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A salesperson who worked for a West Perth business broker without a current certificate of registration has been fined $2,000 and ordered to pay costs of $3,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court. Peter John Dawson of Stirling was the holder of a real estate business sales certificate of registration which expired in October 2005, but it wasn’t renewed. During a routine compliance visit by Consumer...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 May 2013
A self-employed roofing contractor has been fined $2500.00 for working on a roof without an adequate fall prevention system. Mathew David Long pleaded guilty to failing to provide adequate fall prevention where there was a risk that a person could fall two metres or more, and was fined in the Mandurah Magistrates Court last week. In May 2011, Mr Long was working on the roof at a construction site...
WorkSafe
Media release
15 May 2013
A ‘help me’ scam victim in WA has been refunded $5,000 by Western Union after questions were raised by Consumer Protection as to whether identity checks were carried out and the recipient was contacted as requested by the victim. The scam occurred in October last year when the victim received a fake email purportedly from one of her clients, who had his email account hacked by fraudsters. The...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 May 2013
WorkSafe has issued a warning to check workers’ High Risk Work Licences after fake licences issued in New South Wales turned up in WA. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today it was important that High Risk Work Licences were only issued to workers who had been appropriately trained. “In agreeing to adopt the national licensing standard back in 2007, the important role high-quality...
WorkSafe
Media release
14 May 2013
The growing problem of scams in the community makes it essential for consumers to be armed with relevant information to help prevent them from becoming a victim. Anti-fraud awareness will be the hot topic when Consumer Protection holds a public seminar as part of the 2013 Law Week Community Events Programme. The talk will focus on the issue of scams in our community and what you can do to protect...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 May 2013
New laws designed to make renting fairer for Western Australian tenants, while also protecting the interests of property owners, will come into force on July 1 .
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 May 2013
Three WA businesses have lost a total of $20,000 from a fake invoice sting, prompting an urgent warning from Consumer Protection. The businesses have reported that invoices to their clients have been intercepted and bank accounts changed, with the funds being directed into accounts set up by fraudsters. The fake invoices were sent from bogus email addresses closely resembling the legitimate...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 May 2013
Almost one million dollars in investment fraud losses were reported to WA ScamNet in the last month – a higher amount than was reported for the whole of last year ($198,600). According to Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll, ‘Project Sunbird’ is responsible for identifying record levels of investment fraud loss – increasing from a monthly average of about $16,500 reported...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 May 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 9 May 2013, most Caltex Woolworths and BP sites in Perth are hiking their ULP price by 13 cents per litre (cpl) up to 143.9 cpl. Most Caltex and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price by 12 cpl up to 142.9 cpl. Most Gull and Peak sites are also hiking their price tomorrow, up to 141...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 May 2013
Two WA companies have been highly commended for their achievements in work safety and health at the 8th annual Safe Work Australia Awards held last week at Old Parliament House, Canberra. Nominations have now been called for the 2013 Awards for WA. Veolia Transport Pty Ltd was recognised for its workplace safety and health management systems, while Sinclair Knight Merz with Balfour Beatty UGL was...
WorkSafe
Media release
07 May 2013

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