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WA’s building regulator is seeking public comment on proposals to review registration requirements for building practitioners and contractors. The consultation is part of Building and Energy’s broad review of the compliance and enforcement framework for the WA building industry. The main aim of the initiatives is to improve confidence in the building sector and respond to a major national report...
Building and Energy
Media release
26 Nov 2020
WorkSafe has successfully prosecuted two companies and two individuals for breaches of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and Regulations. Warren James Piggott, Screenwest Pty Ltd, Quentin Victor Healy and Hanssen Pty Ltd were recently successfully prosecuted by WorkSafe WA. In Joondalup Magistrates Court on Friday a machinery operator at a recycling facility was fined $7500 (and ordered to...
WorkSafe
Media release
26 Nov 2020
With Christmas not far away, now is the time for employers and employees in the state industrial relations system to check working arrangements for public holidays over the Christmas New Year period. This season’s public holidays are: Christmas Day, Friday 25 December 2020 Boxing Day, Saturday 26 December 2020 and Monday 28 December 2020. New Year’s Day, Friday 1 January 2021. When Boxing Day...
Labour Relations
Department News
25 Nov 2020
WA’s energy safety regulator is reminding campers that outdoor gas appliances must only be used in the open air to avoid potentially lethal exposure to carbon monoxide. Building and Energy’s warning comes as West Australians gear up for a summer in the great outdoors with portable gas-fuelled equipment such as barbecues, cookers, heaters and fridges. “Outdoor use means the open air,” WA Director...
Building and Energy
Media release
25 Nov 2020
With Black Friday sales coming up and many people doing their Christmas shopping online this year, Consumer Protection is warning consumers that scammers are out to take your money with fake retailer websites, social media pages and classified ads. So far this year scammers have stolen a staggering $1.1 million from 418 WA victims in ‘buying and selling scams’ which, according to new figures from...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Nov 2020
McGowan Government to commence phase-out of swimming pools and spas for family day care services Stronger regulations to immediately require additional safety measures and training for family day care educators whose residences have pools, spas or water features Changes to improve child safety outcomes for the family day care sector The State Government will strengthen regulations for family day...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Nov 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 29 cents per litre (cpl) to 132.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 25 November 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Caltex/Ampol, Caltex Woolworths, 7-Eleven, BP and Coles Express hiking by...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Nov 2020
Consumer Protection is advising caution for Christmas shoppers with a wider availability of credit options including ‘buy now, pay later’ schemes and payday loans which could leave consumers drowning in debt. The COVID-19 pandemic has seen increasing use of ‘buy now, pay later’ schemes which allow shoppers to take possession of the goods straight away while paying off the purchase price in...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Nov 2020
It’s World Toilet Day (November 19) and WA’s plumbing regulator is sharing key advice to ensure lavatories are safe and efficient. Building and Energy Executive Director Saj Abdoolakhan urged home owners not to attempt to install or repair a toilet themselves. “By law, plumbing work related to sanitation, water supply or drainage must only be carried out by a licensed plumber ,” he said. “Many...
Building and Energy
Media release
19 Nov 2020
Our sunny skies have paved the way for a booming solar panel industry in Western Australia, as many households look for ways to cut their power bills while also reducing their carbon footprint. Rooftop solar has become so popular in fact, it’s estimated that 300,000 WA households already have panels installed, accounting for one-fifth of the electricity produced in our main network. Even though...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Nov 2020
A photographer of new-born babies was arrested and has appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court today on six charges of accepting payments from consumers but failing to supply some of the images to parents, an alleged breach of the Australian Consumer Law. An arrest warrant was issued against Ms Sheed of Aubin Grove after numerous attempts by Consumer Protection to serve her with a court summons...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Nov 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by 30 cents per litre (cpl) to 133.2 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 18 November 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Coles Express hiking by up to 43 cpl up to 145.9 cpl; 7-Eleven, BP, Caltex/Ampol and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Nov 2020
A new social media campaign to educate employers and employees in Western Australia has been launched by Wageline at the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. The Inquiry into Wage Theft in Western Australia recommended a social media campaign in order to raise the level of employer and employee awareness of employment rights and obligations and the pathways available for pursuing...
