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A Duncraig man has been fined $4,000 and ordered to pay costs of $3,750 by the Joondalup Magistrates Court on 30 March 2015 for selling vehicles online without a licence. Gilbert Arnold Broadway had purchased 13 vehicles at auction and sold them on Gumtree between September 2012 and April 2014 without a licence, in breach of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Apr 2015
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by 11 cents per litre (cpl) to 134.3 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Thursday 2 April 2015, most BP, Coles Express and Puma sites are increasing their ULP prices by 14 cpl to 136.9 cpl; the majority of Caltex and Caltex Woolworths sites to 135.9 cpl; and most...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Apr 2015
A Queensland-based travel company which failed to notify consumers of a cooling off period for phone sales was fined $6,000 and ordered to pay costs of $1,282 by the Perth Magistrates Court on 27 March 2015. Beachbreak Holidays Pty Ltd , trading as Ezy Flights and Up’n’Go Travel , sold travel vouchers by cold calling consumers and offering discounted packages for flights and accommodation. The...
Consumer Protection
Media release
31 Mar 2015
WorkSafe has issued a warning to check High Risk Work Licences after being alerted to altered and created copies of the documents. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today WorkSafe had recently been alerted that the licences were being altered to include additional classes of high risk work for which the owner had not been trained. “We’ve recently been made aware that some High Risk Work...
WorkSafe
Media release
27 Mar 2015
Beckenham licensed plumbing tradesperson Stephen William Jacobs (TL2525) has been ordered by the State Administrative Tribunal to pay fines of $800 and costs of $400 as a result of disciplinary action initiated by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB).
Building Commission
Media release
27 Mar 2015
Surf lifesavers, a television reporter, a paralegal, a seniors advocate and a radio producer have all had their efforts recognised at this year’s Western Australian Consumer Protection Awards. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin announced the winners today to honour community, local government and media contributions to consumer protection in Western Australia. Mr Mischin said the awards recognised...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Mar 2015
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 7 cents per litre (cpl) to 133.4 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Thursday 26 March 2015, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP prices by 13 cpl to 138.9 cpl; the majority of BP, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and Puma Energy sites to 134.9 cpl...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Mar 2015
Energy Safety has issued additional safety precautions for the type of high voltage (HV) switches involved in the 3 February Morley Galleria Shopping Centre explosion. The first Order pertained to only Long & Crawford Manchester switchgear. Energy Safety has now extended the Order to all HV oil-insulated combined-fuse switches. Announcing this today, the Director of Energy Safety, Ken Bowron...
EnergySafety
Media release
24 Mar 2015
Amendments to laws governing retirement villages will ensure residents have clearer information about the fees they are required to pay and will make operators more accountable for the services they provide. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the changes would be phased in over the next 16 months. “Under the amendments, retirement village contracts must include specific information about the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Mar 2015
Consumer Protection has noticed an increase in the number of scammers posing as WA police officers in an attempt to con money out of unsuspecting Western Australians. The scammers are phoning people’s homes, pretending to be police officers and telling a variety of lies to try to trick the householders into parting with their money. The scammers masquerading as police claim they have recovered...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Mar 2015
A Sydney-based property management company has been fined a total of $9,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court after advertising properties for rent and managing them on behalf of their owners without being licensed in Western Australia, as well as failing to lodge two bonds with the Bond Administrator. H and Z Group Pty Ltd , trading as Asset HQ Property Management Specialists , had lodged an...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Mar 2015
Energy Safety and Consumer Protection have issued a joint public warning to consumers not to buy or use portable butane ‘lunchbox’ type cookers due to safety concerns. Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron recommends consumers not to buy these types of portable cookers or, if they have already been purchased, discontinue their use immediately. “There is a serious risk of overheating and explosion...
