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Yangebup building company Bellagio Homes Pty Ltd (reg. BC11833) has been formally cautioned by the Building Services Board for failing to comply with an order of the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT).
Building and Energy
Media release
08 Jul 2015
A woman who admitted supplying incorrect ultrasound images of unborn babies to six expectant mothers has today been fined $6,000 by the Bunbury Magistrates Court. Rawinia Hayes , trading as Amazing 4D Imaging of Eaton (near Bunbury), pleaded guilty to six charges of accepting payment but failing to supply goods or services in breach of the Australian Consumer Law. Six other charges relating to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Jul 2015
New weekly price cycle sees cheap day on Mondays Mount Lawley, South Lake and Roleystone among cheapest suburbs for fuel Perth's new weekly petrol price cycle has seen Monday become the new cheap day for motorists to buy petrol, with most retailers now hiking their prices on a Tuesday. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said an analysis of price trends by FuelWatch in recent weeks has discovered a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Jul 2015
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll People who sell cars on a regular basis need to hold a motor vehicle dealers licence. In fact the law says that if you sell more than four cars a year you may be asked to substantiate why you do not hold a dealers licence. If it is purely for personal use and is not connected to running a de-facto business buying cars privately and then on-...
Consumer Protection
Department News
06 Jul 2015
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 11 cents per litre (cpl) to 144.4 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 7 July 2015, most Caltex and Puma sites are increasing their ULP prices between 15 and 26 cpl to 149.9 cpl; the majority of Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP prices to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Jul 2015
WorkSafe is undertaking a further inspection program to look at safety issues with motor vehicle hoists. An initial inspection program – prompted by the high number of soft tissue and muscle injuries and two work-related deaths in the motor vehicle repair industry in 2013 – was conducted over the 2014/15 financial year. That program resulted in the issue of more than 1300 notices and revealed...
WorkSafe
Media release
01 Jul 2015
Reports of more Western Australians falling victim to an aggressive tax phone scam have escalated in recent weeks, prompting another urgent warning from Consumer Protection. The scam involves fraudsters posing as Australian Taxation Office (ATO) employees who attempt to force people to pay a fake tax debt by threatening arrest if they don’t comply. In the latest case, an 81 year old man from...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Jun 2015
A travel accommodation website is listing properties for lease without the property owner’s permission, sparking fears that the site is run by scammers. WA ScamNet is currently investigating the origins and purpose of Travel Advisor Pro (TAP) traveladvisorpro.net but due to early indications that it is a scam, a decision has been made to issue an early warning to protect consumers from potential...
Consumer Protection
Alert
29 Jun 2015
Consumer Protection is warning Aqwest customers in Bunbury about a potential phone scam. There have been three reports from people who were phoned by a caller claiming to be Aqwest, offering a free water filter for taking part in the survey and asking for credit card details from the call recipient. Aqwest says it does not offer inducements or ask for credit card details during phone surveys...
Consumer Protection
Alert
26 Jun 2015
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection, David Hillyard Paying large amounts of money up front for nothing in return or hiring a tradesperson without a recommendation, or without seeing references or sighting previous good work are some of the mistakes Western Australians regularly make when having work carried out on their homes. In the last few months we have issued new warnings about...
Consumer Protection
Department News
26 Jun 2015
Unregistered painter Jason Allen Ronald Lawson has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for registration offences and failing to meet his responsibilities under a home building contract.
Building and Energy
Media release
24 Jun 2015
Consumer Protection is warning Western Australians not to deal with Gerardus (Gerry) Hermanus Jorissen who has sent at least $200,000 of other people’s money to overseas criminals under the guise of an investment scheme. Mr Jorissen who lives in Moora, came to the attention of authorities in 2013 as a possible fraud victim identified by Project Sunbird – an anti-fraud initiative run...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Jun 2015
A Landsdale motor vehicle repairer has been fined $10,000 by the Joondalup Magistrates Court for operating his business after his licence had expired. Serugga Timothy Bukenya , trading as T.I.M Automotive Services , was also required to pay costs of $4,783 after being convicted on 19 June 2015 of breaching the Motor Vehicle Repairers Act. Mr Bukenya, who was originally granted a licence in 2010,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Jun 2015
With Acting Consumer Protection Commissioner David Hillyard If you’re applying for a loan online the last thing you need is to lose money in the process but unfortunately that’s what has been happening to a number of people here in the West and over East. In the last few weeks consumers have contacted WA ScamNet at Consumer Protection after being defrauded by scammers posing as Mercury Money – a...
