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The Long Service Leave Act 1958 (LSL Act) applies to many state and national system employers and employees in Western Australia. On 20 June 2022, record keeping requirements under the LSL Act changed. Employers now need to keep additional long service leave records for each employee, and there are significant new penalties for not keeping required records, or keeping an employment record that...
Labour Relations
Department News
30 Nov 2022
Motorists in Perth and Mandurah are advised to fill up now if they need to, with petrol prices set to rise tomorrow. FuelWatch reports that, from 6am tomorrow (Wednesday 30 November 2022), the average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) will increase by 23 cents per litre (cpl) to 201.4 cpl. Coles Express hiking by up to 46 cpl up to 209.9 cpl; Ampol and EG Ampol up to 205.9 cpl; BP up to 203...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Nov 2022
Critical warning when using rechargeable batteries Number of fires caused by lithium-ion batteries rising sharply Think twice before buying rechargeable devices without original charger Take charge of your safety. That is the message for everyone buying or receiving a lithium-ion powered gift this Christmas. Consumer Protection is warning that lithium-ion battery chargers, and the way they are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Nov 2022
Christmas is an exciting and magical time of year but the lead up to the big day can often be chaotic and stressful. With online shopping scams and delivery delays, Western Australian shoppers are urged to get on top of their Christmas shopping early to avoid disappointment. Online shopping is an easy and convenient choice to buy Christmas gifts, but Western Australian shoppers should be aware of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Nov 2022
State system employers are prohibited from advertising employment at a rate of pay that is less than the minimum wage applicable to the job. Enforcement action can be taken against an employer who has advertised employment at a rate of pay below the legal minimum and penalties apply. This provision is one of the new employment protections introduced by the Industrial Relations Legislation...
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Nov 2022
Agency and supervisor fined $7,000 each for failing their legal obligations Sales rep fined $2,000 after working for nine months without registration Reminder to real estate industry to be aware of their duties under the law A North Perth real estate agency, its supervisor and an unregistered sales representative have been fined a total of $16,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) as a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Nov 2022
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, Sunday 25 December 2022 and Monday 26 December 2022. Boxing Day, Monday 26 December 2022 and Tuesday 27 December 2022. New Year’s Day, Sunday 1...
Labour Relations
Department News
21 Nov 2022
National and state consumer laws will be consistent with automatic updates WA parliament has the option not to adopt changes if any concerns Amendments will benefit WA consumers and businesses National changes to consumer laws will be more easily and more quickly reflected in state laws with a new mechanism now being adopted. WA consumers and businesses will benefit greatly from the amendments to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Nov 2022
Statutory Review will assess effectiveness of the special family and domestic violence provisions in tenancy laws Community consultation will determine if laws need fine-tuning Consultation begins with the 16 Days in WA campaign to end violence against women getting underway later this week Special provisions in tenancy laws aimed at helping renters in situations of family and domestic violence (...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Nov 2022
In June 2022, new compliance and enforcement provisions were introduced that provided enhanced powers and a new range of compliance tools that can be used by industrial inspectors. These new tools include the ability for industrial inspectors to issue compliance notices, infringement notices, and to enter into enforceable undertakings. Recently, industrial inspectors have commenced issuing...
Labour Relations
Department News
17 Nov 2022
When you hire a tradesperson to undertake a home renovation or maintenance job, they might ask for a deposit upfront to confirm the booking or cover any materials they need to order. While tradespeople are legally allowed to ask for deposits, there are a few things we want consumers to know before paying them. A common issue reported to Consumer Protection is traders who demand large deposits –...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Nov 2022
Western Power will prioritise a plan to reduce the risk posed by power lines in its network of a similar construction to the one that caused the Wickepin-Narrogin bushfire. This action follows discussions between Building and Energy – WA’s energy safety regulator – and Western Power in relation to the February 2022 bushfire, which impacted 18,000ha of farmland and bushland. The fire started when...
Building and Energy
Media release
16 Nov 2022
On 30 September 2022, Standards Australia published a new version of AS/NZS 5601.1 Gas Installations part 1: General installations that supersedes AS/NZS 5601.1:2013. The new version of AS/NZS 5601.1 is automatically adopted in Western Australia. AS/NZS 5601.1:2022 applies to new installations and modifications/extensions to existing installations. It does not apply retrospectively to the...
