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Consumer Protection has emphasised the accuracy of price and location in real estate advertising remains a crucial element of consumer law and is essential in upholding the integrity of the industry and the reputation of agents. The comment was made after the Supreme Court dismissed the Commissioner for Consumer Protection’s appeal against a Bunbury magistrate’s decision to find a local real...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Feb 2014
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 20 February 2014, most BP sites are hiking their ULP price by 14 cents per litre (cpl) up to 161.9 cpl. Most Caltex and Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price up to 160.9 cpl, most Coles Express and Gull sites up to 159.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 158.9 cpl. Tomorrow's...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Feb 2014
Consumer Protection would like to highlight the actions of a Kimberley travel agency owner who has prevented people in the region from losing thousands of dollars in a Facebook scam involving wire transfer. A customer, who wishes to remain anonymous, turned up at Travel World in Broome on Saturday (15 February 2014) to try to send money via Western Union to America. It is common for travel...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Feb 2014
West Australians are losing almost $25,000 a day to romance fraud in the latest scam figures released by Consumer Protection. In 2013, 187 victims of romance fraud reported losing a total of $8.97 million, an average of about $48,000 per victim, who are equally male and female. This compares dramatically with 2012 figures when 23 WA victims reported a total loss of $870,000. On Valentine’s Day,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Feb 2014
Please note: The workshops mentioned in this news item have now passed. This page has been retained for archiving purposes. The Australian Building Codes Board will be conducting two seminars in Perth on upcoming changes to the Building Code of Australia (BCA) for 2014. Please note that at this time, the Building Commission will not be conducting associated regional seminars.
Building and Energy
Department News
13 Feb 2014
In June 2013, the State Government announced that an independent review of Western Australia’s plumbing regulations would be undertaken by ACIL Allen Consulting. The consultant’s final report , which was informed through consultation with the WA plumbing industry, is now available.
Building and Energy
Department News
13 Feb 2014
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 13 February 2014, most BP sites are hiking their ULP price by 13 cents per litre (cpl) up to 159.9 cpl. Most Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and Coles Express sites are also increasing their ULP price up to 159.9 cpl, most Gull sites up to 158.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 157.9 cpl. Tomorrow's...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Feb 2014
Finalists for the Consumer Protection Awards 2014 have been announced ahead of the 10th annual ceremony to recognise and celebrate community, local government and media contributions to consumer protection in Western Australia. The judges carefully considered submissions from 22 nominees to come up with this shortlist: Rona Okely Award (for individuals) Gavan Forster of the Master Builders...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Feb 2014
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 6 February 2014, most Caltex and Caltex Woolworths sites are hiking their ULP price by 13 cents per litre (cpl) up to 161.9 cpl. Most Coles Express sites are also increasing their ULP price up to 161.9 cpl, most Gull and BP sites up to 160.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 159.9 cpl. Tomorrow's...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Feb 2014
The Building Commission recently brought together stakeholders from across the building and plumbing industries to look back at its past achievements and hear about its future directions. The Building the Industry 2013 presentation and sundowner was held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on 6 December 2013 and acted as the industry launch for the Commission’s Strategic Plan 2013-2016...
Building and Energy
Department News
12 Dec 2013
Perth builder Antoun Garcia, trading as High Tech Construction, has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for failing to meet his responsibilities under a home building contract. Garcia was found guilty of three charges at the Armadale Magistrates Court on 28 November 2013 and was ordered to pay fines of $12,000 and court costs of $621.15. He did not appear in court. The...
Building and Energy
Department News
12 Dec 2013
New water laws, which look to transform the provision of water, sewerage, irrigation and drainage services in Western Australia, came into effect on Tuesday, 19 November 2013. While the new legislation, the Water Services Act 2012 and the Water Services Regulations 2013 (the Water Laws), specifically relates to water services providers, there are a number of amendments for those working in the...
Building and Energy
Department News
29 Nov 2013
The Building Commission will introduce a number of enhancements to its existing compliance program in 2014, aimed at ensuring performance standards are being met and the licensing system works as intended. Many licensed plumbing contractors will have experienced a ‘compliance check’ from one of the Building Commission’s plumbing inspectors and in 2014, a compliance check of a contractor’s records...
