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Concert-goers are being warned to avoid paying for tickets via PayPal using the ‘friends and family’ function, as these transactions are not covered by the financial service’s buyer protection policy. The warning comes as Consumer Protection has received numerous complaints from Western Australians unable to retrieve their money after using this function to transfer funds to scammers posing as...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Mar 2020
Legislation is currently before the WA Parliament that aims to bring the new Costco fuel outlet at Perth Airport under the FuelWatch umbrella. Currently, the Petroleum Products Pricing Act 1983 (WA) does not cover fuel sales when there is an existing agreement between the customer and the fuel retailer, including member-based schemes such as Costco. When passed by Parliament, the new laws will...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Mar 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by 11 cents per litre (cpl) to 141.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 4 March 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price - Caltex hiking by 26 cpl to 149.9 cpl and Caltex Woolworths, Puma and 7-Eleven to 149.7...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Mar 2020
Wild weather across Western Australia has prompted Consumer Protection to issue advice to landlords and tenants about their rights and responsibilities when a rental property is damaged. Landlords and tenants are urged to make contact early and maintain open communication in the aftermath of extreme weather events such as storms, cyclones and flooding. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Lanie...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Feb 2020
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection, Lanie Chopping Perth’s rental prices have flat-lined for almost three years, but there are strong indications the market could be resuscitated in 2020. According to REIWA, the number of rental listings fell nine per cent in the last three months of 2019 – helping to nudge down the vacancy rate to 2.4 per cent and resulting in increased competition among...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Feb 2020
The private landlord of a Warnbro property has been fined $10,000 for failing to lodge two security bonds with the bond administrator and not providing the tenants with prescribed information and property condition reports. Christina Maria Cramphorn of Warnbro was convicted in her absence on 21 February 2020 in the Rockingham Magistrates court. She was also ordered to pay $557.50 in costs. The...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Feb 2020
Failing to lodge bonds on time and inaccurate record-keeping has resulted in a Karratha real estate agent being ordered to pay $24,069 in fines and costs by the Perth Magistrates Court. Peard Real Estate Karratha collected bonds from six tenants in the Karratha region between September 2017 and January 2018, but failed to lodge them within 14 days as required by the Residential Tenancies Act. The...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Feb 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 11 cents per litre (cpl) to 142.9 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 26 February 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price - Caltex hiking by 31 cpl to 155.9 cpl, 7-Eleven to 149.9 cpl, and Caltex...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Feb 2020
On Thursday 20 February, the Work Health and Safety Bill 2019 passed through the Legislative Assembly of the Western Australian Parliament. The Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Mines and Petroleum and Industrial Relations said: “I am pleased that the Work Health and Safety Bill has now passed the Legislative Assembly. “The McGowan Government recognises the importance of these reforms and hopes...
WorkSafe
Department News
25 Feb 2020
A co-director of a former building company who was its registered nominated building supervisor has been fined for failing to properly manage and supervise a residential building project in Wellard. George Barclay Allingame (BP9919 - registration surrendered) , now retired, was fined $5,000 by the Building Services Board for disciplinary matters arising from his failure to manage and supervise a...
