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Many WA awards require employees to be paid a location allowance when employed in certain regional towns. Location allowances have just been increased by the 2021 Location Allowance General Order, and new rates take effect from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2021. The new rates for each town and a list of the relevant WA awards are available on the Location Allowance for employees in...
Labour Relations
Department News
22 Jun 2021
Banned from holding or obtaining a licence in the motor vehicle industry Ordered not to be involved with a motor vehicle business Imprisoned for stealing $181,250 from three other dealers A Cloverdale motor vehicle dealer who was imprisoned after being convicted of stealing has been disqualified from holding or obtaining a licence by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT). Sasha James Grujin ,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Jun 2021
Plumbing work on-the-job by pre-apprentices undertaking a Certificate II in Plumbing qualification In April 2021 the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s Building and Energy Division (Building and Energy) published advice regarding an anomaly in the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards Regulations 2000 (Plumbing Regulations). The anomaly was that the Plumbing Regulations did...
Building and Energy
Department News
21 Jun 2021
Travelling conmen offering to resurface bitumen driveways and car parks Work is usually sub-standard or incomplete and at an inflated price Warning to resist high pressure sales tactics and shop around A warning from Consumer Protection that ‘Bitumen Bandits’ are operating in WA’s South-West following reports that they are approaching local businesses in the area. A Myalup business paid the six...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Jun 2021
Warning to be aware of bogus calls claiming to be from government agencies Resist threats from scammers to pay a fake debt Hang up on these calls and contact government agency directly to verify A plea from Consumer Protection for people to be aware of the various tax scams has been prompted by figures which show a large increase in losses suffered by WA victims. So far this financial year (1...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Jun 2021
If you’ve ever tried to compare health insurance or hotels to find the best deal, you will have likely encountered a commercial comparison site. While these services can be a useful tool, it’s important to make sure you know how these sites work before relying on a comparison to choose a service provider. Consumer Protection has received a higher number of enquiries and complaints about...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Jun 2021
All employers covered by the WA state industrial relations system are legally required to keep employment records. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships or unincorporated trusts. Employment records must be in English and can be written or electronic, as long as they can be printed. They must be kept for at least seven years after they are...
Labour Relations
Department News
16 Jun 2021
Planned changes for better regulation of private swimming pool fences Building and Energy’s decision paper follows an in-depth review and consultation Preparation work underway including draft amendments to Building Regulations Building and Energy has outlined 16 ways that the State Government intends to improve the regulatory requirements for private swimming pools and their safety barriers in...
Building and Energy
Media release
15 Jun 2021
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 30 cents per litre (cpl) to 158.6 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 16 June 2021, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: 7-Eleven, BP, Caltex/Ampol, Caltex Woolworths and Coles Express hiking by between 42...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Jun 2021
Encroachment of a garage into neighbouring property not disclosed before sale Agent told about the issue during appraisal but forgot about it Warning to agents to improve efforts to discover and disclose facts Failing to disclose an encroachment issue prior to the sale of a Nedlands home has resulted in a real estate agency and its former Director being fined a total of $13,000 by the State...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Jun 2021
Western Australia’s building regulator is reminding builders and their clients that any increases in the price of a home building contract must comply with legislation. The guidance from Building and Energy follows a sharp rise in enquiries from home owners about unexpected price increases to their fixed-price home building contracts, as well as about delays to building work. Building and Energy...
Building and Energy
Media release
10 Jun 2021
The Building and Energy Division of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety is seeking expressions of interest for appointment to the Building Services Board (the Board) for the following three positions. Building representative Applicants must be a registered building practitioner. Candidates with broad experience carrying out a range of building services are desirable and are...
Building and Energy
Department News
10 Jun 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 Appeal 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
10 Jun 2021
Final consultation paper open for comment Includes proposals for a new process to manage changes to a retirement village Consultation closes on 21 July 2021 Consumer Protection has released the final consultation paper in Stage Two of its retirement villages’ legislation reform process in Western Australia, and all interested parties are encouraged to provide feedback. The Consultation Regulatory...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Jun 2021
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 31 cents per litre (cpl) to 159 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 9 June 2021, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Caltex/Ampol and Coles Express hiking by between 43-46 cpl up to 171.9 cpl; Caltex...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Jun 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 under. The state system includes businesses and organisations (and their employees) that operate as...
Labour Relations
Department News
08 Jun 2021
Wageline is marking one year since the launch of the WA long service leave calculator. Over the past year the long service leave calculator has proven to be a valuable tool for both employers and employees, with it being accessed over 74,000 times. The WA long service leave calculator provides an estimate of an employee’s long service leave entitlement when employment ends, for those covered by...
Labour Relations
Department News
03 Jun 2021
Building a new home can be an exciting time, but many Western Australians going through the process right now may be facing unexpected price rises and construction delays. To help set the record straight on when prices can and cannot be increased, our colleagues at Building and Energy have published a new guide outlining what builders and their clients need to know about home building contract...
Building and Energy
Media release
03 Jun 2021
Building Services Board issues $2,500 fine No building permit in place during an apartment balcony renovation Altered compliance certificate provided to the City of Perth A Mount Hawthorn building practitioner has been fined $2,500 for carrying out unauthorised work at a West Perth apartment and submitting incorrect documents to the City of Perth. The Building Services Board found that Christiaan...
Building and Energy
Media release
03 Jun 2021
The State Government has approved four extra hours of trading for general retail shops in metropolitan Perth on each of the upcoming public holidays, Western Australia Day and the Queen’s Birthday. The extension to permitted opening times means general retail shops will be able to trade any time between 8am and 6pm on Monday 7 June 2021 (Western Australia Day) and Monday, 27 September 2021 (Queen...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Jun 2021
The owner of a hairdressing chain has been ordered to pay $90,000 in unpaid employment entitlements and interest to two employees. Wei Zhu - trading as Shining Quick Cuts – was ordered by the Industrial Magistrates Court to pay the employees their outstanding entitlements after enforcement action was taken by Private Sector Labour Relations. The order followed an investigation by industrial...
Labour Relations
Media release
01 Jun 2021
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 32 cents per litre (cpl) to 160.2 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 2 June 2021, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Coles Express and Caltex/Ampol hiking by between 44-46 cpl up to 171.9 cpl; Caltex...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Jun 2021
WA’s Commission for Occupational Safety and Health is seeking public comment on the code of practice for workplace behaviour . At the May meeting the Commission endorsed the draft workplace behaviour code of practice and agreed to a three-month public consultation period ending 30 August 2021. The guidance in this draft code of practice should be considered in conjunction with the general duties...
WorkSafe
Department News
31 May 2021
Your wedding can be one of the happiest days of your life, but it may also end up being one of the most expensive. Covering the costs of all the things you need, such as a venue, catering, outfits and equipment hire, can soon add up – so it’s important to be across your consumer rights before you start shopping around. With more than 9,500 weddings taking place in Western Australia last year,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 May 2021
The Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Bill 2021 to be introduced to Parliament today Improving security of payment across the WA building and construction industry is a priority of the McGowan Government The Bill was introduced in the last Parliament but stalled by the Liberals and Nationals The McGowan Government will introduce the Building and Construction Industry (...
Building and Energy
Media release
25 May 2021

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