Category: Latest News

e-Toll and AusPost malware scam

Pia Duxbury Thursday, 14 September 2017 11:24

Stay Smart Online have issued the following alerts to all customers of e-Toll and AusPost.  

Numerous malware emails targeting e-Toll and AusPost customers are currently being circulated. 

These scam emails use the same ‘View in OneDrive’ hook to entice email users to download malware onto their computer and look like the image below:

Tow Truck Regulation to be updated

Pia Duxbury Monday, 11 September 2017 13:40

The Motor Trade Association of WA (MTA WA) has been a key contributor to the discussions around these proposed changes through our membership of the Tow Truck Technical Advisory Committee. We encourage all members to provide their feedback.

In 2013 the Department of Transport (DoT) committed to resolve the increasing number of compliance and licensing issues within the tow truck industry.

OurAuto Scan Tool Demo

Pia Duxbury Thursday, 07 September 2017 09:31

Over 60 members came to check out OurAuto’s latest product offering at the scan tool demonstration in August.

“Access to technical information is the number one issue for repairers at the moment,” said MTA WA CEO Stephen Moir, “the motor trade associations and chambers around the country have been working together to address this issue and MTA WA is proud to be able to bring OurAuto’s latest product to the WA market.”

The Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James has welcomed the passing of new laws that will significantly enhance its capacity to take action in cases of exploitation of vulnerable workers.

The Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 passed the Parliament on 5 September.

New Online Vehicle Modification Application Form

Pia Duxbury Thursday, 07 September 2017 08:18

The Department of Transport (DoT) has created a new online vehicle modification application to streamline the process.  Gone is the old manual process of downloading, printing and posting the application form to DoT’s Vehicle Operations team.

The new online application is simple and requires information relevant only to the particular modification request, making the process much quicker.  When an application is submitted, the applicant will receive an immediate email response from Vehicle Operations with a PDF copy of the application.

Home based business, you've got the licence but can you trade?

Pia Duxbury Thursday, 07 September 2017 08:01

If you’re running a business from home make sure that you’ve received written permission from your local council. In Western Australia it is a business owner’s responsibility to ensure that they comply with all of the requirements of local and state government authorities.

Over the past 12 months the MTA WA has received numerous enquiries about setting up a business which requires a dealer’s licence from home. There is significant confusion with many people believing that if they are issued a dealer’s licence by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (formerly Department of Commerce) then they are legally allowed to trade.

Like technology? Choose an automotive career.

Pia Duxbury Tuesday, 29 August 2017 14:56

Grease monkeys are becoming extinct. Enter the era of the tech-heads.

Employers say they failed to find enough mechanics to fill more than half of the jobs available in the automotive industry last year.

ACCC to authorise Woolies discounts at BP

Pia Duxbury Tuesday, 29 August 2017 14:12

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft decision proposing to grant conditional authorisation to a commercial alliance between BP Australia Pty Ltd, BP Resellers, and Woolworths Limited (ASX:WOW).

Authorisation would allow participating BP service stations to accept Woolworths shopper dockets and participate in the Woolworths Rewards loyalty program, if BP is successful in acquiring Woolworths’ service stations.

Increased penalties for workplace safety offences

Pia Duxbury Tuesday, 29 August 2017 11:16

The McGowan Government will increase penalties for workplace safety offences to bring Western Australia into line with other States and ensure penalties better reflect the importance of a safe workplace.

The amendments will increase penalties for businesses which commit safety offences under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (OSH Act) for the first time since 2004.

ACCC directives to manufacturers on Takata recall

Pia Duxbury Friday, 25 August 2017 16:17

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) have issued directives in relation to the recall on Takata Airbags fitted to a large number of vehicle makes and models.

Under the recall, the vehicle manufacturer must replace the airbags at no cost to the consumer.

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