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As the festive season unfolds, the spirit of giving comes alive, prompting many of us to extend a helping hand to our community through charitable donations. Before opening your wallet to support a cause close to your heart, it’s important to watch out for scams and ask questions to find out if your full donation will be passed on. Scammers may pose as a real charity or a cause that appeals to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Dec 2023
Failure to fix a defective driveway has cost a Rockingham concrete business and its directors $16,000 in fines, following prosecution by WA’s building regulator. Building and Energy’s case against Decorative Concrete Specialists Pty Ltd and directors Gerard Zomer and Paula Seager concluded at Rockingham Magistrates Court. The company and Mr Zomer did not appear and were convicted in their absence...
Building and Energy
Media release
13 Dec 2023
Plumbers Licensing Board media statement A Landsdale plumber has been ordered to pay almost $3,500 in fines and costs for failing to fix a drainage leak when required, resulting in two additional inspections by the plumbing regulator. At Perth Magistrates Court on 13 November 2023, Matthew Continibali (PL9752) of Contabs Pty Ltd, trading as Outlook Plumbing , pleaded guilty to breaching WA’s...
Building and Energy
Media release
12 Dec 2023
Motorists in Perth and Mandurah are advised to fill up now if they need to, with petrol prices set to rise tomorrow. After today motorists will likely have to wait a week before petrol prices are again at the bottom of the price cycle. FuelWatch reports that, from 6am tomorrow (Wednesday 13 December 2023), the average price of Perth’s regular unleaded petrol (ULP) will increase by over 35 cents...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Dec 2023
School holidays are starting soon, and employers, parents and young workers should know that in Western Australia there are restrictions on where and when children under 15 can work during school holidays and school terms. Find out more on the When children can work page or call Wageline on 1300 655 266 for details.
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Dec 2023
The pressures and temptations to spend too much over Christmas can create financial stress and debt that linger long after the Christmas cheer has gone. Despite increasing costs of living, including higher mortgage interest rates, a report by Australian Consumer and Retail Studies at Monash Business School shows people are planning to spend an average of $1,088 on Christmas presents, with 65 per...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Dec 2023
Motorists in Perth and Mandurah are advised to fill up now if they need to, with petrol prices set to rise tomorrow. After today motorists will likely have to wait a week before petrol prices are again at the bottom of the price cycle. FuelWatch reports that, from 6am tomorrow (Wednesday 6 December 2023), the average price of Perth’s regular unleaded petrol (ULP) will increase by over 34 cents...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Dec 2023
The festive season is fast approaching and employers can get prepared by checking the pay rates employees must be paid on public holidays and other public holiday employment obligations. This season's public holidays are: Christmas Day, Monday 25 December 2023 Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 December 2023 New Year’s Day, Monday 1 January 2024. Employers and employees in the state industrial relations...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 Dec 2023
Safety warning for parents about the dangers of eRideables Quarter of drowning deaths in young children occurred in a pool in 2022-23 Trampolines and Christmas presents with button batteries can be hazardous With the warm weather here already, Consumer Protection has some timely safety tips for families to enjoy a safe summer. A fun way for kids to zip around outdoors is on a motorised scooter,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Nov 2023
Decorative lights, electronic gifts and DIY projects are hallmarks of the festive season, prompting WA’s electrical safety regulator, Building and Energy, to share top tips for a safe summer. Festive lights are a popular addition to homes at this time of year, but damaged or incorrectly used lights can cause electric shocks and fires. Consumers are urged to check that lights, cords and plugs are...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Nov 2023
Modernisation of WA tenancy laws begins with a Bill introduced to Parliament Rent increases limited to once every 12 months Greater freedom for tenants to keep pets and make minor modifications New dispute resolution procedure to deliver fast, fair and transparent outcomes New laws to improve the lives of Western Australian renters have been introduced to Parliament, as part of the Cook...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Nov 2023
Incorrect identification of floors as mezzanines rather than storeys Inadequate fire safety measures for the building’s actual effective height Building surveyors’ employer at the time is deregistered WA’s Building Services Board has cautioned and fined two building surveyors for misleading conduct in connection with a Scarborough apartment development. The Board found registered building...
