Below is a list of our media statements on fair trading topics.
The statements are made by the:
- Honourable Yvette D'Ath MP, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice (marked with an asterisk)
- Office of Fair Trading.
The table below contains statements for the past 12 months. Visit the Ministerial media statements website for older statements by Ministers responsible for fair trading.
|Consumer regulators warn investors about dodgy property spruikers|
Potential investors are being warned of dodgy property spruikers looking to mislead consumers with offers too good to be true while employing underhanded tactics such as hosting ‘free’ investment seminars.
|Save your retirement from scammers|
In 2015, Australians lost almost $229 million to scammers and the majority of reports came from Australians over the age of 55.
|Dissolving dangers - wash with care and keep pods out of reach|
Families with young children spend a great deal of time washing and everyone looks for the quickest way to do this chore. That’s one reason for the increasing popularity of pods for laundry detergent and dishwashers
|Wujal Wujal community puts door-to-door traders on notice|
An Australia-first community partnership was launched in Wujal Wujal yesterday (21 April 2016) with the unveiling of roadside signage designed to minimise consumer harm from unlawful door-to-door trade.
|Camper trailers all a mirage|
A Sunshine Coast trader was today (13 April 2016) ordered to pay over $557,000 in fines and restitution by the Maroochydore Magistrates Court after being charged by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) with failing to supply camper trailers paid for by consumers.
|Clean and jerk - Gym owner not fit for business|
A former Sunshine Coast businessman and his company were found guilty of breaches of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) and ordered to pay over $80,000 in fines and restitution (8 March) in the Caloundra Magistrates Court.
|Real estate agent faces the sharp end of the law|
A former Gracemere real estate agent was fined $12,500 and ordered to pay $31,663.13 in restitution in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court for breaches of the Property Occupations Act 2014 and the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).
|Consumers reminded - fight for your rights|
An increase in consumer complaints about failed online and social media businesses had prompted concerns that consumers were being taken advantage of by start-up businesses who did not understand their obligations to consumers.
|Consumer alert as Gold Coast travel company suddenly closes|
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is advising consumers that Gold Coast online travel company Accomcorp Pty Ltd trading as Australian Escapes is currently in voluntary administration.
|National focus on consumer protection|
As World Consumer Rights Day (15 March) approaches, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is taking the opportunity to remind Queenslanders that an informed consumer is an empowered consumer.
|Buy Smart launches Queensland students into competition* |
Queensland students are urged to brainstorm their best consumer awareness campaign ideas and make them a reality as the annual Buy Smart Competition launches at Ashgrove State School today.
|Consumer warning on vehicle rust inhibitors|
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is warning consumers that certain types of electronic rust inhibitors for motor vehicles may still be found in vehicles across the State, despite being previously recalled.
|Scammers targeting romantic Queenslanders on Valentine’s Day|
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is reminding Queenslanders of the dangers of online romance this Valentine’s Day.
|Office of Fair Trading puts over $6M back into Queenslanders’ wallets|
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) obtained more than $6 million in redress for Queensland consumers in 2015.
|Queensland Office of Fair Trading statement on Australian Skills Quality Authority's Training in Security Programs in Australia report|
The OFT supports a number of the recommendations but is of the view the report fails to adequately prioritise the key issue of the variable quality of training provided to industry participants.The conclusion drawn by the report that inconsistent licensing arrangements and training requirements across jurisdictions are to blame for poor quality outcomes in the security sector seems unjustified by the facts.
|Know your rights, even when Santa gets it wrong|
After the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping and sales, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is reminding consumers of their rights and warning them to be wary of unfair business practices.
|Woolworths pays meaty fine for misleading consumers|
The Queensland Office of Fair Trading (QOFT) has fined Woolworths Ltd (Woolworths) over $100,000 after finding the company made misleading representations with voucher advertising.
