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A Joondanna tradesman who falsely claimed to be a registered painter has been fined $5,000 at Perth Magistrates Court for several offences under WA’s building laws. Alex Mazloomi , trading as Arios Painting and Decorating , did not appear in court on 5 October when he was found guilty of six charges brought by the Building Commissioner. The court heard that Mr Mazloomi was not a registered...
Building Commission
Media release
18 Oct 2018
A wedding photographer/videographer has been fined $4,500 by the Perth Magistrates Court and ordered to pay $5,650 in compensation to three consumers for supplying promised photo and video packages either too late or not at all. Mohammad Amir , formerly trading as Enchanted Films and Dyno Media , was also ordered to pay costs of $5,000 when he pleaded guilty in the Perth Magistrates Court on 11...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Oct 2018
An illegal motor vehicle dealer has been fined $25,000 and ordered to pay costs of $916 after being convicted in the Perth Magistrates Court of buying and selling vehicles without a licence. Mark Wayne Williams , who resides in Kensington and formerly operated in Kenwick under the trading name of Car 1 Vehicle Wholesale , was convicted in his absence on 12 October 2018 after purchasing 51...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Oct 2018
A Shenton Park property manager has been reprimanded and fined $13,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal for making unauthorised withdrawals from a real estate agency’s trust account. Rhonda Denise Reid , who was a Director of the Nedlands agency, also failed to act fairly and honestly by making 13 unauthorised withdrawals totalling $36,290 between May 2014 and June 2016 without the knowledge...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Oct 2018
The McGowan Government will this week introduce a Bill into State Parliament to provide greater protections for long-stay tenants at residential parks in Western Australia. The Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Bill 2018 will ensure fairer dealings and security of contract between park operators and their long-stay tenants. Key reforms include: Limiting the termination of fixed-term...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Oct 2018
An unsigned contract and an excessive deposit have cost a landscaper almost $2,800 in fines and costs, following a prosecution by the Building Commissioner. At Midland Magistrates Court last month, the man from Ocean Reef pleaded guilty to two breaches of the Home Building Contracts Act 1991 . He was granted a spent conviction and ordered to pay fines totalling $2,200 and costs of $593.80. The...
Building Commission / Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Oct 2018
The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 14 cents per litre (cpl) to 165.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 16 October 2018, most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 169.9 cpl (a hike of 18 cpl). Most Caltex Woolworths, Coles Express and Puma sites are increasing their ULP...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Oct 2018
A Duncraig-based pest control company and its director have been fined a total of $3,000 at Perth Magistrates Court for not providing officially requested information about a termite treatment. Mantis Pest Control and its sole director and secretary, Jefferson Ashley Hetherington, did not attend court on 14 September 2018 when they were found guilty of failing to comply with a written direction...
Building Commission
Media release
12 Oct 2018
Losses suffered by WA scam victims are mounting after they were conned into paying for puppies that don’t exist. Fake advertisements are appearing on websites, online trading sites and social media platforms that feature cute photos and cheap prices, making them irresistible to puppy buyers. So far this year 28 consumers have reported losing a total of $51,000. In 2017, 42 people reported losing...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Oct 2018
A Cowaramup-based builder has been fined $1,500 by the Building Services Board for not complying with an order to rectify issues at a property near Mandurah. The recent penalty against Mark Anthony Wells (BC12740), trading as Mark Wells Designs, follows a separate payment of more than $23,000 last year in relation to the same property. During 2016, the owner of the Madora Bay home identified...
Building Commission
Media release
11 Oct 2018
An unlicensed motor vehicle dealer has been fined $1,200 and ordered to pay costs of $205 by the Perth Magistrates Court after pleading guilty on 5 October 2018. Fadel Ali of Langford had bought and sold 24 motor vehicles between August 2016 and March 2018 without a licence, in breach of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act. Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said unlicensed dealing...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Oct 2018
On 1 May 2018, the Building and Energy Division of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (Building and Energy) released a Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (CRIS) to seek public comment on the final round of reforms arising from the 2013/14 review of plumbing regulation in Western Australia. The CRIS contained 21 proposals, including: The introduction of a new funding...
