Consumer

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Confusion over cooling off periods for sales contracts was one of the main issues in 2011 with Consumer Protection receiving 791 calls from concerned consumers. A cooling off period is the length of time a consumer is able to cancel a contract without penalty. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said there are only a few very limited circumstances when a cooling off period will be...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Jan 2012
A Bibra Lake manufacturer of insulation and pillows has been fined a total of $55,000 over a lack of machinery guarding that resulted in the partial amputation of a worker’s finger. United Bonded Fabrics Pty Ltd – trading as Tontine Fibres – pleaded guilty to four charges and was fined in the Fremantle Magistrates Court last week. United Bonded Fabrics pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Jan 2012
iShopWA, a free smartphone app developed by Consumer Protection, has soared in popularity since it became available just prior to Christmas., In its first month, almost 2,000 iPhone and Android smartphone users have downloaded the app which gives shoppers vital information on their consumer rights at their fingertips. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said the new app sets out in...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Jan 2012
The owners of a rigging and construction business have been fined a total of $32,500 for failing to provide workers with a fall injury prevention system on a construction site. Michael Barry Fisher – trading as Ultra Speed Rigging and Construction – pleaded guilty as a self-employed person to failing to ensure that the safety and health of a person was not adversely affected by a hazard that was...
WorkSafe
Media release
16 Jan 2012
A Maddington manufacturer of transportable homes has been fined $4000 over an incident in which a worker was injured when he fell from the roof of a home. Quality Builders Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide edge protection or a fall injury prevention system, and was fined in the Armadale Magistrates Court last month. In July 2009, two contractors were working on the corrugated sheeting...
WorkSafe
Media release
12 Jan 2012
Pool safety saves children’s lives WA laws require pool owners to enclose their pool with a barrier that meets standards Following the recent tragic death of a toddler found in a backyard swimming pool, Building Commissioner Mr Peter Gow has reminded pool owners and anyone thinking about installing a pool to ensure that adequate pool fencing is in place. “I extend my deepest sympathy to the...
Building Commission
Media release
13 Jan 2012
A Geraldton man has lost $3,500 after becoming a victim of the latest Malaysian travel brochure scam targeting WA residents. Almost 2,000 glossy travel brochures containing fake ‘scratchie’ lottery tickets have been intercepted by Australia Post, but Consumer Protection believes hundreds of the brochures could have been delivered to WA homes. The 8-page brochures are being sent under the name of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Jan 2012
The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by the director of Westpoint Realty Pty Ltd (in liquidation), Mr Norman Carey, who was found guilty of five charges of making false or misleading representations regarding a residential property development in Rivervale in 2005. Mr Carey lodged an appeal following his conviction by the Perth Magistrates Court on 11 February 2011 for breaches of the Fair...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Jan 2012
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that's the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday 12 January 2012, most Caltex Woolworths, BP, Coles Express and Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price up to 14 cents per litre (cpl) to a maximum of 148.9 cpl. Most Gull and Peak sites are also increasing their prices between 9 and 11 cpl to 145.9 cpl. Tomorrow's metropolitan ULP average...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Jan 2012
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday 5 January 2012, most BP, Coles Express, Caltex and Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price up to 13 cents per litre (cpl) to a maximum of 146.9 cpl. Most Gull and Peak sites are also increasing their prices between 9 and 12 cpl. Tomorrow's metropolitan ULP average will be 143.6 cpl...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Jan 2012

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