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Wageline has published a new WA award summary for the Printing Award . The Printing Award covers employees working in the printing industry, including artists, designers, proof readers, screen printers, printing machinists, storepersons, and keyboard operators in the state industrial relations system. The new WA award summary is available on the WA award summaries page.
Labour Relations
Department News
03 Dec 2021
Caravan holidays are experiencing a resurgence in Western Australia, as ongoing travel restrictions have convinced us to spend more time exploring our own backyard. If you’ve recently purchased a new recreational vehicle, hopefully you were able to hit the open-road with minimal fuss. But if not, you’re being urged to provide feedback on possible consumer law issues in the industry. Consumer...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Dec 2021
DIY car repairs, popular during the summer break, can be dangerous Pool rules in place to ensure correct barriers for children’s safety Electrical safety tips for lighting up the Christmas tree and decorations While the summer holidays are often a time for relaxation and recreation, many Australians also take the opportunity to work on their cars, utes or other vehicles at home. Consumer...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Dec 2021
Only use portable gas appliances in the open air due to carbon monoxide dangers Linked to five deaths in Australia in the past decade ‘Great Outdoors, Lethal Indoors’ campaign runs during summer and autumn Ahead of Western Australia’s peak camping season, a new campaign is reminding holidaymakers to always use portable gas appliances in the open air to avoid potentially lethal exposure to carbon...
Building and Energy
Media release
01 Dec 2021
Maximum damages claim for cancellations reduced from 15 to five per cent Dealers warned to only charge for realistic costs of contract cancellation Consumers urged to be sure of purchase as cancellation can be costly The maximum amount motor vehicle dealers in WA can charge a consumer who cancels a purchase contract will be reduced to five per cent of the contract’s value from 1 January 2022...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Nov 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 1 December 2021), the average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) will increase by 29 cents...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Nov 2021
A construction company has been fined $320,000 (and ordered to pay $22,212.45 in costs) over an incident in 2017 in which a young worker fell to his death. 17-year-old Wesley Ballantine died after he fell through a void in the roof of an internal atrium at the old GPO building during the construction of the H&M store in Forrest Place, Perth. Industrial Construction Services Pty Ltd (ICS) was...
WorkSafe
Media release
26 Nov 2021
Reports of landlords and agents flouting laws with unannounced visits Warning for owners and agents to follow the legal procedures for visits Tenants urged to lodge complaints against offending landlords and agents Consumer Protection is concerned about reports of private landlords and property managers carrying out surprise visits on their tenants, calling on them to comply with their legal...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Nov 2021
Christmas may be a time for giving, but there’s one type of person you wouldn’t want to reward with a free gift this festive season – a scammer. Unfortunately that has been the outcome for about 200 Western Australians so far in 2021, who reported to WA ScamNet that they had been tricked out of almost $700,000 while shopping online. The fake websites and social media pages have pretended to sell...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Nov 2021
A subcontractor on the Forrestfield Airport Link Project has been fined $200,000 (and ordered to pay $2847.50 in costs) over serious injuries suffered by a worker in July 2018. Salini Australia Pty Ltd pleaded guilty in October to failing to provide and maintain a safe working environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee (maximum fine $400,000), and was fined in the Perth...
WorkSafe
Media release
23 Nov 2021
M ultiple earthed neutral (MEN) not installed in a switchboard Mandatory testing and verification not carried out, which would have shown defects Electrician fined $7,500 and company fined $25,000 An electrician’s failure to install a key safety component and carry out mandatory tests left a property unprotected against electrical hazards for a week. At Joondalup Magistrates Court on 5 November...
Building and Energy
Media release
18 Nov 2021
With the busy shopping season upon us, there’s no doubt that gift cards or vouchers can be an easy present idea for those hard-to-please friends and family members. While we believe that gifting cash is ultimately a safer option, if you are planning to buy a gift card this festive season, don’t forget that the national rules have changed to give the recipient at least three years to use it. The...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Nov 2021
Outdoor gas hot water system incorrectly installed in an internal room Risk of potentially fatal exposure to carbon monoxide or fire Gasfitter ignored a rectification order but still unlocked the gas supply A Midvale family was exposed to potential fire and carbon monoxide risks after a licensed gas fitter installed an outdoor-only water heater inside their house and later removed the gas company...