Labour Relations
Media release
12 Nov 2020
The supervisor of a house construction in Shelley has been fined $5,000 after several areas, including the roof and ceiling, failed to comply with approved plans or building standards. The Building Services Board found that Christopher John Joseph Brereton (BP102223) breached WA’s building registration laws by failing to properly manage and supervise a building service. Mr Brereton was a co-...
Building and Energy
Media release
12 Nov 2020
They might look harmless, but in the wrong hands (and mouths) button batteries can become child killers. Every week in Australia, 20 children present to an emergency department following exposure to button batteries, with one child a month suffering serious injuries. If swallowed, coin-sized lithium button batteries can lodge in a child’s system and the resulting chemical reaction can cause...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Nov 2020
South Perth building company Jaxon Construction Pty Ltd (BC12208) has been fined $5,000 for negligence after carrying out unauthorised building works that deviated from the approved plans for a Perth hotel development. The Building Services Board also issued a $2,500 fine to the builder’s nominated supervisor, Christopher Christou (BP/BC6285), for failing to properly manage and supervise the...
Building and Energy
Media release
10 Nov 2020
A Bayswater waste recycling company has been fined a total of $330,000 (and ordered to pay an additional $234,000 in costs) after being found guilty of gross negligence over a 2016 incident in which a labour hire worker’s arm was amputated at the shoulder. Resource Recovery Solutions Pty Ltd was found guilty in the Perth Magistrates Court in July of two offences - gross negligence in failing to...
WorkSafe
Media release
10 Nov 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 29 cents per litre (cpl) to 132.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 11 November 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Caltex Woolworths, 7-Eleven, BP, Caltex/Ampol and Coles Express hiking by...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Nov 2020
A WorkSafe proactive inspection program has found that the owners of tower cranes have limited knowledge and understanding of the correct procedures for major inspections of tower cranes. The inspection program was conducted throughout the 2019/20 financial year, looking at safety issues relating to tower cranes in service at WA construction sites in both metropolitan and regional areas. WorkSafe...
WorkSafe
Media release
06 Nov 2020
Asbestos Awareness Week 2020 runs from 23-29 November 2020. Please take this opportunity to ensure your workplace asbestos management systems are up to date, and that workers are aware of these systems. And remember – buildings built before 1990 are likely to contain materials with asbestos content. Follow the links for more information: Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Industry checklist...
WorkSafe
Event
06 Nov 2020
In June 2020, the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) issued the 2020 State Wage Case decision. The WAIRC decision granted a 1.75% per week increase in the state minimum wage and WA award rates of pay from 1 January 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the minimum pay rates for award free employees and all pay rates in WA awards remained unchanged from 1 July 2020. The...
Labour Relations
Department News
06 Nov 2020
A Mount Lawley real estate agency, its supervising director and two staff members have been reprimanded by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) over the failure to lodge three tenancy bonds with the Bond Administrator as well as related irregularities found in the agency’s accounts. Beaufort Nominees Pty Ltd , trading as Michael Johnson & Co and Professionals Michael Johnson & Co at...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Nov 2020
Even though Western Australians are getting back on their feet post the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, there are some who are still struggling to make ends meet due to losing their jobs or suffering reduced hours at work. If you’re a tenant whose income has dropped 75 per cent or more, you should know that the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme – which covers four-weeks’ rent up to the value of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Nov 2020
The owner of a Wellard property has been fined $2,000 and ordered to pay $740 in costs for failing to lodge his tenants’ bond. At Rockingham Magistrates Court on 26 October 2020, Anthony Gerlando Scafidi pleaded guilty to breaching the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 following a prosecution by Consumer Protection. The law requires a security bond to be lodged with the Bond Administrator as soon as...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Nov 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 29 cents per litre (cpl) to 133.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 4 November 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Caltex/Ampol, 7-Eleven, BP, Caltex Woolworths and Coles Express hiking by between...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Nov 2020

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