and what action can be taken. “A collapsed ceiling can cause serious injury, as...
Building Commission
Media release
29 Aug 2018
Clients of a Perth real estate agency which has now closed had more than $220,000 of their money taken from the agent’s trust account resulting in the company being fined $7,500 by the Perth Magistrates Court and ordered to pay costs of $1,237.50. Austpride Pty Ltd (in liquidation) , formerly trading as Real Estate Masters of Cannington, was convicted on 24 August 2018 of 12 charges related to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Aug 2018
A major investigation by Consumer Protection into an illegal car dealing operation has come to a successful conclusion after a Camillo couple were fined a total of $10,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court for buying and selling vehicles without a licence. The husband Ahmed Mohammed Yas Yas purchased 56 vehicles from private sellers as well as at auction and sold 53 of them, mostly via Gumtree,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Aug 2018
Mandurah Homes Pty Ltd (BC11088) and the company’s co-director and nominated supervisor, Todd Andrew Green (BP101468) , have each been fined $5,000 by the Building Services Board for failing to manage and supervise a building service. The findings relate to a two-storey Halls Head property, built by Mandurah Homes between 2015 and 2016. On a windy night in July 2017, a section of the home’s tin...
Building Commission
Media release
28 Aug 2018
Long service leave payments can be a hidden cost when buying a business. Small business owners and their accountants need to be aware that when someone purchases a business or part of a business in Western Australia, in most circumstances the new owner will take on the long service leave obligations for existing employees, for the whole period of their employment. This applies regardless of...
Labour Relations
Department News
27 Aug 2018
The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 13 cents per litre (cpl) to 149.9 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 28 August 2018, all metropolitan Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 159.9 cpl (a hike of 22 cpl). Most 7-Eleven, BP, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and Puma sites...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Aug 2018
A Broome real estate agent was fined $6,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) on 10 August 2018 for failing to properly supervise an employee who had made an unauthorised withdrawal from the agency’s trust account. Anthony J Hutchinson Pty Ltd , trading as Hutchinson Real Estate , was also required to pay $500 in costs after admitting that he failed to exercise due skill, care and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Aug 2018
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has released an updated draft code of practice to help promote and maintain the mental health of FIFO workers in Western Australia. The second draft of the ' Mentally healthy workplaces for fly-in fly-out workers in the resources and construction sectors ' code has been released for further public comment, following a successful initial...
WorkSafe
Department News
23 Aug 2018
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety – Building and Energy Division (Building and Energy) has recently been made aware of some gate latch assemblies, incorporating key locks, which do not comply with the relevant Australian Standard. These types of latches are commonly used in frameless glass pool fencing and gates. Building and Energy understands that these are imported and...
Building Commission
Department News
22 Aug 2018
WorkSafe is conducting a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues in workplaces where machinery and equipment is repaired. The program will continue until the end of the 2018/19 financial year, and will include workplaces where repairs are carried out on items such as agricultural and farm machinery, lawnmowers, outboard motors, pumps and compressors, mining equipment and material...
WorkSafe
Media release
21 Aug 2018
WorkSafe continues to participate in roadblock exercises, with the latest one revealing a reasonable level of compliance with fatigue management and related laws. WorkSafe recently participated in a joint roadblock operation undertaken by Main Roads WA. The exercise saw WorkSafe inspectors stationed at the road train assembly area at Northam conducting inspections of commercial vehicles to check...
WorkSafe
Media release
21 Aug 2018
Originally issued Monday, 25 September 2006 Long standing con man Bon Levi, a.k.a. Roddy Farrow, Ron Frederick, Ron Heelan, Bonaldi Levi, John McCorry and ‘Ron the Con’, is targeting Perth consumers again, apparently in breach of Federal Court orders. Thought to be currently residing on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Ron the Con has been trying to snare WA consumers into his latest racket, auto...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Aug 2018
Industrial Inspectors in the Private Sector Labour Relations Division assisted Western Australian workers recover a total of $458,290 in unpaid wages and entitlements in the last financial year. This amount included nearly $300,000 in unpaid long service leave and $137,000 in wages and other entitlements under WA awards, such as annual leave and tool allowances. The largest amount was $30,000 for...
Labour Relations
Department News
20 Aug 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 15 cents per litre (cpl) to 150.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 21 August 2018, most Coles Express and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 159.9 cpl (an increase of 28 cpl). Most 7-Eleven, Caltex Woolworths, BP and Caltex sites are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Aug 2018
The Consumer Protection Kalgoorlie office is moving from its current location on Brookman Street to the department’s West Kalgoorlie office on the corners of Hunter and Broadwood Streets. The Brookman Street office will close on Friday 31 August at 12.30pm and will reopen in the West Kalgoorlie office on Monday 3 September 2018 at 8.30am. There will be no change to the services provided by the...
Consumer Protection
Department News
15 Aug 2018
One of the commonly asked questions to Wageline is about the key differences between subcontractors and employees. If a person is engaged as a subcontractor but is legally considered an employee, the person could potentially be owed unpaid entitlements. The Employee or Subcontractor page has information on the differences between an employee and a subcontractor including an Employee or...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Aug 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 17 cents per litre (cpl) to 153.1 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 14 August 2018, most BP, Puma and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 159.9 cpl (an increase of between 20 cpl and 26 cpl). Most 7-Eleven sites are increasing...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Aug 2018
Lesmurdie-registered builder Brad Ross Homes Pty Ltd (BC12915) and its director and nominated supervisor Bradley William Ross (BP12915) have each been fined $3,000 by the Building Services Board for negligent conduct. The findings relate to building services carried out at a property in Cottesloe. The Board found the company had been negligent by: failing to ensure that soil excavation on the...
Building Commission
Media release
10 Aug 2018
A Huntingdale man has been fined $9,500 by the Joondalup Magistrates Court for selling vehicles from his home without a licence. Grant William James Hislop failed to appear in court on 3 August 2018, and the matter proceeded in his absence. Mr Hislop was convicted of unlicensed motor vehicle dealing in relation to 18 cars that were bought, and then 12 sold, during a 12 month period. Costs of $205...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Aug 2018
Buying 46 motor vehicles and then selling 38 of those without a licence has resulted in a $15,000 fine for a Thornlie man who often conducted the illegal transactions from his home. Steven Jeffrey Land entered a guilty plea at the Armadale Magistrates Court on 7 August 2018 and was also ordered to pay costs of $964.10. The offences were carried out between 25 June 2016 and 24 February 2018. Mr...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Aug 2018
Some quick checks and routine maintenance could have prevented the explosion of a storage water heater outside a home in Perth’s north, according to Building and Energy inspectors who attended the site. The incident is a timely reminder for owners of all storage water heaters – gas, electric and solar – to follow the recommended maintenance schedule, which usually involves simple checks every few...
EnergySafety
Media release
08 Aug 2018

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