Consumer

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New national gift card laws will come into effect tomorrow (1 November 2019) to help protect consumers from losing an estimated $70 million on gift cards each year. Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said the Australian Consumer Law was amended to ensure a consistent approach to gift cards, no matter where in Australia they are purchased. “Gift cards are big money in Australia,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
31 Oct 2019
The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by more than 18 cents per litre (cpl) to 152.7 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 29 October 2019, many BP and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 163.9 cpl (hiking by 31 cpl and 29 cpl, respectively). Most 7-Eleven sites are increasing...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Oct 2019
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection Penny Lipscombe We have had continuing reports of tree lopper businesses harassing customers, not removing debris, damaging property or not completing work. They distribute flyers and advertise their services on Gumtree, Facebook and supermarket noticeboards. They have been spotted mostly in the northern suburbs of Perth and in Fremantle. Some businesses...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Oct 2019
A real estate property manager and agency licensee have been ordered to pay a total of $9,700 by the State Administrative Tribunal after the property manager operated while her certificate of registration as a sales representative had expired. Property manager Wendy Maxine Caroline Vettler was fined $1,500 for breaching the Real Estate and Business Agents Act. Her employer Teevor Pty Ltd ,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Oct 2019
The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by over 19 cents per litre (cpl) to 155.1 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 22 October 2019, many BP and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 164.9 cpl (hiking by 32 cpl and 27 cpl, respectively). Most Caltex sites are increasing their...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Oct 2019
Local governments are continuing to take action to address the number of overdue inspections of private pool safety barriers but there is still room for improvement, the Building Commissioner has reported. WA local governments are required to inspect the safety barriers of private pools in their districts at least every four years to ensure they are compliant and continue to be effective in...
Building and Energy
Media release
21 Oct 2019
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection Penny Lipscombe Aside from your home, your car is likely to be your biggest asset. Unlicensed motor vehicle dealers can pose a huge, unnecessary risk to your vehicle and to the safety of your family. Buying a vehicle from an unlicensed dealer increases the risk of it being substandard, dangerous and possibly unroadworthy. By engaging the services of an...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Oct 2019
A tree lopper who accepted payment to cut down six trees but only chopped off branches on one has been fined $3,000 after pleading guilty to breaching the Australian Consumer Law. Siuosavaii Maiava trading as Fairdinkum Tree Services was also ordered to pay court costs of $2,307.50 when the Consumer Protection prosecution was heard at the Joondalup Magistrates Court on Friday 11 October 2019. In...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Oct 2019
A Cannington retailer has been fined $5,000 following a prosecution by WA’s electrical safety regulator for selling an unapproved and potentially dangerous travel adaptor. PC Master Pty Ltd representatives did not attend the Perth Magistrates Court on 9 October 2019, when the business was found guilty of breaching the Electricity Act 1945 and also ordered to pay costs of $766. The court was told...
Building and Energy
Media release
16 Oct 2019
Laws to allow renters to fix furniture to walls to prevent death or injury to children from toppling furniture have passed through State Parliament. The Consumer Protection Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 amends the Residential Tenancies Act and means landlords must allow tenants, who submit a request form, to attach furniture to a wall to prevent a child, or a person with a disability, from...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Oct 2019

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