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Western Australian home and business owners are being urged to contact their builders or electrical contractors to determine the brand of electrical cabling installed in homes or business premises following a national safety recall of Infinity brand cables which don’t comply with Australian safety standards. The sub-standard cables, imported by Infinity Cable Co Pty Ltd (in liquidation), were...
Building Commission
Department News
29 Aug 2014
A Geraldton phone shop and its Director have been ordered to pay a total of $10,000 for three charges of breaching the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). The company failed to provide a customer with information about their right to return a faulty item on two occasions and misled the customer on their right to get a refund. In this case, a customer purchased an iPhone then reported it was difficult...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Aug 2014
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch . On Thursday, 28 August 2014, most BP sites are increasing their ULP price by 14 cents per litre (cpl) up to 151.9 cpl. Most Gull, Caltex and Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price up to 150.9 cpl, most Peak and Coles Express sites up to 149.9 cpl and most Puma Energy sites up to 148.9 cpl...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Aug 2014
Western Australian home and business owners are being urged to contact their builders or electrical contractors to determine the brand of electrical cabling installed in homes or business premises following a national safety recall of Infinity brand cables which don’t comply with Australian safety standards. Energy Safety advises licensed electrical contractors who know or suspect they have...
Building Commission / Consumer Protection / EnergySafety / Corporate
Media release
27 Aug 2014
Gemmill Homes has been helping the Building Commission put its new risk-based auditing process for builders through its paces.
Building Commission
Department News
27 Aug 2014
The largest seizure of scam mail in Western Australian history will be destroyed today after being intercepted in a joint operation between Consumer Protection and Australia Post. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said more than 346,000 letters had been seized since February this year, promoting more than 100 different scams to Australian householders. “This year’s haul has more than tripled from...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Aug 2014
New workplace safety topics and expert presenters feature in the dynamic program of Safe Work October 2014 workshops.
WorkSafe
Event
25 Aug 2014
A Girrawheen woman has been fined $11,270 by the Perth Magistrates Court after being convicted for a second time of unlicensed car dealing. In her first offence, Jayde Ashleigh Grundy was fined $5,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court in January 2011. In the latest prosecution by Consumer Protection, Ms Grundy was convicted on 22 August 2014 of buying and selling numerous vehicles between July 2012...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Aug 2014
Update 26 August 2014: Victoria Police have now opened an investigation into travel business Bali Indulgence and owner Chivonne Betts. Consumer Protection has forwarded the complaints it received. New complainants should contact Victoria Police directly using the following details: Detective Tim Norton Phone: 03 9373 5240 Email: tim.x.norton@police.vic.gov.au Original Media Statement: Consumer...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Aug 2014
The Building Commission Division of the Department of Commerce will be located at the Mason Bird Building in Cannington from 25 August 2014. We will be joining EnergySafety and WorkSafe at the Cannington building and are looking forward to providing you with a convenient and accessible ‘one stop’ location for a wide range of services. Limited services available on 22 and 25 August While the...
Building Commission
Department News
21 Aug 2014
A go-kart hire company and its sole director have been fined a total of $30,250 (plus more than $1500 in costs) over an incident in which a 13-year-old girl’s hair was caught around the rear axle of a go-kart. Australian Racecare Pty Ltd – trading as Wanneroo Kart Hire – pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the safety and health of a person who was not an employee, and was fined $21,000 in the...
