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The ACCC has issued a media release urging consumers to check their caravans and recreational vehicles (RVs) for dangerous Surburban branded water heaters which may emit carbon monoxide. A recall was issued in November 2019 for Surburban recreational vehicle water heaters due to their safety hazards. If you have an affected water heater, do not use it in gas mode under any circumstances. For...
Building and Energy
Alert
10 Dec 2020
The public holiday for Australia Day in 2021 is Tuesday 26 January. Employment entitlements for public holidays will vary based on an employee's award coverage and employment arrangements. The Australia Day public holiday entitlements guide 2021 page provides information for state system employers and employees on public holiday entitlements for Australia Day 2021, with specific information for:...
Labour Relations
Department News
10 Dec 2020
In recent years, concerns have been raised regarding incidents resulting from leaked gas due to a known weakness in the current Type 21 ‘POL’ cylinder valve. After considerable consultation, Standards Australia have published AS/NSZ 5601.1:2013 Amendment 4 and AS/NSZ 5601.2:2020 which include a change from the current Type 21 ‘POL’ connection on a LPG cylinder to a new safer leisure cylinder connection (LCC27). The standards refer to this as the Type 27 connection.
Building and Energy
Department News
10 Dec 2020
Building and Energy want to remind gas fitters about the importance of installing new gas appliances according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions, as required by Regulation 20 (1)(b) of the Gas Standards (Gasfitting and Consumers Gas Installations) Regulations 1999 .
Building and Energy
Department News
10 Dec 2020
Consumer Protection is advising WA holidaymakers to carefully consider the terms and conditions of their travel bookings in relation to cancellations or postponements, with recent border openings expected to spark a travel surge particularly over the Christmas and summer holiday season. Travellers should consider what their options might be if border closures or restrictions are re-imposed before...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Dec 2020
The great outdoors is the place to be this summer – and the same goes for portable gas-fuelled appliances such as cookers, heaters, barbecues and fridges. WA’s gas safety regulator, Building and Energy, is warning that this equipment must never be used inside tents, caravans or other enclosed spaces. Even if the doors or windows are open, you could be exposed to potentially lethal levels of a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Dec 2020
An Ellenbrook real estate agency has been reprimanded and fined by the State Administrative Tribunal for employing an unregistered sales representative. HKY Real Estate Pty Ltd was fined $7,000 while the unregistered sales representative Shane David Penny was fined $1,500, in addition to costs of $500 each for breaching the Real Estate and Business Agents Act. Mr Penny held a certificate of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Dec 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 30 cents per litre (cpl) to 135.4 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 9 December 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Coles Express hiking by 43 cpl up to 147.9 cpl; Caltex Woolworths, 7-Eleven,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Dec 2020
WA consumers are being warned about an asbestos and demolition operator who is misleading the community, by falsely claiming to hold valid WorkSafe licences which have expired or were once held by companies that have since been liquidated. David Michael Scofield of Applecross, is the registrant of the website www.actionasbestos.com.au which contains a reference to “Class 2 Demolition Licence No...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Dec 2020
A Perth modelling agent has been ordered to pay almost $12,000 in fines, costs and compensation by the Perth Magistrates Court for taking payments from aspiring male models but failing to deliver what he had promised. Chrystofa Stratton Aarons , trading as CSA Models , pleaded guilty on 27 November 2020 to six charges of breaching the Australian Consumer Law by accepting payments from four male...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Dec 2020
The WA minimum wage and WA award rates of pay are increasing by 1.75% in January 2021. State system employers should get ready now for the increases which 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 July 2020 and the rates of pay that...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 Dec 2020
As the weather warms up, our thoughts are likely turning to summer holidays and the festive season, however it’s important that consumers research their purchases to make sure they are safe and fit for purpose. Faulty products continue to cause serious injury and harm to thousands of Australians every year – in 2017-18, more than 4.5 million faulty or unsafe items were recalled by suppliers. To...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Dec 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 31 cents per litre (cpl) to 134.6 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 2 December 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Caltex/Ampol, Caltex Woolworths and Coles Express hiking by between 42-44 cpl up...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Dec 2020
The State Government has approved four extra hours of trading for general retail shops in metropolitan Perth on each of the three public holidays of Labour Day, Easter Monday and the ANZAC Day public holiday next year. The extension to permitted opening times means general retail shops will be able to trade any time between 8am and 6pm on Monday 1 March 2021 (Labour Day), Monday 5 April 2021 (...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Nov 2020
The main contractor for the Forrestfield Airport Link Project has been fined $150,000 (and ordered to pay $3,000 in costs) after a worker sustained major electrical burns when a crane made contact with or came too close to high voltage overhead power lines. Salini Australia Pty Ltd pleaded guilty in the Perth Magistrates Court last month to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment...
