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Residual current devices (RCDs) should be tested at the start of each season Life-saving switches protect against electrocution, serious injury and fire Simple test only takes a few minutes and could save a life With a new season underway, the State’s energy safety regulator is urging home owners to do a simple check of their residual current devices (RCDs) – the life-saving switches that protect...
Building and Energy
Media release
06 Sep 2022
Motorists in Perth and Mandurah are advised to fill up now if they need to, with petrol prices set to rise tomorrow. FuelWatch reports that, from 6am tomorrow (Wednesday 7 September 2022), Perth’s average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) will increase by 23 cents per litre (cpl) to 177.4 cpl. 7-Eleven, Ampol, BP, Caltex Woolworths and Coles Express hiking between 33-41 cpl up to 189.9 cpl;...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Sep 2022
Submissions have been invited to the WorkSafe Inquiry into safety in the agriculture sector . In addition to the call for written submissions, Independent Inquirer Pam Scott will seek community consultation in person at venues to be announced throughout WA. WorkSafe Commissioner Darren Kavanagh announced the Inquiry in June after the 12 th death in the agriculture sector over a 12-month period...
WorkSafe
Media release
05 Sep 2022
Fake social media ads use stolen images of legitimate rental properties Desperate people looking for rentals vulnerable to falling victim $41,000 lost to rental scams already this year, exceeding last year’s total People eager to secure a rental property amid WA’s tight market are falling victim to scammers using social media accounts to post fake ‘to let’ ads. So far this year, WA ScamNet at...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Sep 2022
Mould or dampness around a home can pose a health risk and should be removed as soon as it’s noticed, yet complaints about mould in rental properties have risen. Mould is a fungal growth that thrives on moisture. It can exacerbate health problems like asthma, respiratory infections and rashes, cause unpleasant smells, damage to buildings or contents and lead to expensive repairs. The number of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Sep 2022
Tradesman received an electric shock from live parts of a shutter power cord Electrician had mistakenly wired the cord into a mains power socket outlet Fortunate that the electric shock was not more serious or fatal A Wanneroo electrician has been fined $7,500 after incorrectly installing a window shutter power cord, causing another tradesman to receive an electric shock from the live plug pins...
Building and Energy
Media release
30 Aug 2022
Domain name versions without .com, .net, .org etc. will soon be publicly available Businesses and organisations urged to register the .au only version of their name Failing to register .au versions could result in identity theft and financial loss Businesses and organisations are urged to take urgent action on planned domain name changes to prevent the possibility of their corporate identity...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Aug 2022
The collapse of building projects across Australia, including Perth, highlights the risks of buying property “off-the-plan” at a challenging time for the building industry. Buying a home or investment property is exciting, but off-the-plan developments can be delayed years, or never proceed, as builders face trades and materials shortages, soaring construction costs and delays exacerbated by the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Aug 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 24 August 2022), the average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) will increase by 21 cents per...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Aug 2022
With their mesmerising patterns, earthy tones and Dreamtime narratives, it’s little wonder that Aboriginal art and crafts are displayed on walls in homes right across the world. While much of the allure of buying your own piece of Aboriginal artwork is knowing it has been created by an Aboriginal person, a new report demonstrates why there’s a good chance this may not be the case. During its...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Aug 2022
Free information sessions across regional WA this spring are set to discuss key changes to national building and plumbing codes as well as new subcontractor payment laws. The State Government’s building regulator, Building and Energy, is inviting participants at all levels of the building, construction and plumbing sectors to attend the interactive events. One roadshow will cover the National...
Building and Energy
Media release
18 Aug 2022
WorkSafe Commissioner Darren Kavanagh has released the Terms of Reference for his Inquiry into the Agricultural Industry and appointed an Independent Inquirer to assist him. The death of a Great Southern farm worker in June was the 12th death in the Agriculture industry in 12 months, leading the Commissioner to initiate an Inquiry under the provisions of the Work Health and Safety Act 2020. The...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Aug 2022
Scammers target parents, pretending to be children needing urgent money Losses from WA victims amount to almost $120,000 Parents urged to verify sender before sending money or credit card details A growing number of victims in WA are falling for a text scam that targets parents who receive desperate messages for help from impostors pretending to be their son or daughter. In the past two months,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Aug 2022
Potential risk to residents or tradespeople accessing the switchboard $25,000 fine for electrical contractor and $5,000 fine for electrical worker Metal meter enclosure not bonded to earth and socket outlet wired incorrectly An electrical contractor and electrician have been fined $25,000 and $5,000 respectively after wiring errors left parts of a Kalamunda property unprotected against electrical...
