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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 Commission
Media release
10 Dec 2013
There are twenty suspected romance or investment fraud victims in Broome who have transferred a total of $76,684 to Africa since July 2012. The tip-of-the-iceberg figures, which do not take into account money sent to fraudsters in other countries, have prompted a visit to the town by detectives working on Project Sunbird – a joint anti-fraud initiative between WA Police Major Fraud Squad and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Dec 2013
WorkSafe has issued a warning on guarding against the effects of extreme temperatures in work environments during the summer months. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch today reminded employers and workers of the need to take extra care during the summer months to avoid the risk of heat stress or the more serious heat stroke. “Both working outside in heatwave conditions and exposure to...
WorkSafe
Media release
06 Dec 2013
A pair of private landlords who broke tenancy law by making their tenant pay too much bond money, not giving a receipt and not lodging the money with the Bond Administrator, have been ordered to pay $3,000 in fines and costs. Steven and Nava Meyer pleaded guilty to three offences under the Residential Tenancies Act during a hearing at in the Perth Magistrates Court on 2 December 2013. They were...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Dec 2013
A backyard car dealer has been fined $6,500 and ordered to pay costs of $1,500 by the Joondalup Magistrates Court for buying and selling vehicles without a licence. Mashari Abdulh Al Shamari of Mirrabooka pleaded guilty on 4 December 2013 to charges of buying and selling vehicles between January 2011 and August 2012 without a licence, in breach of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act. During this period...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Dec 2013
Consumer Protection is urging Western Australians to shop smart when buying gifts online in the lead up to Christmas. “The festive season is a busy time and many consumers will be shopping online to save time and potentially money too,” Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said. “We all need to be smart when shopping online to make sure that we make the right choice. The range of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Dec 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 5 December 2013, most Coles Express sites are hiking their ULP price by 15 cents per litre (cpl) up to 158.9 cpl. Most Caltex and Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price up to 157.9 cpl, most Gull sites to 156.9 cpl and most Peak sites to 155.9 cpl.. Tomorrow's metropolitan...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Dec 2013
Home owners and tenants are reminded that pool fences and other safety barriers need to be properly maintained to ensure safety for children this summer. The joint warning from Consumer Protection and the Building Commission comes after a recent Coroner’s Court hearing highlighted a situation where there were delays in repairing a self-closing pool security door at a rental property which may...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Dec 2013
Western Australians who do not wish to deal with uninvited door to door sellers are being urged to obtain a Do Not Knock sticker from Consumer Protection and display it on their front door or near the buzzer. A WA sticker has been created following a Federal Court ruling in South Australia which confirmed you don’t need to meet a door-to-door salesperson face-to-face to ask them to leave your...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Nov 2013
A company that manufactures plasterboard products has been fined $40,000 (plus more than $1800 in costs) over a serious injury to the arm of an employee. BGC (Australia) Pty Ltd – trading as BGC Plasterboard - pleaded guilty to failing to provide a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee and was fined in the Midland Magistrates Court on Monday. In June 2010...
WorkSafe
Media release
29 Nov 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 Commission
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 Commission
Department News
28 Nov 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 28 November 2013, most BP sites are hiking their ULP price by 16 cents per litre (cpl) up to 156.9 cpl. Most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price up to 155.9 cpl, most Caltex Woolworths and Coles Express sites to 154.9 cpl, most Gull sites to 153.9 cpl and most Peak sites to 152.9 cpl...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Nov 2013
WorkSafe will soon target aged care facilities as part of a nationwide proactive compliance program focused on hazardous manual tasks. The workplace visits will commence in January, with inspectors visiting random aged care facilities to ensure they are adequately controlling the risks associated with patient handling. Inspectors in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern...
WorkSafe
Media release
27 Nov 2013
Consumer Protection has issued an urgent warning about a bullying tree lopper who has been threatening WA consumers and has now been charged with harassment and unconscionable conduct. Sean Robert Weinthal of Wanneroo, who is an employee of West Australian Tree Services, Manageable Tree Services, WA Tree Professionals and also formerly known as Metropolitan Tree Services (deregistered), is facing...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Nov 2013
A backyard car dealer has been fined $9,000 and ordered to pay costs of $561 by the Perth Magistrates Court for buying and selling vehicles without a licence. Faizan Afzal of Bentley pleaded guilty on 22 November 2013 to charges of buying and selling 27 vehicles between February 2011 and March 2012 without a licence, in breach of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act. During this period, Mr Afzal placed...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Nov 2013
A recent WorkSafe proactive inspection program in the heavy machinery and scaffolding rental and hire industry has revealed both good safety management and some areas of concern. WorkSafe inspectors conducted 35 inspections of hire companies in metropolitan and regional areas of WA across last financial year. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today inspectors found some areas of very good safety...
WorkSafe
Media release
25 Nov 2013
A private landlord has been fined a total of $2,500 by the Geraldton Magistrates Court for failing to deposit two of his tenants’ security bonds and failing to lodge the bond of a third tenant with the Bond Administrator within 14 days of receipt. John Lewis Donohoe of Geraldton, a former real estate agent, had received a $2,100 bond from a tenant in January 2011 and a $2,000 bond from another...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Nov 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 21 November 2013, most Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and Coles Express sites are hiking their ULP price up to 153.9 cents per litre (cpl). Most BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 152.9 cpl, most Gull sites to 151.9 cpl and most Peak sites to 150.9 cpl. Tomorrow's metropolitan average price...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Nov 2013
WorkSafe will conduct an inspection program to look at the safety standards of lifts in city buildings. The program will continue throughout the remainder of the 2013/14 financial year, and will focus on lifts in non-residential buildings in Perth city. WorkSafe Director John Innes said today that inspectors from the Plant Safety Team will be looking closely at a number of aspects of lift safety...
WorkSafe
Media release
20 Nov 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 14 November 2013, most Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and Coles Express sites are hiking their ULP price by 13 cents per litre (cpl) up to 150.9 cpl. Most BP and Gull sites are increasing their ULP price up to 149.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 148.9 cpl. Tomorrow's metropolitan average price for...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Nov 2013
WorkSafe has issued a reminder to the agriculture sector to work safely during harvesting operations. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today the agriculture sector did not have a good record when it came to workplace safety. “Western Australia’s agriculture, fishing and forestry sector has one of the State’s highest rates of work-related injuries,” Mr McCulloch said. ”The sector...
WorkSafe
Media release
13 Nov 2013
WA’s cyclone season has now begun, and businesses throughout the North-West of the State have been reminded to ensure contingency plans are established and in operation. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today it was crucial that everyone on sea and on land knew what to do when there was a cyclone in the area. “The cyclone season officially began on November 1, and under workplace...
WorkSafe
Media release
12 Nov 2013
An East Perth real estate agency and property management company has been fined $10,400 for taking too long to lodge security bonds with the Bond Administrator. Wentworth Mutual Investment Management Pty Ltd, trading as Century 21 Wentworth Real Estate, was also ordered to pay costs of $643 by the Perth Magistrates Court on 8 November 2013. Lawyers for Consumer Protection told the court that the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Nov 2013
A Perth newsagency owner has been fined $1,000 for selling a sky lantern, in the first conviction of its kind in WA under the Australian Consumer Law. Sky lanterns have been banned from sale across Australia since 2011 due to the fire risk they pose, especially in areas with bush land. In October 2012 a product safety officer from Consumer Protection found one of the sky lanterns on sale at Wing...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Nov 2013

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