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Maddington man David SMIT has been found guilty of doing unregistered painting work for payment. Mr Smit was fined $700 and ordered to pay costs of $385 in the Perth Magistrates Court over a job quoted at $9,680. “Due to this matter first dating back to 2010, it was appropriate that it be subject to laws under the Painters Registration Act 1961, an Act which has since been superseded by the...
Building Commission
Media release
10 Feb 2012
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday 9 February 2012, most BP, Caltex Woolworths, Coles Express and Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price up to 11 cents per litre (cpl) to a maximum of 148.9 cpl. Many Gull and Peak sites are also increasing their unleaded petrol prices up to 145.0 cpl. Tomorrow's metropolitan ULP average price...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Feb 2012
Consumer Protection and Lotterywest have issued a joint warning after reports of WA consumers receiving a scam email advising them of a bogus Lotto win. The email uses the Lotterywest logo and other unauthorised images and advises recipients that they have won a million dollars in a random draw held in conjunction with the UK National Lottery Commission. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Feb 2012
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol - that's the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday 2 February 2012, most Coles Express, Caltex, BP and Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price 12 cents per litre (cpl) to a maximum of 149.9 cpl. Most Gull and Peak sites are also increasing their prices between 9 and 10 cpl. Tomorrow's metropolitan ULP average will be 146.6 cpl,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Feb 2012
Consumer Protection is hitting the road again with Norseman and Esperance on the visit list. Senior Regional Officer for the Goldfields, Ivo da Silva, will focus on issues faced by people renting property, buying cars, making warranty claims or being targeted by uninvited sellers. “I will be giving out information about the rights and responsibilities we all have under the Australian Consumer Law...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Jan 2012
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Australia Day - Thursday 26 January 2012 - most Caltex, BP, Caltex Woolworths, and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price 12 cents per litre (cpl) to a maximum of 149.9 cpl. Most Gull and Peak sites are also increasing their prices 10 and 11 cpl. Tomorrow's metropolitan ULP average will be 146...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Jan 2012
Doing a REVS check has been standard practice for WA consumers when buying second-hand vehicles privately for many years. Now the vehicle checking system is undergoing major changes as it becomes part of a new national register. Since November 1988, millions of car buyers have used the Register of Encumbered Vehicles (REVS) service to check whether money is owing on the vehicle they intend to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Jan 2012
A prominent boat retailer and its manager have been fined a total of $2,250 by the Fremantle Magistrates Court on 19 January 2012 after pleading guilty to safety breaches. Amett Pty Ltd, trading as Saltwater Marine in South Fremantle, was fined $1,500 and manager Mr Brett Martin was fined $750 on two counts of failing to comply with safety regulations relating to the sale of two new Trailcraft...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Jan 2012
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday 19 January 2012, most BP, Caltex Woolworths, Coles Express and Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price 13 cents per litre (cpl) to a maximum of 149.9 cpl. Most Gull and Peak sites are also increasing their prices between 9 and 11 cpl. Tomorrow's metropolitan ULP average will be 146.5 cpl,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Jan 2012
A Bibra Lake manufacturer of insulation and pillows has been fined a total of $55,000 over a lack of machinery guarding that resulted in the partial amputation of a worker’s finger. United Bonded Fabrics Pty Ltd – trading as Tontine Fibres – pleaded guilty to four charges and was fined in the Fremantle Magistrates Court last week. United Bonded Fabrics pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Jan 2012
Confusion over cooling off periods for sales contracts was one of the main issues in 2011 with Consumer Protection receiving 791 calls from concerned consumers. A cooling off period is the length of time a consumer is able to cancel a contract without penalty. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said there are only a few very limited circumstances when a cooling off period will be...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Jan 2012
iShopWA, a free smartphone app developed by Consumer Protection, has soared in popularity since it became available just prior to Christmas., In its first month, almost 2,000 iPhone and Android smartphone users have downloaded the app which gives shoppers vital information on their consumer rights at their fingertips. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said the new app sets out in...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Jan 2012
The owners of a rigging and construction business have been fined a total of $32,500 for failing to provide workers with a fall injury prevention system on a construction site. Michael Barry Fisher – trading as Ultra Speed Rigging and Construction – pleaded guilty as a self-employed person to failing to ensure that the safety and health of a person was not adversely affected by a hazard that was...
