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Fill up today or tomorrow if you want to pay less for your petrol - that's the advice from FuelWatch. On Wednesday 27 April 2011, some BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 151.9 cents per litre (cpl) - an increase of up to 12.0 cpl. However, most petrol stations in Perth will be selling for less than 140.0 cpl tomorrow. Given that Perth ULP prices follow a weekly cycle, with Thursday and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Apr 2011
WorkSafe will conduct an inspection campaign to look at safety standards in manufacturing workplaces in the Malaga industrial area next month. Acting WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today the inspection campaign would be the latest in a series of projects targeting specific geographical areas in the metropolitan area. “WorkSafe has a schedule of proactive inspection campaigns...
WorkSafe
Media release
20 Apr 2011
Fill up today or tomorrow if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Wednesday 20 April 2011, some BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 151.9 cents per litre (cpl) – an increase of up to 10.0 cpl. However, most petrol stations in Perth will be selling for less than 141.0 cpl tomorrow. Given that Perth ULP prices follow a weekly cycle, with Thursday and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Apr 2011
A Perth employment agent has been fined $800 after being convicted of four charges of breaching his obligations under WA’s licensing laws. Mr Rogelio Molina was also ordered to pay $253 in costs by the Perth Magistrates Court on 15 April 2011. Mr Molina was charged by Consumer Protection for carrying on a business under a name and address which was different to that specified in his employment...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Apr 2011
A Perth man is the latest victim of ‘back of van’ salesmen selling audio-visual equipment illegally and at hugely inflated prices. The man, who was approached by the slick salesmen in their white van at a petrol station in Scarborough, paid $3,500 for an entertainment system, consisting of an overhead projector, screen and a five-speaker audio system. “These men seemed legitimate and were able to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Apr 2011
Energy Safety will not prosecute Western Power over the 29 December 2009 Toodyay bushfire. Confirming this today, the Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron said there is insufficient evidence to establish a prima facie case that Western Power had contravened the Electricity (Supply Standards & System Safety) Regulations 2001. “The physical evidence essential to prove such a contravention was...
EnergySafety
Media release
15 Apr 2011
Fill up today or tomorrow if you want to pay less for your petrol - that's the advice from FuelWatch, as some Perth sites gear up to increase the cost of unleaded fuel to more than $1.50. On Wednesday 13 April 2011, 12 BP sites will put up the cost of ULP to 151.9 cents per litre, which is a rise of up to 14.0 cpl. It's the first time unleaded petrol's gone past the $1.50 mark since October 2008...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Apr 2011
Residents and business-owners in the Wheatbelt may notice Consumer Protection staff in their towns this week. Officers from the retail, building and tenancy, associations and charities, business names and community education branches will be in Moora, New Norcia, Dalwallinu, Wongan Hills and Bindoon. The aim of the three-day visit (April 12-14) is to provide information to businesses, property...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Apr 2011
A woman has been fined $7,500 after pleading guilty to selling motor vehicles in WA without a dealers' licence, and a man who helped her has been fined $3,500. Xiaoxia Cui and Min Gao were also ordered to pay $227.95 in Court costs each following a hearing at Perth Magistrates (8 April 2011), which involved an interpreter. Both were involved in the buying, repairing and then on-selling of more...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Apr 2011
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday 07 April 2011, most BP, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths, Coles Express, Gull, Peak and United sites are increasing their ULP prices by 13 cents per litre (cpl) to between 143.9 and 148.9 cpl. Perth ULP prices follow a weekly cycle, with Thursday and Friday being the most expensive days and Wednesday...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Apr 2011
Consumer Protection is urging young Western Australians to be smart shoppers and know their rights, as National Youth Week (1-10 April 2011) gets underway. Community education officers will be attending some of the WA Youth Week events to promote to 12-25 year olds the rights we all have under the Australian Consumer Law. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection Susan Nulsen said she is very...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Apr 2011
The Plumbers Licensing Board has announced the placement of a compliance officer in the Kimberley, to be operating from Broome, for an initial period of three years. Chairperson Judy Seif said the Board commits considerable resources to assist licensed plumbers and consumers in understanding their responsibilities and rights in relation to plumbing work throughout WA. “The Board is very committed...
