Will U.S. China Trade Deal Bring Down WA’s Export Business?

The US and china have signed a new trade agreement, signalling a cooling of the trade war and a strengthening of global free trade, but what does this mean for WA? The deal commits China to buying two hundred billion dollars’ worth of American goods including liquefied natural gas, coal, beef, and seafood. In exchange,…

Consumer Protection Commissioner retires after 43 year career

Today was WA Consumer Protection Commissioner David Hilyard’s last day the job. After a 43 year career in the public service, the commissioner is retiring at the end of his period of leave. Before Mr. Hilyard took over the role of commissioner, he had a varied career in industry regulation, protecting people in industries as…

Record growth as WA holidays most attractive in the country

Western Australia had its best year ever for tourism in 2019, beating the previous record level of international tourism by 13% with 521 800 overseas visitors holidaying in the state, according to data released today by the International Visitor Survey. WA’s tourism growth figures were the best in the country in the period surveyed between…

A Retiree Lost Almost $2.6 Million To An Alleged Business Opportunity Fraud

A 38 year old man has been charged for allegedly obtaining almost $2.6 million fraudulently from one victim through a series of financial transaction. During a Police investigation into unexplained wealth of a Dianella man resulted him arrested by financial crime squad detectives at a casino last Thursday. Police alleged between June 2017 and November…

EXCLUSIVE: Limited payroll tax relief savings hinders small business job creation: expert

Jobs growth in WA’s small businesses could remain limited despite State Government changes to payroll tax to boost employment, a financial planner has warned. Concerns have been raised that small businesses might not dramatically boost the State’s employment market, as the McGowan Government introduced payroll tax relief to create jobs and encourage business reinvestment. The…

Woolworths’ staff members underpaid $300 million

Woolworths has apologised after it had underpaid staff members as much as $300 million in wages over the past nine years. The supermarket giant claimed it had discovered the underpayment and reported itself to the Fair Work Ombudsman following a review this year, started by the introduction of a new enterprise agreement with all employees…

WA laws for fine defaulters to be overhauled to prevent jail time

Jail will be the last resort for Western Australian fine defaulters with the State Government overhauling its fine enforcement regime. The McGowan Government has revealed it would introduce its Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Amendment Bill on Thursday to change the way fines are enforced and recovered in the state. Changes to the legislation…