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The Building Commission’s final report into the construction of the Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) has cleared the building of asbestos and fire safety issues and identifies the likely sources of the lead contamination.
Building Commission
Media release
24 Apr 2017
Scammers are using the name of a Subiaco jeweller to persuade their victims to urgently send money in a new variation to the ‘help me’ scam. Recent reports received by WA Scamnet at Consumer Protection suggest that people are receiving phone calls from scammers saying that a relative or friend has purchased jewellery at the Smales jewellery store but their credit card transaction had been...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Apr 2017
A real estate agent who forged signatures and prepared bogus listing and sales contracts has had his licence cancelled by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) and has been banned from working in the industry in WA for 15 years. Joseph Weng Kong Cheong and his company Easy Invest Pty Ltd , formerly based in Rivervale, were reprimanded and their licences cancelled as a result of disciplinary...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Apr 2017
The Building Commission wishes to advise members of the building industry that the Australian Government has now finalised its response to the Review of the Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standards 2010, commonly known as the ‘Premises Standards’. The review and response are now publicly available. On 1 May 2011 the Building Code of Australia (BCA) was amended to achieve consistency...
Building Commission
Department News
20 Apr 2017
Consumer Affairs Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), a body made up of consumer affairs officials across Australia, has delivered its final report on the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) review to Commonwealth, state and territory consumer affairs Ministers. CAANZ proposes a package of 19 proposed legislative reforms to strengthen and clarify the ACL in order to improve consumer wellbeing. The...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Apr 2017
The Anzac Day public holiday is on Tuesday 25 April 2017. Do you know your employment obligations for this public holiday? If an employee is covered by a WA award, check the relevant award on the WA award summaries page of our website. Information about public holidays for state system award free employees is available on the Pay rates for public holidays page of our website or for more...
Labour Relations
Department News
19 Apr 2017
Building Commissioner Peter Gow has issued a public warning about the financial status of Mount Hawthorn registered building contractor Turquoise Developments Pty Ltd (reg. BC14354), trading as Talbot Le Page Homes.
Building Commission
Media release
18 Apr 2017
A motor vehicle repairer has been fined $1,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal for failing to comply with a condition on his repairer’s certificate. Stephen Jeffrey Sokol of Aveley was reprimanded for breaching the Motor Vehicle Repairers Act and was also ordered to pay costs of $500. Consumer Protection issued a motor vehicle repairer’s certificate to Mr Sokol in March 2011. In June 2014,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Apr 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 19 cents per litre (cpl) to 137 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 18 April 2017, most 7-Eleven, BP, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 139.9 cpl (increasing between 23 and 26 cpl). Most United sites are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Apr 2017
Consumer Protection reminds traders and consumers that the following retail trading hours for general retail shops in the Perth metropolitan area will apply over the Easter long weekend: Good Friday (14 April) Closed Easter Saturday (15 April) 8am – 5pm Easter Sunday (16 April) 11am – 5pm Easter Monday (17 April) 8am – 6pm (extended trading approved) General retail shops All shops are regarded as...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Apr 2017
The April 2016 edition of Building Commission News is out now. Read the Building Commission News Edition 1/2017 – April 2017 The newsletter features articles on regulatory matters, electronic enablement initiatives, industry updates, events, and links to new publications . If you didn't receive a copy of the newsletter, make sure you are signed up to receive our news and updates. Subscribe to...
Building Commission
Department News
13 Apr 2017
Easter is here this weekend. Do you know your employment obligations? The Western Australian public holidays for the 2017 Easter period are: Good Friday - Friday 14 April 2017 Easter Monday - Monday 17 April 2017 Visit the Easter 2017 public holiday arrangement page for: An overview of the Easter public holiday payment arrangements for state system employers and employees Detailed information on...
Labour Relations
Department News
12 Apr 2017
A roof insulation company has been fined $18,000 by the Albany Magistrates Court for misleading consumers about the quality rating and standard of one of their products. Golden Bay Properties Pty Ltd , trading as Jumbuck Wool Insulation , was also ordered to pay costs totalling $11,968 when sentenced on 6 April 2017. In September 2014, an officer from Consumer Protection purchased polyester...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Apr 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 19 cents per litre (cpl) to 136.1 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 11 April 2017, most Caltex, Puma and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 139.9 cpl (an increase of 26 cpl by Caltex and Puma and 25 cpl by Coles Express). Most...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Apr 2017
Over the past few weeks the Department of Commerce has been conducting a proactive compliance campaign about the employment of children in the fast food industry. The campaign was a success with 975 fast food employers and head offices of franchise groups across the Perth metropolitan area provided with an information pack about the employment of children under the Children and Community Services...
Labour Relations
Department News
07 Apr 2017
South-East Asian crime gangs based in the eastern states are renting homes from Perth landlords and turning them into indoor cannabis farms, causing extensive damage. Consumer Protection is urging private landlords to be aware of this recent criminal activity which is costing property owners tens of thousands of dollars in repair bills. A total of 21 homes over the past seven months have been...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Apr 2017
Western Australians are being warned by Consumer Protection and the Building Commission not to deal with a roofing business that is ignoring door-to-door trading laws.
Building Commission
Media release
03 Apr 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by about 16 cents per litre (cpl) to 133.0 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 4 April 2017, most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 137.9 cpl (an increase of 25 cpl). Most 7-Eleven and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 136.9, most...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Apr 2017
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard In the wake of the tragic death of a three-month-old in WA last month (February 2017) after he was left momentarily unattended in a baby swing, it is timely to recall the practices, items and environments considered safe for infant sleeping. The case here follows a similar episode in the UK in 2015 where a baby girl died in a bouncer...
Consumer Protection
Media release
31 Mar 2017
Astute property buyers in Mandurah have thwarted an attempt by scammers to steal more than $200,000 from the settlement of a local property. The buyers, a father and son, received an email purporting to be from their settlement agent asking them to deposit the funds into a bank account in order to finalise the settlement of a house purchase. They noticed that the email address was slightly...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Mar 2017
The Building Commissioner has the function under the building service Acts to audit the conduct and work of registered building service providers. Compliance audits are routinely carried out assisting builders to comply with legislative responsibilities and technical issues. The audit program aims to reduce the number of complaints and provide improved compliancy throughout the industry. The data...
Building Commission
Department News
29 Mar 2017
A Victoria Park property manager who misled her client regarding a licensing arrangement has been reprimanded and fined $3,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal and had her registration as a real estate sales representative suspended for six months. Samantha Peploe was working for a licensed real estate agency as a property manager and was responsible for managing two properties in Teddington...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Mar 2017
A Canning Vale registered building contractor’s misleading and deceptive conduct has resulted in it being fined $2,500 by the Building Services Board.
Building Commission
Media release
29 Mar 2017
Consumer Protection is warning parents and carers of children to be aware of the dangers of treadmills in the home after a three year old girl from South Hedland suffered serious friction burns. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said the accident highlights the risks of children having access to exercise machines. “Many children are seriously injured by friction burns...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Mar 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 17 cents per litre (cpl) to 135 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 28 March 2017, most Caltex and BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 137.9 cpl (an increase of 20 cpl and 18 cpl respectively). Most Puma sites are increasing their ULP price...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Mar 2017

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