Do the ‘heavy lifting’ before you sign – media release

South Australians who have made a New Year’s resolution to join a gym are being urged to shop around and check out the membership agreement before signing a contract.

Commissioner for Consumer Affairs, Dini Soulio said gym memberships are one of the common purchases that consumers seek advice about during the summer months.

Media release – do the ‘heavy lifting’ before you sign (PDF 172KB)


Campaign to stop car DIY jack deaths – media release

DIY mechanics are being urged to take safety seriously when working on cars at home as new statistics show that on average five people a year have been killed by a vehicle they were working under.

An awareness campaign by Consumer and Business Services, the SA Metropolitan Fire Service and the RAA is urging people working on their cars at home to use jacks safely, which includes using the correct jack for the job and using the appropriate support equipment.

Media release – Campaign to stop car DIY jack deaths (PDF 207KB)


Online directory slugged $120,000 for misleading conduct – media release

The Supreme Court has imposed penalties totalling $120,000 against a company and its director for engaging in misleading conduct to sign up South Australian schools for online advertising.

Lukeleo Pty Ltd and its director/shareholder Luke Farrell were fined after admitting to making various false and misleading representations, in breach of the Australian Consumer Law.

Read more – online directory slugged $120,000 for misleading conduct (PDF 102KB)


Public warning issued against SA builder – media release

South Australia’s consumer watchdog has issued a public warning against building company Fenbreeze Homes Pty Ltd and sole director Joseph Biju Kavilpurayidathil – on the basis they allegedly accepted payment for services they failed to deliver, and provided fake building indemnity insurance certificates to some of its clients.

Commissioner for Consumer Affairs Dini Soulio said Consumer and Business Services has also cancelled the building work contractor’s licence for the business, which is based in Ferryden Park, and Mr Kavilpurayidathil after numerous complaints from clients

Media release – public warning issued against SA builder (PDF 91KB)

Public warning notice (PDF 66KB)


Strong penalty for builder who left clients ‘high and dry’ – media release

An unlicensed builder who took more than $60,000 in deposit payments from clients for work that was never started and his business have been fined $70,000 and ordered to pay compensation in excess of $80,000 for breaches of the Australian Consumer Law and the Building Work Contractors Act 1995.

In addition to the penalties, 56 year old Michael Carl Butson of Smoky Bay has also been disqualified from managing a corporation for eight years, after he and his business Morgan Retaining Walls, admitted to accepting payment for goods and services that were not supplied and accepting authorised payments.

Media release – Strong penalty for builder who left clients ‘high and dry’ (PDF 141KB)


Unlicensed tradie fined $15,000 for breaches – media release

An unlicensed contractor who stole from one client and whose work was of such a poor standard his clients had to spend tens of thousands of dollars fixing it has been fined $15,000 and ordered to repay one of his victims $20,000 in the Adelaide Magistrates Court for breaches of the state’s Building Work Contractor’s Act.

Read the full media release – unlicensed tradie fined $15,000 for breaches (PDF 129KB)


Penalty welcomed for unlicensed builder – media release

South Australia’s consumer watchdog has welcomed the penalty and compensation totalling more than $25,000 imposed on an unlicensed builder who took money from two clients for work he never completed, before changing his business name to avoid detection by authorities.
In the Elizabeth Magistrates Court, 28 year old Simon Alan Maylin of Elizabeth Downs admitted to breaches of the Australian Consumer Law and the Building Work Contractors Act.
The court heard Maylin accepted a payment of $9120 for paving work that was never begun.

Media release – Penalty welcomed for unlicensed builder (PDF92KB)


Unlicensed tradesman penalised for dangerous fan installation – media release

An unlicensed tradesman whose failure to properly secure a series of ceiling fans posed a serious safety risk to his customer has been penalised more than $10,000.

In the Adelaide Magistrates Court, 51 year old Kawana Rothes George admitted to breaches of the Australian Consumer Law and the Plumbers, Gas Fitter and Electricians Act 1995.

Media release – Unlicensed tradesman penalised for dangerous fan installation (PDF 122KB)