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The Christmas/ New Year period is rapidly approaching and it is important to understand public holiday obligations for the festive season. This season's public holidays are: Christmas Day, Tuesday 25 December 2018 Boxing Day, Wednesday 26 December 2018 New Year's Day, Tuesday 1 January 2019 Employers and employees should be aware of their employment obligations on these public holidays. The...
Labour Relations
Department News
06 Nov 2018
A Perth bathroom renovation company and two of its officers have been fined $5,000 under WA’s building laws in relation to work at homes in Kalamunda and Gwelup. WA Bathrooms and Tiling Pty Ltd (trading as WA Bathrooms ), formerly based in Osborne Park, was convicted in Perth Magistrates Court last month of four charges brought by the Building Commissioner. The company’s director and general...
Building Commission
Media release
05 Nov 2018
The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 13 cents per litre (cpl) to 159.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 6 November 2018, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 165.9 cpl (increasing by 21 cpl). Most BP and Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 161.9...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Nov 2018
Building and Energy urges electricians working on power transformers to exercise caution after a recent incident where electrical workers were exposed to hazardous asbsestos-containing material (ACM). In January 2018, electrical workers undertaking repairs to a high voltage (HV) power transformer which had failed, disconnected the transformer by unbolting and removing a gland plate from the base...
EnergySafety
Department News
02 Nov 2018
An electrician was employed by an electrical contractor engaged by the network operator to carry out work on their Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Project. The electrician was carrying out the replacement of an analogue kWh meter with a new digital kWh meter at a domestic property in Esperance. After installing the new meter, the electrician replaced the SPD to reconnect the supply...
EnergySafety
Department News
02 Nov 2018
A fraudster has used stolen social media images to pose as a ship captain in a romance scam that duped a Wheatbelt woman out of more than $10,000. Consumer Protection is warning that false identities featuring the same man’s photos continue to appear on dating and social media platforms. Claiming to be called ‘Captain Thomas Steve’, the scammer initially connected with the woman on Instagram...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Nov 2018
Recent hikes in fuel prices have left many consumers searching for the best deal and trying to understand the reasons behind fluctuating prices. The price of fuel, like other retail products, is market driven and the government does not set the price. Consumer Protection operates the FuelWatch website which offers transparency in terms of what the prices at the pumps will do in the next 24 hours...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Nov 2018
In September 2018, Private Sector Labour Relations conducted an education campaign promoting compliance by horse riding schools and equestrian centre businesses with the child employment provisions in the Children and Community Services Act 2004. Over 150 businesses across Western Australia were provided with information on child employments laws for this industry. The Children and Community...
Labour Relations
Department News
31 Oct 2018
WorkSafe has issued a reminder to workers to stay focused on safety in the lead-up to the festive season. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Ian Munns said today both employers and workers needed to pay particular attention to staying safe before and after Christmas. “As we head towards the end of the year and the festive season, it’s timely to remind both employers and workers of the need to remain...
WorkSafe
Media release
29 Oct 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 12 cents per litre (cpl) to 162.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 30 October 2018, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 167.9 cpl (an increase of 19.4 cpl). Most BP and Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 165.9...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Oct 2018
Wageline answers many enquiries each week about employer obligations relating to termination, and the entitlements owed to employees when employment ends through resignation, dismissal or redundancy. In recent weeks Wageline has had an increase in calls about dismissal and termination. Employers and employees in the state industrial relations system should visit the termination and dismissal...
Labour Relations
Department News
26 Oct 2018
A State Government agency has been fined $100,000 (and ordered to pay costs) over the death of a remand prisoner crushed between a truck and a wall at Hakea Prison in 2015. Department of Justice (Department of Corrective Services at the time of the offence) pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care to ensure the safety and health of a person who was not an employee, and was fined in the...
WorkSafe
Media release
26 Oct 2018
These days, it pays to be extra vigilant on social media. Like-harvesting, or like-farming as it is also called, is a scam perpetuated throughout Facebook and features bogus pages designed to do nothing more than “harvest” your likes. The content pulls at your heartstrings or offers big prizes leading you to like, share and comment. Recently, a fake Virgin Australia page offering a trip to Hawaii...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Oct 2018
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s inaugural Annual Report, tabled in Parliament on 19 September 2018, is now available on the website . The 2017-18 report highlights the department’s key achievements and financial performance for the last financial year and showcases what we do for the community of Western Australia. The report also includes independently audited reports...
