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The registration of business names will go national next week when Consumer Protection in WA hands over this responsibility to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). From Monday 28 May 2012 a new national business names register will go live. The change will affect those who want to register a new business name, already have a business name registered in WA or another State...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 May 2012
A motor vehicle auction company has been fined $500 by the Midland Magistrates Court for failing to reconcile their consignment trust account. Smith Broughton Pty Ltd, of Clayton Street Midland, auctions vehicles on consignment and, under the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act, is required to reconcile its trust account at the end of each month and to have the account audited at least once in every 12...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 May 2012
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 17 May 2012, most Coles Express and Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price by 11 cents per litre (cpl) to a maximum of 154.9 cpl. Some BP sites are increasing their prices to 153.9 cpl and most Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their prices to 151.9 cpl. Many Gull and Peak sites are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 May 2012
Two companies have been fined a total of $140,000 over the 2008 deaths of a tanker driver and a manager at the Broome depot of one of the companies. Baker Hughes Australia Pty Ltd (operators of a Broome depot) and Oilfields Transport Services Pty Ltd (a transport services company engaged by Baker Hughes) were both charged with failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and, by that...
WorkSafe
Media release
15 May 2012
A Victoria Park real estate agency has had its licence and trading certificate cancelled and has been fined $1,500 over the unauthorised withdrawal of funds from a landlord's trust account. Spirit Real Estate , which has since ceased trading, was also ordered by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) on 4 May 2012 to re-pay $536.84 to the landlord, as well as pay the Department's legal costs of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 May 2012
Two partners in a vehicle repair business have been fined a total of $34,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court for operating without a licence and for misleading consumers. Ivan Herpel and Jermaine Bladimir Erpel, partners in the smash repair and spray painting businesses Latino Garage and American Resprays on Albany Highway Kenwick, were also ordered to pay the prosecution’s Court costs totalling $...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 May 2012
A building company has been fined $15,000 over the collapse of four concrete tilt-up panels at a Perth construction site in 2008. Morago Nominees Pty Ltd as trustee for Gavin Homes pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that the removal of temporary bracing of the concrete panels was in accordance with the relevant Australian Standard, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court last week. The four...
WorkSafe
Media release
08 May 2012
A company that supplies and erects scaffolding has been fined $22,000 over an incident in which a worker was injured when he fell through an insufficiently protected void on a construction site. Access Matrix Scaffolding pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to the worker and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court on Friday. In...
WorkSafe
Media release
08 May 2012
Fill up today or tomorrow if you want to pay less for your petrol - that's the advice from FuelWatch. On Wednesday 9 May 2012, some BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 155.9 cents per litre (cpl) - an increase of 9 cpl. However, most petrol stations in Perth will be selling for less than 147.1 cpl tomorrow. Given that Perth ULP prices follow a weekly cycle, with Thursday and Friday being...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 May 2012
WA consumers are being warned about ‘back of van’ salesmen operating in the Perth metropolitan area and the State’s South West. Consumer Protection has received several reports that the travelling conmen have been approaching potential customers in Cannington, Kardinya, Melville, Mindarie and Bunbury selling low quality audiovisual equipment at inflated prices from the back of their white van...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 May 2012
Vehicle repairers and service companies have been warned not to rip off consumers by over-servicing after a Midland company was convicted and fined in the Perth Magistrates Court on 3 May 2012. Visco Enterprises Pty Ltd (in liquidation), previously trading as Midas Car Care Centre, was fined $3,000 and ordered to pay Court costs of $2,000 for making false or misleading representations to a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 May 2012
Fill up today or tomorrow if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Wednesday 2 May 2012, some BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 156.9 cents per litre (cpl) - an increase of 10 cpl. However, most petrol stations in Perth will be selling for less than 147.1 cpl tomorrow. Given that Perth ULP prices follow a weekly cycle, with Thursday and Friday being...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 May 2012
Fill up today or tomorrow if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Wednesday 25 April 2012, some BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 156.9 cents per litre (cpl) - an increase of 9 cpl. However, most petrol stations in Perth will be selling for less than 147.9 cpl tomorrow. Given that Perth ULP prices follow a weekly cycle, with Thursday and Friday...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Apr 2012
WorkSafe has called for nominations for the prestigious Work Safety Awards Western Australia 2012, recognising outstanding occupational safety and health achievement. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today the Awards were an opportunity to gain valuable acknowledgment of excellent safety management, solutions and innovations in Western Australian workplaces. "The Work Safety Awards...
