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A backyard dog breeder, who sold puppies with a deadly virus despite court orders restraining her from doing so, has today been sentenced to three months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months by the Supreme Court, and ordered to pay the State $15,666 in costs. Fay Marie Armstrong of Spearwood was last month (16 January 2015) found guilty of contempt of the Supreme Court, by disobeying orders made...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Feb 2015
Building Commissioner Peter Gow says an agreement amongst Australian Building Ministers to make the 2015 National Construction Code (NCC) and future editions freely available online will pave the way for more innovative and productive building and plumbing industries in Western Australia.
Building and Energy
Media release
04 Feb 2015
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 12 cents per litre (cpl) to 117.7 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Thursday 5 February 2015, most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP prices by 18 cpl to 122.9 cpl; the majority of Caltex Woolworths sites to 120.9 cpl; most Coles Express and Puma...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Feb 2015
A Perth city convenience store has been given an on-the-spot fine of $6,600 for selling sunglasses which did not meet safety regulations. A product safety officer from Consumer Protection issued an infringement notice to the store’s owner after discovering more than 160 sunglasses on sale which did not have correct labels indicating the lens category of the product, as required by the mandatory...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Feb 2015
High Wycombe licensed plumbing contractor Grant Aaron Raynor (PL5501), the sole director of G A Raynor Pty Ltd and trading as Rayco Plumbing Contractors , has been ordered by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) to pay fines of $3,000 and costs of $700 as a result of disciplinary action initiated by the Plumbers Licensing Board.
Building and Energy
Media release
02 Feb 2015
Future online editions, commencing with the 2015 National Construction Code (NCC), will be freely available to registered users, commencing with access to a free preview of NCC 2015 (both online and in PDF) prior to its adoption date of 1 May 2015. From 1 February 2015, users are able to access NCC 2015 which includes: Volume One (Building Code of Australia for Class 2 to Class 9 Buildings);...
Building and Energy
Department News
30 Jan 2015
July 2020: Please note the iRentWA app is no longer supported. The Renting a home section of this website continues to be WA consumers’ go-to place for all renting information. Only four months after its official launch, Consumer Protection’s iRentWA smartphone app is proving extremely popular with WA tenants. So far the app has been downloaded by 4,175 iPhone and Android phone users, giving them...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Jan 2015
Western Australians will continue to have the option to register as one of the three levels of building surveying practitioners – level 1, level 2 or technicians – for the foreseeable future.
Building and Energy
Media release
28 Jan 2015
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 10 cents per litre (cpl) to 115.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Thursday 29 January 2015, most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP prices by 15 cpl to 118.9 cpl; the majority of BP, Caltex Woolworths and Puma Energy sites to 117.9; and most Coles...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Jan 2015
Tenancy regulations have changed which require tenants to be given vital information about potential hazards for children in the home. The regulations which underpin the Residential Tenancies Act mean that tenants must be given an information sheet outlining their key rights and obligations at the beginning of a new tenancy. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said that the forms...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Jan 2015
A Mt Hawthorn woman who claims to cure illnesses using spiritual healing has agreed to remove unsubstantiated claims being made in the promotion of her workshops and courses. Following action by Consumer Protection, Maria de Cinque has entered into an enforceable undertaking regarding claims being made on the Theta Healing Heart website ( www.thetahealingheart.com.au ). The undertaking requires...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Jan 2015
Overseas backpackers have been duped by a fake online advertisement offering fruit picking work and accommodation in Narrogin. Several travellers have contacted Consumer Protection and the Town of Narrogin after they attended a bogus address in the town that they thought was the office of an employment agent. They had responded to a Gumtree ad and paid about $200 each upfront. The scammer used...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Jan 2015
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 7 cents per litre (cpl) to 115.2 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Thursday 22 January 2015, most BP sites are increasing their ULP prices by 14 cpl to 119.9 cpl; the majority of Caltex and Coles Express sites to 116.9; and most Caltex Woolworths and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Jan 2015
WorkSafe would like to remind employers and workers of the safety issues associated with working alone and in isolated areas and the importance of developing safe systems of work. WorkSafe offers a number of publications aimed at providing practical advice for employers and workers on working in isolated areas and working in hot conditions. GUIDANCE NOTE: Working alone Working safely in hot...
WorkSafe
Alert
20 Jan 2015
If you undertake alterations and additions, then you will need to know how to use the WA Alterations & Additions Protocol (Protocol), a new option for meeting the energy efficiency requirements.
Building and Energy
Department News
13 Jan 2015
The Building Services (Registration) Regulations 2011 (the Regulations) provide for the registration of building service providers, including building surveyors.
Building and Energy
Department News
13 Jan 2015
Consumer Protection has seen an increase in enquiries and complaints about extended warranties, prompting a seasonal warning for Western Australians. Between January and November 2014 there were 695 enquiries and 69 formal complaints – up from 576 enquiries and 48 complaints between January and November 2013. It is a trend that is likely to continue. Post-Christmas sales or deals mean that many...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Dec 2014
The Building Commission has received several calls regarding a report that aired on Channel 7’s Today Tonight program on 11 December 2014. At the conclusion of the report, which looked at the “problems, dangers and hidden costs of home renovations”, the program’s host stated that “as of next year, you’ll no longer need council approval for swimming pools, patios and granny flats”. This...
Building and Energy
Department News
19 Dec 2014
The December 2014 edition of Plumbers' News contains the latest news for the plumbing industry from Western Australia's Building Commission. Plumbers' News edition 2/2014 – December 2014
Building and Energy
Department News
19 Dec 2014
Users can now pre-register for free access to the 2015 edition of the NCC as it becomes available online and as a PDF from 1 February 2015 via the home page of the Australian Building Codes Board website www.abcb.gov.au .
Building and Energy
Department News
16 Dec 2014
Reforms to the building approvals process for single residential housing will reduce time delays, giving owners and builders greater certainty about when building work can start.
Building and Energy
Department News
10 Nov 2014
If you’re a subcontractor in the construction industry and have had issues getting paid for your work then we want to hear from you! As a subcontractor, you rely on being paid by those who you have benefited from your hard work. Cash flow is critical to the survival of the business and disputes over payment can be costly and time consuming. The Construction Contracts Act 2004 was established by...
Building and Energy
Event
03 Nov 2014
Please be advised that the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) is currently undertaking a project to reduce the level of regulation in the National Construction Code (NCC). The ABCB has released a survey to seek stakeholder feedback on potentially redundant or unnecessary NCC provisions. The survey closes on 12 December 2014 and is available by clicking the link below. Complete the Regulation...
Building and Energy
Alert
30 Oct 2014
The Building Commission’s new risk-based audit process is examining the administrative and technical aspects of the building process undertaken by registered builders.
Building and Energy
Department News
15 Oct 2014
Building The West is a one day only conference hosted by Master Builders and the Australian Institute of Building.
Building and Energy
Department News
09 Oct 2014

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