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Amendments to the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996, relating to health surveillance for workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica will come into effect on 15 April 2021. The amendments will require employers to provide a low-dose HRCT scan, supervised by an appointed medical practitioner, instead of the previously required chest X-ray. Western Australia is the first...
WorkSafe
Alert
18 Jan 2021
In most cases, when employment ends after at least 7 years of continuous employment , an employee is entitled to pro rata long service leave. The WA long service leave calculator can provide an estimate of an employee’s long service leave entitlement when employment ends as a result of resignation, dismissal, death or redundancy. Since its launch in mid 2020, the WA long service leave calculator...
Labour Relations
Department News
18 Jan 2021
Wageline has published three new WA award summaries: Enrolled Nurses and Nursing Assistants (Private) Award Industrial Spraypainting and Sandblasting Award Sheet Metal Workers Award The Enrolled Nurses and Nursing Assistants (Private) Award covers trainee and student enrolled nurses, enrolled nurses and nursing assistants in the state industrial relations system. The Industrial Spraypainting and...
Labour Relations
Department News
15 Jan 2021
Thornlie couple lose their home purchase savings in a payment redirection scam Settlement agent’s email used by scammers looked almost the same Property buyers and sellers should be suspicious of payment demands by email A Thornlie couple’s dream of buying their first home in Australia has been shattered after scammers stole almost $133,000 after cloning the settlement agent’s email address. The...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Jan 2021
From today, employees who need to make a complaint to Private Sector Labour Relations about underpayments can use our new Underpayment of wages or entitlements complaint form. The new form is easier to complete and streamlines the process of providing initial information to the industrial inspectors at Private Sector Labour Relations. Previously, state system employees with both a wages or annual...
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Jan 2021
Your home is your most important asset, so you’ll naturally want to protect it from unwanted pests like termites and rodents. While most people will undertake some form of simple pest control on their property, sometimes they may need to call in an expert. In the past two years, Consumer Protection has received 203 enquiries and 48 complaints about pest control providers, mostly related to the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Jan 2021
Western Australia’s building and energy safety regulator is sharing top tips for a safe summer when using gas barbecues and camping appliances, pools, party lights, lithium-ion batteries, roof spaces and items attached to pillars. Gas barbecues “A barbecue is a great Australian tradition, but gas barbecues can be dangerous if they are not correctly used or maintained,” Building and Energy A/...
Building and Energy
Media release
13 Jan 2021
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 32 cents per litre (cpl) to 139.9 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 13 January 2021, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Coles Express hiking by 44 cpl up to 151.9 cpl; 7-Eleven, Caltex/Ampol, Caltex...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Jan 2021
The public holiday for Australia Day in 2021 is Tuesday 26 January. Each WA award prescribes entitlements for public holidays. These entitlements vary from industry to industry, so it is essential that employers and employees read their relevant WA award summary and understand their rights and obligations. Entitlements can include penalty rates, additional leave and time in lieu. The Australia...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Jan 2021
Mr Howard was jailed for fraud regarding invoices to the North Metropolitan Health Service His conviction led to recent action under WA building registration laws State Administrative Tribunal issued a reprimand and an order to pay costs A former builder has faced disciplinary action under WA’s building registration laws after being convicted of fraud over misuse of North Metropolitan Health...
Building and Energy
Media release
07 Jan 2021
Workplaces have been reminded to guard against the effects of extreme temperatures as another week of summer heat hits the State. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Darren Kavanagh today reminded employers and workers of the need to take extra care during the summer months to avoid the risk of heat stress or the more serious heat stroke. “This warning goes out not only to outdoor workers, but also to...
