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Western Australian workers can visit the wage theft website at www.wagetheft.wa.gov.au for assistance 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 superannuation. Visit www.wagetheft.wa.gov.au for more information.
Labour Relations
Department News
03 Feb 2020
A luxury car consignment company and its Director have been permanently banned by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) from ever holding a motor vehicle dealers’ licence in WA after the car yard closed down owing many of its clients substantial amounts of money. Luxuride Pty Ltd , formerly of West Perth, and Director Nicholas Ngo (also known as Khoi Nguyen Ngo and Nguyen Khoi ) were also...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Feb 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by around 10 cents per litre (cpl) to 139.4 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 4 February 2020, most Coles Express sites are hiking their ULP price by 31 cpl to 161.9 cpl. Many BP sites are hiking their ULP price to 157.9 cpl...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Feb 2020
A Perth mother and son have admitted to illegally buying and selling motor vehicles without a dealers’ licence, resulting in each being fined $6,000 and ordered to pay $580.50 in costs by the Perth Magistrates Court. From October 2017 to November 2018, Angela Goodwin and Stuart Goodwin of Banksia Grove bought and sold 27 motor vehicles without holding a licence, breaching the Motor Vehicles...
Consumer Protection
Media release
31 Jan 2020
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection Lanie Chopping The number of cars recalled in Australia, due to problems with faulty Takata airbags, keeps inflating. As more and more major manufacturers add models to the growing list, it’s important for car-owners to check their vehicle against the database, even if they’ve checked previously. Defective Takata airbags can deploy with too much force and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
31 Jan 2020
One in four nail salons were found to be non-compliant with state employment laws in a proactive compliance audit undertaken by industrial inspectors at Private Sector Labour Relations. The major breach identified was underpayment of wages, with some salons paying rates of pay below the State minimum wage. A total of $50,441.68 was recovered from the 26 non-compliant nail salons for 55 employees...
Labour Relations
Department News
31 Jan 2020
A woman who sold arts and crafts products on Facebook but failed to deliver has been ordered to pay a total of $20,233 in fines, consumer compensation and court costs by the Perth Magistrates Court. Kim Russell of Mariginiup, trading as Scrappy Kapers , was sentenced on 24 January 2020 for accepting payments from five consumers but failing to supply the products either within a reasonable time,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Jan 2020
A woman who falsely claimed to have a real estate sales representative registration while carrying out the functions of a property manager was convicted, fined $2,000 and ordered to pay costs of $349.50 by the Perth Magistrates Court on 24 January 2020. Jane Nicole Ford of East Victoria Park began working for a Willetton property management company as an administration assistant in February 2015...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Jan 2020
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is seeking passionate people who thrive in leadership roles and will take a collaborative approach to problem solving. As a family-friendly employer, DMIRS offers a workplace that supports diversity and work-life balance. DMIRS has a priority to improve gender diversity within its leadership group, and therefore is particularly...
Consumer Protection
Department News
29 Jan 2020
Under the Western Australia Public and Bank Holidays Act 1972 , Anzac Day takes place on 25 April, but when that day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the next following Monday is also a public holiday. In 2020, Anzac Day falls on Saturday 25 April. Subsequently, Saturday 25 April and Monday 27 April are both public holidays in Western Australia. However, employees in the state industrial relations...
Labour Relations
Department News
28 Jan 2020
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 14 cents per litre (cpl) to 146 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 28 January 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price - Coles Express hiking by 32 cpl to 163.9 cpl, Caltex and BP to 159.9 cpl and 7-Eleven to 157.7 cpl. Perth’s...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Jan 2020
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection Lanie Chopping Have you ever experienced an electric shock or tingling sensation in your home while touching a metal object like a bathroom tap? It could be a warning sign of a dangerous electrical fault that mustn’t be ignored. You should immediately report this to your electrical network operator, usually Western Power or Horizon Power, for further...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Jan 2020
Industrial inspectors from Private Sector Labour Relations recovered a total of $344,537 in unpaid wages and entitlements in the second half of 2019. Successful conciliation of underpayment matters has resulted in significant amounts of unpaid long service leave entitlements being recovered for Western Australian workers. Between July and December 2019, industrial inspectors recovered a total of...