Building and Energy
Media release
15 Aug 2022
Fake tickets have been detected at Optus Stadium events Warning that scammers will prey on Western Derby fans prior to bouncedown Consumers urged to only buy tickets from the authorised selling agent WA footy fans desperate to buy tickets to tomorrow’s Western Derby at Optus Stadium are being warned about potential scams. There are concerns by stadium management that fake tickets may have been...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Aug 2022
Every day across Western Australia there many individuals and organisations fighting for the rights of WA consumers and a number of these outstanding efforts have been recognised in this year’s Consumer Protection Awards. One such person is Mary Martin, who received the 2022 Rona Okely Award for an individual who has given their time, energy and experience for the betterment of others. Through...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Aug 2022
Motorists in Perth and Mandurah are advised to fill up now if they need to, with petrol prices set to rise tomorrow. FuelWatch reports that, from 6am tomorrow (Wednesday 10 August 2022), Perth’s average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) will increase by 24 cents per litre (cpl) to 181.3 cpl. Coles Express and Ampol hiking between 37-42 cpl up to 195.9 cpl; Puma up to 195.7 cpl; BP up to 191...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Aug 2022
Investigation into tickets allegedly sold for more than the allowed 110 per cent. Viagogo urged to do more to prevent illegal ticket sales on their website. Evidence that some tickets on Viagogo are at least double the original price. Consumer Protection is investigating ticket re-selling website Viagogo for possible breaches of WA’s anti-scalping laws and is alerting WA ticket buyers. The...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Aug 2022
Finding the right mechanic to fix or service your car can be a daunting prospect, as some consumers may worry about being overcharged or even quoted for work that’s not needed. There’s also the risk that if the vehicle repairer doesn’t do the job properly, they could be putting yourself, your passengers and other road-users at risk. That’s why it’s important to do your homework before choosing a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Aug 2022
Pilbara tradesman falsely presented himself as a licensed electrical contractor Signed off on electrical safety certificates without being authorised to do so Home and business owners can do a fast online search to verify electrical licences WA’s energy safety regulator is urging consumers to use its online licence search to verify that businesses they engage to carry out electrical installing...
Building and Energy
Media release
03 Aug 2022
Winners of 2022 WA Consumer Protection Awards announced The awards recognise individuals and groups whose work advances protecting consumer rights in the community A tenancy advocate and financial counsellor, a domestic violence support group, a child safety program and media stories about funeral insurance were the winners of the 2022 Consumer Protection Awards. The winners were announced during...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Aug 2022
Retirement village law reform to make village life fairer and easierGovernment proposes wide-ranging reforms to retirement village laws in WA Law changes will make retirement village living fairer and easier for seniors A 12-month limit to the payment of exit entitlements will be introduced A revamp of laws regulating retirement villages in Western Australia is planned with the McGowan Government...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Aug 2022
Media statement from Commerce Minister – Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2021 commences today First of a three-stage reform package to improve protections for subcontractors Industry education and resources to help with transition to new contract laws The McGowan Government is delivering on its election commitment to strengthen...
Building and Energy
Media release
01 Aug 2022
PLUMBERS LICENSING BOARD – MEDIA STATEMENT Western Australia’s plumbing regulator is reminding consumers that plumbing work on water supply, sanitation and drainage must be carried out by licensed plumbers. The Plumbers Licensing Board has warned that incorrect or uncertified plumbing work can cause property damage and compromise public health and safety. The warning was issued by the Board...
Building and Energy
Media release
28 Jul 2022
Rockingham real estate agency and licensee fined a total of $23,000 Inaccuracies in trust account records and tenancy bonds lodged too late Warning to agents to ensure trust account accuracy and timely bond lodgements A Rockingham real estate agency and its licensee have been fined a total of $23,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) for failing to lodge tenancy bonds with the Bond...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Jul 2022

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