|Warranty fail lands Sunshine Coast motor dealer fine|
A Sunshine Coast man was yesterday (16 December 2015) ordered to pay nearly $40,000 in fines and restitution by the Maroochydore Magistrates Court after being charged by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for various offences connected with his motor dealing business
|Don’t let your holiday home dream become a nightmare|
Holiday makers dreaming of owning their own slice of paradise can now find a wealth of information online about what they’ll need to factor in when looking at holiday apartments.
|Global Work and Travel investigation concludes|
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has concluded its investigation into Gold Coast travel company Global Work and Travel after it refunded $25,655 to 29 consumers affected by unfair travel contracts.
|Don’t let the light go out this Christmas|
In the lead up to the busiest festive time of the year, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is urging consumers to be mindful of what is lurking inside their decorations.
|Santa’s toy safety helpers|
Office of Fair Trading (OFT) product safety inspectors have finished their annual state-wide Christmas toy safety checks – keeping your children in safe hands this Christmas.
|Red letter day for consumers: trailer and truck manufacturer fined $75,000 for failing to supply|
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has successfully prosecuted Mr Wade Hill and his Beaudesert based truck and trailer manufacturing business – Xtreme Trailers and Truck Bodies.
|Have your say on body corporate issues|
Queenslanders are invited to have their say on body corporate governance matters.
|US property deals go sour|
A Sunshine Coast man has breached bail and left the country, failing to appear in the Maroochydore District Court to answer for his role in a United States property investment scheme.
|Compliance officers gear up for Schoolies Week 2015*|
Thousands of school leavers will be kept safe thanks to the work of compliance officers from the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) and Office of Fair Trading (OFT) during Schoolies Week 2015.
|Keep the bounce in your backyard this summer|
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is reminding consumers about trampoline maintenance and safety in the lead up to summer.
|A matter of trust - property agent ordered to pay over $22,000|
A Springwood real estate agent was ordered to pay over $22,000 in compensation in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court on Friday (30 October 2015) after being charged by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for misusing trust money.
|Queensland school students win big while learning to Buy Smart*|
What do a pillow, a giant purse and a bag of fortune cookies all have in common? These entries were just some of the clever and creative ways Queensland school students showed off their consumer and financial literacy skills in the Office of Fair Trading's 2015 Buy Smart Competition.
|Fraudster painted into corner on the Sunshine Coast|
A dodgy door to door trader was ordered to pay $10,000 in fines by the Caloundra Magistrates Court on 13 October 2015 after being charged by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) with breaches of the Australian Consumer Law.
|Don’t fall for it: ladder safety tips|
As spring has well and truly arrived and as homeowners start looking towards those DIY projects, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is urging Queenslanders to be mindful of ladder safety.
|Safety all the way|
Safety bells are jingling as the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) launches its annual toy safety blitz to ensure toys sold for Christmas meet Australian safety standards.
|Gympie breeder gone to the dogs|
Two Gympie dog breeders were yesterday (16 September 2015) ordered to pay $22,143.35 in fines and compensation by the Gympie Magistrates Court after being charged by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for making false and misleading claims about their dogs.
|Don’t get sprung: power tools warning|
With the arrival of spring, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is urging Queenslanders to play it safe with power tools and be aware of possible risks when using them outdoors.
|Sleep safe: Cot safety warning|
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is reminding Queensland parents and caregivers to be vigilant when setting up household cots for their children following the death of a toddler in the United Kingdom.
|Pre-paid debit cards used as tool for scammers targeting Queenslanders|
The Office of Fair Trading is reminding Queenslanders of the dangers of sending money via direct deposit as scams involving pre-paid debit cards resurface.
|Trader fined for dodgy dealings|
A Gold Coast man has been ordered to pay over $15,000 in fines and compensation by the Southport Magistrates Court today (4 September 2015) for failing to supply goods to customers.
|When online shopping turns anti-social|
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is warning Queenslanders to do their homework when dealing with businesses operating using social media, as growing numbers of consumers are being left out-of-pocket by failed enterprises.