Consumer Protection
Department News
19 Jun 2015
Clarkson registered builder William Stopforth (reg. BP12425 & previous reg. BC12425), trading as Phoenix Building Contractors , has lost his contractor registration and been fined by the Building Services Board for negligent conduct and failing to comply with orders of the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT).
Building and Energy
Media release
17 Jun 2015
Some WA homes and business premises may be facing a serious fire risk if they have had sub-standard electrical cabling installed which is not replaced soon. In August last year, the inferior cabling imported by Infinity Cable Co Pty Ltd (in liquidation) was the subject of a national recall, with about 40,000 homes and businesses believed to be affected throughout Australia. The cabling does not...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Jun 2015
Some WA homes and business premises may be facing a serious fire risk if they have had sub-standard electrical cabling installed which is not replaced soon. In August last year, the inferior cabling imported by Infinity Cable Co Pty Ltd (in liquidation) was the subject of a national recall, with about 40,000 homes and businesses believed to be affected throughout Australia. The cabling does not...
Building and Energy
Media release
17 Jun 2015
Working on or near energised electrical equipment (live work) is the leading cause of burns, shocks, serious accidents and fatalities for electricians. Energy Safety ’s Code of Practice for persons working on or near energised electrical installations sets out guidelines issued under the authority of Section 33AA of the Electricity Act 1945 (WA). WorkCover NSW has recently released an electrical...
Building and Energy
Department News
16 Jun 2015
A Perth tradesman has today been fined $20,000 by the Armadale Magistrates Court and ordered to pay total compensation of $4,520 to two consumers after taking deposits for work he never carried out. Shane Robert Reid (also known as Shannon Fletcher or Shane Fletcher), formerly of Seville Grove but now residing in Clarkson, was required to pay costs of $1,688. In November 2013, while trading under...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Jun 2015
Consumer Protection is warning Western Australians, particularly those in remote and regional communities, about door-knockers offering ‘free’ laptops to people who sign up for courses. Acting Commissioner David Hillyard says varying reports are being looked into and there’s a common theme that consumers are on a low-income and thought they were dealing with someone working for, or associated...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Jun 2015
Consumer Protection is warning WA householders about door to door art sellers after three salespeople were intercepted last week by Pinjarra Police. Police officers stopped a van on 9 June 2015 after local residents reported being approached by the art sellers who were going door to door selling paintings for $170 or more. Two Israeli men and a French woman, who are currently living in Warnbro,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Jun 2015
With David Hillyard, Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection Checkout Checks Each week, our team of compliance officers visit shops across the Perth metropolitan area to see whether prices advertised on store shelves match the amounts customers are charged when the goods are scanned at the checkout. These checks are called price scanning audits and are also done by Consumer Protection...
Consumer Protection
Department News
12 Jun 2015
Consumer Protection will be hitting the road this month with visits planned to Wyndham, Kununurra, Warmun and Halls Creek. Senior Regional Officer for the Kimberley Annetta Bellingeri will be making presentations to schools and community groups about consumer rights. “It is a great opportunity for people to learn more about their consumer rights and to provide Consumer Protection with feedback...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Jun 2015
A 2.1% increase to the state minimum wage and all WA award pay rates was effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2015. The state minimum wage for award-free employees increased by $14 per week and the new adult minimum wage is $679.90 per week. Minimum rates for award-free juniors, apprentices and trainees are available on the Minimum pay rates for award free employees page. Wage...
Labour Relations
Alert
11 Jun 2015
FuelWatch reports that the weekly fuel price cycle in Perth has been disrupted for the past two weeks, meaning that Wednesday being the cheapest day to buy petrol may not necessarily apply. FuelWatch Manager Lynne Gould said, since November 2010, fuel retailers consistently increased their prices on a Thursday, with the metropolitan average price gradually dropping to become generally cheaper on...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Jun 2015

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