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Failing to display warning labels on the retail packaging of portable spas has prompted the supplier to introduce strict new quality assurance procedures and donate $10,000 to Royal Life Saving Australia. The measures are part of an enforceable undertaking entered into by Hunter Products Pty Ltd and its sole director Jeffrey Donald Hunter after Consumer Protection commenced legal action in the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Apr 2020
A six-month moratorium on residential tenancy evictions will now become law, with legislation introduced by the McGowan Government passing the Western Australian Parliament. The new laws implement the decision of the National Cabinet and are designed to prevent tenants from having to move out or being made homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, tenants can still have their leases...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Apr 2020
New laws introduced by the McGowan Government to establish a six-month moratorium on evictions for certain commercial tenancies in Western Australia and establish a mandatory code of conduct to assist with negotiations between landlords and tenants have now passed the WA Parliament. The aim of the legislation is to help small commercial tenants that are now in financial distress to survive the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Apr 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by around 23 cents per litre (cpl) to 109.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 22 April 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Caltex Woolworths, Caltex and Coles Express hiking by 34-36 cpl to 119.9 cpl; BP...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Apr 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by around 17 cents per litre (cpl) to 108.7 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 15 April 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Caltex Woolworths and Caltex hiking by 33-34 cpl to 119.9 cpl; Vibe up to 118.5...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Apr 2020
Urgent legislation to implement a range of measures to minimise financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on tenants and landlords of both commercial and residential tenancies will be introduced into State Parliament this week. The Commercial Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Bill 2020 will introduce a moratorium on evictions for small commercial tenancies and provide a range of other measures to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Apr 2020
A Victoria Park used car dealer has been fined $10,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court for making misleading claims when advertising a car for sale. Youngs WA Pty Ltd was also ordered to pay legal costs of $667.50 when convicted on 3 April 2020 of two charges of breaching the Australian Consumer Law by making false or misleading representations. In December 2018, the car yard placed an...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Apr 2020
The Costco fuel outlet at Perth Airport will now be required to report its prices to FuelWatch when new regulations come into effect tomorrow. Previously, the member-based fuel retailer was exempt as the Petroleum Products Pricing Act 1983 (WA) did not cover fuel sales when there is an existing agreement between the customer and the fuel retailer. The law has been changed so Costco cannot claim...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Apr 2020
Western Australians are warned to be on high alert for unsolicited SMS or social-media messages urging them to inject money into a fraudulent scheme disguised as an investment opportunity. Consumer Protection is aware of an investment scam circulating in the WA community that claims almost $22 million can be unlocked from an international account if the recipient pays part of the $500,000...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Apr 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by around 18 cents per litre (cpl) to 111.4 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 8 April 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Caltex hiking by 34 cpl to 123.9 cpl; BP, Caltex Woolworths and 7-Eleven to 119.9...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Apr 2020
A real estate agency manager recently jailed for fraud has been ordered to pay $10,000 in fines and costs for taking more than $220,000 of clients’ money from trust accounts. At Perth Magistrates Court on 18 March 2020, Jason John Vecchio pleaded guilty to 15 breaches of the Real Estate and Business Agents Act for unauthorised withdrawals and mismanagement of the trust accounts in 2015. Mr...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Apr 2020
WA tenants are being urged by Consumer Protection to continue to pay their rent unless they are genuinely experiencing severe financial hardship. Landlords and agents are also encouraged to show compassion and to negotiate with tenants who may have lost their employment as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The agency has receive a number of calls from concerned landlords who claim...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Apr 2020
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection Penny Lipscombe Fitness fanatics may be left wondering what will happen to their gym memberships with ‘non-essential’ services like gymnasiums now shutdown around the country as part of the State and Federal Governments’ continuing efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. Consumers might be wondering whether they are still required to pay...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Apr 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 15 cents per litre (cpl) to 115.6 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 1 April 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price - Caltex hiking by 33 cpl to 129.9 cpl, BP to 126.9 cpl, 7-Eleven to 125.9 cpl,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
31 Mar 2020
The spread of COVID-19 coronavirus around the world has created a worrying and confusing time for many - holidaymakers are wondering about cancelling trips abroad, while panic-buying has even turned the weekly grocery shop into a daunting task. Concerned consumers have come to us with numerous enquiries about their rights, so we thought it timely to release a list of Frequently Asked Questions...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Mar 2020
The COVID-19 coronavirus Consumer Protection FAQ page provides detailed information on a range of situations arising from the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus. It covers common questions relating to shop opening times, event tickets, travel, housing and accommodation. The information is relevant to consumers, shop owners, event organisers, tenants and lessors/landlords.
Consumer Protection
Alert
25 Mar 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 13 cents per litre (cpl) to 125 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 25 March 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price - Caltex hiking by 33 cpl to 137.9 cpl, 7-Eleven to 135.9 cpl, Caltex Woolworths and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Mar 2020
A real estate sales representative who was convicted of extortion, assault and perverting the course of justice and then failed to inform Consumer Protection has been banned from working in the industry for 10 years by the State Administrative Tribunal. James Steven Mitsopoulos was deemed to be unfit to hold a certificate of registration which was cancelled. He was first registered in October...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Mar 2020
Consumer Protection is warning Western Australians to get health information and advice about COVID-19 coronavirus from official and reliable sources, and not be fooled by misinformation circulating in the community, primarily via social media. A variety of fake cures and prevention tips are being promoted including gargling with salt water, drinking extraordinary amounts of water or certain...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Mar 2020
Vulnerable Western Australians, particularly pensioners, the elderly and people with disabilities, will be able to visit their local Coles and Woolworths stores an hour early from tomorrow, with an extended trading permit to be granted by the Commissioner for Consumer Protection this afternoon. The temporary extension of trading hours is one of the measures included in the McGowan Government's...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Mar 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by around 13 cents per litre (cpl) to 133.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 18 March 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price - 7-Eleven hiking by 28.8 cpl to 143.7 cpl, Caltex to 141.9 cpl, BP to 139.9 cpl,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Mar 2020
Recalled Samsung top loader washing machines remain in Australian homes, creating a serious fire hazard that puts lives at risk. We want anyone who has a Samsung top loader to check the model number on the back of the machine above the barcode, and make sure it’s not a recalled machine listed at: www.samsung.com/au/washingmachinerecall . The recalled models, including SW75V9WIP; SW65V9WIP;...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Mar 2020
A major international company with an office in Perth is facing a $30 million ransom demand from cyber criminals who locked its computer system in Australia, resulting in a partial interruption to online trading for a short period of time. A company official has assured Consumer Protection that the personal data of clients has not been compromised and, after a brief system outage, the company is...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Mar 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by around 12 cents per litre (cpl) to 139.4 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 11 March 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price - 7-Eleven hiking by 29.8 cpl to 149.7 cpl, Caltex to 148.9 cpl, Puma to 147.7 cpl...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Mar 2020
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection Lanie Chopping After recent cyclones and storms there will be many Western Australians who have been cleaning-up and are now looking to fix property damage, such as roof or fence repairs. Although we haven’t had any reports of travelling conmen or unlicensed traders, we know the calm after the storm is often when they go door-to-door, offering cheap deals...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Mar 2020

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