Building and Energy
Media release
24 Feb 2020
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection Lanie Chopping Are you looking to buy white goods, electrical items or a new car in the near future? Chances are you’ll be offered an extended warranty by the salesperson but you need to think twice before saying “yes” because you could be wasting your money. In Australia, things we buy from a business come with a number of automatic guarantees due to our...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Feb 2020
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Corporate
Department News
21 Feb 2020
With ANZAC Day occurring on a weekend this year, shoppers and retailers are to be reminded that all general retail shops must remain closed on Saturday 25 April 2020. The reminder comes as the State Government approves an additional four hours of trading for general retail shops in the Perth metropolitan area on the Labour Day, Easter Monday and the additional ANZAC Day public holiday. Larger...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Feb 2020
A cement business owner has been fined $4,500 by the Busselton Magistrates Court and ordered to pay $3,000 in compensation to three of his clients after pleading guilty to accepting deposit payments but failing to deliver the goods or services. Jamie Douglas Bishop of Busselton was trading as Busselton Cement Products when the breaches of the Australian Consumer Law occurred in 2016 and 2017. The...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Feb 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 11 cents per litre (cpl) to 143.6 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 19 February 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price - Caltex hiking by 30 cpl to 155.9 cpl, Caltex Woolworths to 153.7 cpl, 7-Eleven...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Feb 2020
A Queensland-based property management company was fined $80,000 by the Mandurah Magistrates Court on 11 February 2020 for failing to lodge tenancy bonds on time and for keeping records that contained false dates. Asset Realty Pty Ltd , which has a registered place of business in Welshpool, had accepted bonds from eight tenants, mostly in the Mandurah area, but had failed to lodge them with the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Feb 2020
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection Lanie Chopping Consumer Protection welcomes new safety requirements for miniature motorbikes, which strengthen consumer protection for young riders. Miniature motorbikes are often copies of popular road motorcycles, such as grand prix race bikes or ‘chopper’ motorbikes and are usually about half the size of a full-size motorcycle. Mini motorbikes might...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Feb 2020
Western Australians were tricked out of more than $13.6 million by scammers in 2019, up 17 per cent from the previous year, according to figures released by WA ScamNet. Victim numbers also increased ten per cent with 705 people reporting losses in 2019. There was a surge in losses to investment scams, which again topped the list of categories in 2019. Romance scams and hacking scams continued to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Feb 2020
A home renovations tradie with a history of ripping off WA consumers has been fined $11,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court, ordered to pay $2,500 in compensation to one consumer as well as legal costs of $1,085.50, for breaking the Australian Consumer Law. On 7 February 2020, Mark Edward Straw of Warnbro (formerly High Wycombe), trading as C.C. Renoes , was convicted in his absence, by way of a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Feb 2020
The Western Australian public holidays for the 2020 Easter period are: Good Friday – Friday 10 April Easter Monday – Monday 13 April If you are covered by the state industrial relations system, the Easter 2020 public holiday page contains information on employment entitlements for: award free employers and employees Shop and Warehouse (Wholesale and Retail Establishments) Award Restaurant,...
Labour Relations
Department News
12 Feb 2020
Regional electricity provider Horizon Power was fined $40,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court on 4 February 2020 for incorrect work in Kununurra that caused a fire and the telecommunications equipment at various properties to become potentially unsafe. Horizon Power was also ordered to pay $1,516.40 in costs, after earlier pleading guilty to breaching the Electricity Regulations 1947. The court...
Building and Energy
Media release
11 Feb 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 10 cents per litre (cpl) to 145 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 12 February 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price - Caltex hiking by 31 cpl to 157.9 cpl, Caltex Woolworths to 153.7 cpl, and Puma...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Feb 2020
FuelWatch reports a disruption to the usual weekly petrol price cycle in Perth. For the past five years, the weekly cycle has been consistent, with most fuel outlets in the Perth metropolitan area hiking their regular unleaded petrol (ULP) prices every Tuesday by about 20 cents per litre (cpl) on average. Prior to June 2015, the cycle involved prices being increased on a Thursday. In recent weeks...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Feb 2020
The public holiday for Labour Day in 2020 is Monday 2 March. Under the Public and Bank Holidays Act 1972 , in Western Australia the Labour Day public holiday takes place on the first Monday in March. The Labour Day 2020 public holiday page provides information on entitlements for: state system award free employers and employees Shop and Warehouse (Wholesale and Retail Establishments) Award...
Labour Relations
Department News
06 Feb 2020
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection Lanie Chopping There are many success stories of people who’ve met through dating websites or apps and fallen in love but unfortunately there are also some very sad stories where people have fallen victim to romance scams. In 2019 Australians reported romance scam losses of more than $28 million, to the ACCC’s Scamwatch. Australia’s consumer protection...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Feb 2020

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