WorkSafe
Media release
30 Nov 2020
Wageline has just published two new WA award summaries – for the Bakers (Country) Award and the Transport Workers (Passenger Vehicles) Award. The Bakers (Country) Award covers bakers, apprentice bakers and doughmakers working in bakeries in the state industrial relations system that are located more than 45kms from the General Post Office Perth. The Transport Workers (Passenger Vehicles) Award...
Labour Relations
Department News
27 Nov 2020
WA’s building regulator is seeking public comment on proposals to review registration requirements for building practitioners and contractors. The consultation is part of Building and Energy’s broad review of the compliance and enforcement framework for the WA building industry. The main aim of the initiatives is to improve confidence in the building sector and respond to a major national report...
Building and Energy
Media release
26 Nov 2020
WorkSafe has successfully prosecuted two companies and two individuals for breaches of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and Regulations. Warren James Piggott, Screenwest Pty Ltd, Quentin Victor Healy and Hanssen Pty Ltd were recently successfully prosecuted by WorkSafe WA. In Joondalup Magistrates Court on Friday a machinery operator at a recycling facility was fined $7500 (and ordered to...
WorkSafe
Media release
26 Nov 2020
Have you ever engaged a dealer to sell a car or caravan on your behalf? This is known as ‘consignment selling’ and the laws that regulate this method of sale are currently under review, with a ban being considered as one of the options. For those who don’t want to negotiate the sale of their vehicle privately, selling on consignment is a viable option but it comes with risk. Given the dealer can...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Nov 2020
WA’s energy safety regulator is reminding campers that outdoor gas appliances must only be used in the open air to avoid potentially lethal exposure to carbon monoxide. Building and Energy’s warning comes as West Australians gear up for a summer in the great outdoors with portable gas-fuelled equipment such as barbecues, cookers, heaters and fridges. “Outdoor use means the open air,” WA Director...
Building and Energy
Media release
25 Nov 2020
McGowan Government to commence phase-out of swimming pools and spas for family day care services Stronger regulations to immediately require additional safety measures and training for family day care educators whose residences have pools, spas or water features Changes to improve child safety outcomes for the family day care sector The State Government will strengthen regulations for family day...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Nov 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 29 cents per litre (cpl) to 132.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 25 November 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Caltex/Ampol, Caltex Woolworths, 7-Eleven, BP and Coles Express hiking by...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Nov 2020
With Black Friday sales coming up and many people doing their Christmas shopping online this year, Consumer Protection is warning consumers that scammers are out to take your money with fake retailer websites, social media pages and classified ads. So far this year scammers have stolen a staggering $1.1 million from 418 WA victims in ‘buying and selling scams’ which, according to new figures from...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Nov 2020
Consumer Protection is advising caution for Christmas shoppers with a wider availability of credit options including ‘buy now, pay later’ schemes and payday loans which could leave consumers drowning in debt. The COVID-19 pandemic has seen increasing use of ‘buy now, pay later’ schemes which allow shoppers to take possession of the goods straight away while paying off the purchase price in...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Nov 2020
It’s World Toilet Day (November 19) and WA’s plumbing regulator is sharing key advice to ensure lavatories are safe and efficient. Building and Energy Executive Director Saj Abdoolakhan urged home owners not to attempt to install or repair a toilet themselves. “By law, plumbing work related to sanitation, water supply or drainage must only be carried out by a licensed plumber ,” he said. “Many...
Building and Energy
Media release
19 Nov 2020

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