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WorkSafe is undertaking a further inspection program to look at safety issues with motor vehicle hoists. An initial inspection program – prompted by the high number of soft tissue and muscle injuries and two work-related deaths in the motor vehicle repair industry in 2013 – was conducted over the 2014/15 financial year. That program resulted in the issue of more than 1300 notices and revealed...
WorkSafe
Media release
01 Jul 2015
Reports of more Western Australians falling victim to an aggressive tax phone scam have escalated in recent weeks, prompting another urgent warning from Consumer Protection. The scam involves fraudsters posing as Australian Taxation Office (ATO) employees who attempt to force people to pay a fake tax debt by threatening arrest if they don’t comply. In the latest case, an 81 year old man from...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Jun 2015
A travel accommodation website is listing properties for lease without the property owner’s permission, sparking fears that the site is run by scammers. WA ScamNet is currently investigating the origins and purpose of Travel Advisor Pro (TAP) traveladvisorpro.net but due to early indications that it is a scam, a decision has been made to issue an early warning to protect consumers from potential...
Consumer Protection
Alert
29 Jun 2015
Austrade in conjunction with Women in Global Business (WIGB) and the Export Council of Australia is running a webinar : ‘Women in Global Business - Tips for applying in the Australian Export Awards’. WIGB’s research conducted with the University of Melbourne indicates that female entrepreneurs in Australia have a real thirst for international growth however this is not reflected in the Export...
Industry and Innovation
Event
26 Jun 2015
Consumer Protection is warning Aqwest customers in Bunbury about a potential phone scam. There have been three reports from people who were phoned by a caller claiming to be Aqwest, offering a free water filter for taking part in the survey and asking for credit card details from the call recipient. Aqwest says it does not offer inducements or ask for credit card details during phone surveys...
Consumer Protection
Alert
26 Jun 2015
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection, David Hillyard Paying large amounts of money up front for nothing in return or hiring a tradesperson without a recommendation, or without seeing references or sighting previous good work are some of the mistakes Western Australians regularly make when having work carried out on their homes. In the last few months we have issued new warnings about...
Consumer Protection
Department News
26 Jun 2015
Unregistered painter Jason Allen Ronald Lawson has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for registration offences and failing to meet his responsibilities under a home building contract.
Building Commission
Media release
24 Jun 2015
Consumer Protection is warning Western Australians not to deal with Gerardus (Gerry) Hermanus Jorissen who has sent at least $200,000 of other people’s money to overseas criminals under the guise of an investment scheme. Mr Jorissen who lives in Moora, came to the attention of authorities in 2013 as a possible fraud victim identified by Project Sunbird – an anti-fraud initiative run...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Jun 2015
A Landsdale motor vehicle repairer has been fined $10,000 by the Joondalup Magistrates Court for operating his business after his licence had expired. Serugga Timothy Bukenya , trading as T.I.M Automotive Services , was also required to pay costs of $4,783 after being convicted on 19 June 2015 of breaching the Motor Vehicle Repairers Act. Mr Bukenya, who was originally granted a licence in 2010,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Jun 2015
With Acting Consumer Protection Commissioner David Hillyard If you’re applying for a loan online the last thing you need is to lose money in the process but unfortunately that’s what has been happening to a number of people here in the West and over East. In the last few weeks consumers have contacted WA ScamNet at Consumer Protection after being defrauded by scammers posing as Mercury Money – a...
Consumer Protection
Department News
19 Jun 2015
Clarkson registered builder William Stopforth (reg. BP12425 & previous reg. BC12425), trading as Phoenix Building Contractors , has lost his contractor registration and been fined by the Building Services Board for negligent conduct and failing to comply with orders of the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT).
Building Commission
Media release
17 Jun 2015
Some WA homes and business premises may be facing a serious fire risk if they have had sub-standard electrical cabling installed which is not replaced soon. In August last year, the inferior cabling imported by Infinity Cable Co Pty Ltd (in liquidation) was the subject of a national recall, with about 40,000 homes and businesses believed to be affected throughout Australia. The cabling does not...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Jun 2015
Some WA homes and business premises may be facing a serious fire risk if they have had sub-standard electrical cabling installed which is not replaced soon. In August last year, the inferior cabling imported by Infinity Cable Co Pty Ltd (in liquidation) was the subject of a national recall, with about 40,000 homes and businesses believed to be affected throughout Australia. The cabling does not...
