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Gary Newcombe May 2021 - Current Gary Newcombe became Commissioner for Consumer Protection and Executive Director for Consumer Protection on Monday 24th May 2021. Gary has 40 years' experience in the Commonwealth and State public sectors and the Western Australian Parliament, primarily in the areas...
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In Western Australia workers have been killed by lightning, the most recent in 2014 when a backpacker working on a farm at Bruce Rock died after she was struck by lightning. Workers are most at risk working out in the open, on the sea or other waterways or sheltering under trees or other structures...
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This information has been developed and compiled to assist small business manage safety and health in the workplace. Workplace safety forms Compliance tool for hazardous substances Hazard identification form Job Safety Analysis (JSA) Quick safety quiz for small business Safety Action Plan Toolbox...
Small business
This page contains frequently asked questions relating to small business. Why it is important to have good OSH practice in the small business sector? The small business sector is an important contributor to the Western Australia economy. This sector creates jobs and provides products and services...
Small business
You should allocate regular times to review how well your safety action plan is working and update it when necessary. In addition, when there is new equipment or procedures, the risk assessment may need to be revised if something new introduces new risks. A good way to do this is to talk to your...
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Once the hazards have been identified and their associated risks assessed, the next step is to consider: If the hazards can be removed altogether, and if not How the risks can be controlled so as to minimise harm? The strategy recommending how to control risks in the order of effectiveness is...
Follow these four basic steps to get started
Once the hazards have been identified, the risk need to be assessed. This include determining: Who will be affected and how? How severe is the harm likely to be? (extreme, high, moderate, and low). How likely is it to happen? (very likely, likely, moderate, unlikely and rare). Remember that your...
Follow these four basic steps to get started
To do this step successfully, you need to understand your work activities. If you are not fully engaged in the day-to-day running of the business, you should discuss this step with your workers. Hazards in the workplace are things that could cause harm, injury or ill health to a person. There are...
Follow these four basic steps to get started
When you are in charge of a small business, it is your legal duty of care to prevent people from being injured or harmed in your workplace. A breach of the duty of care can result in enforcement action by WorkSafe. It is therefore important to ensure your business has safe systems of work . Follow...
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THIS DOCUMENT IS NO LONGER CURRENT AND IS AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE FOR HISTORICAL PURPOSES ONLY. The public comment period on the Work Health and Safety Regulations for Western Australia closed on 26...
WorkSafe
Information
12 Nov 2021
The Consumer Protection Public Naming of Traders Policy was reviewed and updated in June 2019. “Naming” is the public identification of a trader reasonably suspected of contravening the Australian...
Consumer Protection
Policies
24 Dec 2019
The Regional Services Review - Consultation Paper is now available for all stakeholders to have their say.
Corporate
Consultations / public comment
16 Sep 2019
This compliance letter is provided to Consumer Protection by the Better Regulation Unit (BRU) of the Department of Treasury. The BRU is responsible for assessing Decision Regulatory Impact Statements...
Consumer Protection
Information
17 Sep 2019
This compliance letter is provided to Consumer Protection by the Better Regulation Unit (BRU) of the Department of Treasury. The BRU is responsible for assessing Decision Regulatory Impact Statements...
Consumer Protection
Information
12 Sep 2019
Public comment period has now closed regarding the regulations that will support the proposed Work Health and Safety Act for Western Australia (WHS Act (WA)). THIS DOCUMENT IS NO LONGER CURRENT AND...
WorkSafe
Information
27 May 2021
Changes to pre-estimated liquidated damages From 1 January 2022, the maximum amount of pre-estimated liquidated damages that a dealer may charge is five per cent. Background to the review The...
Consumer Protection
Reports
04 Jan 2022
Farmers and Consumer Protection Farmers have Australian Consumer Law (ACL) rights if the good or service is under $100,000*, used mainly for household use (e.g. fridge, washing machine), or is a...
Consumer Protection
Flyers
06 Jul 2021
WorkSafe is investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatality involving a bogged vehicle. It is alleged that: it occurred while workers were recovering a vehicle that had become bogged a tractor...
WorkSafe
Alert
12 Jun 2019
WorkSafe is investigating an incident where a farm worker was fatally injured when it appears that a tractor unexpectedly lurched forward while he was working under it. The tractor involved was over...
WorkSafe
Alert
22 Aug 2018

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WorkSafe has issued a warning to keep children out of hazardous workplaces – particularly farms – during the school holidays. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today workplaces were not the ideal places to take children, especially potentially hazardous ones like farms. “What needs to be kept in mind is that a farm is a workplace that frequently contains plant and machinery that can be...
WorkSafe
Media release
05 Jul 2017
​An extra 50 retail trading hours for Christmas shopping and Boxing Day sales Christmas Eve shopping to end at 6pm this year, compared with 9pm last year Extended trading for major retailers also approved for Australia Day 2017 Perth consumers will get 50 extra retail trading hours this year to do their Christmas shopping and take full advantage of the Boxing Day sales. Starting from Monday,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Nov 2016
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Scammers are carrying out research into people at various organisations and either hacking computers or impersonating email accounts in a fraud known as a ‘man in the middle’ attack. Consumer Protection and WA Police Major Fraud Squad warn anyone making payments to third parties to be aware of the increased frequency in attempts to...
Consumer Protection
Department News
08 Sep 2016
Fraudsters posing as CEOs or third-party suppliers have cost Western Australian businesses and not-for-profits at least $500,000 in the last two years, prompting a warning about ‘man in the middle scams’. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said the fraud works in two equally sophisticated ways. “The false boss or CEO scam usually hacks a chief executive officer or senior...
Consumer Protection
Media release
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
Consumer fraud prevention, product safety inspections and price checks are some of things that will be happening when Consumer Protection visits Norseman and Esperance from tomorrow. Senior Regional Officer for the Goldfields Ivo da Silva will be heading from his usual base in Kalgoorlie to Norseman and Esperance 1-3 June 2016. “I’ll be going door to door but unlike a salesperson I’ll be offering...
Consumer Protection
Media release
31 May 2016
On 12 August 2014, the Minister for Commerce, Hon Michael Mischin MLC announced that a Western Australian version of the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) bill would be introduced shortly into State Parliament. This will be in the form of a green bill, which will be released for a consultation period of three months. More information
WorkSafe
Department News
13 Aug 2014

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