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Gary Newcombe returns to Commissioner's role Brings 40 years' experience working in the Commonwealth and State public sectors, and for the Western Australian Parliament Gary Newcombe has taken the baton to become Western Australia's new Commissioner for Consumer Protection. He replaces Lanie Chopping, who has been appointed as interim Director General for the Department of Local Government, Sport...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 May 2021
WorkSafe has reminded owner-builders of their responsibility for workplace safety after an owner-builder was fined $25,000 and granted a spent conviction over an incident in which a worker fell from a roof. The South-West owner-builder (who cannot be identified due to the spent conviction) pleaded guilty to failing to take practicable measures to ensure that persons at the workplace were not...
WorkSafe
Media release
21 May 2021
Sales rep failed to carry out checks that would have revealed sewer lines Land buyer forced to modify their building plans as a result of the late discovery Employer failed to be more thorough in their review of the matter A real estate sales representative and the Mt Lawley agency he works for have been fined a total of $9,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal for failing to uncover the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 May 2021
Rogue elements in industry exaggerate necessity for extra work and costs Consumers urged to get multiple quotes to avoid paying too much Do research to find licensed tradies offering sound advice and a fair price WA consumers who get quotes from companies that offer both plumbing and electrical services are being urged to get multiple quotes before signing a contract in order to avoid paying too...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection
Media release
20 May 2021
Building and Energy is advising property owners affected by the closure of the Pindan Group to immediately contact their home indemnity insurance (HII) provider, QBE Insurance (Australia) Ltd. Pindan Group entered external administration on Tuesday. The group includes four registered building contractors which carried out commercial, government-funded building projects and residential work:...
Building and Energy
Media release
20 May 2021
Owing money and missing repayments can be stressful, so the last thing many people in financial difficulty need is to be charged more money for help getting their debt under control. That’s why Consumer Protection urges consumers to choose free debt management advice where possible over other high-cost options. While debt management service companies may claim to be able to fix debt problems,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 May 2021
Ten infringement notices of $1,000 and one for $4,000 issued to fuel outlets Discrepancies found in price reported to FuelWatch or on signboard Fuel retailers warned to report and display prices that match bowser price Infringement notices amounting to $14,000 have been issued by Consumer Protection to 11 fuel outlets in WA since 1 January 2020 over breaches of FuelWatch laws. Most of the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 May 2021
Four consumers pay for decorative screens but get nothing in return Full refunds given two years later, just prior to Court appearance Business proprietors fined $5,000 each for accepting payments but failing to deliver A producer of custom laser-cut panels, screens and gates who took consumers’ money but failed to deliver has received a $5,000 fine imposed by the Perth Magistrates Court on 14...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 May 2021
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 29 cents per litre (cpl) to 157.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 19 May 2021, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Coles Express hiking by up to 44 cpl to 171.9 cpl; Caltex Woolworths, BP, 7-Eleven...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 May 2021
Port Headland and Karratha in Western Australia hold the Queen's Birthday public on different dates, usually to coincide with a significant date or event for that area. The dates for 2021 are now available on the Regional dates for the Queen's Birthday public holiday page. In all other areas of Western Australia, the Queen's Birthday public holiday will be held on Monday 27 September 2021.
Labour Relations
Department News
18 May 2021
Western Australian workers can find out how to report deliberate underpayment of wages or entitlements at www.wagetheft.wa.gov.au . The Reporting wage theft in Western Australia website assists workers with how to: seek help with resolving an underpayment issue or unpaid annual or long service leave; report wage theft anonymously to the relevant government department; or seek help with unpaid...
Labour Relations
Department News
17 May 2021
Building and Energy seeking input from property owners with solar systems Focus on safety, compliance and experiences of WA’s solar industry Survey closes on 30 June WA’s electrical safety regulator is seeking feedback from customers who have had solar power systems installed at their properties. Building and Energy’s five-minute survey aims to improve understanding of the community’s experience...