EnergySafety
Media release
17 Jun 2015
Working on or near energised electrical equipment (live work) is the leading cause of burns, shocks, serious accidents and fatalities for electricians. Energy Safety ’s Code of Practice Safe Low Voltage Work Practices by Electricians sets out guidelines issued under the authority of Section 33AA of the Electricity Act 1945 (WA). WorkCover NSW has recently released an electrical safety video...
EnergySafety
Department News
16 Jun 2015
A Perth tradesman has today been fined $20,000 by the Armadale Magistrates Court and ordered to pay total compensation of $4,520 to two consumers after taking deposits for work he never carried out. Shane Robert Reid (also known as Shannon Fletcher or Shane Fletcher), formerly of Seville Grove but now residing in Clarkson, was required to pay costs of $1,688. In November 2013, while trading under...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Jun 2015
Consumer Protection is warning Western Australians, particularly those in remote and regional communities, about door-knockers offering ‘free’ laptops to people who sign up for courses. Acting Commissioner David Hillyard says varying reports are being looked into and there’s a common theme that consumers are on a low-income and thought they were dealing with someone working for, or associated...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Jun 2015
Consumer Protection is warning WA householders about door to door art sellers after three salespeople were intercepted last week by Pinjarra Police. Police officers stopped a van on 9 June 2015 after local residents reported being approached by the art sellers who were going door to door selling paintings for $170 or more. Two Israeli men and a French woman, who are currently living in Warnbro,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Jun 2015
Consumer Protection will be hitting the road this month with visits planned to Wyndham, Kununurra, Warmun and Halls Creek. Senior Regional Officer for the Kimberley Annetta Bellingeri will be making presentations to schools and community groups about consumer rights. “It is a great opportunity for people to learn more about their consumer rights and to provide Consumer Protection with feedback...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Jun 2015
With David Hillyard, Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection Checkout Checks Each week, our team of compliance officers visit shops across the Perth metropolitan area to see whether prices advertised on store shelves match the amounts customers are charged when the goods are scanned at the checkout. These checks are called price scanning audits and are also done by Consumer Protection...
Consumer Protection
Department News
12 Jun 2015
A 2.1% increase to the state minimum wage and all WA award pay rates will apply from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2015. The state minimum wage for award-free employees will increase by $14 per week and the new adult minimum wage is $679.90 per week. Minimum rates for award-free juniors, apprentices and trainees will be available shortly on the Minimum pay rates for award free employees...
Labour Relations
Alert
11 Jun 2015
FuelWatch reports that the weekly fuel price cycle in Perth has been disrupted for the past two weeks, meaning that Wednesday being the cheapest day to buy petrol may not necessarily apply. FuelWatch Manager Lynne Gould said, since November 2010, fuel retailers consistently increased their prices on a Thursday, with the metropolitan average price gradually dropping to become generally cheaper on...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Jun 2015
WA consumers advised to ignore offers to buy expensive predictive software Thousands of dollars invested in ‘get rich quick’ programs for no gain West Australians are being duped into paying thousands of dollars for sports betting and share trading software which promises to make them rich but just leaves them out of pocket. So far this year, 15 people from across the State have reported spending...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Jun 2015
Capital Works Constructions Pty Ltd trading as Freelife Homes went into voluntary administration on 7 May 2015. This has triggered an eligibility to claim on home indemnity insurance. The insurer for Freelife is QBE.
Building Commission
Department News
10 Jun 2015
An inspection program looking at safety issues in the motor vehicle repair sector has resulted in serious concerns with motor vehicle hoists and traffic management. The proactive inspection program, carried out by WorkSafe inspectors across the State during the 2014/15 financial year, focused on motor vehicle repair premises and repair workshops at car retail premises and resulted in the issue of...
WorkSafe
Media release
08 Jun 2015
WA consumers are being urged to demand their consumer rights as retailers are gearing up for their mid-year clearance sales. So far this year, Consumer Protection has received more than 270 complaints about the misrepresentation of retail goods. Many of these complaints concern purchases made during sales and many complaints could have been avoided if consumers were aware of their rights. Acting...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Jun 2015

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