Building Commission
Department News
09 Oct 2018
Penalties for breaches of Western Australia’s workplace health and safety laws increased from 3 October 2018. The new penalties are consistent with the national model Work Health and Safety Act (Model Act), with a further 14 per cent increase for inflation since 2010. Examples for a first offence by a body corporate include: Level 1 penalties increase from $50,000 to $450,000. Level 4 penalties...
WorkSafe
Department News
08 Oct 2018
The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 14 cents per litre (cpl) to 163.9 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 9 October 2018, all Coles Express and most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 167.9 cpl (an increase of between 18 and 19 cpl). Most Puma, BP and Caltex Woolworths...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Oct 2018
Tenants will be allowed to affix furniture to walls, preventing them from toppling over New laws introduced following the tragic death of Reef Kite The McGowan Government will introduce the Consumer Protection Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 to State Parliament this week, which will provide better protections to residential tenants and their children. Amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Oct 2018
The McGowan Government has introduced building regulations to restrict the use of combustible material on building facades of high-risk buildings. The new building regulations prevent the use of performance solutions by restricting the use of combustible cladding to those that can demonstrate compliance under the Building Code of Australia’s (BCA) new verification method. This method also...
Building Commission
Media release
06 Oct 2018
Private Sector Labour Relations Division industrial inspectors have recently conducted a proactive compliance campaign focused on small businesses in the nail and beauty industry. As part of the compliance campaign, 50 state system nail and beauty salons had their employment records analysed by industrial inspectors to ensure that employees are being paid correctly and that the mandatory...
Labour Relations
Department News
05 Oct 2018
Consumer Protection is concerned about reports of significant charges being imposed by dealers on WA consumers who cancel motor vehicle purchase contracts. Under the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act, the seller is allowed to charge an amount up to a maximum of 15 per cent of the contract’s value as “pre-estimated liquidated damages”. However, there appears to be a practice within some sections of the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Oct 2018
The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 13 cents per litre (cpl) to 160.7 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 2 October 2018, all Coles Express sites are hiking their ULP price to 165.9 cpl (an increase of 20 cpl). Most Caltex sites are hiking their ULP price to 163.9 cpl, most Puma...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Oct 2018
A Perth motor vehicle dealership has lost $65,000 after being stung by a ‘man in the middle’ scam involving the payment of an invoice to a bank account that had been changed. The dealership recently made a purchase from a supplier and received an invoice with correct bank details. A week later an email request, sent by scammers, was received asking to direct the funds to a new bank account. The...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Sep 2018
With a new season underway, the State’s energy safety regulator is urging home and business owners to do a simple check of their residual current devices (RCDs) – the compulsory life-saving switches that protect against electrocution. RCDs instantly stop the electricity supply when they detect a fault, such as when a person receives an electric shock. The rapid response is designed to protect...
EnergySafety
Media release
26 Sep 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 13 cents per litre (cpl) to 158.3 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 25 September 2018, all Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 163.9 cpl (an increase of 20 cpl). Most Caltex Woolworths, Puma, BP and Caltex sites are increasing...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Sep 2018
The four month transitional period that delayed the application of the bush fire construction requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) for areas that were newly identified as bush fire prone on the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas 2018 (that came into operation on 1 June 2018) concludes on Sunday 30 September 2018. From Monday 1 October 2018, applications for building approvals for...
Building Commission
Department News
21 Sep 2018
A motor vehicle repairer has been disqualified from holding a certificate by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) and ordered to pay costs of $500 after failing to meet an important condition placed on his certificate by Consumer Protection. Stephen Jeffrey Sokol of Aveley had breached the Motor Vehicle Repairers Act by failing to comply with a condition to provide Consumer Protection with a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Sep 2018
The McGowan Government has approved extended retail trading hours, giving Perth shoppers extra hours to complete their Christmas shopping this season. From Monday December 17, shops can choose to open from 7am on weekdays including Christmas Eve. From December 9, shoppers will have an extra four hours each Sunday to do their Christmas shopping, with shops able to open at 8am and close at 6pm...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Sep 2018

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