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A Maida Vale real estate agency has become the fourth company to be fined recently for taking too long to lodge a number of tenants’ bonds with the Bond Administrator. Dalefin Holdings Pty Ltd, trading as Century 21 Eastbelle Realty was fined $8,000 after pleading guilty in the Midland Magistrates Court on 23 May 2013 to 14 charges of failing to lodge bonds ‘as soon as practicable’ as required by...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 May 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 30 May 2013, most Caltex and Coles Express sites are hiking their ULP price tomorrow by 16 cents per litre (cpl) up to 151.9 cpl. Most BP and Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price by 15 cpl up to 150.9 cpl and most Gull and Peak sites up to 149.9 cpl. Tomorrow's metropolitan...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 May 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 23 May 2013, most Caltex Woolworths and BP sites are hiking their ULP price tomorrow by 16 cents per litre (cpl) up to 148.9 cpl. Most Caltex and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price by 15 cpl up to 147.9 cpl and most Gull and Peak sites up to 147.9 cpl. Tomorrow's metropolitan...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 May 2013
Codes of conduct covering property industries in WA are undergoing a review with Consumer Protection calling for community input. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said the department has released a discussion paper with the aim to stimulate debate over the current rules which regulate real estate, settlement and land valuation industries. “As part of the review, Consumer...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 May 2013
WorkSafe has issued a further warning on checking High Risk Work Licences after being given information on the availability of fake licences overseas. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said further information on fraudulent licences had been received since a warning was issued earlier this week. “We issued a warning on Tuesday to check on NSW-issued High Risk Work Licences after two fake...
WorkSafe
Media release
17 May 2013
A Bunbury property management company has been fined $10,000 for taking too long to lodge security bonds with the Bond Administrator. Just Property Management (WA) Pty Ltd was also ordered to pay costs of $715 by the Bunbury Magistrates Court on 17 May 2013. Lawyers for Consumer Protection told the court that the company had taken between 17 and 46 days to lodge 37 bonds totalling more than $50,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 May 2013
Consumer Protection is urging potential investors who may be lured into attending so-called "free" property investment and wealth creation seminars to carefully consider what’s being offered before signing any contracts. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said a number of eastern states’ operators have been conducting these “free” seminars in WA, and more are scheduled, but those...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 May 2013
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

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