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Media statements

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.

Media statement Date
Dangers of incorrectly using baby bean bags as bedding
Parents and caregivers are being reminded of the dangers of unsupervised and incorrect use of bean bags with infants, following the release of a new mandatory safety standard.
15/07/16
‘No reserve’ auctioneer fined following OFT investigation
A Milton real estate agent has been fined by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) after running a misleading ‘no reserve’ auction. 
08/07/16
Stay safe when warming up this winter
With winter taking hold, Queenslanders are rugging up their families. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is reminding Queenslanders to minimise the risk of injury by checking electric blankets, hot water bottles, vaporisers and other heating appliances before using them.
23/06/16
Whether shopping from the couch, or fighting the crowds, remember your rights
In the lead-up to end of financial year (EOFY) sales, Queenslanders are being reminded to do their research and avoid being financially sideswiped of their consumer rights.
21/06/16
Training provider in a Liddle bit of strife
A corporate training provider has been ordered to pay over $18,000 in fines and restitution after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) brought forward charges for failing to supply a service.
17/06/16
Fence-sitter fined for failure to supply
A Gold Coast fencing tradesperson has been ordered to pay over $8,000 in fines and restitution by the Southport Magistrates Court yesterday (13 June 2016) for failing to supply goods and services to consumers.
14/06/2016
Social media business fined for clothing rip-offs
An Underwood online trader has been ordered to pay $3,000 in fines after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) brought charges for failing to supply children’s clothes and accessories paid for by consumers.
10/06/2016
Bond cleaner fined after leaving consumers in a mess
Today (1 June 2016) an Alstonville woman was fined $5,000 in the Southport Magistrates Court after being charged by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for taking money from consumers and failing to supply cleaning services.
01/06/2016
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.
23/05/2016
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.
16/05/2016
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
13/05/2016
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.
22/04/2016
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.
14/04/2016
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.
05/04/2016
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).
05/04/2016
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.
23/03/2016
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.
14/03/2016
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.
14/03/2016
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.
03/03/2016
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.
23/02/2016
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.
04/02/2016
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.
04/02/2016
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.
01/02/2016
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.
29/01/2016
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.
29/01/2016
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
17/12/2015
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.
15/12/2015
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.
15/12/2015
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.
14/12/2015
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.
14/12/2015
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.
03/12/2015
Have your say on body corporate issues
Queenslanders are invited to have their say on body corporate governance matters.
02/12/2015
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.
01/12/2015
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.
19/11/2015
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.
16/11/2015
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.
02/11/2015
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.
29/10/2015
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.
15/10/2015
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.
07/10/2015
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.
18/09/2015
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.
17/09/2015
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.
11/09/2015
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.
08/09/2015
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.
07/09/2015
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.
04/09/2015
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.
01/09/2015
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.
01/09/2015
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.
21/08/2015
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.
13/08/2015
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.
10/08/2015
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.
05/08/2015
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.
31/07/2015
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).
30/07/2015
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.
28/07/2015
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.
17/07/2015

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15 July 2016

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