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Please note: The information contained in this news item has expired. The page has been retained for archiving purposes. This year’s Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS) WA Chapter Conference will be held at the Joondalup Resort Hotel in Connolly on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 October 2013. The theme is WA Building Act How do we measure up? with the conference set to examine the impact...
Building Commission
Department News
27 Sep 2013
Please note: Bookings for this seminar have now closed. This page has been retained for archiving purposes. Overtime, rostered days off, leave, allowances and working in bad weather – these are some of the things employers struggle to get right that Labour Relations can help you with. The Department of Commerce's Labour Relations division is offering State system small business employers covered...
Building Commission
Department News
26 Sep 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 26 September 2013, most BP sites are hiking their ULP price by 13 cents per litre (cpl) up to 156.9 cpl. Most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price up to 155.9 cpl, most Coles Express sites up to 154.9 cpl, most Caltex Woolworths and Gull sites up to 153.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 152...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Sep 2013
If you are a builder who advertises house and land packages, you are responsible for ensuring that your advertising complies with the Australian Consumer Law (WA) (ACL). The following advice, Compliance issues regarding advertising by builders, is provided to builders on behalf of the Department of Commerce's Consumer Protection division. For more information, please contact Consumer Protection...
Building Commission
Department News
25 Sep 2013
A roofing company and its Director have been fined a total of $100,000 (plus more than $2200 in costs) over an incident in which a worker was seriously injured when he fell through a roof. The Mallon Company Pty Ltd – trading as Frontline Roofing - and Director Michael Moore pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to a contractor and...
WorkSafe
Media release
20 Sep 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 19 September 2013, most BP sites are hiking their ULP price by 11 cents per litre (cpl) up to 157.9 cpl. Most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price up to 156.9 cpl, most Caltex and Caltex Woolworths sites up to 155.9 cpl, most Gull sites up to 154.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 153...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Sep 2013
Consumer Protection is issuing a warning to pet buyers after a recent increase in reports of sick puppies; often infected with the potentially fatal parvovirus. Since the start of 2013 there have been 35 enquiries and 12 complaints. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll says problems with pet purchases can be tricky. “Buying a pet is exciting but unlike other purchases it’s a living...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Sep 2013
Consumer Protection has reminded private landlords in WA that they must lodge new security bonds with the Bond Administrator to comply with changes to tenancy laws which came into effect in July this year. There is a transition period for existing bonds, which will need to be transferred to the Bond Administrator by 31 December 2014. The reminder comes after the Perth Magistrates Court fined a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Sep 2013
A recent spate of serious incidents has prompted WorkSafe and Energy Safety to remind and warn people about the risks and consequences of working near overhead powerlines. This week, a crane operator at a building site in White Gum Valley swung his jib into an overhead 132kV powerline. The crane operator remained safe in the cab however WorkSafe and Energy Safety are investigating the incident...
EnergySafety
Media release
13 Sep 2013
A recent spate of serious incidents has prompted WorkSafe and Energy Safety to remind and warn people about the risks and consequences of working near overhead powerlines. This week, a crane operator at a building site in White Gum Valley swung his jib into an overhead 132kV powerline. The crane operator remained safe in the cab however WorkSafe and Energy Safety are investigating the incident...