WorkSafe
Media release
16 Jan 2012
Pool safety saves children’s lives WA laws require pool owners to enclose their pool with a barrier that meets standards Following the recent tragic death of a toddler found in a backyard swimming pool, Building Commissioner Mr Peter Gow has reminded pool owners and anyone thinking about installing a pool to ensure that adequate pool fencing is in place. “I extend my deepest sympathy to the...
Building Commission
Media release
13 Jan 2012
A Maddington manufacturer of transportable homes has been fined $4000 over an incident in which a worker was injured when he fell from the roof of a home. Quality Builders Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide edge protection or a fall injury prevention system, and was fined in the Armadale Magistrates Court last month. In July 2009, two contractors were working on the corrugated sheeting...
WorkSafe
Media release
12 Jan 2012
A Geraldton man has lost $3,500 after becoming a victim of the latest Malaysian travel brochure scam targeting WA residents. Almost 2,000 glossy travel brochures containing fake ‘scratchie’ lottery tickets have been intercepted by Australia Post, but Consumer Protection believes hundreds of the brochures could have been delivered to WA homes. The 8-page brochures are being sent under the name of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Jan 2012
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that's the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday 12 January 2012, most Caltex Woolworths, BP, Coles Express and Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price up to 14 cents per litre (cpl) to a maximum of 148.9 cpl. Most Gull and Peak sites are also increasing their prices between 9 and 11 cpl to 145.9 cpl. Tomorrow's metropolitan ULP average...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Jan 2012
The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by the director of Westpoint Realty Pty Ltd (in liquidation), Mr Norman Carey, who was found guilty of five charges of making false or misleading representations regarding a residential property development in Rivervale in 2005. Mr Carey lodged an appeal following his conviction by the Perth Magistrates Court on 11 February 2011 for breaches of the Fair...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Jan 2012
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday 5 January 2012, most BP, Coles Express, Caltex and Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price up to 13 cents per litre (cpl) to a maximum of 146.9 cpl. Most Gull and Peak sites are also increasing their prices between 9 and 12 cpl. Tomorrow's metropolitan ULP average will be 143.6 cpl...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Jan 2012
Mount Claremont settlement agent Ms Collette Ockerby, trading as Cally’s Conveyancing, has been fined $5,000 and ordered to pay costs of $500 by the State Administrative Tribunal. The SAT orders were handed down on 23 December 2011. The Commissioner for Consumer Protection took disciplinary action against Ms Ockerby who admitted to 12 breaches of the Settlement Agents Act and the Settlement...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Dec 2011
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol - that's the advice from FuelWatch . On Thursday 29 December 2011, most Coles Express, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and BP sites are increasing their ULP price up to 12 cents per litre (cpl) to a maximum of 145.9 cpl. Most Gull and Peak sites are also raising their prices between 9 and 10 cpl. Tomorrow's metropolitan ULP average will be 143.0 cpl...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Dec 2011
A Welshpool manufacturing company has been fined $20,000 over an incident in which an employee sustained injuries to his left arm when part of a rope press shattered and struck him. Jeminex Brands & Operations Pty Ltd (formerly Beaver Brands) pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court last week. Jeminex Brands is a...
WorkSafe
Media release
23 Dec 2011
A Kewdale freight logistics company has been fined $100,000 over an incident in which a security guard was injured when a security gate fell on him. Having had control of the workplace, Airroad Pty Limited (at the time registered as Air Road Distribution Pty Ltd) pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe workplace for a person who was not an employee, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates...
WorkSafe
Media release
23 Dec 2011
The Court of Appeal has upheld the disqualification of former car dealer Pasquale Minniti from holding a licence. Mr Minniti was disqualified from holding a motor vehicle dealer's licence by the State Administrative Tribunal in May 2010 on the basis that he had engaged in conduct that rendered him unfit to hold a licence. The Motor Vehicle Dealers Act requires that only fit and proper persons are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Dec 2011
An inspection program ordered by Energy Safety of home solar installations in WA has uncovered some systems that were potentially unsafe. In the Energy Safety audit of 260 grid-connected systems, Western Power and Horizon Power inspectors found that 12 per cent had incorrect wiring which could pose a hazard. Energy Safety' s Director Ken Bowron said the defects were subject to orders to make them...
EnergySafety
Media release
23 Dec 2011

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