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Tenancy toolkit uses imagery to assist visual storytelling of complex legal issues The aim is to improve the understanding of tenancy laws and processes Aboriginal and culturally linguistically diverse communities to be targeted A major effort to improve the understanding of renting rights in vulnerable communities has been launched with the release of a specially-designed educational toolkit...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Oct 2021
Failed to comply with official order to rectify driveway work and damage $5,000 fine plus $368.50 in costs Magistrate noted need to deter substandard work and encourage confidence A Woodvale concreter who ignored a Building Commissioner’s order to rectify driveway work and damage has been fined $5,000 following a prosecution by Building and Energy. Thomas John Sharkey pleaded guilty to breaching...
Building and Energy
Media release
21 Oct 2021
With ghoulish costumes, sweet treats galore and frightfully fun decorations, Halloween has become increasingly popular in Australia over the last decade. So if you’re planning some Halloween fun with your family on 31 October, there are some things you can do to prevent it turning into Halloween hell. If you want to add some extra ghoul to your family’s costumes with fake tattoos, face paint,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Oct 2021
On 20 October 2021, the Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 (the Bill) was introduced into State Parliament. The Bill seeks to make Easter Sunday a public holiday, extend coverage of minimum employment conditions to domestic workers employed directly by household employers, increase protection for vulnerable workers and tackle wage theft. The Bill is currently being considered by...
Labour Relations
Department News
20 Oct 2021
Dangers lurk in some products used in celebrations of the popular event Button batteries, flammable clothing and cosmetic allergies of concern Tips to stay safe and prevent Halloween nightmares Avoid unwanted frights or serious surprises this Halloween by checking that costumes, decorations and novelties are safe. While many children and their families look forward to the fun celebration of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Oct 2021
Motorists in Perth and Mandurah are advised to fill up now if they need to, with petrol prices set to rise tomorrow. After today it is likely motorists will have to wait for two weeks before petrol prices are again at the bottom of the price cycle. FuelWatch reports that, from 6am tomorrow (Wednesday 20 October 2021), the average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) will increase by more than...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Oct 2021
Revamped website with new search and mapping features now online Finding the cheapest fuel will be quick and easy A new logo to celebrate the 20th anniversary of FuelWatch A revamped FuelWatch website has been launched with enhanced search and interactive mapping features which will make it quick and easy for WA motorists to find the cheapest fuel sites in their area. The mobile-friendly website...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Oct 2021
44 extra Christmas shopping hours to boost retail sales Shop early and locally to avoid disappointment due to COVID-19 delivery delay Australia Day public holiday trading also extended by four hours The McGowan Government is encouraging WA consumers to shop early and locally this year, with 44 extra hours of trading for general retail shops in Perth approved for the Christmas and New Year period...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Oct 2021
Failed to comply with Building Commissioner’s order to rectify floor and windows Guilty pleas from company and director after Building and Energy investigation Gran Designs WA is no longer trading Failure to comply with a Building Commissioner’s order to fix a Stoneville modular home has cost a building company and its director almost $7,000 in fines and costs. Following a prosecution by Building...
Building and Energy
Media release
14 Oct 2021
Tickets for major concerts being re-sold in breach of new laws Several online ticket re-selling sites under investigation Consumers advised to buy tickets only from authorised agents Ticket sales for upcoming major concerts to be held in Perth next year are now in Consumer Protection’s sights after reports that tickets are being sold at prices not allowed under WA’s new ticket scalping laws...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Oct 2021
If you’ve been looking to buy a shipping container for storage, transport or even to live in, it’s important to watch-out for scammers making leaky promises. WA ScamNet at Consumer Protection is aware of ten victims who have lost $35,500 after they responded to online adverts for discounted shipping containers and transferred money to several websites that turned out to be fake. The victims were...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Oct 2021
Building Services Board issues $1,000 fine for deficient certification Some plans, specifications and technical documents did not show compliance with building standards Building surveyors are reminded of their responsibilities A registered building surveyor has been fined $1,000 for misleading the City of Belmont by incorrectly certifying that an apartment project would comply with relevant...
