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As part of the State Government’s strategies to combat wage theft, the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is co-ordinating the Getting Employment Right Grants Program (Grants Program) in 2020/21. Under the Grants Program, applications will be assessed and DMIRS will allocate funding to successful employer and employee organisations to develop and deliver education...
Labour Relations
Department News
03 Jul 2020
It’s hard to keep your wits about you following a car accident – you’re often in shock, the traffic behind you starts piling up and all you want is to get the car off the road and away from the scene. Sighting an approaching tow-truck can therefore be a great relief, but there are things you should know before a breakdown or bingle occurs to avoid being stung financially. The first tow truck on...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Jul 2020
Clause 3.7.5.5 – Installation of smoke alarms is a new clause that has been introduced to the residential Fire Safety provisions of the 2019 edition of the Building Code of Australia (BCA 2019), Volume Two of the National Construction Code. Clause 3.7.5.5 Installation of smoke alarms Smoke alarms required by 3.7.5.3 and 3.7.5.4 must be installed on or near the ceiling, in accordance with the...
Building and Energy
Department News
02 Jul 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by around 28 cents per litre (cpl) to 134.9 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 1 July 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Coles Express hiking by up to 40 cpl up to 145.9 cpl; Caltex Woolworths, 7-Eleven,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Jun 2020
Did you know that a pool gate must open away from the swimming pool area and that pool gate hinges need to be installed at certain locations and meet the relevant Australian Standard? Were you aware there were several swimming pool gate latches recalled in the past twelve months? Statistically, pool gates are considered to be a high-risk area and are largely identified as being the most common:...
Building and Energy
Department News
29 Jun 2020
Building and Energy is letting building industry practitioners know about its new private swimming and spa pool safety barrier checklist. It is a simple self-assessment tool to check the basic elements of a pool’s safety barrier. The checklist is not intended to replace the four-yearly inspection conducted by the relevant local government to verify compliance. Whilst the checklist isn’t...
Building and Energy
Department News
29 Jun 2020
On 17 February 2020, Standards Australia and the Commonwealth Government announced they will make AS 3959:2018 - Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas accessible to all Australians at no cost to the public until 30 June 2021. AS 3959:2018 provides guidance to professionals in the building and construction industry and is primarily concerned with improving the ability of buildings in...
Building and Energy
Department News
29 Jun 2020
On 1 May 2020 amendments to the Strata Titles Act 1985 (STA) and consequential amendments to the Building Act 2011 (Building Act) and Building Regulations 2012 came into effect that streamline provisions of the Building Act dealing with strata proposals. A number of Building Act forms have also been discontinued to reduce duplication and additional costs. The discontinued forms are: BA11...
Building and Energy
Department News
29 Jun 2020
The Building Commissioner is warning consumers about a company that is entering into home building contracts without a current and valid home indemnity insurance (HII) policy, putting WA home buyers at risk. Building Commissioner Kristin Berger is investigating claims that registered building contractor Western Australian Construction Pty Ltd (BC102149) , despite its eligibility for HII being...
Building and Energy
Media release
27 Jun 2020
A security fencing company and its Director have been fined a total of $6,000 by the Rockingham Magistrates Court and ordered to pay compensation and court costs of $5,805.50 after taking a deposit from a consumer but failing to supply. Security Fencing Australia Pty Ltd of Baldivis and the Director, who was granted a spent conviction, were fined $3,000 each on 22 June 2020 for breaching the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Jun 2020
On 26 June 2020 the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) issued the 2020 State Wage Case decision. The WAIRC decision grants a 1.75% per week increase in the state minimum wage and WA award rates of pay from 1 January 2021 . The new state minimum wage from 1 January 2021 will be $760.00 per week. The minimum pay rates for award free employees and all pay rates in WA awards...
