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The Building Surveyors' News contains the latest news and information for building surveyors and their industry from Western Australia's Building Commission.
Building Commission
Department News
24 Jul 2014
WA scam victims lost a total of $150,000 last financial year in the tech support scam, the amount of losses more than tripling in 12 months. The alarming figures released by WA ScamNet show the number of victims reporting a loss has also tripled, but over a two year period. Scam victims Total losses 2011/12 46 $20,901 2012/13 67 $44,009 2013/14 126 $154,303 Victims receive a call from someone...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Jul 2014
WA authorities have warned real estate and settlement agents to be on high alert following the reported real estate fraud in the ACT. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll believes the criminals responsible will be encouraged by their success to make further fraud attempts. “Everyone in the property industry, particularly those involved in property management and sales, should have a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Jul 2014
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch . On Thursday, 24 July 2014, most BP, Caltex and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price by 13 cents per litre (cpl) up to 159.9 cpl. Most Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price up to 158.9 cpl, most Gull sites are increasing their price up to 157.9 cpl and most Peak sites are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Jul 2014
Disrupted service expected from 4pm on 26 July 2014 until 6pm on 27 July.
Building Commission / Consumer Protection / EnergySafety / Industry and Innovation / Labour Relations / WorkSafe / Corporate
Department News
21 Jul 2014
The project to review and redevelop the Building Surveying qualification framework commenced in September 2012. This CPC08 Construction, Plumbing and Services Training Package ‘continuous improvement’ project has been undertaken to meet the needs of individuals, enterprises and regulators. Following extensive stakeholder feedback received on the first draft qualifications and units disseminated...
Building Commission
Department News
21 Jul 2014
A Queensland criminologist is in Perth this week and has officially joined the WA Police Major Fraud Squad and Consumer Protection anti-fraud initiative Project Sunbird. Dr Cassandra Cross is a leading expert in the area of online fraud following years of research involving victim interviews and work with authorities in Australia, the UK and Canada. Since it began in 2012 Project Sunbird has sent...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Jul 2014
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch . On Thursday, 17 July 2014, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price by 14 cents per litre (cpl) up to 162.9 cpl. Most Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price up to 160.9 cpl, most BP, Caltex and Gull sites up to 159.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 158.9 cpl. Tomorrow's...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Jul 2014
Consumer Protection is concerned about an air conditioning company following a recent spike in consumer complaints. Solar H C Pty Ltd, trading as Affordable Home Comfort, has been the subject of increasing complaints in the past three months related to the failure of the company to supply the heating component of their “reverse-cycle” evaporative air conditioning systems. Two of the most recent...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Jul 2014
Consumer Protection is holding information sessions to explain a current review of the laws that apply to about 29,000 people living long-term in residential parks across WA. Views are being sought from the caravan, mobile home, park home and lifestyle village communities in response to a consultation paper that was released in June 2014. The paper sets out possible options to change the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Jul 2014
Consumer Protection has issued another warning about a rogue tradesman who continues to take substantial deposits from consumers but fails to carry out or complete the work. Christopher Brocklebank of Woodvale, trading as Perth Evaporative Air & Gas Services and Elements ‘Hearth, Wind and Fire’ of Wangara, was due to face a trial in the Perth Magistrates Court in early July on seven charges...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Jul 2014
The Commissioner for Consumer Protection has publicly released a list of 20 stores in WA which have been identified as selling dangerous unapproved USB plug-in chargers and adapters and warns their customers to carry out an urgent safety check. Product safety and regional officers from Consumer Protection, under the supervision of Energy Safety , have completed a two-week extensive search for...
Consumer Protection / EnergySafety
Media release
11 Jul 2014
A young man involved in the sale of a significant number of cars over a 17 month period, without holding a motor vehicle dealer’s licence, has been fined $10,000 and ordered to pay $1,525.80 in costs at the Joondalup Magistrates Court (4 July 2014). The university student, who the Court heard had recently immigrated to Australia, was granted a spent conviction for the offences between March 2012...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Jul 2014
Consumer Protection has been granted supervision orders by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) to take control of a York real estate agency after its sole director’s licence renewal application was refused and the company was therefore unable to operate the business in compliance with the Real Estate and Business Agents Act. The supervisor appointed by Consumer Protection is Mr Gary Doran of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Jul 2014
WorkSafe will conduct a further inspection program to look at safety standards in clothing and footwear retailing outlets throughout the 2014/15 financial year. An initial inspection program in these sectors was conducted last financial year, and the areas of concern identified by that program prompted a follow-up. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today the clothing and footwear retailing...
WorkSafe
Media release
09 Jul 2014
Housing companies and builders are being asked to complete a short 10 minute survey on prefabricated housing.
Building Commission
Department News
08 Jul 2014
A national furniture retailer has been fined $30,000 over an incident in which two employees were injured when an elevating work platform toppled over at one of its stores. Super A-Mart Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court last week. The incident occurred in August 2011 in the dispatch warehouse of the...
WorkSafe
Media release
08 Jul 2014
A.F.T. Group (WA) Pty Ltd’s sole director Mark Ainslie has been successfully prosecuted in the Perth Magistrates Court for fraudulently using his neighbour’s registration number and name to contract for and carry out building work.
Building Commission
Media release
08 Jul 2014
Builder Russell John Clarke (reg. S504) has been ordered by the State Administrative Tribunal to pay fines of $5,000 and costs of $700 for carrying out unauthorised building work on a heritage hotel in Kalgoorlie in May 2011.
Building Commission
Media release
08 Jul 2014
Consumer Protection is calling for community and industry comment on further proposed changes to the legislation which regulate retirement villages in WA. Drafts of a proposed new Code and changes to retirement villages’ regulations are available for viewing and comments are now invited. The new Code and regulations includes reforms such as: Enhancing transparency through improved financial...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Jul 2014
Three people have been arrested and charged by South African Police in connection with the attempted fraudulent sale of a home in Western Australia. Two Nigerian men and a South African woman were arrested in Johannesburg on 2 July 2014. The arrests follow a five month intensive investigation by the Major Fraud Squad of the Western Australia Police, with the assistance of the Australian Federal...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Jul 2014
A painter who committed contractual offences and continued to carry out painter work despite repeatedly allowing his registration to lapse has been fined in the Perth Magistrates Court.
Building Commission
Media release
04 Jul 2014
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch . On Thursday, 3 July 2014, most Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price by 16 cents per litre (cpl) up to 162.9 cpl, most BP sites up to 161.9 cpl and most Gull and Peak sites up to 160.9 cpl. Tomorrow's metropolitan average price for ULP will be 159.1 cpl, however...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Jul 2014
As of today, the West Australian minimum wage has increased by $20.00 to $665.90 per week for full time adult employees. All State award minimum rates will also be increased by $20.00. Don’t get caught out paying incorrect rates of pay! Contact Wageline today and we will email you the award summary for your industry, containing pay rates and other useful information. The updated rates are found...
Labour Relations
Alert
01 Jul 2014
Consumer Protection has been granted supervision orders by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) to take control of two Perth real estate agencies over the misuse of their trust accounts and inability to operate their businesses within the Real Estate and Business Agents Act. The supervisor’s duties include carrying on the activities of the agent for the purpose of winding up the agency. On 18...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Jun 2014

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