New online system to find licensed service-providers
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Western Australians can now find out whether service-providers such as car repairers, employment agents, electricians, plumbers and gas fitters are licensed, via an online search facility at www.commerce.wa.gov.au/consumerprotection.
Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll hopes consumers make use of this new tool.
“Consumer Protection encourages consumers to carry out research when selecting tradespeople and this free online search facility will enable people to find licensed service-providers quickly and easily,” she said.
“The system can also be used by consumers who wish to verify a licence number being used by a tradesperson.”
“There are risks associated with using unlicensed service providers who may not be properly trained or qualified. For example an unlicensed motor vehicle repairer may not fix your car correctly which could potentially be life-threatening if the vehicle is not roadworthy as a result of dodgy workmanship.
“Using unlicensed electrical contractors, plumbers or gasfitters could have equally serious consequences.”
Consumer Protection regulates a range of occupations including motor vehicle repairers and dealers, employment agents and real estate agents. The department regularly prosecutes unlicensed operators.
Electricians and gasfitters are licensed by EnergySafety and plumbers are licensed by the Building Commission.
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