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With Acting Consumer Protection Commissioner David Hillyard Avoid pre-holiday blues – buying travel tips The recent collapse of a Perth travel agent highlighted that some Western Australians were unaware there is no longer a licensing system for travel agents and that the associated compensation scheme does not exist anymore. Global Plus Holidays in Northbridge is now in liquidation. Up until...
Consumer Protection
Department News
02 Sep 2016
Wageline has launched new versions of the annual leave, sick leave and long service leave calculation guides used by thousands of our clients. The new guides, which explain and provide examples of how to calculate leave entitlements, are available on the Wageline's Leave Calculation Guides page .
Labour Relations
Department News
29 Aug 2016
With Acting Consumer Protection Commissioner David Hillyard The current economic climate is affecting the rental market in Perth and Western Australia. Some renters are leaving homes for a less expensive option because their financial circumstances have changed, while others are simply taking advantage of the increase in vacant rental properties to choose from. When it is time to end a tenancy,...
Consumer Protection
Department News
25 Aug 2016
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard It’s now easier for you to check whether your consumer goods are safe thanks to the new Product Safety Australia website www.productsafety.gov.au , which I would urge you to add to your favourites and make use of. There were 670 recalls across the country in the last financial year compared to 596 in the previous financial year. The...
Consumer Protection
Department News
18 Aug 2016
The Building Commission has released a decision paper on reforms that will allow a specified range of basic emergency plumbing repairs to be carried out by trained Environmental Health Workers in 205 of Western Australia’s remote Aboriginal communities.
Building and Energy
Department News
17 Aug 2016
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Consumer Protection has noticed that anytime there is a change in the economic climate there will be some business closures as a result. It is often difficult to spot telltale signs of financial distress but, as consumers, we need to be aware of the risks involved when paying for goods or services in advance; even the purchase of...
Consumer Protection
Department News
12 Aug 2016
On Wednesday 10 August 2016, Wageline will be temporarily unavailable between 10.00am and 10.30am.
Labour Relations
Alert
09 Aug 2016
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Many products we buy can be a danger to children. Often Consumer Protection voices concerns about small items such as parts that can choke, button batteries that can cause internal burns or potentially poisonous laundry detergent pods. But large items, such as furniture, also pose a big risk. Every year in Australia at least one...
Consumer Protection
Department News
05 Aug 2016
A WA Building Commission update on its audit of Yuanda building products.
Building and Energy
Department News
01 Aug 2016
An interim ban on electrically unsafe self-balancing scooters, also known as hoverboards, has now been introduced as a mandatory standard for the next two years. Self-balancing scooters are also known as gliders, smart boards, sky walkers or mod boards. Most two-wheel scooters are manufactured in China and range in retail in price in Australia from $150 to $1,000. The original ban came into place...
Consumer Protection
Department News
29 Jul 2016
The Building Services Board (BSB) has refreshed its builder examinations to align with current legislation and building practices.
Building and Energy
Department News
25 Jul 2016
The Australia wide roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) commenced on 1 July 2016. To coincide with this, new information guides have been released for consumers with disabilities about their rights and businesses with useful information about their obligations under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). The ACL provides protection when you buy goods like food, electrical items...
Consumer Protection
Department News
21 Jul 2016
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Tragically, between one and two children die in Australian homes every year as a result of blind or curtain cords that don’t comply with safety standards causing choking or strangulation. There are similar deaths occurring regularly across the world. That’s why Consumer Protection WA recently joined fellow Australian and...
Consumer Protection
Department News
04 Jul 2016
Wageline has updated the minimum rates for award-free employees and the pay rates in Wageline’s WA Award Summaries. View the new WA Award Summaries and minimum rates . The new wage rates apply from the first pay period or after 1 July 2016. The state minimum wage for adult award-free employees will increase by $13 to $692.90 per week. Adult pay rates under state awards will also increase by $13...
Labour Relations
Department News
27 Jun 2016
Consumers can be forgiven if they feel overwhelmed or confused by the myriad of insurance options currently being advertised. At the end of every financial year health insurance providers’ start talking about tax, surcharges and rebates but don’t let this rush you into a poor decision. Health insurance is a complex area and your needs may change with time so when you are looking to take out or...
Consumer Protection
Department News
27 Jun 2016
A report by Auditor General Colin Murphy has assessed how well the Building Commission regulates Western Australia’s residential building industry.
Building and Energy
Department News
24 Jun 2016
The Building Commission is currently considering the creation of a technical advisory committee for the purpose of considering and providing advice on technical building matters and queries regarding the requirements of building legislation, the Building Code of Australia (BCA), and related Australian Standards. The committee will be named the Building Rules Advisory Committee (BRAC). The...
Building and Energy
Department News
21 Jun 2016
With the end of the financial year fast approaching many car dealers may use the month of June to offer deals to potential buyers to increase their sales volumes for the year. Car-buyers need to be mindful of the warranties that apply to vehicles purchased during this time. Demonstration models are often an attractive alternative for buyers seeking a new car that may be offered at a reduced price...
Consumer Protection
Department News
14 Jun 2016
The WA Industrial Relations Commission today increased the state minimum wage and award wages by $13 per week, effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2016. The state minimum wage for adult award-free employees will increase by $13 to $692.90 per week. Adult pay rates under state awards will also increase by $13. Junior rates will increase proportionately. Wageline will update the...
Labour Relations
Alert
10 Jun 2016
It has been more than five years since the Australian Consumer Law commenced (1 January 2011) but our interaction with the WA community frequently highlights that some people are not aware of the automatic legal rights consumers have when buying goods and services. When you buy a product or service from a business you are entitled to ‘ consumer guarantees’ that your purchase is: of acceptable...
Consumer Protection
Department News
03 Jun 2016
An offer to buy new and used items, advertised in several WA newspapers, has been identified as a scam after being reported to Consumer Protection. The large colourful advert offered readers of papers such as the Bunbury Herald, South West Times and Busselton & Dunsborough Times the chance to sell ‘merchandise or product’ and listed a huge variety of items that would be accepted; from pets...
Consumer Protection
Alert
03 Jun 2016
Wageline is currently developing a new look and format for its WA Award Summaries. Wageline’s WA Award Summaries provide employers and employees with a snapshot of pay rates and key employment conditions in the relevant state award, as well as critical information for employers on obligations on other state employment laws such as long service leave and employment of children. From 1 July...
Labour Relations
Department News
02 Jun 2016
Monday 6 June 2016 is the Western Australia day public holiday. Employers in the state industrial relations system can check their public holiday obligations on the Pay rates for public holidays page or contact Wageline for more information.
Labour Relations
Department News
23 May 2016
The Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas 2016 (the Map) will be available from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) website from noon tomorrow. The Map will be given effect by the accompanying Fire and Emergency Services (Bush Fire Prone Areas) Order 2016 which will be published in tomorrow’s Government Gazette. The designation of bush fire prone areas, as shown on the Map, comes into...
Building and Energy
Department News
19 May 2016
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Cots are supposed to be a place for babies to rest and sleep safely but Kidsafe WA reports that 51 children attended Princess Margaret Hospital in 2014/2015 with cot-related injuries. If you buy or receive a second-hand cot, it may not meet current Australian safety standards, increasing the risk of injury to any baby placed in that...
Consumer Protection
Department News
16 May 2016

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