Consumer Protection / EnergySafety
Media release
20 Mar 2015
All general retail shops in the Perth metropolitan area will be allowed to open from 8am until 6pm on Easter Monday, April 6, and the Anzac Day public holiday, April 27. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the decision provided more flexibility for retailers, who previously were only allowed to open between 11am to 5pm on these public holidays. Mr Mischin said standard hours would apply to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Mar 2015
WA consumers are being warned by Consumer Protection not to deal with a company that is ignoring door to door trading laws and has attracted numerous complaints and enquiries. Kennedy Roofing and Paving , operated by Noel Anthony Kennedy , has been door-knocking homes in the Perth metropolitan area and the South West region offering to do roof and/or driveway restorations. Pamphlets promoting the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Mar 2015
WorkSafe has released the Agriculture Action Plan 2014-2016 which is aimed at helping the agriculture sector to keep workplaces safe. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today the document was part of WorkSafe’s strategy to reduce the number of serious injuries and fatalities in the WA agriculture sector. “Serious injury and fatality rates in the agriculture sector are among the highest...
WorkSafe
Media release
19 Mar 2015
Consumer Protection is warning Perth people not to do business with a rogue air conditioning unit repairman who has a long history of poor service and a large number of unhappy customers. Christopher Brocklebank , who is believed to be living in Woodvale, runs Perth Evaporative Air & Gas Services , and has previously traded under the name Elements Hearth, Wind and Fire . He is facing seven...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Mar 2015
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 9 cents per litre (cpl) to 135.2 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Thursday 19 March 2015, most BP and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP prices by 13 cpl to 138.9 cpl; the majority of Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and many Puma Energy sites to 137...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Mar 2015
The Perth Magistrates Court has given Westpoint Realty Pty Ltd (in liquidation) a $30,000 fine, its Director Norman Phillip Carey a $6,000 fine and ordered him to pay costs of $97,449 for making false or misleading representations to consumers. While handing down his decision on 12 March 2015, Magistrate Malone denied Mr Carey’s application for a spent conviction. Mr Carey was found guilty on 11...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Mar 2015
Consumer Protection is reminding South West businesses of the consequences of taking part in or promoting pyramid schemes following a call from a local business which had been approached to join such a scheme. Pyramid-type frauds turn over cash when money from new victims is used to pay those who set up the scheme or who got in early. The following characteristics can be used to help identify a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Mar 2015
A Victoria Park real estate agent has been fined $3,500 and disqualified from holding a licence and triennial certificate for 18 months by the State Administrative Tribunal (on 11 March 2015) after making illegal withdrawals from the agency’s trust account. Tracey Leanne Wilson , a former Director and employee of a Victoria Park real estate agency, faced disciplinary action by Consumer Protection...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Mar 2015
Wednesday 11 March is World Plumbing Day. Initiated by the World Plumbing Council and celebrated annually, this international event raises awareness of the important role of the plumbing industry in protecting public health and safety and the environment.
Building Commission
Department News
11 Mar 2015
A property manager working for a Shenton Park real estate agency has been banned permanently from working in the industry and fined $20,000 for making illegal withdrawals from the agency’s trust account. Jenelle Lee Maslin of Innaloo, who is a registered real estate sales representative, made 14 unauthorised withdrawals from the agency’s trust account amounting to almost $30,000 between January...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Mar 2015
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 11 cents per litre (cpl) to 135.3 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Thursday 12 March 2015, most BP, Caltex and Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP prices by 16 cpl to 138.9 cpl. Most Coles Express and Puma Energy sites are increasing their...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Mar 2015
Consumer Protection is concerned about an increasing number of people in Broome and surrounding areas selling multiple vehicles without a dealer’s licence. While there is nothing wrong with people selling their vehicles privately, a person who sells or exchanges more than four vehicles in a 12 month period may be deemed to be a dealer under the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act. Consumer Protection’s...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Mar 2015
Check your obligations for public holidays now! This year ANZAC Day, 25 April, falls on a Saturday, which means that employers and employees need to check what public holiday arrangements apply under the relevant WA award, particularly if the business trades on weekends and public holidays. Under the Public and Bank Holidays Act if ANZAC Day falls on a Saturday the next following Monday is also a...
Labour Relations
Alert
09 Mar 2015

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