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Port Headland and Karratha in Western Australia hold the Queen's Birthday public on different dates, usually to coincide with a significant date or event for that area. The dates for 2021 are now available on the Regional dates for the Queen's Birthday public holiday page. In all other areas of Western Australia, the Queen's Birthday public holiday will be held on Monday 27 September 2021.
Labour Relations
Department News
18 May 2021
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 29 cents per litre (cpl) to 157.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 19 May 2021, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Coles Express hiking by up to 44 cpl to 171.9 cpl; Caltex Woolworths, BP, 7-Eleven...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 May 2021
Western Australian workers can find out how to report deliberate underpayment of wages or entitlements at www.wagetheft.wa.gov.au . The Reporting wage theft in Western Australia website assists workers 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...
Labour Relations
Department News
17 May 2021
Building and Energy seeking input from property owners with solar systems Focus on safety, compliance and experiences of WA’s solar industry Survey closes on 30 June WA’s electrical safety regulator is seeking feedback from customers who have had solar power systems installed at their properties. Building and Energy’s five-minute survey aims to improve understanding of the community’s experience...
Building and Energy
Media release
17 May 2021
Would you pay for something you’re entitled to get for free? Buying an extended warranty on new whitegoods, electronics or even a car could mean you’re doing exactly that. This is because products are automatically guaranteed in a number of ways under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), which may apply even after the warranty period has lapsed. In the past two years, Consumer Protection has...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 May 2021
Building company Gran Designs WA Pty Ltd has been fined a total of $175,000 over the 2017 death of a contract worker in the South-West town of Yarloop. The company pleaded guilty in the Bunbury Magistrates Court yesterday to five charges, the most serious of which was failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and, by that failure, causing the death of the worker. On this charge the company...
WorkSafe
Media release
12 May 2021
Award coverage for pharmacy assistants employed by businesses in the state industrial relations system has long been a complex and contested issue. On 3 May 2021, the Western Australian Industrial Appeals Court issued a decision determining that the state Shop and Warehouse (Wholesale and Retail Establishments) Award does cover pharmacy assistants. This decision is available on the WA Industrial...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 May 2021
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 31 cents per litre (cpl) to 158.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 12 May 2021, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Coles Express hiking by 43 cpl to 171.9 cpl; 7-Eleven, BP, Caltex/Ampol and Caltex...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 May 2021
The Children and Community Services Act 2004 regulates where, when, and at what age children can be employed in Western Australia and these laws apply to all employers throughout the state. In most industries, children under 15 cannot be employed unless they are working in a family business run by a relative such as a parent, aunt, uncle or grandparent; performing professionally as an actor,...
Labour Relations
Department News
10 May 2021
As rents rise across Western Australia, many tenants may discover that in addition to paying more weekly rent, there is a further expense being asked of them. When rent is increased at a property, a landlord or property manager may request the tenant pay extra money to ‘top-up’ their security bond. How much a tenant is asked to pay will depend on how much their weekly rent has increased by. For a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 May 2021
Rivervale man fined $4,000 for dealing more than 40 vehicles with no licence Magistrate says licensing important for safety and protection of consumers Consumer Protection urges the community to report any illegal sales A Magistrate has reminded the community that the licensing of motor vehicle dealers in WA is “not just red tape” as he fined a Rivervale man $4,000 for illegal sales while being...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 May 2021
Bedrooms by Aura and Simone Lockett fined $15,000 for failing to deliver Court orders six consumers be paid about $36,000 in compensation Affected consumers from around Australia ordered items online and via Facebook A Perth retailer of luxury designer furniture has been ordered to pay a total of $47,387.91 by the Perth Magistrates Court being a fine, costs and compensation after taking payments...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 May 2021
Building work at a Kalgan property did not match the approved plans Issues included excessive height and an unauthorised carport Mr Jennings failed to properly manage and supervise a building service A former registered builder has been fined the maximum amount of $5,000 by the Building Services Board for deviating from approved plans and building standards while constructing a house in WA’s...
