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The Department of Commerce has identified that a number of Goldfields employers are failing to pay their staff appropriate rates for location allowance and in some circumstances failing to pay the allowance at all. Labour Relations Kalgoorlie/Esperance Regional Inspector, Ms Lesley Dowding, said that although the vast majority of employers were trying to pay their employees correctly, they often...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Aug 2011
An unlicensed debt collector has been ordered to pay $3,000 in compensation, Court costs and a fine by the Perth Magistrates Court. John William Abbott, of Kenwick, operates the registered business John Abbott & Associates, a financial crisis consultancy based in Belmont. Mr Abbott pleaded guilty to carrying out the activities of a debt collector without a licence and was fined $180 and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Aug 2011
Fill up today or tomorrow if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Wednesday 27 July 2011, some BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 147.9 cents per litre (cpl) - an increase of up to 9.0 cpl. However, most petrol stations in Perth will be selling at or below 137.2 cpl tomorrow. Given that Perth ULP prices follow a weekly cycle, with Thursday and Friday...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Jul 2011
A former Perth car dealer and his company, now in liquidation, have both been fined a total of $10,000 for misleading buyers and failing to pay the proceeds of cars sold on consignment. Patrick Maurice Michael Murphy, of Innaloo, was a director of Barblos Nominees Pty Ltd, trading as Pat Murphy Motors in Oxford Street Leederville, until it closed down. Mr Murphy and his company faced one charge...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Jul 2011
The death of a three year old toddler in Sydney has prompted a reminder to parents about the dangers of curtain and blind cords. The child died after choking on a blind cord and Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll urges all parents and people who have children visit to be vigilant to this silent killer in the home. “Loose or looped curtain and blind cords are very dangerous as...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Jul 2011
Fill up today or tomorrow if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Wednesday 20 July 2011, some BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 148.9 cents per litre (cpl) -- an increase of up to 10.0 cpl. However, most petrol stations in Perth will be selling for less than 137.3 cpl tomorrow. Given that Perth ULP prices follow a weekly cycle, with Thursday and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Jul 2011
Baby dummies and chains with decorations called "Bling" have been banned nationally because they could pose a serious safety risk. The product safety warning from Consumer Protection comes after Federal and other State agencies have taken action to remove these dummies from sale. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said the pacifiers pose a major choking hazard to babies. "The...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Jul 2011
A glossy travel brochure being posted to WA homes and containing fake lottery scratchie tickets has been named a scam by Consumer Protection. Consumers are warned not to respond to the latest travel scam, this time from the VMac Holiday Group from Malaysia, as it is an advance fee fraud. The brochure offers complimentary lottery prizes to celebrate a new investment opportunity in Australia. One...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Jul 2011
Fill up today or tomorrow if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Wednesday 13 July 2011, some BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 148.9 cents per litre (cpl) - an increase of up to 15.0 cpl. However, most petrol stations in Perth will be selling at or below 133.7 cpl tomorrow. Given that Perth ULP prices follow a weekly cycle, with Thursday and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Jul 2011
A Perth furniture company and its director have been fined $5,000 for making false or misleading claims about the price of products and advertising them as WA-made when they had been manufactured in China. Perth Furniture Group (PFG) offered a dining package at an “introductory price” of $4,194 for 48 hours – supposedly 40% off the Recommended Retail Price (RRP). In fact the products were never...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Jul 2011
A backyard dog breeder has settled action in the Supreme Court by undertaking not to sell diseased animals, or any animal which has not been vet-checked and vaccinated, in the first injunction action of its kind in Australia. The legal action against Fay Marie Armstrong, by WA’s Commissioner for Consumer Protection, was the first to be brought under the new Australian Consumer Law (WA), which...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Jul 2011
Two Perth consumers have become the latest victims of illegal ‘back of van’ salesmen operating in the metropolitan area and the State’s South West. Consumer Protection has received reports that the travelling conmen have been approaching potential customers in Cockburn, Dianella, Morley and Busselton selling low quality audiovisual equipment at inflated prices from the back of their white van...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Jul 2011
Fill up today or tomorrow if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Wednesday 6 July 2011, some BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 144.9 cents per litre (cpl) - an increase of up to 10.0 cpl. However, most petrol stations in Perth will be selling for less than 133.6 cpl tomorrow. Given that Perth ULP prices follow a weekly cycle, with Thursday and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Jul 2011