WorkSafe
Media release
13 Sep 2013
Consumer Protection will discontinue legal action against a rogue fencing contractor due to him having been declared bankrupt. United Fencing (WA) Pty Ltd, a registered company of sole director James Lee Battah of Harvey, has been the subject of legal action by the Department after consumers in the Bunbury and Mandurah areas reported paying large deposits for fencing work that was never carried...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Sep 2013
Consumer Protection has launched a series of animatic videos on consumer rights in seven languages at www.commerce.wa.gov.au/myrights Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said the My Consumer Rights animatic videos were needed because consumers from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, especially new and emerging language groups, often lacked understanding about their...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Sep 2013
WorkSafe is investigating a work-related fatality at the BGC (Australia) Pty Ltd trading as BGC Cement worksite in Naval Base near Rockingham this afternoon. A 44-year-old man was believed to have died as a result of a fall. This is the second death at the Beard Street site within 11 months. Inspectors travelled to the site and are investigating the circumstances. No further details are available...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 Sep 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 12 September 2013, most Coles Express sites are hiking their ULP price by 14 cents per litre (cpl) up to 161.9 cpl. Most Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price up to 160.9 cpl, most Caltex and Gull sites up to 159.9 cpl and most Peak and BP sites are going up to 158.9 cpl...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Sep 2013
A Sydney-based property investment promoter has voluntarily agreed to forego promoting his rent-to-buy scheme to WA consumers, to clarify what Consumer Protection believes is misleading advertising and to clarify statements made on various websites. Richard “Rick” Keith Otton, together with his companies Rick Otton.com Pty Ltd and We Buy Houses Pty Ltd, entered into an enforceable undertaking...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Sep 2013
North West painters and decorators are being asked to contribute to the first- ever snapshot of the painting and decorating industry in Western Australia. A survey by the Painting Reference Group, which is made up of representatives from the Building Commission and Master Painters and Decorators Australia, is now open to painters and decorators who are operating in unregulated areas of the state...
Building Commission
Media release
09 Sep 2013
WorkSafe is investigating the work-related fatality at the Instant Waste Management worksite in Bayswater this afternoon. Inspectors travelled to the site and will investigate the circumstances. No further details are available at this stage. WorkSafe thoroughly investigates serious work-related injuries and deaths in WA with a view to preventing future incidents of a similar nature. WorkSafe WA...
WorkSafe
Media release
09 Sep 2013
The Plumbers Licensing Board has commenced disciplinary action against plumbing contractor Jason Wayne Walker (PL6489), of south-west Western Australia , after a number of complaints were received by the Building Commission. Building Commissioner Peter Gow said proceedings are underway in the State Administrative Tribunal, which is considering whether to suspend or ultimately cancel Walker’s...
Building Commission
Media release
09 Sep 2013
A company which promotes a weight loss product has agreed to clarify claims made in its advertising which Consumer Protection believes may have misled WA consumers and to offer a refund to those customers in WA who believe they have been misled. IGEA Life Sciences Pty Ltd, the promoter and supplier of Bodytrim, has signed a Court enforceable undertaking with Consumer Protection agreeing to place...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Sep 2013
Computer hackers are using webcam photos and videos to blackmail their victims while masquerading as officers of international law enforcement agencies, including the Australian Federal Police (AFP). The scammers gain remote access to their victim’s computer through malware. Victims report getting a pop-up message on their computer which claims that the computer has been frozen by the AFP or...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Sep 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 5 September 2013, most Caltex sites are hiking their ULP price by 18 cents per litre (cpl) up to 161.9 cpl. Most Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price up to 160.9 cpl, most BP, Coles Express and Gull sites up to 159.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 158.9 cpl. Tomorrow's...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Sep 2013
Nominations are open for the 10th annual Consumer Protection Awards which will take place next March. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll is encouraging Western Australians to think about those who deserve public recognition and put their names forward. “The Consumer Protection Awards provide an opportunity to highlight the outstanding work being done in the community to inform...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Sep 2013
WorkSafe has issued a reminder to workers engaged in high risk work that they need to check the renewal dates on their licences and ensure they are renewed. The first High Risk Work licences with a five-year expiry date were issued in October 2007, so licence holders need to check expiry dates and take action to renew licences or risk being unable to work in their chosen field. WorkSafe WA...
WorkSafe
Media release
03 Sep 2013
A Lockridge man has been fined $1,500 in the Midland Magistrates Court for buying and selling motor vehicles without a licence. Steven Paul Fenn was convicted on 29 August 2013 of buying 17 commercial vans and selling 13 of them between August 2011 and March 2013 without a licence, in breach of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act. He was ordered to pay court costs of $1,112. Lawyers for Consumer...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Sep 2013
Consumer Protection and the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) have issued a joint warning to businesses in the Kimberley following reports of a possible advertising scam. Several businesses and Aboriginal corporations have been cold-called recently by people claiming to represent numerous publications and demanding payment for advertising that was not authorised. Commissioner for...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Aug 2013

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