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Keeping a roof over everyone’s head has never been more important as thousands of people suffer job losses due to the economic fall-out of COVID-19 coronavirus restrictions. New laws are now in place to ensure renters can stay in their homes and businesses won’t have to leave their premises, while recognising that landlords shouldn’t be unnecessarily burdened. The emergency residential tenancy...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Apr 2020
WA’s gas safety regulator is urging people to avoid potentially lethal exposure to carbon monoxide by ensuring their gas appliances are well maintained, used correctly and not subject to product safety alerts. Building and Energy’s warning comes as Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week (27 April to 3 May) gets underway and households prepare for cooler weather. Director of Energy Safety Saj Abdoolakhan...
Building and Energy
Media release
29 Apr 2020
Some regional areas in Western Australia hold the Queen's Birthday public holiday on different dates. The dates for 2020 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 28 September 2020.
Labour Relations
Department News
29 Apr 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by around 23 cents per litre (cpl) to 109.6 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 29 April 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Caltex Woolworths, BP and Coles Express hiking by 32-36 cpl up to 119.9 cpl;...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Apr 2020
Building and Energy is urging parents of young children to be extra vigilant about potential hazards as youngsters spend more time at home due to COVID-19 coronavirus. “Parents and carers keeping their children out of schools and day-care facilities has meant they are often looking after children all day while juggling working from home and other commitments,” Building and Energy Executive...
Building and Energy
Media release
23 Apr 2020
The McGowan Government has announced a new package to support tenants, landlords and the construction industry in the COVID-19 pandemic. The package adds to the McGowan Government's $1.7 billion stimulus and relief package for businesses and households impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It complements the introduction of a six-month freeze on rent increases, the moratorium on evictions from March...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Apr 2020
Failing to display warning labels on the retail packaging of portable spas has prompted the supplier to introduce strict new quality assurance procedures and donate $10,000 to Royal Life Saving Australia. The measures are part of an enforceable undertaking entered into by Hunter Products Pty Ltd and its sole director Jeffrey Donald Hunter after Consumer Protection commenced legal action in the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Apr 2020
A six-month moratorium on residential tenancy evictions will now become law, with legislation introduced by the McGowan Government passing the Western Australian Parliament. The new laws implement the decision of the National Cabinet and are designed to prevent tenants from having to move out or being made homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, tenants can still have their leases...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Apr 2020
New laws introduced by the McGowan Government to establish a six-month moratorium on evictions for certain commercial tenancies in Western Australia and establish a mandatory code of conduct to assist with negotiations between landlords and tenants have now passed the WA Parliament. The aim of the legislation is to help small commercial tenants that are now in financial distress to survive the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Apr 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by around 23 cents per litre (cpl) to 109.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 22 April 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Caltex Woolworths, Caltex and Coles Express hiking by 34-36 cpl to 119.9 cpl; BP...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Apr 2020
An entitlement to two weeks’ unpaid pandemic leave has been introduced for private sector state system employees. New flexibility provisions enabling employers and employees to agree to an employee taking twice as much annual leave at half pay or to agree for the employee to take annual leave in advance have also been implemented. These new provisions are effective from 14 April 2020. The new...
Labour Relations
Department News
15 Apr 2020
Urgent legislation to implement a range of measures to minimise financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on tenants and landlords of both commercial and residential tenancies will be introduced into State Parliament this week. The Commercial Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Bill 2020 will introduce a moratorium on evictions for small commercial tenancies and provide a range of other measures to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Apr 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by around 17 cents per litre (cpl) to 108.7 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 15 April 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Caltex Woolworths and Caltex hiking by 33-34 cpl to 119.9 cpl; Vibe up to 118.5...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Apr 2020
The Costco fuel outlet at Perth Airport will now be required to report its prices to FuelWatch when new regulations come into effect tomorrow. Previously, the member-based fuel retailer was exempt as the Petroleum Products Pricing Act 1983 (WA) did not cover fuel sales when there is an existing agreement between the customer and the fuel retailer. The law has been changed so Costco cannot claim...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Apr 2020
With many of us now working from home as part of the Government’s COVID-19 coronavirus social distancing measures, it is important that you consider the following to ensure your safety and that of your family when using electrical and gas equipment. Electrical safety Check to see if you have at least two RCDs installed on your main switchboard. Prove that they are working correctly by pressing...
Building and Energy
Department News
09 Apr 2020
A Victoria Park used car dealer has been fined $10,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court for making misleading claims when advertising a car for sale. Youngs WA Pty Ltd was also ordered to pay legal costs of $667.50 when convicted on 3 April 2020 of two charges of breaching the Australian Consumer Law by making false or misleading representations. In December 2018, the car yard placed an...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Apr 2020
Western Australia’s plumbing regulator is warning homeowners about the health risks of DIY installation of toilet hygiene spray hoses, which should only be fitted by a licensed plumber. The alert from Building and Energy follows a rise in sales of the flexible douche hoses in the wake of toilet paper shortages and a focus on cleanliness due to COVID-19 coronavirus. Hygiene spray hoses for toilets...
Building and Energy
Media release
09 Apr 2020
Western Australians are warned to be on high alert for unsolicited SMS or social-media messages urging them to inject money into a fraudulent scheme disguised as an investment opportunity. Consumer Protection is aware of an investment scam circulating in the WA community that claims almost $22 million can be unlocked from an international account if the recipient pays part of the $500,000...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Apr 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by around 18 cents per litre (cpl) to 111.4 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 8 April 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Caltex hiking by 34 cpl to 123.9 cpl; BP, Caltex Woolworths and 7-Eleven to 119.9...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Apr 2020
A real estate agency manager recently jailed for fraud has been ordered to pay $10,000 in fines and costs for taking more than $220,000 of clients’ money from trust accounts. At Perth Magistrates Court on 18 March 2020, Jason John Vecchio pleaded guilty to 15 breaches of the Real Estate and Business Agents Act for unauthorised withdrawals and mismanagement of the trust accounts in 2015. Mr...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Apr 2020
WA tenants are being urged by Consumer Protection to continue to pay their rent unless they are genuinely experiencing severe financial hardship. Landlords and agents are also encouraged to show compassion and to negotiate with tenants who may have lost their employment as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The agency has receive a number of calls from concerned landlords who claim...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Apr 2020
Joint statement – Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (Building and Energy) and Department of Fire and Emergency Services ​Western Australians are being asked to take simple steps to protect themselves against home fires as more people stay home to help manage the COVID-19 pandemic.​ The number of home fires started by lithium-ion batteries continues to rise with 11 fires this...
Building and Energy
Media release
03 Apr 2020
The City of Armadale has had a fine increased by $80,000 over a 2014 incident in which a member of the public was seriously injured when struck by a front-end loader at a waste disposal site. The City was fined $30,000 (plus costs) in April 2018 over the incident after being charged with failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace. WorkSafe appealed the penalty in a Single Judge Appeal and...
WorkSafe
Media release
03 Apr 2020
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection Penny Lipscombe Fitness fanatics may be left wondering what will happen to their gym memberships with ‘non-essential’ services like gymnasiums now shutdown around the country as part of the State and Federal Governments’ continuing efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. Consumers might be wondering whether they are still required to pay...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Apr 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 15 cents per litre (cpl) to 115.6 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 1 April 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price - Caltex hiking by 33 cpl to 129.9 cpl, BP to 126.9 cpl, 7-Eleven to 125.9 cpl,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
31 Mar 2020

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