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An un-staffed Forrestfield petrol station has been named by FuelWatch as the cheapest non-membership petrol outlet in the Perth metropolitan area for 2021. FastFuel 24/7 offered an average price for unleaded petrol (ULP) of 131.8 cents per litre (cpl) during the year with Vibe Morley coming a close second with 132.2 cpl and Liberty Calista third with 134.8 cpl. Costco at Perth Airport is on top...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Dec 2021
The McGowan Government has released exposure drafts of regulations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 ahead of the commencement of major work health and safety (WHS) reforms in March 2022. Releasing the exposure drafts of the supporting regulations provides all participants in Western Australian workplaces the opportunity to prepare themselves to meet the requirements of the new Act and to...
WorkSafe
Alert
20 Dec 2021
Tragically, on average one child dies from portable pool-related drowning each year in Australia and other kids need hospital treatment and may be left with severe brain injuries.
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Dec 2021
A South Bayswater engineering company has been fined $200,000 (and ordered to pay $3320.50 in costs) over an incident in which a worker’s arm was amputated below the elbow. B&Y Precision Engineering Pty Ltd (trading as De Cassan Industries) pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and was fined in the Armadale Magistrates Court last week. In October 2018, an...
WorkSafe
Media release
20 Dec 2021
An exploration drilling company has been fined $256,000 (and ordered to pay $2363.50 in costs) over an incident in which a contractor died after being struck by a large “stillson” wrench. The stillson – otherwise known as a pipe wrench – had been attached to a drill rig that was being operated under hydraulic power. Orbit Drilling Pty Ltd pleaded guilty as a principal that engaged a contractor to...
WorkSafe
Media release
20 Dec 2021
On 15 December 2021, Minister Stephen Dawson MLC made a Brief Ministerial Statement in Parliament advising that the Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws will come into effect in March 2022. Originally scheduled for January 2022, the new laws will bring together work health and safety for general industry, mines and petroleum and geothermal operations under a single WHS Act. Draft WHS regulations...
WorkSafe
Department News
16 Dec 2021
On 16 December 2021, the Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 was passed by State Parliament. The new state employment laws introduced by the Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Act 2021 (IRLA Act) will commence in early 2022. The commencement date for the new laws has not yet been set. The IRLA Act amends the Industrial Relations Act 1979, the Long Service Leave Act 1958...
Labour Relations
Department News
16 Dec 2021
Electric scooters and skateboards will likely appear on many Christmas wish-lists this year, given the growing popularity of these eRideable devices and others like them in recent years. To avoid disappointment when shopping for eRideables, it is important to be across the new rules that are now in effect covering how they can be used. One of the key changes implemented by the Road Safety...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Dec 2021
Roof restorer ignored Building Commissioner’s order to rectify defects in Falcon Matter went to trial due to claims of ‘reasonable excuse’ for non-compliance Guilty verdict, $2,000 fine and $1,500 in costs A Mandurah roof restorer has been ordered to pay $3,500 in fines and costs after a court found he did not have a valid reason for disregarding an official order to fix defects. On 6 December at...
Building and Energy
Media release
14 Dec 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.
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Dec 2021
Consumer Protection is receiving numerous reports of sub-standard rental properties being leased to WA tenants from some private landlords.
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Dec 2021
Local governments must inspect private pool safety barriers at least every four years 1.6% of WA pools were overdue for inspection at 30 June 2021 57% of authorities were up to date with their inspections, but this is a decline Most WA local governments are progressing well with inspections of private pool safety barriers but there is still room for improvement, Building and Energy has reported...
Building and Energy
Media release
09 Dec 2021
Anyone who’s tried to cancel a contract to buy a new or used car may recall being slugged with a fee from the dealer for pulling out of the deal. Known as ‘pre-estimated liquidated damages’, the fee is supposed to be a true reflection of actual costs incurred by the dealership as a result of the transaction falling through, such as vehicle licensing costs, special accessories that may have been...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Dec 2021
The State Government’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy is now in effect for Group 1, which includes DMIRS officers who enter, and remain at, a rural or remote resources industry site or a remote resources industry operating centre for the purpose of performing a statutory function under a law of the State. A rural or remote resources industry site is located outside the metropolitan area,...
Corporate
Media release
09 Dec 2021
Employees who have been underpaid wages or leave entitlements under state employment laws can now access Wageline’s streamlined online underpayments complaint system. Wageline’s new system simplifies the process for WA employees to lodge an underpayment complaint to Private Sector Labour Relations industrial inspectors. Employees can provide information on alleged underpayments and supporting...
Labour Relations
Department News
08 Dec 2021
Consumer Protection is urging shoppers to consider the new rules covering the use of electric rideable devices (eRideables) that are now in effect before deciding to purchase.
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Dec 2021
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
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
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
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

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