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Under the Western Australia Public and Bank Holidays Act 1972 , Anzac Day takes place on 25 April, but when that day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the next following Monday is also a public holiday. In 2021, Anzac Day falls on Sunday 25 April. Subsequently, Sunday 25 April and Monday 26 April are both public holidays in Western Australia. However, employees in the state industrial relations...
Labour Relations
Department News
02 Mar 2021
Applications are open for grants helping WA tenants and landlords Up to $2,000 paid to landlords for future rent support Grants assist tenants struggling financially Applications are open under the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme to help tenants who are struggling financially meet rent payments. Renters who are facing a significant rent increase they are unable to afford can apply. However,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Mar 2021
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 33 cents per litre (cpl) to 154.2 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 3 March 2021, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Caltex/Ampol, 7-Eleven, Caltex Woolworths and Coles Express hiking by between 44-45...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Mar 2021
More than $650,000 lost by WA online shoppers last year 952 WA scam victims reported losing a total of $11.8 million in 2020 More victims but less money lost when comparing 2020 to 2019 figures An increase in online shopping activity during the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a huge 500 per cent increase in losses to scams for that category in 2020 statistics compiled by WA ScamNet at Consumer...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Feb 2021
While there are many success stories of people falling in love after meeting online, there are also some very sad tales involving victims of romance scams. Australians reported losing more than $38 million to romance scammers in 2020, the majority of which was lost through social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. In WA last year, 72 victims reported losing $2.17 million – an...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Feb 2021
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 32 cents per litre (cpl) to 151.6 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 24 February 2021, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Caltex Woolworths hiking by up to 46 cpl to 163.9 cpl; 7-Eleven, Caltex/Ampol...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Feb 2021
All employers covered by the WA state industrial relations system are legally required to keep employment records. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships or unincorporated trusts. Employment records must be in English and can be written or electronic, as long as they can be printed. They must be kept for at least seven years after they are...
Labour Relations
Department News
22 Feb 2021
A South West building surveying company and its supervisor have been fined a total of $3,500 for negligence after their certification of a Roleystone building project failed to meet the required standards. The Building Services Board found that Eaton-based building surveying contractor Jescar Pty Ltd (BSC14) and building surveying practitioner Richard Ruhen (BSP279) were negligent in carrying out...
Building and Energy
Media release
19 Feb 2021
Western Australia can be a land of extremes – a fact we were reminded of recently when a bushfire devastated communities in Perth’s east and flooding swept the state’s Gascoyne region. The twin events are an unfortunate reminder for tenants and landlords to be aware of their rights and responsibilities should a rental property become damaged or destroyed in a disaster. When a rental home in WA is...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Feb 2021
The Building Services Board has fined a building surveyor $1,000 for misleading the Shire of Toodyay by knowingly signing a certificate with the wrong building classification. Daniel Ross Smee (BSP293) provided a certificate of building compliance (CBC) in March 2019 for additions and alterations to a Julimar property, including a bedroom, games room and sunroom. The Board was told that Mr Smee’s...
Building and Energy
Media release
18 Feb 2021
The average price of ULP is set to increase by over 33 cents per litre (cpl) to 150.2 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 17 February 2021 , most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: 7-Eleven, Caltex/Ampol, Caltex Woolworths and Coles Express hiking by up to 44 cpl to 159.9 cpl; Puma to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Feb 2021
Wageline’s Pay rates in languages other than English page provides links to information brochures on employment obligations and pay rates in languages other than English for the beauty industry and the café and restaurant sector. For pay rate information in languages not available on the website, use the Translating and Interpreting Service on 13 14 50 to contact Wageline 1300 655 266.
