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With Acting Consumer Protection Commissioner David Hillyard The current economic climate is affecting the rental market in Perth and Western Australia. Some renters are leaving homes for a less expensive option because their financial circumstances have changed, while others are simply taking advantage of the increase in vacant rental properties to choose from. When it is time to end a tenancy,...
Consumer Protection
Department News
25 Aug 2016
A man has been fined $3,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court on 19 August 2016 for selling vehicles from an East Victoria Park home without a licence. The 33 year old man, who now lives in Cannington, was granted a spent conviction. He pleaded guilty to buying and selling 30 vehicles between July 2014 and March 2016 by advertising on the Gumtree website. He was ordered to pay costs of $432.70...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Aug 2016
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 20 cents per litre (cpl) to 122.4 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 23 August 2016, most Puma and Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 129.9 cpl (an increase of 31 cpl by Puma and 27 cpl by Caltex). Most Caltex Woolworths sites are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Aug 2016
Hillarys man Saad Soliman (reg. BP10488), as the sole director, nominated supervisor and secretary of liquidated building company Benchmark Designer Homes (BC10941), has been ordered to pay by consent a $5,000 fine and costs of $10,000 as a result of disciplinary action by the Building Services Board.
Building Commission
Media release
18 Aug 2016
An employee of a civil contracting company has been fined $6000 (and ordered to pay $517.50 in costs) after a fellow employee suffered burns when brake cleaning chemical he had been sprayed with ignited. Chad Gordon Browning pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care of the safety of another employee and causing him serious harm, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court yesterday. Mr...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Aug 2016
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard It’s now easier for you to check whether your consumer goods are safe thanks to the new Product Safety Australia website www.productsafety.gov.au , which I would urge you to add to your favourites and make use of. There were 670 recalls across the country in the last financial year compared to 596 in the previous financial year. The...
Consumer Protection
Department News
18 Aug 2016
Fraudsters posing as CEOs or third-party suppliers have cost Western Australian businesses and not-for-profits at least $500,000 in the last two years, prompting a warning about ‘man in the middle scams’. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said the fraud works in two equally sophisticated ways. “The false boss or CEO scam usually hacks a chief executive officer or senior...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Aug 2016
A Maylands real estate agency has been reprimanded and fined by the State Administrative Tribunal for failures with its trust accounting. Caputo & Clay Pty Ltd , trading as Harcourts Integrity , was fined $5,000 and ordered to pay costs of $308 for their accounting failures between January and November 2014 which breached the Real Estate and Business Agents (REBA) Act and the Code of Conduct...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Aug 2016
The Building Commission has released a decision paper on reforms that will allow a specified range of basic emergency plumbing repairs to be carried out by trained Environmental Health Workers in 205 of Western Australia’s remote Aboriginal communities.
Building Commission
Department News
17 Aug 2016
A forklift operator has been fined $7200 (and ordered to pay costs of $800) over the death of a truck driver who died as the result of a fall while washing his truck at Harvey Fresh in 2014. Gypsum Metallica Rongonvi Hoff-Higgins pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care of the safety of another person and thereby causing his death, and was fined in the Harvey Magistrates Court yesterday...
WorkSafe
Media release
16 Aug 2016
Liquidators have been appointed to supervise the winding up of a Northbridge travel agency which closed its doors on 26 July 2016 leaving many consumers out of pocket. Chartered accountants Melsom Robson will liquidate Azberg Pty Ltd , trading as Global Plus Holidays , and will hold a meeting of creditors, which will include consumers who have lost money, on 22 August 2016. So far 25 creditors...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Aug 2016
An O’Connor labour hire company has been fined $20,000 (and ordered to pay $517.50 in costs) for failing to ensure the safety of workers it supplied to a waste recycling company. Eastlink Enterprise Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace for its labour hire workers and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court on Friday. In 2013, Eastlink had supplied its...
WorkSafe
Media release
16 Aug 2016
A second WorkSafe proactive inspection program looking at safety issues in workplaces with vehicle hoists has resulted in continuing concerns. WorkSafe conducted an initial inspection program over the 2014/15 financial year, prompted by a high number of soft tissue and muscle injuries and two work-related deaths in the motor vehicle repair industry in 2013. That program resulted in the issue of...
WorkSafe
Media release
15 Aug 2016
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 17 cents per litre (cpl) to 119.1 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 16 August 2016, most Caltex and BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 125.9 cpl (an increase of 23 cpl by Caltex and 22 cpl by BP). Most Puma sites are increasing their ULP...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Aug 2016
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Consumer Protection has noticed that anytime there is a change in the economic climate there will be some business closures as a result. It is often difficult to spot telltale signs of financial distress but, as consumers, we need to be aware of the risks involved when paying for goods or services in advance; even the purchase of...
Consumer Protection
Department News
12 Aug 2016
WorkSafe has issued a warning to Pokémon Go players to stay clear of construction sites. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today reports had been received that players had been accessing construction sites to pursue Pokémon characters. “We’ve recently received information that Pokémon Go players have been illegally accessing sites to chase the virtual characters that pop up there,” Mr...
WorkSafe
Media release
12 Aug 2016
WorkSafe has begun a proactive inspection program examining the management of occupational safety and health risks in community-based disability and aged care assistance services. WorkSafe Director John Innes said today inspectors would focus on systems to manage risks associated with community care. “These risks include people handling, slips, trip and falls and injuries associated with...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 Aug 2016
A proactive inspection program looking at safety standards and issues in the waste recycling industry has raised some areas of concern. The inspection program – carried out over the second half of the 2015/16 financial year in both metropolitan and regional areas of the State – looked at a wide range of hazards faced by workers in waste recycling. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today the...
WorkSafe
Media release
10 Aug 2016
On Wednesday 10 August 2016, Wageline will be temporarily unavailable between 10.00am and 10.30am.
Labour Relations
Alert
09 Aug 2016
Major reforms to improve the efficiency, productivity and consistency of the Western Australian building industry will progress further today as the Liberal National Government hosted its second Building Summit.
Building Commission
Media release
09 Aug 2016
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by 14 cents per litre (cpl) to 120.6 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 9 August 2016, most Caltex and BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 125.9 cpl (an increase of 18 cpl by Caltex and 16 cpl by BP). Most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Aug 2016
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Many products we buy can be a danger to children. Often Consumer Protection voices concerns about small items such as parts that can choke, button batteries that can cause internal burns or potentially poisonous laundry detergent pods. But large items, such as furniture, also pose a big risk. Every year in Australia at least one...
Consumer Protection
Department News
05 Aug 2016
A woman who used to live in Girrawheen has been fined $9,140 for unlicensed car dealing in WA – it’s the third time Consumer Protection has taken Jayde Ashleigh Grundy to court. Ms Grundy, who does not have a licence under the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act 1973 to carry on a business of buying and selling cars, was also ordered to pay $2,185.05 costs at Joondalup Magistrates Court on 3 August 2016...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Aug 2016
Perth company Top Class Roof Restorations Pty Ltd and its sole director and secretary Troy Anthony Coward have been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for contractual offences and fined a total of $7,000.
Building Commission
Media release
03 Aug 2016
Consumer Protection is reminding real estate agents about their responsibility to tell prospective buyers certain information about homes offered for sale. It comes after a State Administrative Tribunal mediation resulted in a reprimand, $1,000 fine and order for $500 costs, for a real estate agency that failed to tell a house-buyer about known sewerage issues. John L Realty Pty Ltd , formerly...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Aug 2016

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