Building Commission
Media release
30 Mar 2011
A woman has been fined $400 in the Geraldton Magistrates Court for failing to provide information or produce documents during a Consumer Protection investigation into her air conditioning business. Megan Emma Healy, who is the registered proprietor of Healthy Home Airconditioning, was charged with two offences of failing to comply with a compulsory notice to provide information and documents, a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Mar 2011
Plumbers needing to book a drainage audit with the Plumbers Licensing Board can now simply send an SMS from their mobile phone. “The plumbing industry in general is embracing modern technology and this is part of a sensible approach in using technical solutions to make interaction with the Board easier and more productive for business and the community,” Chairperson Judy Seif said. “Plumbers can...
Building Commission
Media release
30 Mar 2011
Fill up today or tomorrow if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Wednesday 30 March 2011, some BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 149.9 cents per litre (cpl) - an increase of up to 10.0 cpl. However, most petrol stations in Perth will be selling for less than 139.4 cpl tomorrow. Given that Perth ULP prices follow a weekly cycle, with Thursday and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Mar 2011
A Perth car wrecker has been fined $7,500 in the Perth Magistrates Court for selling car parts without a licence. Nevin Inni of Banksia Grove was also ordered to pay costs of $535 after he failed to appear in Court on Friday (25 March 2011) to answer the charge and was convicted in his absence. Lawyers for Consumer Protection told the Court that Mr Inni had purchased about 41 vehicles between...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Mar 2011
WorkSafe has urged WA businesses, industry and workers to comment on the model Work Health and Safety Regulations before the public comment period closes. Acting WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch today encouraged Western Australians to have their say on the new safety and health laws before the deadline. “The public comment period has almost reached its final week, so there’s not much time...
WorkSafe
Media release
25 Mar 2011
Fill up today or tomorrow if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Wednesday 23 March 2011, some BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 149.9 cents per litre (cpl) - an increase of up to 10.0 cpl. However, most petrol stations in Perth will be selling for less than 139.4 cpl tomorrow. Given that Perth ULP prices follow a weekly cycle, with Thursday and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Mar 2011
A logging company has been fined $15,000 after an incident in which a worker’s hand was severely injured. Softwood Logging Services Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court last week. In July 2008, a Softwood Logging Services employee was operating a mobile wood chipper at the Oriole Plantation in the Shire of...
WorkSafe
Media release
22 Mar 2011
WorkSafe will appeal the Magistrates Court decision to dismiss charges against Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) and its wholly-owned subsidiary The Pilbara Infrastructure (TPI) relating to the injury of workers during Cyclone George in March 2007. FMG faced one charge, and TPI 17 charges, all of which were dismissed last month. Acting WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today that after...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Mar 2011
18 March 2011 – 11.30am-2pm The University Club of Western Australia, Hackett Drive, Crawley The seventh annual Western Australian Consumer Protection Awards are taking place on 18 March 2011. The Rona Okely Award acknowledges an individual Western Australian who has influenced and inspired the advancement, development and promotion of consumer protection in their community and who has given...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Mar 2011
World Plumbing Day comes alive around Australia today as Governments, industry and individuals get together to showcase the importance of having good water health systems in the community. Having a dedicated day each year creates much-needed awareness about better plumbing practices and its pivotal role in better health, hygiene and environmental care, plus better management of energy. "Some may...
Building Commission
Media release
10 Mar 2011
The electrocutions of two men in Western Australia at the weekend were a tragedy which has dismayed the Government’s electricity regulatory authority. An elderly man received a fatal shock in his back yard and a second man died while working in the ceiling area of a home. “All EnergySafety staff join me in extending our sincere condolences to the family and friends of these men,” Director of...
EnergySafety
Media release
28 Feb 2011
Beware of bogus charity collectors using the earthquake in New Zealand as a way to scam people out of money. Within two days of the disaster in Christchurch, Consumer Protection began to receive information about email scammers pretending to represent legitimate charities. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said these charity scams divert funds away from those in dire need and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Feb 2011
A formwork company has been fined $25,000 plus almost $6000 in costs over an incident in which a worker was seriously injured in a fall. Ria Contracting Pty Ltd was found guilty of failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and fined in the Perth Magistrates Court last week. In September 2008, the company was contracted to carry out formwork at a construction site in East Perth. An...
WorkSafe
Media release
28 Feb 2011

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