Labour Relations
Department News
15 Feb 2021
Global internet sweep finds four out of ten traders may be misleading consumers Environmental claims and frequent use of ‘eco’ and ‘sustainable’ not supported Action aimed at protecting consumers from fake ‘eco-friendly’ products An internet sweep by a group of consumer agencies throughout the world, including Consumer Protection in Western Australia, has uncovered potentially misleading...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Feb 2021
We like to think our homes are a safe space for our families, but sometimes the biggest dangers are lurking where you might least expect them. Tragically, free-hanging cords from window coverings like curtains and blinds have been responsible for the deaths and injuries of many Australian children, including a two-year-old girl who died after being strangled by a blind cord at her Queensland home...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Feb 2021
The Western Australian public holidays for the 2021 Easter period are: Good Friday – Friday 2 April Easter Monday – Monday 5 April If you are covered by the state industrial relations system, the Easter 2021 public holiday page contains information on employment entitlements for: award free employees Shop and Warehouse (Wholesale and Retail Establishments) Award Restaurant, Tearoom and Catering...
Labour Relations
Department News
09 Feb 2021
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 33 cents per litre (cpl) to 148.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 10 February 2021, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Caltex/Ampol hiking by 44 cpl up to 159.9 cpl; Coles Express, Caltex Woolworths...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Feb 2021
Reports of Mr John Quigley’s stolen image used in attempted scam Emails feature link to fake website using Mr Quigley’s name and image Recipients warned about beneficiary scams and advised to ignore emails Scammers have stolen the identity of WA’s Attorney-General John Quigley as part of a beneficiary scam and to set up a fake website. Two reports have been received from people who have received...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Feb 2021
Charity scammers are known to target disasters to steal money from donors Donors to be on the look-out for fake websites and social media pages Advice to only donate to licensed charities and do an online check As people begin opening their hearts and their wallets to donate to the victims of Perth’s current bushfire disaster, Consumer Protection is warning donors to be aware that scammers may...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Feb 2021
Creating ‘one big happy family’ might be the dream when it comes to multigenerational living, but in reality there’s a lot to weigh-up before entering into a granny flat arrangement. If you’re wondering where you’ll spend your twilight years, a granny flat interest in your adult child’s home might seem like a win-win – you can downsize to a smaller property, while being on-hand to provide and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Feb 2021
The Premier announced that Perth, Peel and the South West regions of WA will be entering a hard lockdown until 6.00pm, Friday 5 February 2021. While DMIRS is well prepared to deal with the current situation, the lockdown may impact planned business activities and meetings with the department in these regions during the week. Our regional offices, except the Bunbury and Collie offices, remain open...
WorkSafe
Department News
03 Feb 2021
The Premier announced that Perth, Peel and the South West regions of WA will be entering a hard lockdown until 6.00pm, Friday 5 February 2021. While DMIRS is well prepared to deal with the current situation, the lockdown may impact planned business activities and meetings with the department in these regions during the week. Our regional offices, except the Bunbury office, remain open and...
Labour Relations
Department News
03 Feb 2021
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 31 cents per litre (cpl) to 144.9 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 3 February 2021, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Caltex Woolworths, Coles Express and Caltex/Ampol hiking by 43-44 cpl up to 155.9...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Feb 2021
As the result of the Premier’s announcement that WA will be entering into a hard lock down until 6.00pm, Friday 5 February, our phone services are currently unavailable. Wageline will resume full service delivery on Monday 8 February. If your matter is urgent please email us at wageline@dmirs.wa.gov.au
Labour Relations
Department News
01 Feb 2021
Woolworths granted temporary extended opening hours this week Arrangement means Woolworth stores in Perth, Peel and South West can open from 7am Tuesday 2 February to Friday 5 February Special permits for supermarkets are assessed on application WA's Commissioner for Consumer Protection has granted an extended trading permit meaning some Woolworths stores can open early on weekdays during the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Feb 2021
As a result of the Premier’s announcement placing WA into a hard lockdown until 6pm on Friday, 5 February, our counter and phone services are currently unavailable. You are encouraged to email any enquiries to consumer@dmirs.wa.gov.au . If your matter is urgent, please include a contact telephone number in your email and Consumer Protection will call you back within 24 hours. We will resume full...
Consumer Protection
Department News
01 Feb 2021

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