Fill up today or tomorrow if you want to pay less for your petrol - that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Wednesday 29 June 2011, some BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 145.9 cents per litre (cpl) - an increase of up to 9.0 cpl. However, most petrol stations in Perth will be selling at or below 134.7 cpl tomorrow. Given that Perth ULP prices follow a weekly cycle, with Thursday and Friday...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Jun 2011
Fill up today or tomorrow if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Wednesday 22 June 2011, some BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 145.9 cents per litre (cpl) – an increase of up to 10.0 cpl. However, most petrol stations in Perth will be selling for less than 134.8 cpl tomorrow. Given that Perth ULP prices follow a weekly cycle, with Thursday and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Jun 2011
Consumers in the State’s Mid West are being warned after reports that two young men are attempting to illegally sell electronic equipment from the back of a van. Police in Dongara have been investigating the reports that residents in the town have been approached by the salesmen, selling inferior products at hugely inflated prices. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection Gary Newcombe has...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Jun 2011
Consumer Protection is warning all Western Australian residents to be wary of unsolicited telephone calls offering refunds or grants. Consumers could be the target of an international advance fee fraud and are being advised not to send cash via wire transfer to people they don’t know. “We have reports from the North to the South of the State of people being conned,” said Acting Commissioner for...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Jun 2011
The Department of Commerce is warning all Kimberley residents to be wary of unsolicited telephone calls offering refunds or grants. Consumers could be the target of an international advance fee fraud and are being advised not to send cash via wire transfer to people they don’t know. Broome locals have reported receiving telephone calls, where they are told they’re entitled to a Centrelink refund...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Jun 2011
Fill up today or tomorrow if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Wednesday 15 June 2011, some BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 145.9 cents per litre (cpl) - an increase of up to 10.0 cpl. However, most petrol stations in Perth will be selling for less than 134.7 cpl tomorrow. Given that Perth ULP prices follow a weekly cycle, with Thursday and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Jun 2011
The Department of Commerce is warning Karratha residents to be wary of unsolicited telephone calls offering refunds or grants. Consumers could be the target of an international advance fee fraud and are being advised not to send cash via wire transfer to people they don’t know. Karratha locals have reported receiving telephone calls, where they are told the government has overcharged on bank fees...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Jun 2011
A Midland car yard manager, and his employer, have both been fined after admitting that over a four year period, the yard manager was signing up customers to buy motor vehicles, without holding a valid yard manager’s licence. Nicholas Richard Johnson pleaded guilty to the charge of acting as an unlicensed yard manager, between 1 September 2006 and 2 December 2010, while employed by Goldy Motors,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Jun 2011
A Kununurra man who paid $8000 cash to have his driveway sealed may be the latest victim of a group of dodgy travelling conmen dubbed the ‘bitumen bandits’. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection Gary Newcombe has warned Kimberley residents to resist approaches from these conmen who are breaking the law. “The ‘bitumen bandits’ normally use high pressure sales pitches and tell residents that...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Jun 2011
Fill up today or tomorrow if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Wednesday 8 June 2011, some BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 145.9 cents per litre (cpl) - an increase of up to 10.0 cpl. However, most petrol stations in Perth will be selling at or below 134.8 cpl tomorrow. Given that Perth ULP prices follow a weekly cycle, with Thursday and Friday...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Jun 2011
Consumer Protection and the Building Commission have issued a joint consumer alert after receiving a report that rogue roof coaters are operating in the Mandurah area. Like the Bitumen Bandits, the roof coaters go door to door offering on-the-spot roof coating services. They are not licensed tradesmen and may provide substandard services at inflated prices. They are also breaking laws which allow...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Jun 2011
A Bunbury pensioner has lost her life savings of $57,000 after becoming the victim of an overseas scam. The 80 year old woman received a call from the scammers, claiming that she was the recipient of a grant of $7,000 from the Australian Tax Office, but she needed to send them $200 by wire transfer to access the grant. After the woman sent the initial amount, further requests for money came and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Jun 2011

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