Labour Relations
Department News
26 Jun 2020
Greater protections for people living in park homes in Western Australia are one step closer after new laws were passed by State Parliament. Changes to the Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Act 2006 will give tenants who rent a site or a home in a residential park better clarity with contracts and costs as well as set new rules relating to terminations. Long-stay tenancies can involve living...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Jun 2020
WA’s Commission for Occupational Safety and Health is seeking public comment on a revised Code of Practice on Violence and Aggression at Work . Since 2014, the State has operated under a Code of Practice on Violence, Aggression and Bullying, but the Commission’s Legislative Advisory Committee made the decision to separate this into two Codes - one dealing specifically with violence and aggression...
WorkSafe
Media release
26 Jun 2020
We all know that clean hands are one of the best ways to guard against viruses, so it’s little surprise that hand sanitiser has become a must-have item during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. With many households and schools now using hand sanitiser as part of their daily routines, it’s important to remember these products should be treated with extra caution especially around children. Most...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Jun 2020
As interest in new homes and renovations intensifies due to State and Federal stimulus packages, WA’s building regulator is reminding consumers about important considerations before committing to a building contract. “Building a house is an exciting decision and it is understandable to want your plans to progress quickly, particularly with the current grants to boost the building and construction...
Building and Energy
Media release
25 Jun 2020
As part of a new service delivery model announced by Building and Energy, most WA home owners who lodge a complaint against a building service provider will no longer have to provide an independent inspection report to prove the defects. WA’s current building complaints process usually requires home owners to arrange and pay for an independent building inspection report, costing up to $4,000,...
Building and Energy
Media release
25 Jun 2020
WA’s energy safety regulator is warning of the potentially fatal dangers of DIY electrical devices after a WA man died while allegedly handling a homemade high-voltage appliance used for wood art. Building and Energy is continuing to investigate the electrocution incident, which occurred in the Great Southern region in March. The electrical device was set up for a technique known as Lichtenberg...
Building and Energy
Media release
23 Jun 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 28 cents per litre (cpl) to 132.2 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 24 June 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Caltex Woolworths, Coles Express and Caltex hiking by between 39 – 40 cpl up to 141...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Jun 2020
Failing to lodge security bonds on time has resulted in a South Perth real estate agency and its director being fined a total of $5,000, following mediation in the State Administrative Tribunal. MI Real Estate Pty Ltd, trading as Soco Realty, had accepted security bonds from three tenants in the southern suburbs, but failed to lodge them as soon as practicable, or within 14 days, as required by...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Jun 2020
Many private sector 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. The location allowance is varied in accordance with the Consumer Price Index for the cost of living, excluding housing. The location allowance payable for each town has...
Labour Relations
Department News
19 Jun 2020
Consumers seeking mental health services are being warned about a North Fremantle man who is masquerading as a psychologist. Tyson John Vacher , aka Dr John Vacher and trading as John Vacher Psychology , has been making false or misleading statements on his website jvpsychology (dot) com regarding his experience and qualifications. Mr Vacher has stated on his website jvpsychology dot com that he...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Jun 2020
The death of a 76-year-old farmer last month at Elleker, west of Albany, has prompted a reminder about quad bike safety. The farmer went out on a quad bike to do some checks on the afternoon of May 24. He had not returned that evening and was later found deceased on the farm. His quad bike was operated on a steep incline in wet and windy weather, and it appeared it was being ridden down the slope...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Jun 2020
If you’re stuck in a deadlock with your landlord or tenant over a COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic related tenancy issue, a new service can help resolve the dispute without needing to step foot inside a courtroom. Our recently launched Residential Tenancies Mandatory Conciliation Service (RTMCS) is a free process that aims to help both sides come to an agreement through informal discussion in a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Jun 2020
The third phase of consultation on proposed changes to retirement village laws in WA is looking at difficulties consumers considering seniors accommodation can experience in determining whether a village operates under the Retirement Villages Act (RV Act). The setting up of a public register is a proposal being put forward to assist in identifying whether a particular village is covered under the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Jun 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by around 26 cents per litre (cpl) to 128.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 17 June 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Coles Express hiking by 38 cpl up to 139.9 cpl; 7-Eleven and BP up to 137.9 cpl;...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Jun 2020

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