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With Ex-TC Lincoln threatening the N-W coast, businesses in the affected area have been reminded to ensure that cyclone contingency plans have been established and are in operation. The Bureau of Meteorology expects the system to move out to sea, and there is a high chance it will re-intensify as a cyclone and track towards the west Pilbara coast this weekend. Acting WorkSafe Commissioner Sally...
WorkSafe
Media release
22 Feb 2024
Deepfake videos and voice impersonations are now a chilling reality. Scammers are weaponising artificial intelligence (AI) to create convincing video and audio of well-known people, work colleagues, family members or even someone you have fallen in love with online. Consumer Protection’s ScamNet is predicting the use of AI voice and video cons to be an emerging scam feature to watch out for this...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Feb 2024
Stronger regulation of short-term rental accommodation a step closer with new Bill Short stay rental accommodation register introduced $10,000 grants creating long-term rentals for Western Australians in need of a home The Cook Government has today introduced a Bill into State Parliament that will provide stronger regulation of Short-Term Rental Accommodation (STRA) in Western Australia. The...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Feb 2024
Motorists in Perth and Mandurah are advised to fill up now if they need to, with petrol prices set to rise tomorrow. After today motorists will likely have to wait a week before petrol prices are again at the bottom of the price cycle. FuelWatch reports that, from 6am tomorrow (Wednesday 21 February 2024), the average price of Perth’s regular unleaded petrol (ULP) will increase by over 32 cents...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Feb 2024
Wageline has just published information to assist state system employers and employees with public holiday arrangements for Easter 2024. The Western Australian public holidays for the 2024 Easter period are: Good Friday – Friday 29 March Easter Sunday – Sunday 31 March Easter Monday – Monday 1 April Visit the Easter 2024 public holiday entitlements page for details on the public holiday...
Labour Relations
Department News
19 Feb 2024
Welshpool real estate agency and director fined a total of $8,000 Over $30,000 in bonds not lodged within required timeframe Warning to agents to ensure timely bond lodgements A Welshpool real estate agency and its director have been fined and reprimanded over failing to lodge $32,380 in tenancy bonds with the Bond Administrator within the 14 day timeframe. The State Administrative Tribunal (SAT...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Feb 2024
Motorists in Perth and Mandurah are advised to fill up now if they need to, with petrol prices set to rise tomorrow. After today motorists will likely have to wait a week before petrol prices are again at the bottom of the price cycle. FuelWatch reports that, from 6am tomorrow (Wednesday 14 February 2024), the average price of Perth’s regular unleaded petrol (ULP) will increase by over 32 cents...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Feb 2024
Sending your loved one wilted flowers on Valentine’s Day probably won’t get you the reaction you were hoping for. Before you get a bunch of dead roses thrown in your face, Consumer Protection hopes there’s time to explain you have rights under Australian Consumer Law (ACL). Consumer guarantees kick in on products purchased through Australian-based stores, including online. When a V-Day gift...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Feb 2024
WA losses to romance and dating scams surged 27 per cent to $3.7 million in 2023 Valentine’s Day warning to listen to your head when looking for love online AI deepfake images being used in video calls, advice to only meet in person New figures reveal financial losses to romance and dating scams hit a staggering $3.7 million in Western Australia in 2023, prompting a fresh warning from Consumer...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Feb 2024
An electrical line worker has been fined $10,500 for safety failures that left an apprentice unconscious and burnt from an electric shock in the Wheatbelt. At Narrogin Magistrates Court on 23 January 2024, Darren Scott Hardy pleaded guilty to breaching WA’s electricity network safety laws following prosecution by Building and Energy. The court heard Mr Hardy was employed by Western Power in...
Building and Energy
Media release
06 Feb 2024
Motorists in Perth and Mandurah are advised to fill up now if they need to, with petrol prices set to rise tomorrow. After today motorists will likely have to wait a week before petrol prices are again at the bottom of the price cycle. FuelWatch reports that, from 6am tomorrow (Wednesday 7 February 2024), the average price of Perth’s regular unleaded petrol (ULP) will increase by over 31 cents...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Feb 2024
The public holiday for Labour Day in 2024 is Monday 4 March. Employment entitlements for public holidays will vary based on an employee's award coverage and employment arrangements. Visit the Labour Day public holiday entitlements 2024 page for details on the public holiday entitlements for Labour Day for state system employers and employees, including specific information for: Award free...