WorkSafe
Media release
05 Jan 2021
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 31 cents per litre (cpl) to 138.4 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 6 January 2021, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: BP and Caltex Woolworths hiking by 44 cpl up to 149.9 cpl; Puma up to 149.7 cpl; 7...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Jan 2021
Costco’s fuel outlet at Perth Airport offered motorists the cheapest petrol in 2020 with FuelWatch, which is celebrating its 20 th anniversary, releasing its annual list of sites that consistently have bargain prices. On average, the Costco price for ULP was 95.1 cents per litre (cpl) over the year but is only available to members, so FuelWatch has also awarded the number one spot to Liberty at...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Jan 2021
The WA minimum wage and WA award rates of pay recently increased by 1.75%. These pay increases take effect from the first pay period on or after 1 January 2021. The WA award summaries and the Minimum pay rates for award free employees on the Wageline website include the rates of pay that apply from 1 January 2021. If you are covered by a WA award that does not have a Wageline WA award summary,...
Labour Relations
Department News
04 Jan 2021
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by around 31 cents per litre (cpl) to 138.1 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 30 December 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: 7-Eleven, Caltex/Ampol, BP, Caltex Woolworths and Coles Express hiking by...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Dec 2020
Online classified sites are a popular and convenient way for car-hunters to scour listings of second-hand vehicles, but this also makes them a target for scammers. WA ScamNet has received multiple reports from consumers who have enquired about vehicles being ‘sold’ online at very low prices via Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree, only to receive a convoluted backstory by the supposed seller about...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Dec 2020
Consumer Protection is again warning WA home owners about a tradesperson who has allegedly taken payments for fencing and paving services, but failed to carry out the work. Since October 2020, Trevor Potter (who also goes by his middle name ‘James’) of Yanchep, trading as Bluesky Worx (unregistered), has allegedly taken deposits of approximately $16,000 from a number of consumers who are yet to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Dec 2020
WA tenants and landlords who are struggling financially due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic have one last chance to apply for a grant of up to $2,000 to go towards paying their rent this Christmas. Phase two of the WA Government’s Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme (RRRGS) means that tenants who have lost their job as a result of COVID-19 and are suffering financial hardship can apply to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Dec 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 30 cents per litre (cpl) to 137 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 23 December 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: 7-Eleven hiking by 43 cpl up to 148.9 cpl; Caltex/Ampol, BP, Caltex Woolworths and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Dec 2020
The Wageline contact centre will be closed from Friday 25 December 2020 to Friday 1 January 2021, and will reopen at 8:30am on Monday 4 January 2021. Information on employment obligations and entitlements will continue to be available during that period on the Wageline website www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/wageline . The Christmas New Year 2020–21 public holiday arrangements page provides information on...
Labour Relations
Department News
21 Dec 2020
Building and Energy and Consumer Protection have joined forces to warn parents and retailers about the risks and rules when using and selling portable pools this summer. Building and Energy oversees WA’s swimming pool safety barrier standards, which are enforced by local governments, while Consumer Protection regulates product safety. On average, one child a year drowns in a portable pool in...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Dec 2020
The growing number of complaints against a Melbourne-based furniture removalist that operates nationally has sparked concern with a public warning being issued by Consumer Protection. The warning relates to Ajanvi Pty Ltd , trading as My Moovers and operating the website www.mymoovers.com.au , which has attracted complaints from 47 consumers in WA so far this year. The warning relates only to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Dec 2020
Consumers buying e-scooters or e-skateboards as Christmas gifts this year are being urged to consider the safety and road rules relating to these products before purchasing. The growing popularity of what are referred to as ‘personal mobility devices’ is leading to a growing need for these devices to be used safely, especially in the wake of the death of a 24 year old man who fell from an...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Dec 2020
Grant funding to be re-purposed to pay 75 per cent of rent arrears to landlords Assistance to prevent evictions at the end of the COVID-19 emergency period To qualify, landlords must offer existing tenants a minimum six month agreement The McGowan Government will expand the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme to assist tenants facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 to pay their rent debt when...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Dec 2020
The school holidays are just starting and many young workers will be keen to earn some extra money by getting a job for the summer break, but in Western Australia there are restrictions on where and when children under 15 can work. Employers, parents and young workers need to know that children who are 13 or 14 can only work in a shop, fast food outlet, cafe, restaurant or deliver newspapers or...
Labour Relations
Department News
16 Dec 2020

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