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As the weather warms up householders often start thinking about getting their homes ready for some outdoor entertaining with a new paint job or general tidy up. This is also the time of year that travelling salespeople start approaching householders and businesses. There has been a report of advertising for roof painting being placed around Bunbury, so Consumer Protection is reminding all...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Oct 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 20 cents per litre (cpl) to 138.4 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 17 October 2017, most 7-Eleven, Caltex Woolworths, Caltex, BP, Puma and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 142.9 cpl (an increase of between 24 and 32 cpl)...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Oct 2017
Glossy travel brochures with fake scratchies are arriving in the mailboxes of WA residents with at least one of the two cards enclosed declaring a $US190,000 win. Consumer Protection warns residents that the Get It On Holiday travel brochure and scratchie cards are a scam designed to gain personal information from the supposed ‘winners’ who will then be asked to pay fees upfront before receiving...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Oct 2017
Consumer Protection has made two new appointments to its regional offices which enforce the Department’s commitment to service the needs of all consumers no matter where they live in WA. Tom Chapman has been appointed as senior regional officer in Broome while Annetta Bellingeri has taken up a new position as South West regional coordinator in the Bunbury office. Tom Chapman was a financial...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Oct 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 21 cents per litre (cpl) to 138.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 10 October 2017, most 7-Eleven, BP, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths, Coles Express and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 142.9 cpl (increasing between 25 cpl and 28 cpl)...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Oct 2017
A butane gas lighter which recently exploded and injured a Donnybrook woman has been recalled from sale. The supplier of the Trio jet lighter in Queensland has voluntarily agreed to withdraw the item from sale with a notice expected to be posted soon on the recalls website www.recalls.gov.au . Consumer Protection is now ensuring retailers that stocked the lighters have removed them from their...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Oct 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 22 cents per litre (cpl) to 139.3 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 3 October 2017, most Caltex Woolworths, 7-Eleven, Caltex, Puma, BP and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 142.9 cpl (an increase of between 26 and 28 cpl)...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Oct 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 21 cents per litre (cpl) to 137.9 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 26 September 2017, most Caltex Woolworths, BP, Caltex and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 142.9 cpl (an increase of between 27 and 28 cpl). Most 7-Eleven and Coles...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Sep 2017
The McGowan Government has approved the City of Greater Geraldton's application for a 12-month trial of Perth metropolitan retail trading hours. General retailers will now be able to trade from 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm on Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sunday and public holidays - except Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day. After the trial, the City of Greater Geraldton is...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Sep 2017
Consumer Protection has issued advice to consumers who may be travelling to Bali for the school holidays while there is a risk of flight disruptions due to volcanic activity on the island. Before departure, travellers are urged to check the terms and conditions of their tickets in the event of flight suspensions or cancellations and to take out travel insurance policies that will cover them for...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Sep 2017
An urgent alert to the WA real estate and settlement industries, as well as to buyers and sellers of properties, has been issued by Consumer Protection after three recent cyber-attacks have resulted in almost $590,000 being stolen in property-related scams. In the worst case, an 83 year old property buyer in Perth’s western suburbs has lost $557,000 after the fraudsters intercepted email...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Sep 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 22 cents per litre (cpl) to 138.6 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 19 September 2017, most Puma, Caltex Woolworths, 7-Eleven and Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 142.9 cpl (an increase of between 27 and 29 cpl). Most Coles Express...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Sep 2017
Consumer Protection is urging Western Australians to ignore emails from an overseas betting agency which is not licensed in Australia and entices people to buy “Oz Lotto” tickets with promises of higher prize money. An investigation by Consumer Protection’s WA ScamNet has revealed that Oz Lotto Service ( www.ozlottoservice.com ) is one of many websites operated by Ad Management Ltd and Net Group...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Sep 2017
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard If you pay for goods or services by card, you’ll be pleased to know there’s a ban on excessive payment surcharges which applies to all businesses across Australia as of 1 September 2017. The new law limits the amount that a business can charge customers for use of payment methods such as EFTPOS (debit and prepaid), MasterCard (credit, debit...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Sep 2017
A Ballajura fencing contractor who took money from consumers but failed to deliver was ordered by the Joondalup Magistrates Court to pay almost $16,000 in fines, compensation and costs on 8 September 2017. Steven John Pietersen , trading as Flawless Glass Fencing , was fined $5,000 after pleading guilty to four charges of accepting payment but failing to supply all the goods and services in...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Sep 2017
The search has begun for the next winners of the Consumer Protection Awards with nominations now open. Advocates of consumer and tenancy rights are encouraged to nominate whether as an individual, community group, local government authority or a media organisation. Those who have been active in highlighting consumer and tenancy issues and providing community support, advice or education are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Sep 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 20 cents per litre (cpl) to 137.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 12 September 2017, most Caltex Woolworths, 7-Eleven, Caltex and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 142.9 cpl (an increase of between 27 and 29 cpl). Most BP sites are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Sep 2017
A young businessman who supplied black tie waiters for private functions has been ordered by the Perth Magistrates Court to pay almost $7,500 in fines, compensation and costs for taking payments from clients but failing to turn up. 20 year old Tyson John Vacher , who operated Black Tie Waiters (deregistered) from his Carramar home, was fined $1,000 each on four charges of accepting payment but...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Sep 2017
Renters, landlords and real estate agents in Western Australian have all emerged as winners as a result of the new electronic transaction process for lodging and returning tenancy bonds. Bonds Online was introduced by Consumer Protection in August 2015 where bonds could be electronically lodged with the Bonds Administrator. The system was further developed to provide for eTransactions – aimed at...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Sep 2017
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Complaints from puppy purchasers are common and have been for a number of years. Our WA ScamNet area deals with frauds where animals are not supplied and likely don’t exist. But many disputes are with real breeders or pet stores regarding the health of puppies or claims relating to the breed. In the 2016/17 financial year we received more...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Sep 2017
Children heading to this year’s Perth Royal Show will have at least 258 safe showbags to choose from after Consumer Protection carried out its annual checks on toys and novelty items contained in the bags. Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said product safety officers have inspected more than 1,500 individual items before declaring the showbags to be safe. “Of the hundreds of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Sep 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 21 cents per litre (cpl) to 136.4 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 5 September 2017, most Caltex and Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price to 142.9 cpl (increasing 28 cpl and 29 cpl, respectively). Most 7-Eleven, BP, Coles...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Sep 2017
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Do you buy electrical products online? You may be shocked to hear that overseas plug converters supplied with appliances to make them usable in Australia could harm or kill you! There have been two local cases recently where consumers reported receiving electric shocks from power adaptors that came with appliances they’d purchased...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Sep 2017
Consumer Protection is advising consumers in the Mid-West region, who may be out of pocket after the closure of a Geraldton restaurant, to come forward and lodge a complaint. The Port View Restaurant in Marine Terrace has closed its doors and it’s believed there may be consumers who have unused gift vouchers or may have paid a deposit on functions at the venue. Senior regional officer for...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Aug 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 21 cents per litre (cpl) to 136.3 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 29 August 2017, most Puma, Caltex Woolworths, 7-Eleven, Caltex and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 139.9 cpl (an increase of between 24 and 29 cpl). Most...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Aug 2017

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