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Consumer Protection is concerned about several boating incidents involving Markham catamarans which have capsized. An investigation of the incidents by the Department of Transport has been unable to determine an exact cause, but it is believed the cause may be a combination of the particular design characteristics of these vessels and handling errors by the skipper in some sea conditions. The...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Dec 2014
The December 2014 edition of Plumbers' News contains the latest news for the plumbing industry from Western Australia's Building Commission. Plumbers' News edition 2/2014 – December 2014
Building Commission
Department News
19 Dec 2014
The Building Commission has received several calls regarding a report that aired on Channel 7’s Today Tonight program on 11 December 2014. At the conclusion of the report, which looked at the “problems, dangers and hidden costs of home renovations”, the program’s host stated that “as of next year, you’ll no longer need council approval for swimming pools, patios and granny flats”. This...
Building Commission
Department News
19 Dec 2014
Consumer Protection has reminded businesses operating in the solar and air conditioning industries in WA to be aware of their legal obligations regarding unsolicited sales. These sales include door-knocking, telemarketing or a direct approach in the common area of a shopping centre when the contact has not been initiated by the consumer. Businesses have also been reminded that a cooling off...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Dec 2014
A warning has been issued on guarding against the effects of extreme temperatures in work environments during the summer months. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch today reminded employers and workers of the need to take extra care during the summer months to avoid the risk of heat stress or the more serious heat stroke. “Both working outside in heatwave conditions and exposure to constant...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Dec 2014
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 6 cents per litre (cpl) to 129.3 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Thursday 18 December 2014, most BP sites are increasing their ULP prices by 12 cpl to 132.9 cpl; the majority of Puma Energy sites to 130.9 cpl; and most Gull, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Dec 2014
A Yanchep man who made false claims in order to obtain employment as a level 2 building surveyor has been ordered to pay fines and costs totalling $5,891.90 for offences under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 .
Building Commission
Media release
17 Dec 2014
Users can now pre-register for free access to the 2015 edition of the NCC as it becomes available online and as a PDF from 1 February 2015 via the home page of the Australian Building Codes Board website www.abcb.gov.au .
Building Commission
Department News
16 Dec 2014
Connolly man Brendon Anthony Gorman , trading as Instyle Flooring , has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for contractual offences he committed in July 2011 in relation to decking work at an Ellenbrook property.
Building Commission
Media release
16 Dec 2014
A private dance and music teacher who taught children in Como has been fined a total of $3,500 by the Perth Magistrates Court for accepting payment for services and then failing to provide those services after classes were cancelled or re-scheduled. Daniella Nazzarena Patricia Ienco , trading as Bella Danza Studio , had accepted full tuition fees from the parents of seven children between April...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Dec 2014
Consumer Protection is reminding parents and carers of young children about the potential risk of infants drowning in shallow portable pools this summer. While swimming pools with a depth of more than 30 centimetres require a safety fence, portable pools with a depth of less than 30 centimetres do not. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said even small and shallow portable pools...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Dec 2014
WorkSafe will be running the popular employers and employees Harmonious workplaces information sessions in early 2015. Book early to secure a seat. These sessions will be presented by Justine McGillivray and Helen Mott who are Senior Inspectors/Scientific Officers with the Human Factors and Ergonomics team at WorkSafe Division of the Department of Commerce. Preventing and managing unhealthy...
WorkSafe
Event
11 Dec 2014
Christmas shopping online can be really convenient but ’tis the season to be wary. During last year’s festive period – November 2013 to January 2014 – Consumer Protection received 51 reports from victims of online buying and selling scams with a total monetary loss of $130,814. Of those victims, 19 lost a combined $63,195 through Gumtree. Common items at the centre of online buying and selling...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Dec 2014
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 6 cents per litre (cpl) to 134.1 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Thursday 11 December 2014, most Puma Energy sites are increasing their ULP prices by 9 cpl to 136.9 cpl; the majority of Gull, Coles Express and BP sites to 135.9 cpl; most Peak and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Dec 2014
A Rockingham real estate agency and one of its sales representatives have been fined $500 each by the Rockingham Magistrates Court after the sales representative worked without a current certificate of registration. Sand Dollar WA Pty Ltd , trading as Harcourts Rockingham , had employed the sales representative who continued to work for 22 months after their certificate of registration expired in...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Dec 2014
A Gosnells real estate agency has been fined a total of $2,500 by the Armadale Magistrates Court for employing and paying commissions to an unregistered sales representative. Attree Pty Ltd , trading as Attree Real Estate, employed a sales representative who had received commission payments between August 2012 and May 2013 while that employee’s registration as a sales representative was not...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Dec 2014
Energy Safety has issued a public warning about dangerous switches used in some solar systems installed between July 2013 and 10 October 2014. Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron said today the switches formed part of solar photo-voltaic installations. “They are used to disconnect the current produced by solar panels so electricians can work safely on the electrical installation of a home or...
EnergySafety
Media release
05 Dec 2014
EnergySafety’s report into the pole failure that caused the Parkerville bushfire on January 12, released today, shows the private power pole failed because of rot and termites. The report follows the January 15 finding that the bushfire originated from the failure of a privately owned point-of-attachment pole (PA pole) at 180 Granite Road, Parkerville. When the pole toppled, it caused the...
EnergySafety
Media release
04 Dec 2014
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 9 cents per litre (cpl) to 138.1 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Thursday 4 December 2014, most Puma Energy sites are increasing their ULP prices by 14 cpl to 142.9 cpl; the majority of Gull sites by 15 cpl to 141.9 cpl; most Peak sites up to 140.9 cpl...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Dec 2014
A tradesman has been fined a total of $3,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court and was ordered to repay a total of $4,400 to two consumers after he accepted deposits but failed to carry out the work. Rodney John Howard Gulley , trading as North Shore Limestone of Carramar, was fined $1,500 on each of the two charges of breaching the Australian Consumer Law and was also ordered to pay Court costs of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Dec 2014
The risks of handing over goods for repair or alteration have been highlighted with Consumer Protection receiving a recent spike in complaints. In the past 12 months, 32 consumers have lodged formal complaints related to issues when leaving items for repair or alteration with the majority of the complaints being received in the past six months. Problems reported include items being damaged during...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Nov 2014
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by 9 cents per litre (cpl) to 139.4 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Thursday 27 November 2014, most BP sites are increasing their ULP prices by 14 cpl to 143.9 cpl; the majority of Caltex sites by 13 cpl to 142.9 cpl; most Puma Energy, Caltex Woolworths and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Nov 2014
A garden fertiliser company has been fined $100,000 over the 2012 death of a labour hire worker at its Jandakot premises. A Richards Pty Ltd – trading as Richgro Garden Products – pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing the death of a labour hire worker, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court on Monday. In January 2008, Richgro...
WorkSafe
Media release
26 Nov 2014
The State Government has announced reforms to the building approvals process for single residential housing which will reduce time delays, giving owners and builders greater certainty that planning and building requirements will be met.
Building Commission
Media release
25 Nov 2014
Western Australians are being encouraged to ‘pack some peace of mind’ when booking their next holiday. The campaign – an initiative of all Australian consumer protection agencies – has been timed to coincide with the ending of the licensing system for travel agents and the winding down of the associated consumer compensation scheme (Travel Compensation Fund). Commissioner for Consumer Protection...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Nov 2014

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