Corporate
Department News
25 Oct 2018
A Noranda real estate agent has been fined $800 and ordered to pay costs of $900 by the Perth Magistrates Court for making unauthorised withdrawals from the agency’s trust account and failing to have the account audited. The agent, who was granted a spent conviction order, made two unauthorised withdrawals from the trust account – $450 in October 2016 and $1,350 in November 2016 – to pay a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Oct 2018
A Perth plumber has been fined $1,000 by the Plumbers Licensing Board for failing to comply with a rectification notice about drainage and infrastructure issues at a Belmont development. Joshua Andrew O’Neill (PL7643), the sole director of Redback Contractors Pty Ltd , was subcontracted to provide plumbing and gas services during construction of the seven-unit complex in 2016 and 2017. Occupants...
Building Commission
Media release
23 Oct 2018
A backyard motor vehicle dealer in Rivervale has been fined $8,000 and ordered to pay costs of $756 after pleading guilty in the Perth Magistrates Court on 19 October 2018 to buying and selling vehicles without a licence. John Salehi had purchased 13 vehicles and sold 12 of them from August 2016 to August 2017 in breach of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act. Commissioner for Consumer Protection David...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Oct 2018
WorkSafe is conducting a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues in WA’s child care centres. The program will continue until the end of the 2018/19 financial year, and will include government and private child care centres in metropolitan and regional areas of the State. WorkSafe Director Sally North said today an inspection program was being undertaken in this area because child...
WorkSafe
Media release
23 Oct 2018
West Perth building practitioner Rodney Obeid (BP14339) has been fined $5,000 by the Building Services Board for failing to properly manage and supervise work at an $11 million East Perth apartment development. Mr Obeid was the nominated supervisor for Nazero Constructions WA, which provided a notice of completion to the City of Perth for the six-storey property in June 2015. After carrying out a...
Building Commission
Media release
22 Oct 2018
The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 12 cents per litre (cpl) to 164.4 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 23 October 2018, most 7-Eleven, Caltex and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 167.9 cpl (hiking between 14 and 16 cpl). Most BP sites are increasing their ULP...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Oct 2018
A Joondanna tradesman who falsely claimed to be a registered painter has been fined $5,000 at Perth Magistrates Court for several offences under WA’s building laws. Alex Mazloomi , trading as Arios Painting and Decorating , did not appear in court on 5 October when he was found guilty of six charges brought by the Building Commissioner. The court heard that Mr Mazloomi was not a registered...
Building Commission
Media release
18 Oct 2018
A wedding photographer/videographer has been fined $4,500 by the Perth Magistrates Court and ordered to pay $5,650 in compensation to three consumers for supplying promised photo and video packages either too late or not at all. Mohammad Amir , formerly trading as Enchanted Films and Dyno Media , was also ordered to pay costs of $5,000 when he pleaded guilty in the Perth Magistrates Court on 11...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Oct 2018
An illegal motor vehicle dealer has been fined $25,000 and ordered to pay costs of $916 after being convicted in the Perth Magistrates Court of buying and selling vehicles without a licence. Mark Wayne Williams , who resides in Kensington and formerly operated in Kenwick under the trading name of Car 1 Vehicle Wholesale , was convicted in his absence on 12 October 2018 after purchasing 51...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Oct 2018
A Shenton Park property manager has been reprimanded and fined $13,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal for making unauthorised withdrawals from a real estate agency’s trust account. Rhonda Denise Reid , who was a Director of the Nedlands agency, also failed to act fairly and honestly by making 13 unauthorised withdrawals totalling $36,290 between May 2014 and June 2016 without the knowledge...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Oct 2018
The McGowan Government will this week introduce a Bill into State Parliament to provide greater protections for long-stay tenants at residential parks in Western Australia. The Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Bill 2018 will ensure fairer dealings and security of contract between park operators and their long-stay tenants. Key reforms include: Limiting the termination of fixed-term...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Oct 2018

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