Building and Energy
Media release
06 May 2021
ASIC has today released an information sheet for providers of debt management services that explains their new regulatory obligations, including the requirement to be licensed. The National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Debt Management Services) Regulations 2021 (Regulations), made on 29 April 2021, prescribe certain debt management services as a ‘credit activity’ for the purposes of the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 May 2021
Candice Evans to lead the team in Consumer Protection’s Geraldton office Her experience in helping tenants will be useful in new role Consumer Protection’s presence in the region increases ability to deal with local issues Consumer Protection has appointed a new senior regional officer to service the region which covers Geraldton and an area as far as Carnarvon, the northern Wheatbelt around...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 May 2021
Bouyden McKenzie takes up position in Consumer Protection’s Kalgoorlie office His experience in supporting and educating the community useful in new role Department’s presence in the region increases ability to deal with local issues Consumer Protection has appointed a new senior regional officer in Kalgoorlie to service the Goldfields region which covers an area as far as Northam, Esperance and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 May 2021
There are two systems of employment law that operate in WA – the state industrial relations system and the national fair work system. These systems have different employment obligations, so getting the right information is critical. Employers and employees cannot choose which system they operate in. Wageline’s new WA employer essentials at www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/WA-employers explains: how to...
Labour Relations
Department News
04 May 2021
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 30 cents per litre (cpl) to 157 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 5 May 2021, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Caltex Woolworths, Caltex and Coles Express hiking by 42-44 cpl to 169.9 cpl; BP to 168...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 May 2021
Former Shire of Cuballing building surveyor unintentionally misled the Shire of Narrogin Errors included the wrong type of certificate, no DFES review and non-compliant fire hydrants Building Services Board penalty followed a Building and Energy investigation A former local government building surveyor has been fined $1,000 for misleading a neighbouring shire when he incorrectly certified...
Building and Energy
Media release
03 May 2021
Employees who believe they have been underpaid can make an underpayment complaint to Wageline, which is part of Private Sector Labour Relations at the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. The process for making a complaint is set out at Making a Complaint about underpayment of wages or entitlements . State system employees For state system employees, Private Sector Labour...
Labour Relations
Department News
30 Apr 2021
Six year old child recovers from ingesting alcohol-based hand sanitiser Consuming sanitiser can cause serious health issues Sanitiser bottles should be kept out of reach of children An urgent safety warning has been issued by Consumer Protection after a six year old child who had consumed hand sanitiser was admitted to a Perth hospital. The child ingested between 30 to 60 millilitres of the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Apr 2021
Witnessing the effects food additives had on her own children inspired a Western Australian mother to create a movement that has been recognised in this year’s Consumer Protection Awards. Francine Bell of Additive Free Kids (AFK) won the 2021 Rona Okely Award for individuals in recognition of her tireless efforts to educate consumers about additives and how to make additive-free choices. She does...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Apr 2021
Reports of people participating in another illegal pyramid scheme/gifting circle The Commitment Circle is believed to have originated in New Zealand The scheme has targeted people in remote Indigenous communities in Australia People who take part in gifting circles are being warned by Consumer Protection that they could be breaking the law and could face prosecution following reports of another...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Apr 2021
Queensland-based company and Director fined a total of $6,000 Court orders two WA consumers be paid $2,183.50 in compensation Traders warned not to betray consumers’ trust by failing to deliver A stone repair and cleaning company and its sole Director have been ordered by the Perth Magistrates Court to pay a total of $9,203 in fines, costs and consumer compensation for failing to carry out...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Apr 2021
An anomaly in Regulation 9 of the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000 (Plumbing Regulations) has been identified that may impact students (commonly referred to as pre-apprentices) undertaking the Certificate II in Plumbing course. The anomaly is that pre-apprentices, unlike apprentices, are not authorised to carry out plumbing work. The Department of Mines, Industry...
Building and Energy
Department News
28 Apr 2021

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