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Consumer Protection is reminding South West businesses of the consequences of taking part in or promoting pyramid schemes following a call from a local business which had been approached to join such a scheme. Pyramid-type frauds turn over cash when money from new victims is used to pay those who set up the scheme or who got in early. The following characteristics can be used to help identify a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Mar 2015
A Victoria Park real estate agent has been fined $3,500 and disqualified from holding a licence and triennial certificate for 18 months by the State Administrative Tribunal (on 11 March 2015) after making illegal withdrawals from the agency’s trust account. Tracey Leanne Wilson , a former Director and employee of a Victoria Park real estate agency, faced disciplinary action by Consumer Protection...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Mar 2015
Wednesday 11 March is World Plumbing Day. Initiated by the World Plumbing Council and celebrated annually, this international event raises awareness of the important role of the plumbing industry in protecting public health and safety and the environment.
Building and Energy
Department News
11 Mar 2015
A property manager working for a Shenton Park real estate agency has been banned permanently from working in the industry and fined $20,000 for making illegal withdrawals from the agency’s trust account. Jenelle Lee Maslin of Innaloo, who is a registered real estate sales representative, made 14 unauthorised withdrawals from the agency’s trust account amounting to almost $30,000 between January...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Mar 2015
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 11 cents per litre (cpl) to 135.3 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Thursday 12 March 2015, most BP, Caltex and Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP prices by 16 cpl to 138.9 cpl. Most Coles Express and Puma Energy sites are increasing their...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Mar 2015
Consumer Protection is concerned about an increasing number of people in Broome and surrounding areas selling multiple vehicles without a dealer’s licence. While there is nothing wrong with people selling their vehicles privately, a person who sells or exchanges more than four vehicles in a 12 month period may be deemed to be a dealer under the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act. Consumer Protection’s...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Mar 2015
Check your obligations for public holidays now! This year ANZAC Day, 25 April, falls on a Saturday, which means that employers and employees need to check what public holiday arrangements apply under the relevant WA award, particularly if the business trades on weekends and public holidays. Under the Public and Bank Holidays Act if ANZAC Day falls on a Saturday the next following Monday is also a...
Consumer Protection / Labour Relations
Alert
09 Mar 2015
Consumer Protection is concerned that water absorbing polymer balls, toys and novelty items are posing a serious risk for young children. These polymer balls that are sold in small crystal form (about the size of a dress pin head) were originally designed for the florist industry to hold flowers in place and create a colourful addition to the display. Some of these products are now being...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Mar 2015
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 10 cents per litre (cpl) to 132.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Thursday 5 March 2015, most BP, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths, Coles Express and Puma Energy sites are increasing their ULP prices by 14 cpl to 135.9 cpl. Perth’s weekly petrol price cycle...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Mar 2015
A licensed real estate agent has been reprimanded and both he and his agency have been fined for employing an unregistered sales representative. On 27 February 2015, Kirsten Leigh Hopla was fined a total of $3,200 and ordered to pay costs of $948 by the Perth Magistrates Court for carrying out the functions of a real estate sales representative without a certificate of registration. Magistrate...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Mar 2015
The Building Commission has released the Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (CRIS) as the first part of the public comment phase of the statutory review of the Architects Act 2004 . The review addresses some broad policy issues concerning the need to register architects, the adoption of a national recognition model, whether to extend the registration of architects to other building design...
Building and Energy
Department News
27 Feb 2015
The Building Commission is investigating a number of complaints regarding work being certified by building surveyors that may not show compliance with the performance requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA). Building surveyors are reminded that ensuring compliance with the building standards is their fundamental role and that serious consequences can result should they fail to meet...
Building and Energy
Department News
26 Feb 2015
The Building Commission has released a consultation paper seeking public comment on a proposal relating to the carrying out of basic plumbing repair work in remote Aboriginal communities that do not have ready access to a licensed plumbing contractor or tradesperson. The geographical location of many remote Aboriginal communities creates barriers to the performance of basic plumbing maintenance...
Building and Energy
Department News
25 Feb 2015
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 12 cents per litre (cpl) to 131.3 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Thursday 26 February 2015, most BP and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP prices by 18 cpl to 135.9 cpl; the majority of Caltex sites to 134.9 cpl; most Caltex Woolworths sites...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Feb 2015
WorkSafe has launched the Small Business Safety web page to help small businesses comply with their workplace safety and health obligations. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch today welcomed WA’s 209,000 small businesses to the website and invited them to complete the page’s simple questionnaire. “Once completed, the questionnaire provides small business owners with a tailored checklist of...
WorkSafe
Media release
23 Feb 2015
LRC Pty Ltd (Reg. BC4910) and its sole operator Giuseppe De Petra (Reg. BP7328) have been ordered by the Building Services Board to pay fines of $5,000 each to the Building Commissioner for negligent conduct under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 .
Building and Energy
Media release
23 Feb 2015
Western Australia’s regional building industries will be briefed on imminent changes to the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and other industry matters at information sessions run by the Building Commission from March to May 2015.
Building and Energy
Media release
20 Feb 2015
Registered builder Mark Robert Wells (Reg. BC100361 & BP100416) has been formally cautioned by the Building Services Board in relation to maintenance work carried out on a Lancelin balcony that collapsed in June 2014, injuring several occupants.
Building and Energy
Media release
19 Feb 2015
Consumer Protection and a Wanneroo tree lopping business have entered into further enforceable undertakings after continuing consumer complaints. In May 2014, Ms Tracey Gordon and West Australian Tree Services entered into an enforceable undertaking under the provisions of the Australian Consumer Law. This previous undertaking required the business and its employees to provide consumers with an...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Feb 2015
A Bibra Lake steel fabrication business has been fined $75,000 over an incident in which a contractor was seriously injured when a crane struck a scissor-lift on which he was working. Metwest Steel Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace for a contractor carrying out work and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee of the contractor, and was fined...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Feb 2015
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 13 cents per litre (cpl) to 128.1 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Thursday 19 February 2015, most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP prices by 20 cpl to 133.9 cpl; the majority of Caltex Woolworths sites to 131.9 cpl; most Puma Energy sites to 130.9...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Feb 2015
Liquidated Canning Vale building company Fortress Home Building Construction Pty Ltd (previous reg. BC13188) has been formally cautioned by the Building Services Board for negligent conduct under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 .
Building and Energy
Media release
17 Feb 2015
Energy Safety has imposed new safety precautions for the type of high voltage (HV) switches involved in the 3 February Morley Galleria Shopping Centre explosion. The HV oil-insulated combined-fuse switches produced by Long & Crawford Manchester must be completely disconnected from the electricity supply before any person may open the switch’s lid. Announcing this today the Director of Energy...
Building and Energy
Media release
13 Feb 2015
The Building Commission is conducting a brief survey to gather information and feedback from home owners about the requirement for all owners of land to sign a building permit application before it is submitted to the local government. In 2012, this requirement was identified as causing delays in the building process due to difficulties in obtaining all signatures. In an attempt to speed up the...
Building and Energy
Alert
13 Feb 2015
A Seville Grove woman who was selling used baby products online has been given on-the-spot fines of $2,640 after several baby car seats and walkers offered for sale failed to meet safety regulations. The woman was selling about 50 second-hand products via Gumtree including car restraints, baby walkers and cots. Due to the high number of products offered for sale and the ongoing nature this was...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Feb 2015

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