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If you’ve been bombarded with suspicious, garbled text messages lately that mention a missed call or voicemail, you’re not alone. There’s a good chance that the messages riddled with typos have been generated by malware called FluBot, which tries to steal Android device users’ banking details and other personal information. We understand the scammers behind the malware are deliberately using bad...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Aug 2021
SAT finds that Mr Martincic allowed unsupervised and non-compliant building work Building and Energy investigation finds numerous defects at 10 worksites M3’s other director and a supervisor also previously fined at the SAT A former director of M3 Building and Construction Pty Ltd (M3) has been ordered to pay $18,000 in fines and costs in the latest outcome relating to the now-defunct Perth...
Building and Energy
Media release
24 Aug 2021
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 28 cents per litre (cpl) to 167.1 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money.
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Aug 2021
Wageline has published new WA award summaries for the two WA awards that cover employees working in local government authorities in the state industrial relations system. The WA award summaries for the Local Government Officers Award and the Municipal Employees Award are now available on the WA award summaries page.
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Aug 2021
Entrants to Facebook competitions contacted by fake profile imitations Told they won but must provide personal and financial information to claim prize Businesses in WA’s tourism and hospitality industry targeted Entrants in Facebook competitions are being warned that they could be targeted by scammers with the devious aim of stealing personal and financial information. WA ScamNet at Consumer...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Aug 2021
Taking that step from renting to buying your first home is one of life’s biggest milestones, but the costs can quickly add up. As well as funding a deposit and organising a home loan, first home buyers also need to cover expenses such as settlement, lending institution fees and mortgage costs. That’s where the State Government’s Home Buyer’s Assistance Account (HBAA) scheme administered by...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Aug 2021
Wageline has a range of resources in languages other than English to help employees resolve underpayments and report wage theft. The Report Wage Theft website at www.wagetheft.wa.gov.au has information in Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Italian, Korean, Vietnamese and English that assists Western Australian workers with how to: seek help with resolving an underpayment issue or...
Labour Relations
Department News
19 Aug 2021
The owner of a former Perth based labour hire business has been issued a significant penalty of $22,704 for underpaying an international student more than $31,000 over a two year period. Garth Douglas Smith, trading as Hi Ho Personnel, has been ordered to repay the employee, who worked as a casual storeperson, $31,396.94 in underpayments plus over $6,500 interest and a penalty of $22,704 plus...
Labour Relations
Media release
18 Aug 2021
Website listing and signboard claimed the home had reverse cycle air conditioning Home in fact had ducted evaporative air conditioning with only cooling function Fines under Australian Consumer Law for making false or misleading statements False claims about the air conditioning system of a Jindalee home for sale has resulted in an Alkimos real estate agency and its Director being ordered to pay...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Aug 2021
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 28 cents per litre (cpl) to 167.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 18 August 2021, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Coles Express hiking by up to 41 cpl up to 178.9 cpl; BP up to 177.9 cpl; 7-Eleven...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Aug 2021
Agency took up to five weeks to lodge bonds with the Bond Administrator Law allows lodgement within two weeks but no longer Property managers reminded to process bonds as soon as practicable Failure to lodge three tenancy bonds on time has resulted in an East Perth real estate agency being reprimanded and fined $2,500 by the State Administrative Tribunal. Tiapan Pty Ltd , trading as L.J. Hooker...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Aug 2021
A roofing company has been fined $450,000 (and ordered to pay $3056 in costs) after a roof plumber fell through a penetration on the construction site of the new Perth Museum. Charman Australia Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court yesterday. Charman is one...
WorkSafe
Media release
13 Aug 2021
With more of us holidaying at home this year due to ongoing travel restrictions, hiring a rental vehicle can be a great way to explore our vast state. Unfortunately things don’t always go to plan, with new figures showing we received 183 complaints and 251 enquiries from consumers about the vehicle hire industry in the last two years – mostly to do with disputes over refunds and payment. Consumer...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Aug 2021
The Building Services Board has fined a Midland builder $5,000 after he allowed a business to include his registration details on contracts for projects that he was not involved with. At its July meeting, the Board found that Nermin Nezic – who is a registered building practitioner (BP101766) and a registered building contractor (BC101476) – engaged in misleading conduct under WA’s building...
Building and Energy
Media release
12 Aug 2021
WA’s Commission for Occupational Safety and Health is seeking public comment on a code of practice on Psychosocial Hazards in the Workplace. The code is intended to provide practical guidance for workplaces where workers may be exposed to psychological and social hazards such as inappropriate behaviours, violence and aggression, fatigue, burnout, stress and trauma, all of which can be harmful to...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 Aug 2021
Wageline has new resources for small business employers at www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/WA-employers to explain: the two systems of employment law that operate in Western Australia and how to determine which one covers your business; and where to find information on pay rates and employment obligations for your employees so that you comply with your legal obligations. Many small business employers in WA...
Labour Relations
Department News
10 Aug 2021
Consumers make payments but goods or services not supplied Six consumers claim to be owed a total of almost $40,000 Trader has previously been prosecuted for failing to supply A second warning has been issued to consumers regarding an online Jeep parts and accessories dealer and vehicle builder who takes payments but fails to deliver the goods or services ordered either by phone or via a website...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Aug 2021
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 28 cents per litre (cpl) to 167.4 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 11 August 2021, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: BP and Coles Express hiking by up to 39 cpl up to 178.9 cpl; 7-Eleven up to 177.9...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Aug 2021
Tenants and landlords don’t always see eye-to-eye over what constitutes “fair wear and tear” at the end of a tenancy, which may then lead to a disagreement over how the security bond is to be disbursed. Bond disputes have been one of the major issues Consumer Protection has been handling since the rent moratorium ended in March this year, with new figures revealing we have conciliated 206...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Aug 2021
More than 3,000 Western Australians secure home buyers grant in 2020-21 Near record $6 million paid out to help people buy their first home Funds come from interest earned from the trust accounts of real estate agents A near record $6 million in Home Buyers Assistance Account (HBAA) grants were paid to first home buyers last financial year, helping more than 3,000 Western Australians to buy their...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Aug 2021
Nominations now open for 2022 awards Appeal to consumer rights’ educators and advocates, including the media Eligible individuals and organisations urged to submit a nomination The search has begun among advocates and promoters of consumer rights in WA for potential contenders, as nominations open for the 2022 Consumer Protection Awards. Nominations are invited for an individual or organisation...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Aug 2021
Consumer complaints report treatments that went wrong A wide range of issues raised, including unexpected injury, pain and scars Research required to ensure operators are experienced and professional WA consumers are urged to exercise caution when seeking beauty and cosmetic treatment services, as botched procedures can result in injury, pain and long-term scarring. From 1 January to 30 June 2021...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Aug 2021
WorkSafe has issued a warning to licensing assessors and industry in general after a Perth assessor had most High Risk Work Licence assessor classes cancelled for not properly assessing license applicants. The assessor was registered to assess 18 classes of high-risk work, but 17 of these were cancelled after a WorkSafe investigation found the assessor was not properly assessing workers. The...
WorkSafe
Media release
03 Aug 2021
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 30 cents per litre (cpl) to 169 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 4 August 2021, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: BP hiking by up to 41 cpl up to 179.9 cpl; Coles Express up to 178.9 cpl; Caltex...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Aug 2021
The new Employee Central information hub helps WA workers with: working out which industrial relations system covers your employment (this is a really important first step) where to get the right information on pay rates getting help with underpayments reporting wage theft anonymously where to get help on other issues Employee central has been launched as part of the Employment Rights in WA...
Labour Relations
Department News
02 Aug 2021

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