Building and Energy
Department News
16 Nov 2022
Warning for children to avoid riding quad bikes during upcoming summer holidays Over a third of child drowning deaths in 2021-22 occurred in a swimming pool Portable pools, trampolines and gifts containing button batteries are other hazards As the weather heats up, many families are looking forward to spending more time outdoors and around water. Consumer Protection wants to help keep children...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Nov 2022
Electric shock risks from incorrect wiring of two installations Mandatory checks and tests were not carried out $8,000 fine for electrical worker and $10,000 fine for electrical contractor Dangerous and defective electrical work carried out in the Great Southern has led to fines totalling $18,000 against a Perth electrician and an electrical contracting company. Following prosecutions by Building...
Building and Energy
Media release
15 Nov 2022
Funeral pricing will be publicly available to enable easy comparisons Grieving family and friends will know the total cost before a funeral is held Unscrupulous sales practices will be stamped out to stop overcharging New regulations are now in place that will result in funeral costs being clearer and making it easier for those grieving to make informed decisions at a difficult time. Funeral...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Nov 2022
Motorists in Perth and Mandurah are advised to fill up now if they need to, with petrol prices set to rise tomorrow. FuelWatch reports that, from 6am tomorrow (Wednesday 16 November 2022), the average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) will increase by 23 cents per litre (cpl) to 201.4 cpl. Coles Express hiking by up to 39 cpl up to 214.9 cpl; Ampol and Caltex/Puma up to 213.9 cpl; BP up to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Nov 2022
The owners of two Perth cafes have been penalised a total of $14,300 for failing to produce employment records to an industrial inspector. Ahmed El Sayed Imam and Yan Desiree Hui - the owners of Sinamon café’s two locations at Victoria Park and Mt Lawley – were required by law to produce the employment records but failed to do so. Industrial inspectors from the Department of Mines, Industry...
Labour Relations
Media release
15 Nov 2022
Substandard turf and concrete work in Beeliar and Ashby Ignoring a building remedy order is an offence under WA’s building laws $5,000 fine and $2,000 in costs to be paid A Perth magistrate says two home owners were left in a “vulnerable position” after paying for substandard work by a landscaper, who ignored orders from the Building Commissioner to fix the faults. Haval Akrawy , also known as...
Building and Energy
Media release
14 Nov 2022
The latest issue of Building and Energy's Electrical Focus is now available online .
Building and Energy
Department News
11 Nov 2022
Australians are losing more money to scams than ever before, so taking a moment to consider whether there might be a scammer behind the next random phone call, text message or email you receive has never been so important. Empowering consumers to learn how to spot a scam is the focus of this year’s Scams Awareness Week (7-11 November 2022), hosted by the Australian Competition and Consumer...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Nov 2022
Online shoppers urged to be vigilant as scammers expected to be active An additional 37 trading hours approved to make Christmas and Australia Day shopping more convenient 57 extra hours of trading between Labour Day in March this year and Australia Day next year Western Australian shoppers are being urged by the State Government to be cyber safe this Christmas by being vigilant to scams while...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Nov 2022
Cracks, incomplete work and other defects at Woodvale and Landsdale properties No attempt to follow official orders for remedy or compensation Conviction at trial following prosecution by Building and Energy A Perth tradesman has been fined $12,500 for ignoring orders issued by the Building Commissioner to fix defective driveway work at two homes. Ricky Noel Clements , trading as Harden Up...
Building and Energy
Media release
09 Nov 2022
This article is published to alert plumbing and building industry stakeholders in Western Australia of changes to current regulations and standards affecting plumbing system design and installation in WA. The Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000 (Plumbing Regulations) have been amended to align with the latest version of the Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA 2022) which takes...
Building and Energy
Department News
08 Nov 2022
Severe arm and shoulder burns while cleaning high-voltage power lines Equipment provided did not comply with safety standards or testing requirements Network operators have a duty to reasonably ensure work is carried out safely Western Power has been fined $66,000 after an employee received severe electrical burns while using unsafe cleaning equipment near live high-voltage power lines. At Perth...
Building and Energy
Media release
07 Nov 2022

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