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Unsolicited sellers come in all shapes and sizes, trying to grab your attention to buy or sign up for their products or services. Traditionally, salespeople knock on your door to deliver a sales pitch in-person and Consumer Protection has regulations that control when they can visit you. Should you make an agreement with a door-to-door seller, they must provide a copy of the signed contract and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Nov 2023
Motorists in Perth and Mandurah are advised to fill up now if they need to, with petrol prices set to rise tomorrow. After today motorists will likely have to wait a week before petrol prices are again at the bottom of the price cycle. FuelWatch reports that, from 6am tomorrow (Wednesday 15 November 2023), the average price of Perth’s regular unleaded petrol (ULP) will increase by over 34 cents...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Nov 2023
Two systems of employment law operate for the private sector in Western Australia, the state industrial relations system and the national fair work system. Working out which system covers an employer and its employees is the first step in understanding and complying with employment rights and obligations and this depends on the employer’s business structure. The Guide to who is in the WA state...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Nov 2023
All short-term rental accommodation providers to be required to register properties New $10,000 incentive for property owners to transition existing short-term rental accommodation into long-term rental homes for Western Australians Reforms to provide consistency across the sector and clarity on what is required to operate a short-term rental accommodation property The Cook Government has today...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Nov 2023
Thornlie man convicted of selling 103 vehicles after deciding not to renew licence Consumer Protection warning to illegal dealers – “we will prosecute” Public urged to dob-in unlicensed motor vehicle dealers Buying and selling more than 100 vehicles in six months has seen a car seller who deliberately decided not to renew his dealer’s licence fined $47,600 by the Armadale Magistrates Court. Alix...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Nov 2023
If you have a mobile phone, laptop, electric toothbrush, eScooter, eBike, any power tools, or solar power backup storage, you need to know how to reduce potentially deadly fire risks lurking in their batteries. These common household items use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries which can be highly flammable. If these batteries are used incorrectly, or are damaged, they can overheat, explode and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Nov 2023
Supervising electrician did not check apprentice’s wiring work Transposed conductors caused earthed metal objects to become live Potential for serious or even fatal injuries A Bridgetown home owner was lucky to avoid serious injury after receiving multiple electric shocks from a dangerous wiring error that a Manjimup electrician failed to detect. Licensed electrical worker Nicola Terrigno (...
Building and Energy
Media release
08 Nov 2023
A cardboard box company in O’Connor has been fined $275,000 (and ordered to pay $8500 in costs) over an incident in which a worker had parts of two fingers severed. Visy Board Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and was fined in the Fremantle Magistrates Court yesterday. Visy Board operates a cardboard box factory in O’Connor that produces cardboard...
WorkSafe
Media release
08 Nov 2023
Motorists in Perth and Mandurah are advised to fill up now if they need to, with petrol prices set to rise tomorrow. After today motorists will likely have to wait a week before petrol prices are again at the bottom of the price cycle. FuelWatch reports that, from 6am tomorrow (Wednesday 8 November 2023), the average price of Perth’s regular unleaded petrol (ULP) will increase by over 32 cents...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Nov 2023
A company that owns a vegetable farm and packing facility in Mandogalup has been fined $15,000 over an incident in which a worker’s arm was injured when it was trapped in a conveyor belt. Ellement Bros Pty Ltd (trading as Ellement Produce) pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that dangerous parts of a machine were securely guarded and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court on Monday. In May 2019...
WorkSafe
Media release
02 Nov 2023
If you’re looking forward to a dream holiday, then watch out for a sophisticated new scam that could risk it turning into a nightmare. Consumer Protection’s WA ScamNet team is warning travellers about unexpected messages from their accommodation providers seeking additional credit card verification, as it could be the work of scammers who have hacked into the hotel’s computer system. This two-...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Nov 2023
Motorists in Perth and Mandurah are advised to fill up now if they need to, with petrol prices set to rise tomorrow. After today motorists will likely have to wait a week before petrol prices are again at the bottom of the price cycle. FuelWatch reports that, from 6am tomorrow (Wednesday 1 November 2023), the average price of Perth’s regular unleaded petrol (ULP) will increase by 33 cents per...