Building and Energy
Department News
28 Nov 2013
A new transitional arrangement with current providers of home indemnity insurance in Western Australia will mean that it is business as usual. The transitional arrangement gives the Government time to consider and consult on recommendations in the Economic Regulation Authority’s Inquiry into Western Australia’s Home Indemnity Insurance Arrangements , which was tabled in Parliament in September...
Building and Energy
Department News
29 Oct 2013
Please note: Feedback on the report mentioned in this news item has now closed. The page has been retained for archive purposes. The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has released a Directions Report on Emergency Egress For All Occupants. The report discusses potential changes to the National Construction Code (NCC) to improve emergency egress from buildings for all occupants, including...
Building and Energy
Department News
03 Oct 2013
Please note: The information contained in this news item has expired. The page has been retained for archiving purposes. This year’s Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS) WA Chapter Conference will be held at the Joondalup Resort Hotel in Connolly on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 October 2013. The theme is WA Building Act How do we measure up? with the conference set to examine the impact...
Building and Energy
Department News
27 Sep 2013
Please note: Bookings for this seminar have now closed. This page has been retained for archiving purposes. Overtime, rostered days off, leave, allowances and working in bad weather – these are some of the things employers struggle to get right that Labour Relations can help you with. The Department of Commerce's Labour Relations division is offering State system small business employers covered...
Building and Energy
Department News
26 Sep 2013
If you are a builder who advertises house and land packages, you are responsible for ensuring that your advertising complies with the Australian Consumer Law (WA) (ACL). The following advice, Compliance issues regarding advertising by builders, is provided to builders on behalf of the Department of Commerce's Consumer Protection division. For more information, please contact Consumer Protection...
Building and Energy
Department News
25 Sep 2013
Consumer Protection and the Building Commission have warned Perth homeowners not to deal with unregistered house painters operating in the metropolitan area. Consumers in the Ballajura area have reported being approached by door-to-door workmen offering to paint their roof or driveway for quotes in excess of $1,000. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll says homeowners should refuse...
Building and Energy
Media release
25 Jan 2013
Originally issued Tuesday, 25 January 2011 The Supreme Court of WA has ordered that the operators of ‘Bikini Girls Massage’ be permanently restrained from carrying on any unregistered business in Western Australia and from placing misleading recruitment advertisements in WA. The Commissioner for Consumer Protection launched the legal action to stop Mr Bon Levi and Mr Colin Burton from further...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Jan 2011
Originally issued Thursday, 2 September 2010 An operator of the infamous WA business formerly known as ‘Bikini Girls Massage’ has been fined $12,100 and ordered to pay $5,000 in costs after admitting more than 40 breaches of fair trading and business name laws. Mr Bon Levi appeared at the Magistrates’ Court of Western Australia today for what was due to be the start of a trial but what was...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Sep 2010
Originally issued Tuesday, 17 August 2010 The Perth Magistrates Court has imposed the maximum penalty against an operator of the 'Bikini Girls Massage’ business who engaged in misleading advertising. Mr Colin Burton was today fined $6,000 after pleading guilty to 11 offences under the Fair Trading Act, relating to misleading employment advertisements. He was also fined $100 for a further offence...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Aug 2010
Originally issued Wednesday, 9 June 2010 The Supreme Court of WA has ordered the operators of ‘Bikini Girls Massage’ to cease carrying on any unregistered business and to cease placing misleading recruitment advertisements. The Commissioner for Consumer Protection launched the legal action to restrain Mr Bon Levi and Mr Colin Burton from further contravening the Business Names Act 1962 by...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Jun 2010
Originally issued Wednesday, 28 April 2010 A former employee of WA’s infamous Bikini Girls Massage business has been fined $1,500 and ordered to pay $632 in Court costs, after admitting to misleading job seekers. The ex worker, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to two counts of conduct liable to mislead in relation to employment - a breach of the Fair Trading Act 1987 - during...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Apr 2010
Originally issued Sunday, 17 January 2010 The Commissioner for Consumer Protection has launched legal action in two Perth Courts against Bon Levi and Colin Burton, the alleged operators of the Bikini Girls Massage business, and their employee/agent Leigh Currie, alleging misleading advertising in respect of employment and breaches of business registration laws. The separate legal actions involve...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Jan 2010

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