Labour Relations
Department News
05 Feb 2024
“Businesses have to accept legal tender.” It’s a comment we hear a lot at Consumer Protection, so I wanted to take the opportunity to clear this up and let you know what the law says about it. Businesses can choose which payment types they accept. It is legal for a business to specify the terms and conditions that they will supply goods and services. This includes whether they will accept cash...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Feb 2024
Look out for ticket scalpers and scammers if major boxing event sells out Multiple offenders issued $2,000 infringement notices for recent Coldplay concerts Advice to only buy tickets from authorised seller Ticketek, or its official resale platform Boxing fans who may miss out on tickets to a premium world title event in May are being reminded to avoid getting knocked out by ticket scalpers and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Feb 2024
Tradie from The Vines to pay $7,535 for accepting money and failing to deliver Charged consumer 50 per cent deposit for paving work, but not refunded Advice for consumers to only pay small deposits to reduce risk A paver who took more than $2,500 from a customer and failed to undertake any work has been ordered to refund the money and pay a further $5,000 in fines and costs, following a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Feb 2024
Media statement from Commerce Minister Sue Ellery Final stage of improved protections for building and construction subcontractors now in effect Landmark reforms to ensure timely payments across the contracting chain Three-year project delivered new legislation, a retention trust scheme, fairer contracting practices and strengthened regulatory powers The Cook Government has delivered on its...
Building and Energy
Media release
01 Feb 2024
Motorists in Perth and Mandurah are advised to fill up now if they need to, with petrol prices set to rise tomorrow. After today motorists will likely have to wait a week before petrol prices are again at the bottom of the price cycle. FuelWatch reports that, from 6am tomorrow (Wednesday 31 January 2024), the average price of Perth’s regular unleaded petrol (ULP) will increase by over 34 cents...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Jan 2024
Building and Energy is advising property owners affected by the liquidation of FTD Construction Pty Ltd to contact their home indemnity insurance (HII) provider, QBE Insurance, if they have not already done so. The Perth building company appointed liquidators yesterday (29 January 2024). In September 2023, the Building Services Board refused to renew the building contractor registration of FTD...
Building and Energy
Media release
30 Jan 2024
WorkSafe has called on employers and workers to consider all the precautions they should take when work is being undertaken in remote areas. Workers who regularly travel to remote areas of the State include tour operators and workers involved in supervising various recreational activities, mining workers such as prospectors and geologists, truck drivers and some farmers. Acting WorkSafe...
WorkSafe
Media release
25 Jan 2024
Owners of recalled double-door BeefEater fridges are urged to immediately turn them off and arrange a refund or replacement, even if the appliance was previously repaired. The BeefEater BS28200 double-door fridge and the BS28130 single-door model have been recalled nationally due to electrical fire risks. The recall followed action by WA’s electrical safety regulator , Building and Energy, which...
Building and Energy
Media release
25 Jan 2024
You’ve got your outfit picked and you know all the words to your favourite band’s songs – then they cancel as a headlining act. There are other bands to see but you’re still disappointed and you assume you’re not entitled to a refund. Well, that’s not entirely true. You have rights under Australian Consumer Law (ACL) when things go wrong and an event is cancelled or has a major change (such as...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Jan 2024
A transport company has been prosecuted by WorkSafe over an incident that left a worker with serious and permanent leg injuries. Toll Transport Pty Ltd has been charged with failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee. The company was also charged with failing to ensure that the movement and speed of vehicles and plant at the...
WorkSafe
Media release
24 Jan 2024
Motorists in Perth and Mandurah are advised to fill up now if they need to, with petrol prices set to rise tomorrow. After today motorists will likely have to wait a week before petrol prices are again at the bottom of the price cycle. FuelWatch reports that, from 6am tomorrow (Wednesday 24 January 2024), the average price of Perth’s regular unleaded petrol (ULP) will increase by over 33 cents...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Jan 2024
With the recent drownings and near-drownings in Perth, it is a critical reminder to take water safety seriously. Drowning is a silent killer. It can happen to young children within just 20 seconds and in as little as 3cm of water. Figures from Royal Life Saving Australia show 281 people lost their lives to drowning across Australia in 2022-23, including 23 kids under 14 years old. They estimate...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Jan 2024
Industrial inspectors from Private Sector Labour Relations (PSLR) recovered over $500,000 in underpayments for Western Australian workers in 2023. This figure comes from both proactive compliance activities undertaken by PSLR inspectors, and complaints made to PSLR by employees about underpayments under WA awards and state employment laws. A total of 135 proactive inspections took place in 2023,...
Labour Relations
Department News
16 Jan 2024

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