Building and Energy
Media release
17 Nov 2021
Gift cards must be valid for at least three years from date of purchase Recommendation that cards are redeemed quickly to minimise risks Risks include business closures and lost or stolen cards Consumers either buying or receiving gift cards are reminded that national laws provide for a minimum three year expiry period, but there may still be risks involved. The risks, warns Consumer Protection,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Nov 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 17 November 2021), the average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) will increase by more than...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Nov 2021
WA online shoppers fall victim to fake websites and social media pages 200 WA victims lose almost $700,000 to online shopping scams in 2021 Popular consumer items offered at very low prices as bait to trap consumers Fake websites and social media pages are tricking online shoppers into buying products that they will never receive and Consumer Protection is warning Western Australians not to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Nov 2021
With fuel prices recently hitting record-highs and Perth’s petrol price cycle changing from weekly to fortnightly, it’s a particularly important time for consumers to have the information they need to save money at the bowser. That’s where our free FuelWatch service can help, with a revamped website containing interactive mapping features that makes it quick and easy for WA motorists to find the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Nov 2021
A site supervisor at a land development company has been fined $10,000 (and ordered to pay $1172.50 in costs) over an incident in 2018 in which a worker was seriously injured when limestone blocks from an adjacent retaining wall and a steel plate fell on him. Glenn Edwin Rush pleaded guilty to failing as an employee to take reasonable care to avoid adversely affecting the health of another person...
WorkSafe
Media release
10 Nov 2021
Draft regulations to support Security of Payment laws released for consultation Workers and industry urged to have their say between now and January 21, 2022 New laws to protect subcontractors start on August 1, 2022 The McGowan Government is asking for feedback on draft regulations to support landmark Security of Payment reforms for subcontractors in the building and construction sector...
Building and Energy
Media release
09 Nov 2021
Removalist fined $3,000 for falsely claiming membership of industry association Association’s logo and statement appeared on two identical business websites False affiliation claims detrimental to consumers and the industry representative A $3,000 fine has been handed to a Brabham removalist by the Perth Magistrates Court for making a false claim that his business was affiliated with a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Nov 2021
When a service you’ve received isn’t up to scratch, or a product you’ve bought doesn’t work as it should, you may wish to seek a remedy from the business that supplied it. Before contacting Consumer Protection for help, it is always important to try to resolve the matter yourself. This is because in most cases an issue with a business or trader can be resolved pretty quickly just by explaining...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Nov 2021
Water Corporation would like to remind licensed plumbers that any work completed on their assets needs to be authorised by the Water Corporation. In the last few months, Water Corporation has encountered a number of situations where licensed plumbers have completed unauthorised work which can lead to a range of supply, quality and safety issues. Any work on Water Corporation assets must be...
Building and Energy
Department News
04 Nov 2021
A Welshpool sheet metal fabrication company has been handed one of the highest ever fines under WA’s workplace safety laws. PGQW Pty Ltd– previously known as Boxline Industries Pty Ltd – and its manager Bradley Michael Shackleton have been fined a total of $650,000 over an incident in 2018 in which an employee suffered serious burns. PGQW pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe...
WorkSafe
Media release
04 Nov 2021
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, 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...
Labour Relations
Department News
03 Nov 2021
Plumbers assessed customers’ switchboards without an electrical licence Magistrate notes offensive conduct, sales tactics and vulnerable victims Pair employed by a large Perth plumbing, gas and electrical company The “scam” conduct of two licensed plumbers who provided unqualified electrical advice was “morally offensive” as it involved vulnerable victims and sales tactics, according to a Perth...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Nov 2021

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