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The consultation period for proposed changes for NCC 2019 is now open and the ABCB is seeking your feedback. The National Construction Code (NCC) 2019 Public Comment Draft sees a number of proposed changes resulting from major project work done by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) and the Proposal for Change process. These changes aim to deliver a contemporary code without compromising...
Building Commission
Department News
09 Feb 2018
Consumers are again being warned to be cautious in their dealings with unregistered builder Mark Edward Straw, who may also be using the alias Mark Edward James and is trading as Complete Ceilings and Renovations Pty Ltd.
Building Commission
Media release
09 Feb 2018
Western Australian builder Cooper & Oxley Builders Pty Ltd (BC8529) has today voluntarily entered into external administration. Richard Albarran and Hugh Shaw from Hall Chadwick have been appointed as administrators of the company. Anyone owed money by the builder, including subcontractors and suppliers, should contact Hall Chadwick on (08) 6557 6200 and register as a creditor. The Department...
Building Commission
Media release
08 Feb 2018
Legal action by US authorities against Western Union could result in compensation being paid to thousands of WA scam victims who made payments via the international money transfer service over a 13 year period. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued a penalty of US$586 million to Western Union for aiding fraud, with the funds being used to refund scam victims throughout the world. This...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Feb 2018
The owner of a Mandurah retirement village has been fined $5,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court for failing to provide specific information to prospective residents prior to them signing contracts. Stephen Graeme May of Mosman Park owns the Willow Creek Mews retirement village in Greenfields, near Mandurah. He pleaded guilty on 31 January 2018 and was fined over breaches of the Retirement...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Feb 2018
Valentine’s Day is the traditional time of the year when people express their love for each other but, for many, it can be a disappointing and frustrating experience. Every year, Consumer Protection receives many complaints from people who have ordered flowers online for their loved ones only to find that they turn up late, if at all, or even dead on arrival. In 2017, a total of 42 complaints...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Feb 2018
A fencing contractor has been fined $2,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court and ordered to pay compensation of $1,000 to a Gooseberry Hill consumer after taking a deposit but failing to do the work. Samuel Michael Gossage of Thornlie, trading as Sam’s Handyman and Fencing Services (unregistered), was also ordered to pay costs of $2,000 when he pleaded guilty on 2 February 2018 to breaching the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Feb 2018
All state system employers are legally required to keep employment records. An employee can request to inspect his or her employment records by putting a formal written request to the employer. Employers must comply with this request and allow this to occur by the end of the next pay period after the employee makes the formal request. The Access to records page provides further information. Many...
Labour Relations
Department News
05 Feb 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by over 18 cents per litre (cpl) to 146.4 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 6 February 2018, most 7-Eleven, Puma, BP, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 149.9 cpl (an increase of between 20 and 25 cpl) and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Feb 2018
Scammers are tricking innocent victims to part with their money by using iTunes gift cards as their preferred method of payment. According to Consumer Protection WA ScamNet data, 34 victims purchased iTunes cards worth $116,909 in 2017, in comparison 17 victims reported losses totalling $68,637 in 2016. The cold calling scammers pretend they are from Telstra or the Australian Taxation Office...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Feb 2018
Changes have been made to the registration requirements for painting practitioners. The Building Services (Registration) Amendment Regulations (No. 2) of 2017 will improve and clarify the qualification requirements for registration as a painting practitioner. The Amendment Regulations will come into effect on 1 September 2018 . Currently, regulation 31 of the Building Services (Registration)...
Building Commission
Department News
31 Jan 2018
The Children and Community Services Act 2004 regulates where, when, and at what age children can be employed in Western Australia and these laws apply to all employers throughout the State. In most industries, children under 15 cannot be employed unless they are working in a family business run by a relative such as a parent, aunt, uncle or grandparent; performing professionally as an actor,...
