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Product safety recall for various pool gate latches made by Aristo Glass Products The faulty gate latches may not latch properly and pose a drowning risk for children Consumers are reminded that pool safety is an all-year-round issue Building and Energy is alerting consumers about a recall of several faulty latches that may fail to securely shut swimming pool gates, creating a drowning risk for...
Building and Energy
Media release
21 Apr 2022
Keeping your wits about you following a car accident or breakdown is not always easy – you may be in shock, the traffic behind you is probably piling up and your vehicle needs to be moved off the road to somewhere safe. The last thing any motorist needs in a stressful situation like this is to be threatened, misled or harassed by unscrupulous tow-truck drivers looking to get their business. Views...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Apr 2022
44 WA consumers have lost almost $90,000 in pet scams so far in 2022 Scammers exploit emotional attachment to their fake images and videos Advice to shop locally and physically inspect the pet before paying Images of cute puppies and kittens are being used by scammers to lure their victims into paying thousands of dollars for a pet that doesn’t exist and the consumer losses are substantial. So...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Apr 2022
Undetected electrical error due to lack of testing step in procedure Voltage rises caused damage to electrical appliances at a Lancelin property Magistrate advised Western Power to speed up its review of procedures Western Power has been fined $45,000 for not providing adequate testing instructions, which would have detected an electrical error that caused almost $600 of damage at a Lancelin...
Building and Energy
Media release
20 Apr 2022
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 20 April 2022), the average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) will increase by over 27 cents...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Apr 2022
Unauthorised withdrawal of a $50,000 deposit after business sale settlement Business broker and his company fined a total of $7,000 plus $1,000 in costs Warning that violations of trust account laws will not be tolerated A West Perth business sales agent and his company have been fined by the State Administrative Tribunal after making an unauthorised $50,000 withdrawal from the agency’s trust...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Apr 2022
Losing a loved-one is a distressing experience, so the last thing vulnerable friends and relatives need at this time is to be confused over the cost of organising a funeral. Unfortunately we’ve been made aware that some unscrupulous funeral service operators have used high-pressure marketing tactics to sell packages that don’t reveal the true cost of individual items, some of which could be...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Apr 2022
Electric shock risks from Spa Quip 800 and 1200 controllers Flexible socket can allow equipment to be plugged in incorrectly A Perth man died after connecting a pump’s electrical plug upside-down Action by Western Australia’s electrical safety regulator has led to the national recall of hazardous spa components involved in the tragic death of a Perth man. Building and Energy prohibited the sale...
Building and Energy
Media release
13 Apr 2022
Under the Gas Standards Act 1972 s.13E(3a), the Director of Energy Safety has adopted standards relating to the approval of Type A and Type B gas appliances. The Western Australian Government Gazette No.45 published on 29 March 2022 details Standards that are to be used as a benchmark for both Type A and Type B gas appliances for the purpose of approval requirements as per s.13D(1) (Type A) and s...
Building and Energy
Department News
13 Apr 2022
Easter is almost here, so now is a good time for state system employers and employees to check public holiday entitlements for the Easter period. Easter Sunday is now a public holiday in WA, and the public holidays for the 2022 Easter period are: Good Friday – 15 April Easter Sunday – 17 April Easter Monday – 18 April The Easter 2022 public holiday entitlements page provides information on...
Labour Relations
Department News
12 Apr 2022
Apprentice failed to connect the main neutral conductor to a new switchboard A resident received an electric shock from an energised shower tap Mr Alliston was fined $5,000 for inadequate supervision of the electrical work A Nedlands family was lucky to avoid serious injury after an electrical work error caused the metal pipes at their home to become energised, with one person receiving an...