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Jan 2020
A new public safety campaign is urging Western Australians to take potentially life-saving action by immediately reporting any electric shocks or tingles to their electrical network operator. The three-month campaign, launched today, is a collaboration between the State Government’s Building and Energy team and network operators Western Power and Horizon Power. “The key message is to contact your...
Building and Energy
Media release
20 Jan 2020
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 18 cents per litre (cpl) to 150.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 21 January 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price - Coles Express hiking by 33 cpl to 165.9 cpl, BP to 161.9 cpl, Caltex to 159.9 cpl, 7-Eleven and Puma to 159.7...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Jan 2020
Holders of Jeanswest gift cards are reminded to redeem them as soon as possible while administrators of the retail chain consider its future. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Lanie Chopping said Jeanswest customers should use their gift card sooner rather than later. “We are advised that the stores are trading as normal and gift cards will be honoured, so customers should get in now and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Jan 2020
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Western Australians shopping online often get caught up in a web of lies by landing on fraudulent retail sites. The sites feature stolen ABNs and photos, and when you pay for a product, you’ll get nothing in return. Last year (2019) Australians reported losses of over $4 million to online shopping scams, which was $720,000 more than the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Jan 2020
After spending 43 years fighting for the consumer rights of everyday Western Australians, David Hillyard is retiring as Commissioner for Consumer Protection after taking a period of leave. Before taking over the reins of Commissioner four years ago, David worked in many senior management roles where he was responsible for the regulation of the retail, service industries, motor vehicle sales and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Jan 2020
The public holiday for Australia Day in 2020 is Monday 27 January, not Sunday 26 January. Under the Public and Bank Holidays Act 1972 , in Western Australia the Australia Day public holiday takes place on 26 January, or when that day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday. The Australia Day public holiday entitlements for 2020 page provides information on entitlements for: state...
Labour Relations
Department News
16 Jan 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by around 18 cents per litre (cpl) to 153.4 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 14 January 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price - Coles Express hiking by 30 cpl to 165.9 cpl, BP to 163.9 cpl, Caltex to 162.9 cpl, Vibe up to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Jan 2020
People in WA wishing to donate to bushfire victims or to those fighting the fires during the current crisis are being urged by Consumer Protection to deal only with licensed charities to avoid being scammed or to avoid any doubt that the money will get to the right cause. Fundraisers are also reminded that to collect money for a charitable purpose such as this requires a licence, or for a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Jan 2020
A South West business owner has been fined for not paying wages and ordered to pay unpaid wages to a young overseas worker for work done as part of the Working Holiday Maker program. The business owner has been ordered by the Industrial Magistrates Court to pay the backpacker $10,593.58 in unpaid wages and entitlements plus interest of $1,979.94. The Industrial Magistrates Court also ordered the...
Labour Relations
Media release
09 Jan 2020
Wageline has just launched two new publications to help state system employers keep correct employment records. The two publications – one for employers covered by a WA award, and one for employers whose employees are award free – feature helpful step by step guides to record keeping and Wageline’s new look record keeping templates. State system employers have a legal obligation to keep correct...
Labour Relations
Department News
08 Jan 2020
A 25-year-old Cloverdale man has been fined $3,000 and had his painting registrations cancelled because they were granted based on incorrect or misleading information, including falsified references. Building and Energy commenced disciplinary proceedings against Anwar Hussaini under WA’s building registration laws. The matter concluded at the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) in December 2019...
Building and Energy
Media release
08 Jan 2020
With the season’s first cyclone having formed off the North-West coast, businesses throughout the State have been reminded to ensure that contingency plans have been established and are in operation. WorkSafe WA Director Chris Kirwin said today it was crucial that everyone on both sea and land knew what to do when there was a cyclone in the area. “Under workplace safety and health laws, employers...
WorkSafe
Media release
07 Jan 2020

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