|Following online safety|
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is ramping up its scrutiny of online traders and marketplaces as part of an ongoing operation to ensure compliance with mandatory product safety standards.
|Resort manager given permanent holiday from industry|
A Port Douglas man and his holiday letting company were today (21 August 2015) ordered to pay over $129,000 in fines and restitution by the Cairns Magistrates Court on charges brought by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for depriving owners of rental income.
|Ethanol burner safety – Don't fuel the fire|
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) today released a new safety awareness film to educate Queenslanders about the dangers of ethanol burners.
|Trust comes tough for property agent|
A Brisbane real estate agent has been ordered to pay $9,900 by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal for the improper use of a trust account and falsifying evidence.
|Ekka product safety not just a sideshow|
Queensland’s largest annual event, the Ekka, is almost here and the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is making sure consumers walk away winners with safe show bags and prizes.
|Retailers reminded of lay-by rules|
Queensland retailers have been put on notice with the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) set to launch a statewide compliance operation targeting sales practices, such as lay-bys.
|Consumers warned of hard sell on property investments|
Consumers are being reminded to be wary when dealing with property spruikers, following a close examination of industry practices over the last two years by consumer protection regulators including the Queensland Office of Fair Trading (OFT).
|Fair Trading helps Indigenous consumers avoid a funeral R.I.P. off|
Unfair funeral products are in the sights of the Queensland Office of Fair Trading (OFT) as part of national campaign to help Indigenous consumers avoid signing up to costly, expensive and unsuitable contracts.
|Dark day for solar trader|
A Gold Coast solar company and its directors have been ordered to pay $76,710 in fines and restitution by the Southport Magistrates Court today (17 July 2015) after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) brought charges for failing to supply goods to consumers.
|Shade thrown on solar provider|
A Sunshine Coast solar provider has been ordered to pay $10,000 by the Maroochydore Magistrates Court after charges were brought by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for failing to supply a solar battery system to a consumer.
|Faulty solar systems present fire risk|
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is reminding owners of ‘Blueline Solar’ branded solar systems to check their systems for recalled isolator switches.
|D'Ath puts squeeze on lemons*|
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath wants to hear Queenslanders’ stories about dud new cars to help make the case for national lemon laws.
|Buyers beware: don’t get burnt in mid-year shopping frenzy|
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is reminding Queensland bargain hunters to pay attention to their consumer rights as retailers discount prices to tempt shoppers in mid-year clearance sales.
|Fishermen left gutted by charter business|
The Hervey Bay Magistrates Court yesterday (10 June 2015) fined a fishing charter business owner $30,000 after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) laid charges for failing to deliver services paid for by consumers.
|Safe use of household winter warmers|
As another winter starts, the Office of Fair Trading is reminding Queenslanders to stay safe while using heaters, hot water bottles, electric blankets and children’s nightwear.
|Third time unlucky for Gold Coast swindler|
The Southport Magistrates Court today (29 May 2015) ordered a Gold Coast man to pay $112,318 after his third prosecution for failing to supply goods.
|Avoid identity theft and get smarter with your data|
The Office of Fair Trading is urging consumers and businesses to ’Get smarter with your data’ during National Consumer Fraud Week which runs from 18 to 24 May.
|Decorative polymer balls expand need for safety|
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is alerting parents of the risk posed to children by expanding polymer balls.
|Second-hand doesn’t have to mean second-rate safety|
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is warning Queenslanders about the danger of buying second-hand products that may be unsafe or do not come with safety instructions or labels.
|Fair Trading warns against dealing with Plus One Companions|
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is warning Queenslanders not to deal with online business Plus One Companions or its proprietors Matthew Elliot and Travis Burch.
|Price scanning practices under microscope|
Supermarkets and retailers are being put on notice by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) ahead of a statewide compliance operation on price scanning and unit pricing representations.
|Keeping Mum on gift cards|
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is helping Queensland families get the most out of gift cards for Mum this Mother's Day.