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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
Mr Marusco misled clients by falsely claiming homes were built by the company Director failed to ensure company’s building projects were properly supervised Inspections found many defects and breaches of standards and practices A director of a registered building company has been fined $8,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) for deceiving clients about the company’s previous projects...
Building and Energy
Media release
27 Apr 2021
Mr Hudson was the nominated supervisor but didn’t carry out duties properly Supervisor had no previous experience in similar role Fined $4,000 by SAT for breaching Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 A nominated building supervisor for a registered building company has been fined $4,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) for failing to carry out his responsibilities properly. James...
Building and Energy
Media release
27 Apr 2021
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 30 cents per litre (cpl) to 157.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 28 April 2021, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: 7-Eleven and Coles Express hiking by 42-44 cpl to 169.9 cpl; Puma to 169.7 cpl; BP...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Apr 2021
Wednesday 28 April 2021 is World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Worker's Memorial Day. This day provides us an opportunity not only to raise awareness of safety and health in workplaces but to remember those who have died from a work-related injury or illness. The International Labour Organisation annually sets a theme for the day. This year's theme is Anticipate, prepare and respond to...
WorkSafe
Event
23 Apr 2021
Four consumers pay for decorative screens but get nothing in return Full refunds given two years later, just prior to Court appearance Business proprietor fined $5,000 for accepting payments but failing to deliver A producer of custom laser-cut panels, screens and gates who took consumers’ money but failed to deliver has received a $5,000 fine imposed by the Perth Magistrates Court on 16 April...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Apr 2021
Dogs and cats are like family members to many Western Australians, but it’s not always easy for an animal-loving tenant to find a pet-friendly landlord. Compounding this issue currently is WA’s tight rental market, with animal shelters reporting large numbers of pets being surrendered by renters unable to find a property willing to accommodate them. In WA currently, tenants wanting to keep pets...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Apr 2021
A legal service and head of Additive Free Kids win Consumer Protection Awards Advocate for a swimming pool ban at family day care takes out safety category Nine News wins media award for investigation into the tow truck industry in WA A community legal centre that specialises in women’s rights and justice, a campaigner for additive-free food for children, an advocate for banning swimming pools at...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Apr 2021
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 31 cents per litre (cpl) to 157.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 21 April 2021, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Caltex Woolworths, 7-Eleven, Caltex/Ampol and Coles Express hiking by 42-46 cpl to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Apr 2021
Many WA awards require employees to be paid a location allowance when employed in certain regional towns. The allowance amount varies by town and is paid to compensate employees for the additional cost of living, climatic discomfort, and isolation in these towns. Junior, casual and part time employees as well as apprentices and trainees must be paid a proportionate location allowance. Employees...
Labour Relations
Department News
19 Apr 2021
Now that Cyclone Seroja has come and gone, many regional Western Australians will be assessing the damage and counting the cost of the destruction left in its wake. One of the first steps to be taken if your property has been damaged in a natural disaster like this is to check what your insurance policy covers for storms and floods. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Apr 2021
Australia may be home to the world’s largest lithium-ion battery, at South Australia’s Hornsdale Power Reserve, but it’s the smaller models that have prompted a reminder about how to safely handle, use and store them. Consumer Protection and WA’s electrical safety regulator, Building and Energy, are aware of two incidents in WA this year in which e-cigarette batteries have ignited in the user’s...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Apr 2021
Building and Energy officers providing on-ground support in the Mid West. Residents urged to be cautious when using generators, gas equipment and other portable appliances. Avoid DIY repairs to electrical, gas and plumbing infrastructure. WA’s energy safety regulator is sharing key electrical and gas safety advice for people in cyclone-affected areas who may be using portable equipment or...
Building and Energy
Media release
15 Apr 2021
Wageline has published two new WA award summaries for the: Retail Pharmacists Award ; and Photographic Industry Award The Retail Pharmacists Award covers employees working in retail pharmacies and/or dispensaries as pharmacists, pharmacist managers, pharmacists-in-charge, trainee pharmacists (interns) and pharmacy students in the state industrial relations system. The Photographic Industry Award...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Apr 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 14 April 2021, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: 7-Eleven and Coles Express hiking by 42-46 cpl to 169.9 cpl; Caltex/Ampol, Caltex...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Apr 2021
Long service leave is a paid leave entitlement for employees who have continuous employment with one and the same employer for a specified period. The majority of private sector Western Australian businesses and employees in both the state and national industrial relations systems are covered by the state Long Service Leave Act 1958. Detailed information is available on the Long service leave –...
Labour Relations
Department News
12 Apr 2021
Tenants looking for rentals have lost thousands after responding to fake ads Recent victims are mothers who are now homeless and out of pocket People looking for rentals are urged to inspect the property before paying Tenants who are desperate to secure a rental property in the current tight market are being targeted by scammers with many thousands of dollars being lost and Consumer Protection...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Apr 2021

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