Building and Energy
Media release
17 May 2021
Would you pay for something you’re entitled to get for free? Buying an extended warranty on new whitegoods, electronics or even a car could mean you’re doing exactly that. This is because products are automatically guaranteed in a number of ways under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), which may apply even after the warranty period has lapsed. In the past two years, Consumer Protection has...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 May 2021
Building company Gran Designs WA Pty Ltd has been fined a total of $175,000 over the 2017 death of a contract worker in the South-West town of Yarloop. The company pleaded guilty in the Bunbury Magistrates Court yesterday to five charges, the most serious of which was failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and, by that failure, causing the death of the worker. On this charge the company...
WorkSafe
Media release
12 May 2021
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 31 cents per litre (cpl) to 158.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 12 May 2021, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Coles Express hiking by 43 cpl to 171.9 cpl; 7-Eleven, BP, Caltex/Ampol and Caltex...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 May 2021
The Children and Community Services Act 2004 regulates where, when, and at what age children can be employed in Western Australia and these laws apply to all employers throughout the state. In most industries, children under 15 cannot be employed unless they are working in a family business run by a relative such as a parent, aunt, uncle or grandparent; performing professionally as an actor,...
Labour Relations
Department News
10 May 2021
Rivervale man fined $4,000 for dealing more than 40 vehicles with no licence Magistrate says licensing important for safety and protection of consumers Consumer Protection urges the community to report any illegal sales A Magistrate has reminded the community that the licensing of motor vehicle dealers in WA is “not just red tape” as he fined a Rivervale man $4,000 for illegal sales while being...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 May 2021
Bedrooms by Aura and Simone Lockett fined $15,000 for failing to deliver Court orders six consumers be paid about $36,000 in compensation Affected consumers from around Australia ordered items online and via Facebook A Perth retailer of luxury designer furniture has been ordered to pay a total of $47,387.91 by the Perth Magistrates Court being a fine, costs and compensation after taking payments...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 May 2021
Building work at a Kalgan property did not match the approved plans Issues included excessive height and an unauthorised carport Mr Jennings failed to properly manage and supervise a building service A former registered builder has been fined the maximum amount of $5,000 by the Building Services Board for deviating from approved plans and building standards while constructing a house in WA’s...
Building and Energy
Media release
06 May 2021
As rents rise across Western Australia, many tenants may discover that in addition to paying more weekly rent, there is a further expense being asked of them. When rent is increased at a property, a landlord or property manager may request the tenant pay extra money to ‘top-up’ their security bond. How much a tenant is asked to pay will depend on how much their weekly rent has increased by. For a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 May 2021
ASIC has today released an information sheet for providers of debt management services that explains their new regulatory obligations, including the requirement to be licensed. The National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Debt Management Services) Regulations 2021 (Regulations), made on 29 April 2021, prescribe certain debt management services as a ‘credit activity’ for the purposes of the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 May 2021
Candice Evans to lead the team in Consumer Protection’s Geraldton office Her experience in helping tenants will be useful in new role Consumer Protection’s presence in the region increases ability to deal with local issues Consumer Protection has appointed a new senior regional officer to service the region which covers Geraldton and an area as far as Carnarvon, the northern Wheatbelt around...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 May 2021
Bouyden McKenzie takes up position in Consumer Protection’s Kalgoorlie office His experience in supporting and educating the community useful in new role Department’s presence in the region increases ability to deal with local issues Consumer Protection has appointed a new senior regional officer in Kalgoorlie to service the Goldfields region which covers an area as far as Northam, Esperance and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 May 2021
There are two systems of employment law that operate in WA – the state industrial relations system and the national fair work system. These systems have different employment obligations, so getting the right information is critical. Employers and employees cannot choose which system they operate in. Wageline’s new WA employer essentials at www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/WA-employers explains: how to...
Labour Relations
Department News
04 May 2021
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 30 cents per litre (cpl) to 157 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 5 May 2021, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Caltex Woolworths, Caltex and Coles Express hiking by 42-44 cpl to 169.9 cpl; BP to 168...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 May 2021

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