Consumer Protection
Media release
31 Oct 2023
Wageline has published our annual comprehensive information for state system employers and employees on the employment arrangements for the public holidays over the Christmas New Year period. This season’s public holidays are: Christmas Day, Monday 25 December 2023 Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 December 2023 New Year’s Day, Monday 1 January 2024. The Christmas - New Year 2023-2024 public holiday...
Labour Relations
Department News
31 Oct 2023
The Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission has amended the state Electrical Contracting Industry Award to increase allowances. These changes are effective from the first full pay period on or after 29 September 2023. Wageline’s WA award summary - Electrical Contracting Industry Award has been updated with the new allowance rates. The WA award can be found on the Western Australian...
Labour Relations
Department News
30 Oct 2023
The seven winners of the Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards 2023 were announced at Optus Stadium this morning. The prestigious Awards recognise outstanding innovations and solutions to specific workplace health and safety issues by individuals, groups or organisations. This year’s winners are: Work health and safety invention of the year – Wallis Drilling Pty Ltd for the Aircore automated...
WorkSafe
Media release
27 Oct 2023
Danger of fans paying too much for resale tickets, or being scammed Consumer Protection investigating 121 individuals suspected of ticket scalping Only buy resale tickets through the authorised ticket seller's resale page Coldplay fans desperate to secure a ticket to sold out concerts at Optus Stadium next month are being warned against buying resale tickets online. As the countdown to the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Oct 2023
Halloween has become increasingly popular in Western Australia, with many people using the occasion to dress up, decorate their homes and go trick-or-treating. To ensure your night doesn’t end with a fright, there are some simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your family from harm. An urgent recall was recently issued for a range of temporary colour hair spray in various colours as...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Oct 2023
Motorists in Perth and Mandurah are advised to fill up now if they need to, with petrol prices set to rise tomorrow. After today motorists will likely have to wait a week before petrol prices are again at the bottom of the price cycle. FuelWatch reports that, from 6am tomorrow (Wednesday 25 October 2023), the average price of Perth’s regular unleaded petrol (ULP) will increase by 34 cents per...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Oct 2023
Under the WA Long Service Leave Act , when an employee completes 10 years of continuous employment, they are entitled to take 8.667 weeks of paid long service leave. An employee is entitled to take another 4.333 weeks of paid long service leave for every further 5 years of continuous employment. This entitlement applies to full time, part time and casual employees. The term continuous employment...
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Oct 2023
Electrician installed chargers near exposed lead-acid battery bank Risk of chargers igniting hydrogen produced by recharging batteries Electrician also submitted incorrect compliance documents A South West electrician has been ordered to pay $11,000 in fines and costs for a dangerous installation that could have caused a hydrogen explosion. Following prosecution by Building and Energy, the...
Building and Energy
Media release
18 Oct 2023
Ask any traveller about their top travel peeves and cancelled or delayed flights are likely to feature highly on the list, given their potential to throw holiday plans and itineraries into turmoil. Flight cancellations and delays are among the most complained about issues to Consumer Protection – in the 2022/23 financial year, we received 530 complaints about flights being cancelled and 47...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Oct 2023
The Area, Scope and Definitions clauses of the state Restaurant, Tearoom and Catering Workers Award have been updated to improve clarity about coverage of this WA award. This change, which is effective from 12 October 2023, was made as part of a process being undertaken by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission to update the scope of a number of private sector WA awards...
Labour Relations
Department News
17 Oct 2023
The Area and Scope clause of the state Cleaners and Caretakers Award has been updated to improve clarity about coverage of this WA award. This change, which is effective from 12 October 2023, was made as part of a process being undertaken by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission to update the scope of a number of private sector WA awards. Specifically, the changes to the Cleaners...
Labour Relations
Department News
17 Oct 2023
Motorists in Perth and Mandurah are advised to fill up now if they need to, with petrol prices set to rise tomorrow. After today motorists will likely have to wait a week before petrol prices are again at the bottom of the price cycle. FuelWatch reports that, from 6am tomorrow (Wednesday 18 October 2023), the average price of Perth’s regular unleaded petrol (ULP) will increase by 34 cents per...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Oct 2023
The Building Services Board has refused to renew the building contractor registration of Boston Keys Pty Ltd (BC103204) on financial grounds. After reviewing Boston Keys’ application for registration renewal, the Board was not satisfied that the company met the financial requirements set out in the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 . The Board’s decision enables home owners with...
Building and Energy
Media release
16 Oct 2023

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