Building and Energy
Media release
11 Apr 2022
For the first time in a long time, our borders are open and many Western Australians will be looking forward to long-awaited trips or family reunions. While we understand many consumers will be keen to make interstate or overseas travel plans, it is important to have realistic expectations given the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. When the cancellation of travel services is due to COVID...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Apr 2022
Building and Energy is pleased to announce two initiatives to support prospective adjudicators/review adjudicators in gaining registration under the Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2021 (Act): an approved training course to be run by Jackson McDonald and supported by Building and Energy from Monday 23 May 2022; and the waiving of all application and registration fees...
Building and Energy
Department News
07 Apr 2022
‘Live’ metal objects at four Kingsley homes after wrong cable disconnected Inadequate instructions provided to workers and contractors Guilty plea for failing to ensure that network maintenance was carried out safely Western Power has been fined $30,000 following an error by one of its contractors, which led to a Kingsley man receiving an electric shock and nearby residents being exposed to...
Building and Energy
Media release
06 Apr 2022
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 6 April 2022), the average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) will increase by 18 cents per...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Apr 2022
Scam victims lured by promises of a high income for little work Employment scam quickly evolves into a Ponzi scheme Victims tricked into paying more fees for a higher status and income WA job seekers have fallen victim to an elaborate employment scam and Ponzi scheme that has so far claimed ten victims who have reported losing a total of $130,300. The largest individual loss reported to WA...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Apr 2022
Every time you buy a product, book a holiday, top-up your phone credit or hire a tradesperson, you are entering into a legally binding agreement that comes with its own terms and conditions. Sometimes you may have the chance to negotiate before you agree, however it is more common for consumers to be offered a ‘standard form contract’, which is the same as those offered to everyone else on a ‘...
Consumer Protection
Media release
31 Mar 2022
An entitlement to two weeks’ unpaid pandemic leave has been re-introduced for private sector state system employees. The unpaid pandemic leave provisions were implemented through the COVID-19 General Order issued by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission on 25 March 2022. The General Order applies until 30 September 2022, unless extended. The COVID-19 General Order applies to...
Labour Relations
Department News
25 Mar 2022
The new Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022 (WHS Regulations) were gazetted on 11 March 2022 and will commence on the 31 March 2022, bringing the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 into full force and effect. The WHS Regulations replace the current Occupational and Safety Regulations 1996 (OSH Regulations). You can access the WHS Regulations on the WA Legislation website: WALW - Work...
WorkSafe
Department News
25 Mar 2022
Always turn off the mains power before entering a roof space This is compulsory for all tradespeople including electricians Building and Energy is distributing safety stickers for manholes and switchboards Recent tragic deaths and close calls have prompted a plea from Western Australia’s electrical safety regulator to always switch off the mains power before entering a roof space. Building and...
Building and Energy
Media release
24 Mar 2022
If you’re renting a home, chances are you’ve paid a security bond at the start of your lease to guard against damage or unpaid bills. Typically worth four weeks’ rent, the bond is a large chunk of money that many tenants may be relying on receiving back at the end of a tenancy to help with the costs of moving and finding a new place to live. However, new figures released by the Bond...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Mar 2022
The State of Western Australia (Department of Justice) has been fined $900,000 (and ordered to pay $6404 in costs) after an employee was seriously injured when attacked by a dog that was intended to respond to critical incidents. Department of Justice pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee, and was fined...
WorkSafe
Media release
24 Mar 2022
Strong community support for reforming the tow truck industry to protect vulnerable traffic accident victims Reforms include licensing of tow truck operators and criminal checks Regulatory strategy to be developed to ensure a fair and safe towing industry in WA Reform options to be presented to State Government for consideration by mid-2022 The McGowan Government is reforming the tow truck...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Mar 2022
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 23 March 2022), the average Perth price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) will increase by 21...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Mar 2022
Wageline has recently published information for state system employers and employees on employment arrangements for the Anzac Day public holiday on Monday, 25 April 2022. The Anzac Day 2022 public holiday page contains information on employment entitlements for: Award free employers and employees Shop and Warehouse (Wholesale and Retail Establishments) Award Restaurant, Tearoom and Catering...
Labour Relations
Department News
21 Mar 2022

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