WorkSafe
Media release
21 Aug 2014
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch . On Thursday, 21 August 2014, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price by 14 cents per litre (cpl) up to 152.9 cpl. Most BP and Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price up to 151.9 cpl, most Gull, Caltex Woolworths and Puma Energy sites up to 150.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 149.9 cpl...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Aug 2014
A motor vehicle repairer has been fined $10,000 by the Busselton Magistrates Court for operating without a licence. Richard Lenard James , trading as James Smash Repairs of Busselton, pleaded guilty and was fined on 19 August 2014. Mr James continued to operate his repair business without a licence, despite being warned by Consumer Protection which had attempted to assist him in obtaining a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Aug 2014
A new contract for the Seniors’ Housing Centre will ensure the partnership between Consumer Protection and peak seniors’ organisation, the Council on the Ageing Western Australia (COTA WA), will continue to help seniors get advice about housing options. The centre is funded by the State Government through the Department of Commerce, and the Department of Local Government and Communities. Commerce...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Aug 2014
It’s usually known for tourism and sea life but Esperance has been highlighted as a hotspot for fraud victims by WA Police Major Fraud Squad and Consumer Protection. Since July 2012, more than 30 suspected victims in the Esperance area have sent about $720,000 overseas, with individual losses as high as $365,000 and $120,000. Officers from the anti-fraud initiative Project Sunbird will head there...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Aug 2014
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch . On Thursday, 14 August 2014, most BP sites are increasing their ULP price by 14 cents per litre (cpl) up to 153.9 cpl. Most Caltex and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price up to 152.9 cpl, most Gull, Caltex Woolworths and Puma sites up to 151.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 150.9 cpl. Tomorrow...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Aug 2014
WorkSafe engaged Marsden Jacob Associates, an independent consulting firm, to undertake a Western Australian specific RIS process on the model WHS Regulations. The outcome of that process was the preparation of a WA RIS. This report and associated supporting documents are available on the WorkSafe website. More information
WorkSafe
Department News
13 Aug 2014
On 12 August 2014, the Minister for Commerce, Hon Michael Mischin MLC announced that a Western Australian version of the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) bill would be introduced shortly into State Parliament. This will be in the form of a green bill, which will be released for a consultation period of three months. More information
WorkSafe
Department News
13 Aug 2014
A real estate sales representative has been fined $3,500 for misconduct over the sale of a Warnbro property in November 2012. Consumer Protection took disciplinary action against Dane Stephen Rawlings after an investigation into the sale found he had breached the Code of Conduct for Agents and Sales Representatives. Mr Rawlings faced two charges and was fined $1,500 and $2,000 on each by the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Aug 2014
Christopher John Brocklebank , trading as Perth Evaporative Air & Gas , has again failed to appear in court, this time to face two charges relating to a home building work contract entered into for the supply and installation of an air conditioning system at a Scarborough property in January 2013.
Building Commission
Media release
11 Aug 2014
Unregistered York builder Bruce Alistair Beaton , trading as Reliable Renovations & Construction , has been ordered to pay fines of $5,500 and costs of $900 after being successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for registration and contractual offences.
Building Commission
Media release
11 Aug 2014
Unregistered home renovation company Finishmyhome.com.au and its two directors Paul Edward Ovensand Allesandro Giuseppe Iovene have been ordered to pay fines and costs totalling $41,200 after being successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for registration and contractual offences.
Building Commission
Media release
11 Aug 2014
Consumer Protection in WA has urged caution in the use of ethanol heaters and fireplaces in the home after several serious injuries in Queensland. Advertised as easy, smokeless and eco-friendly ways to keep warm, ethanol fireplaces have an open flame which can be difficult to see particularly in daylight and well-lit rooms. This product is attractive to some consumers as it doesn’t require...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Aug 2014
Two Perth seniors are the latest victims who have lost money to the ATO scam, prompting a renewed warning from Consumer Protection. A 69 year old Swan View woman received a call from a scammer purporting to be from the Australian Taxation Office offering a $70,000 rebate, but she was told she had to first send $10,000 before receiving the money. In another recent case, a 74 year old Leeming woman...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Aug 2014
Over the next few months Commerce divisions will be relocating, starting with WorkSafe on 15 August. Some phone numbers and addresses will change, so keep an eye on our information page about the coming moves .
Building Commission / Consumer Protection / EnergySafety / Industry and Innovation / Labour Relations / WorkSafe / Corporate
Department News
07 Aug 2014

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