Building and Energy
Media release
13 Oct 2021
Changes to pricing pattern see a disruption to the usual weekly petrol price cycle Indications that major outlets may be creating a fortnightly cycle as others follow FuelWatch monitoring prices to confirm if the new cycle is established long-term FuelWatch reports a disruption to the usual petrol price cycle in Perth with price hikes now appearing to occur fortnightly instead of weekly. For...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Oct 2021
DC isolators are classified as Level 3 electrical equipment and must be certified and registered under the national Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS). As of the 29 September 2021, SAA Approvals has cancelled the certifications of certain DC isolators (list below). The registrations of these isolators were also cancelled from that date. Suppliers must not supply or offer for sale these...
Building and Energy
Alert
07 Oct 2021
Building & Energy and DFES urge home owners to check smoke alarm dates All smoke alarms should be replaced after 10 years Updated fact sheet on smoke alarm laws for selling, leasing and hiring dwellings WA’s building and fire safety authorities have joined forces to remind home owners that all smoke alarms should be replaced when they are 10 years old. Building & Energy and the Department...
Building and Energy
Media release
07 Oct 2021
$136,500 building project carried out without the required registration or permit Building Services Board issued $2,500 fine for registration breach and negligence Home owners encouraged to check registration and permits before work starts Home owners are urged to check their builder’s registration and any permits before building work begins after a Cloverdale couple had to seek retrospective...
Building and Energy
Media release
07 Oct 2021
There’s a vast army of people in the Western Australian community dedicating their lives to helping consumers and tenants, and now is a golden opportunity for them to shine. With nominations currently open for the Consumer Protection Awards 2022, I would urge advocates and promoters of consumer rights to step forward and lodge an online application before the closing date. The awards shine a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Oct 2021
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 31 cents per litre (cpl) to 174.1 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 6 October 2021, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Caltex Woolworths hiking by 45 cpl up to 183.9 cpl; BP and Coles Express up to 181...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Oct 2021
Wageline has published comprehensive information for state system employers and employees on the public holidays over the Christmas New Year period. This season's public holidays are: Christmas Day, Saturday 25 December 2021 and Monday 27 December 2021 Boxing Day, Sunday 26 December 2021 and Tuesday 28 December 2021 New Year's Day, Saturday 1 January 2022 and Monday 3 January 2022 When Christmas...
Labour Relations
Department News
04 Oct 2021
The WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner has moved to reassure senior leaders that volunteer firefighters will not be adversely affected by the incoming new workplace safety laws. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Darren Kavanagh met with senior leaders from WAFarmers, Pastoralists and Graziers Association, Department of Fire and Emergency Services, the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades and...
WorkSafe
Media release
04 Oct 2021
SAT issues $10,000 fine plus reprimand and registration cancellation Mr Morton failed to properly carry out duties required by building registration laws M3 directors and another supervisor previously fined; another associate in jail Disciplinary proceedings against a fourth person linked to M3 Building and Construction Pty Ltd (M3) have concluded at the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT)...
Building and Energy
Media release
30 Sep 2021
Children’s toys that light up and make noise are supposed to be fun, but lurking within many of these devices are a hidden danger – button batteries. If young children gain access to just one button battery and ingest it, they may suffer internal burn injuries, which can result in serious illness and even death. That’s why it’s crucial for button batteries to be properly and adequately secured...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Sep 2021
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 17 cents per litre (cpl) to 163.0 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 29 September 2021, some branded retailers are making large hikes to their ULP price: Coles Express hiking by 39 cpl up to 181.9 cpl; 7-Eleven and BP...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Sep 2021
Gone are the days in Western Australia where if you had your heart set on attending a sold-out event or concert you would have little choice but to fork-out hundreds of dollars more for a ticket than it was originally worth. This is because new ticket scalping laws have taken effect that restricts the resale of tickets to a maximum ten per cent mark-up from the original price. Also outlawed is...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Sep 2021
UPDATE 25/9/21: Consumer Protection officers attended the AFL Grand Final venue Optus Stadium to assist consumers who turned up to entry gates/box office with fake tickets purchased online and were therefore denied entry. There were five individuals or groups with a total of 12 fake tickets and $6,600 in losses. All were either purchased on Gumtree or eBay. UPDATE 24/9/21: Six people have...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Sep 2021

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