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A Wanneroo real estate agency and its licensee have been reprimanded and fined a total of $3,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) over errors in accounting for the agency’s trust account. Urban WA Real Estate Pty Ltd and licence holder Robyn Angela Horsman were fined $1,500 each on 10 April 2015 and were ordered to pay total costs of $750. Consumer Protection took disciplinary action...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 May 2015
Expired gift cards, faulty products and late deliveries are just a few examples of what can go wrong while shopping for a gift for Mother’s Day on Sunday 10 May 2015. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection Gary Newcombe has some advice on common issues that gift buyers often encounter. “Gift cards for services like day spas or other personal services are increasingly popular Mother’s Day...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Apr 2015
A Bayswater manufacturer and installer of stone benchtops has been fined $120,000 over the 2011 death of a worker, despite the fact that the company is in liquidation. Australian Countertop Pty Ltd - trading as Australian Counter Top - pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and, by that failure, causing the death of the worker, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates...
WorkSafe
Media release
29 Apr 2015
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 11 cents per litre (cpl) to 137.1 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Thursday 30 April 2015, most Caltex and Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP prices by 16 cpl to 141.9 cpl; and majority of BP, Coles Express and Puma sites to 139.9 cpl...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Apr 2015
The 2015 WA Innovator of the Year program is again searching for Western Australia’s most talented innovators and entrepreneurs who will be rewarded with a share of $140,000 .
Industry and Innovation
Media release
29 Apr 2015
The development of a new marker for mite tolerance in honeybees, a safe school bag hook and an app bringing neighbours closer together are some of the inventions sharing $450,000 in the latest round of the State Government’s Innovation Vouchers Program .
Industry and Innovation
Media release
29 Apr 2015
The Building Commission conducted a survey of home owners, local governments and builders in February and March 2015 to review the requirement for owners to sign a building permit application form. These stakeholders were surveyed on: Their awareness of the current exemption; The requirement for owners to give consent to a building permit application form being submitted to the local government;...
Building Commission
Department News
28 Apr 2015
Cannington building company Primestyle Pty Ltd (Reg. BC10592) and its managing director and nominated supervisor Pietro Tilli (Reg. BC10032) have been ordered to pay fines totalling $7,000 and costs of $700 to the Building Commissioner for failing to comply with an order of the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT).
Building Commission
Media release
28 Apr 2015
Beckenham unregistered builder John Dawson , trading as Patio Parts and Patio Power , has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for registration and contractual offences that have left owners of a Gooseberry Hill property with unsatisfactory work and over $67,000 out of pocket.
Building Commission
Media release
28 Apr 2015
A car yard has been fined $1,000 by the Bunbury Magistrates Court for selling a used vehicle while it was still under a repair order issued by Consumer Protection. Kavannaqc Pty Ltd , trading as Bunbury Car Warehouse , was also required to pay costs of $1,282 after pleading guilty on 23 April 2015 to breaching the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act. In March 2014, compliance officers from Consumer...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Apr 2015
Consumer Protection advises shoppers and shop owners of the retail trading hours for the ANZAC Day long weekend. All general retail shops in the Perth metropolitan area will be closed on ANZAC Day this Saturday. The only stores allowed to open on this day are those that have applied for and been issued with Small or Special Retail Shop Certificates. Special retail shops are those that provide...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Apr 2015
Nedlands building company Minchin & Sims Pty Ltd (Reg. BC7666) and its sole director and nominated supervisor Toby John Bird (Reg. BP10807) have been formally cautioned by the Building Services Board for failing to pay an order of the Building Commissioner on time and for negligent conduct.
Building Commission
Media release
22 Apr 2015
Cannington builder Jamie Johnson (BC7035 & BP7035) trading as J. Johnson Building has been ordered by the Building Services Board to pay fines of $5,000 for two counts of negligent conduct.
Building Commission
Media release
22 Apr 2015
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 11 cents per litre (cpl) to 135.9 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Thursday 23 April 2015, most Caltex, Coles Express and Puma sites are increasing their ULP prices by 16 cpl to 139.9 cpl; majority of Caltex Woolworths sites to 138.9 cpl and most BP...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Apr 2015
A property management company and its licensee have been fined a total of $4,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal over the misuse of the agency’s trust account. South Coast Realty (WA) Pty Ltd , trading as Rental Solutions of Hay Street Perth, was fined $3,000 and licence holder Kim Edward Turner was fined $1,000 on 26 March 2015. Consumer Protection took disciplinary action after an audit...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Apr 2015
The Building Commission is conducting a seminar for plumbers in Broome as part of its 2015 Regional Roadshow. Location: The Mecure, Broome Date and time: Thursday 7 May 2015, 9.00am–12.00pm Cost: Free Participants are welcome to join either or both of the sessions outlined below: 9.00–10.30am Plumbers technical information session Presented by Mike Read, Senior Plumbing Technical Officer This...
Building Commission
Department News
20 Apr 2015
WorkSafe is conducting an inspection program to look at safety standards in the scrap metal industry. The program is being conducted in both metropolitan and regional areas. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today this sector was being targeted because of the high level of notices issued. "Inspectors are finding plenty of reasons to issue notices when they visit scrap metal businesses, and this...
WorkSafe
Media release
17 Apr 2015
Consumer Protection is warning Western Australians to be wary of uninvited offers to buy cheap, but supposedly high quality, Turkish rugs. The offers are being made by an itinerant carpet seller operating in WA targeting people who have recently returned from holidays to Turkey. It is believed the travellers may have left their contact details with businesses in Turkey which have somehow been...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Apr 2015
On 15 April 2015, Benchmark Designer Homes Pty Ltd went into external administration, which meets the definition of insolvency under the Home Building Contracts Act 1991 and therefore will trigger home indemnity insurance for affected home owners.
Building Commission
Department News
16 Apr 2015
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 9 cents per litre (cpl) to 133.1 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Thursday 16 April 2015, most BP, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP prices by 12 cpl to 135.9 cpl; and the majority of Puma sites to 134.9 cpl...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Apr 2015
The National Construction Code 2015 (NCC) is provided as a preview of requirements that will be adopted on 1 May 2015 and it's now available online for FREE!
Building Commission
Department News
13 Apr 2015
Presented by James Bertram, coordinator of Building Commons, an industry-led research and development group, this workshop will: explain how the shift to BCA 2015 (6 Star) will affect energy efficiency compliance for alterations and additions; and demonstrate how to use the accompanying resources for calculating and reporting compliance.
Building Commission
Department News
13 Apr 2015
Consumer Protection is warning Western Australians about cyber criminals who are infecting computers with ransomware. The scammers trick computer users into installing malicious software, or malware for short, by encouraging them to open up an attachment in an email or directing the person to a website where the ransomware is unknowingly downloaded. After the ransomware is installed, victims...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Apr 2015
A former Kalgoorlie business operator was yesterday fined $750 with $374 costs in the Industrial Magistrate's Court for failing to provide time and wages records to an industrial inspector. Ms Hikahe Grootjans, a partner in a business which formerly traded as Kaos Kafé in Kalgoorlie, failed to provide employment records, as required by State employment law, to an industrial inspector. The court...
Labour Relations
Media release
09 Apr 2015
The suspicious minds of officers from Consumer Protection and Australia Post have saved about 200 West Australians from ‘heartbreak hotel’ as part of a new initiative targeting overseas fraudsters. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said in the past two months, 600 letters containing payments totalling almost $19,000 were stopped from being sent to overseas criminals and returned to victims. Mr...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Apr 2015

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