WorkSafe
Media release
24 Apr 2012
A heavy duty mechanic has been fined $2000 (plus $1200 in costs) over an incident in which an apprentice sustained serious injuries when a bus slipped off a jack onto him. Paul Egerton pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care to avoid adversely affecting the safety and health of another person and was fined in the Midland Magistrates Court on Thursday. In December 2009, Mr Egerton was...
WorkSafe
Media release
23 Apr 2012
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol - that's the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 19 April 2012, most Coles Express, Caltex, BP, Caltex and Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price by 11 cents per litre (cpl) to a maximum of 157.9 cpl. Many Gull and Peak sites are increasing their prices up to 154.9 cpl. Tomorrow's metropolitan ULP average will be 155.0 cpl, however...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Apr 2012
Consumer Protection is advising traders providing gifts and flowers for special occasions, such as next month's Mothers' Day, to ensure they can deliver before accepting orders. The Department is concerned about the high level of complaints and inquiries in the past from WA consumers who reported not receiving goods ordered for a specific purpose or occasion. Scores of complaints were received by...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Apr 2012
Two Perth real estate agents have been reprimanded and fined $4,000 each by the State Administrative Tribunal after making unlawful arrangements to receive early commission payments, described as ‘consultancy fees’ for services provided in relation to several major residential property developments, prior to settlement. Helen Limnios, a licensed real estate agent who owned and operated the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Apr 2012
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol - that's the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 12 April 2012, most Caltex, BP, Caltex Woolworths and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price by 12 cents per litre (cpl) to a maximum of 158.9 cpl. Many Gull and Peak sites are increasing their prices up to 155.9 cpl. Tomorrow's metropolitan ULP average will be 155.9 cpl, however...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Apr 2012
Secret Harbour man Paul Thompson has been found guilty of entering into a building contract without being a registered builder, and for making a false statement to the local government. His customers were left with an unfinished garage and had to complete the project themselves as owner-builders. He was fined $1,000 with $478 costs in the Rockingham Magistrates Court. "Mr Thompson was conducting...
Building Commission
Media release
10 Apr 2012
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 5 April 2012, most BP, Caltex Woolworths, Coles Express and Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price by 13 cents per litre (cpl) to a maximum of 158.9 cpl. Many Gull and Peak sites are increasing their prices up to 155.9 cpl. Tomorrow's metropolitan ULP average will be 155.7 cpl, however...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Apr 2012
A Munglinup farmer has been fined $20,000 (plus $10,000 in costs) over a 2008 incident in which a female farm hand suffered serious injuries including an amputated arm. John Bylsma, the operator of Minnikin Farm at Munglinup, pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates...
WorkSafe
Media release
04 Apr 2012
Consumer Protection is seeking feedback from property owners, managers and tenants during the formulation of the new regulations to implement changes to tenancy laws in WA. The Residential Tenancies Amendment Act was passed by State Parliament in November 2011 and the department is in the process of drafting regulations to support the new laws. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Apr 2012
Tuart Hill man Mark Milland has been found guilty in the Perth Magistrates Court of taking more than $25,000 as a deposit on building work valued at $51,000 in Willetton, and failing to provide a prescribed notice. The Home Building Contracts Act restricts the amount that a builder may seek as a deposit to 6.5% of the project’s value and requires mandatory documentation be provided to customers...
Building Commission
Media release
02 Apr 2012
Consumer Protection is concerned about a high number of complaints against several Perth tree loppers and has urged home owners to be cautious. The consumer agency has received 95 enquiries and 20 complaints in the past 12 months from disgruntled home owners dissatisfied with the services provided by some tree loppers. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said the complaints relate...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Mar 2012

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