Labour Relations
Department News
31 Jan 2018
Former staff members of a failed Christian college, which specialised in educating ‘at risk’ youth, have been awarded entitlements totalling more than $250,000 following action by Consumer Protection. The Catalyst School, operated by the OK Youth Services Inc. association, began in 2009 and membership was open to those who were involved in the local Christian community. School attendees included...
Consumer Protection
Media release
31 Jan 2018
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) has now formally merged the operations of the former Building Commission and Energy Safety to form the new Building and Energy Division. Ken Bowron will lead the Building and Energy team. He holds the statutory positions of the Building Commissioner and the Director of Energy Safety. Building and Energy oversees the regulation of...
Building Commission
Department News
30 Jan 2018
A proactive inspection program undertaken by WorkSafe to look at safety in takeaway food outlets has uncovered serious concerns with hazardous substances. The inspection program involved inspectors visiting takeaway food outlets in Perth and regional areas of the State throughout the 2016/17 financial year. WorkSafe Acting Director Grady Chaney said today the inspection program had been prompted...
WorkSafe
Media release
30 Jan 2018
Western Australian builder Choiceliving (WA) Pty Ltd (BC101237 – suspended) has today voluntarily entered into external administration.
Building Commission
Media release
30 Jan 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 18 cents per litre (cpl) to 146.1 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 30 January 2018, most 7-Eleven, Puma, Caltex Woolworths, BP, Caltex and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 149.9 cpl (an increase of between 20 and 25 cpl)...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Jan 2018
Energy Safety is hosting several free information sessions for Western Australian electrical workers and contractors. Presented by Energy Safety staff, these sessions will update you on: the new Wiring Rules; regulations for live electrical work; and supervision of apprentices. If you are involved in the electrical contracting industry in Western Australia, these sessions are for you. Dates and...
EnergySafety
Event
25 Jan 2018
WorkSafe has successfully appealed a penalty given to a trucking company in December 2016 and it has been increased considerably. Cleveland Freightlines Pty Ltd was found guilty of nine charges of failing to ensure records were kept of the work time, breaks and non-work time of nine commercial vehicle drivers. Cleveland was also found guilty of six charges of failing to ensure that a commercial...
WorkSafe
Media release
25 Jan 2018
Karrinyup licensed plumbing contractor Joseph Travaglini (PL5037) has been fined $1,000 by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) for failing to submit the notifications and certifications required for plumbing work.
Building Commission
Media release
25 Jan 2018
Building Commissioner Ken Bowron has suspended Choiceliving (WA) Pty Ltd’s (BC101237) building contractor registration due to concerns about the company’s financial status.
Building Commission
Media release
25 Jan 2018
Consumer Protection is concerned about a Byford landscaper who has accepted payment for work which has not been carried out. Trevor James Potter , trading as Trevors Landscape Services and Liven Your Landscape (both unregistered), allegedly owes consumers a total of almost $17,000. Since October 2016, 15 complaints have been lodged against the landscaper who is said to have taken deposits and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Jan 2018
Westminster man Jeffrey Dean Ramsey (BP102256 – cancelled) has been fined $5,000 and is no longer a registered builder in Western Australia after he provided false or misleading information to the Building Services Board to become registered.
Building Commission
Media release
24 Jan 2018
The FuelWatch website has reached an all-time record with more than a million visits in a month from motorists on the hunt for Perth's cheapest fuel. Last month the website recorded 1,048,529 visits, the highest monthly number since FuelWatch launched in January 2001. The average is usually 800,000 visits a month. Unique to Western Australia, FuelWatch provides motorists with a valuable tool to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Jan 2018
The Australia Day public holiday is Friday, 26 January 2018. Employers should know their obligations for this public holiday, including public holiday rates of pay. Information about employer obligations and rates of pay on public holidays for award free employees is available on the Pay rates for public holidays page . Information about employer obligations and rates of pay on public holidays...
Labour Relations
Department News
22 Jan 2018

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