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Consumer Protection is concerned about a vehicle hire business which appears to have closed down leaving customers out of pocket. Rent Beyond Pty Ltd, trading as Drive Beyond formerly of Beechboro Road in Bayswater, has vacated their Perth premises. The company is registered in Queensland but its sole director Nathan Joyce is based in Victoria. Consumer Protection has not been able to contact Mr...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Jul 2017
A new national safety standard for decorative alcohol-fuelled (ethanol) burners will come into effect on 15 July 2017, replacing an interim ban on the products. The action to ensure the safety of portable table-top burners comes after reports of more than 100 injuries and 36 house fires in Australia since 2010 and at least three deaths overseas. WA first introduced an interim ban in December 2016...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Jul 2017
On Wednesday 12 July the Government announced the development of a modernised Work Health and Safety Bill for Western Australia which is based on the national Work Health and Safety Act. This Bill will replace three acts, the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 , Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 ; and Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Safety Levies Act 2011 . The development of the Bill...
WorkSafe
Alert
12 Jul 2017
A real estate agent has had his licence and triennial certificate cancelled by the State Administrative Tribunal after failing to complete compulsory training requirements. Anthony Palermo of Dalkeith was subject to disciplinary action by Consumer Protection when he failed to complete the necessary Compulsory Professional Development (CPD) obligations for three consecutive years 2013-2015, in...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Jul 2017
Canning Vale licensed plumbing contractor Richard James Palmer (PL7708) has been cautioned by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) for negligence and incompetence.
Building Commission
Media release
11 Jul 2017
The emergence of online advertising sites, such as Gumtree, Airtasker and hipages, has made finding a tradesperson easier than ever. These websites either promote the services of a tradesperson or offer consumers a forum for requesting a task to be completed. And while these websites are a convenient way to connect with a builder, building surveyor, painter or plumber the websites do not...
Building Commission
Department News
11 Jul 2017
Many WA awards require employees to be paid a location allowance when working in certain regional towns. A location allowance is paid to employees in regional areas to compensate for the additional cost of living, climatic discomfort, and isolation in these towns. The location allowance is varied in July each year, in accordance with the Consumer Price Index for the cost of living, excluding...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Jul 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 21 cents per litre (cpl) to 130.2 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 11 July 2017, most Puma, Caltex and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 134.9 cpl (an increase of 30 cpl by Puma, 28 cpl by Caltex and 25 cpl by Coles Express...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Jul 2017
A landlady who entered a rental property illegally to conduct renovations and change the locks while the elderly tenant was in hospital has been convicted and ordered to pay $11,907 in fines and costs by the Fremantle Magistrates Court. Marlene Ruzica Pavlovich of Munster, who is a former real estate sales representative, was found guilty on 30 June 2017 of contravening 2 offences under the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Jul 2017
The Operation Manager of a roofing company has been fined $7500 (and ordered to pay costs of $517) after a labourer was seriously injured in a fall through a skylight. Charles Roy Farmer pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care to avoid adversely affecting another person and, by that failure, causing serious harm and was fined in the Fremantle Magistrates Court on June 26.. In September...
WorkSafe
Media release
07 Jul 2017
Canning Vale man Nicholas Bradley Mason (PL7879 – suspended), trading as Mason Plumbing and Gas , has had his plumbing contractor’s licence suspended for three months by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) as a result of disciplinary action by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB).
Building Commission
Media release
06 Jul 2017
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
A real estate sales representative has been reprimanded by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) and must pay a $1,000 fine and $500 in costs for breaching a special condition on his certificate of registration. Mark Bruce Hourn of Exmouth has failed to complete the necessary Compulsory Professional Development (CPD) obligations for three consecutive years 2013-2015, in breach of the Real...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Jul 2017
A WorkSafe assessor has been fined $14,000 and had his registration cancelled for a second time after he was found guilty of breaching his duties as an assessor. Kenneth Sully was found guilty of seven charges of failing to assess competency in accordance with the assessment instrument, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court on June 16. Mr Sully’s certificate of registration as a WorkSafe...
WorkSafe
Media release
05 Jul 2017
Western Australian Building Commissioner Peter Gow today confirmed the Building Commission is broadening its audit of aluminium composite panels (ACPs) following the Grenfell Tower fire in London.
Building Commission
Media release
04 Jul 2017
The 26 th annual WAITTA INCITE Awards were held on the 16 th June 2017. The awards recognise local talent, products and technologies that help industry and government operate more efficiently. Energy Safety won the most effective Government solution award for eNotice, a web-based solution for the gas and electricity industry in WA for lodging work notices. With over 400,000 paper forms completed...
EnergySafety
Department News
03 Jul 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 20 cents per litre (cpl) to 128.9 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 4 July 2017, most Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 133.9 cpl (an increase of 29 cpl). Most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 132.9 cpl, most BP sites to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Jul 2017
The State Government announced in April 2017 widespread public sector reforms, aimed at creating collaborative departments focused on whole-of-Government objectives and delivering services in the most efficient way. On 1 July, the Departments of Commerce and Mines and Petroleum combined to form the new Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. The new department has three key business...
Corporate
Department News
01 Jul 2017
The state minimum wage for award free employees and all pay rates in WA awards have increased effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2017. In June the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission awarded a $16 per week increase in the state minimum wage for adult award free employees, lifting it to $708.90 per week from 1 July 2017. WA Award rates of pay below $791.90 per...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 Jul 2017
The McGowan Government will regulate Western Australia's $140 million prepaid funeral sector to better protect seniors and their families from fund mismanagement. The Government is developing a mandatory code of practice to give consumers greater consistency, clarity and certainty when investing in prepaid funeral plans - bringing WA into line with other States. Currently the industry is governed...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Jun 2017
Building Commissioner Peter Gow today announced a pricing reform to Western Australia’s home indemnity insurance (HII) scheme. Large volume and multi-unit project builders will have to pay a premium increase as of Monday 2 October 2017. The increase is required to ensure the HII scheme is sustainable and to prevent WA taxpayers from footing the bill for recent builder failures. Small to medium...
Building Commission
Media release
27 Jun 2017
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard If you’re a parent or carer, it’s highly likely you’ve heard all about, or seen too much of, ‘fidget spinners’. Alternatively, you may have noticed the novelty items for sale online or at stalls in shopping centres and we know there are also promotional giveaways where you get them for free. For anyone who isn’t sure what they are,...
Consumer Protection
Alert
16 Jun 2017
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Winter's here and as we try to keep warm in the cooler weather there are some annual safety messages to think about when buying or using products such as hot water bottles, heaters, electric blankets, wheat bags and pyjamas. Let’s start with hot water bottles. You might have one in the back of the cupboard but if it’s more than two...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Jun 2017
A travel business that cold calls consumers selling travel vouchers is the subject of a warning by Consumer Protection. Abdul Rehman , who operates Prime Marketing Solutions (registered in Victoria) and The Tour Groups (unregistered), has attracted several complaints and enquiries to consumer protection agencies throughout Australia, with one complaint coming from a WA consumer. In the WA...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Jun 2017
The June 2017 edition of Building Commission News is out now. Read the Building Commission News Edition 2/2017 – June 2017 The newsletter features articles on audit and compliance matters, 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 news and updates
Building Commission
Department News
13 Jun 2017

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