Building and Energy
Media release
28 Nov 2023
Devastating Mariginiup bushfire a likely target for callous scammers Donors urged to be wary of fake websites and bogus social media posts Advice to only donate via Lord Mayor’s Distress Fund or licensed charities Kind-hearted Western Australians looking to donate to the victims of the Mariginiup bushfire are being warned by Consumer Protection to be wary of scammers who may set up fake charity...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Nov 2023
Motorists in Perth and Mandurah are advised to fill up now if they need to, with petrol prices set to rise tomorrow. After today motorists will likely have to wait a week before petrol prices are again at the bottom of the price cycle. FuelWatch reports that, from 6am tomorrow (Wednesday 29 November 2023), the average price of Perth’s regular unleaded petrol (ULP) will increase by over 34 cents...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Nov 2023
Building and Energy would like to inform all Western Australian registered gasfitters that Standards Australia has recently created a Gasfitters set focusing on relevant standards for gasfitters. The set of standards include: AS/NZS 5601 Gas installations Part 1 and 2 AS/NZS 1596 The storage and handling of LP Gas AS 4575 Gas appliances – Servicing of Type A appliances AS/NZS 3814 Industrial and...
Building and Energy
Department News
27 Nov 2023
New Consumer Justice Strategy initiatives identified Call for banks and industry to do more on scam protection Tenancy law reforms, automotive industry compliance are other top priorities Lobbying Australian banks to improve scam prevention strategies, tightening tenancy laws, and improving support for vulnerable Western Australians are among the upcoming consumer focused priorities for the Cook...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Nov 2023
Scammers steal nearly $400,000 from WA online shoppers so far in 2023 Check delivery timeframes for online items to avoid missing Christmas deadline 33 extra trading hours approved to make Christmas shopping more convenient Online shoppers are urged to be on high alert for scams and to remember their consumer rights in the lead up to major retail events like the Black Friday, Cyber Monday and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Nov 2023
During November, Private Sector Labour Relations industrial inspectors are conducting a proactive compliance campaign in the Mandurah/Rockingham area of WA. The campaign focusses on inspecting businesses in industries with known high levels of non-compliance such as cafes and restaurants, hairdressers, beauty salons and retailers. Private Sector Labour Relations is responsible for ensuring...
Labour Relations
Department News
22 Nov 2023
PLUMBERS LICENSING BOARD – MEDIA STATEMENT A Butler plumber has been fined $5,500 for working beyond the scope of his licence and not rectifying a defective water heater that could have scalded users. At Armadale Magistrates Court on 29 September 2023, Julian Francis North (TL12335) pleaded guilty to two charges brought by the Plumbers Licensing Board. Mr North holds a plumbing tradesperson’s...
Building and Energy
Media release
22 Nov 2023
Buying or renting a residential property involves significant financial transactions which, increasingly, are targets for scammers. Over the last 12 month, WA ScamNet received 129 complaints of real estate and rental scams that left 74 West Australians almost one million dollars, in total, out of pocket. Rental and real estate scammers try to trick you out of your money when you need to transfer...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Nov 2023
The Area and Scope and Definitions clauses of the state Farm Employees Award have been updated to expand the coverage of this WA award to a broader range of farm employees and their employers. This change, which is effective from 21 November2023, was made as part of a process being undertaken by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission to update the scope of a number of private...
Labour Relations
Department News
22 Nov 2023
The Area and Scope and Definitions clauses of the state Metal Trades (General) Award have been updated to expand the coverage of this WA award to a broader range of employees and their employers. This change, which is effective from 21 November 2023, was made as part of a process being undertaken by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission to update the scope of a number of private...
Labour Relations
Department News
22 Nov 2023
Distressed consumers are being misled following accidents 55 complaints against Specialized Tilt Tray and Towing Services in 17 months Non-disclosure agreements may contain unfair contract terms Consumer Protection is warning consumers about a tow truck company believed to be misleading consumers and then asking them to sign non-disclosure agreements to have their vehicle released from their...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Nov 2023
Motorists in Perth and Mandurah are advised to fill up now if they need to, with petrol prices set to rise tomorrow. After today motorists will likely have to wait a week before petrol prices are again at the bottom of the price cycle. FuelWatch reports that, from 6am tomorrow (Wednesday 22 November 2023), the average price of Perth’s regular unleaded petrol (ULP) will increase by 34 cents per...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Nov 2023
Mandatory professional development to continue for WA real estate and settlement industries Ongoing education and training to maintain faith and confidence in industry participants Agents to administer and self-fund program The Cook Government has again thrown its support behind mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for everyone employed in the real estate and settlement sectors to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Nov 2023

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