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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.

Visit the Ministerial media statements website for older statements by Ministers responsible for fair trading.

2020

Media statementDate
Some hot safety tips for cold weather*
Winter has reached most parts of the country and many of us have already hauled out the winter woollies, electric blankets and hot water bottles so here is a timely reminder about using these products safely.
27/05/2020
Scammers ramp up activities during COVID-19
The Office of Fair Trading is warning consumers that scammers have ramped up their activities during COVID-19 and are preying on people while they are socially isolated.
21/05/2020
Don't rush into your next 'pay now/book later' getaway
The Office of Fair Trading is advising consumers wanting to make travel plans to be wary about 'pay now/book later' holidays in the current climate and to read the terms and conditions carefully.
19/05/2020
While at home during COVID-19, don't be unstuck by bitumen bandits
It's a scam that's targeted many Queenslanders over the years but with most of us at home and social distancing due to COVID-19, the Office of Fair Trading is warning residents that door-to-door scammers are ramping up their operations.
12/05/2020
Don't be tricked into paying fees for fake jobs
COVID-19 has unleashed literally hundreds of scams across Australia and the next ones the Queensland Office of Fair Trading wants consumers to watch out for are employment opportunity scams.
08/05/2020
Say no to Mother’s Day scammers and pandemic profiteers this year*
Queenslanders are being warned to be vigilant of Mother’s Day scams this year, as some unscrupulous traders seek coronavirus pandemic profits.
06/05/2020
Keep your kids safe while home during COVID-19*
Parents who are home with their young children 24/7 due to COVID-19 are being urged to be wary of potential hazards in and around the house and to look out for products, furniture and fittings that pose risks of injury or death.
01/05/2020
Public warning issued against three Australian motor transport companies and their Gold Coast-based directors - no triple A service here
The Queensland Office of Fair Trading has issued a formal warning to Australian businesses and consumers against dealing with three transport companies who operate from the Gold Coast and Broadmeadows, Victoria.
24/04/2020
The Office of Fair Trading reprioritises to help during COVID-19
The Queensland Office of Fair Trading has put in place a number of measures to ensure it is able to maintain operations through this period of disruption and uncertainty caused by coronavirus (COVID-19).
31/03/2020
Fair Trading issues price gouging warning during COVID-19
The Queensland Office of Fair Trading is warning traders to treat consumers fairly and avoid price gouging as shortages of some products continue as a result of COVID-19 panic buying.
30/03/2020
Gold Coast odometer tramperer rolled
A Paradise Point man has been fined $17,000 in the Southport Magistrates Court today (9 March 2020) after being investigated by the Office of Fair Trading for falsifying odometer readings.
09/03/2020
Fencer fined for gatekeeping fines
A Wavell Heights fencer has been ordered to pay $19,099 by the Brisbane Magistrates Court after charges were laid by the Office of Fair Trading for breaching the Australian Consumer Law.
24/02/2020
Will coronavirus affect my travel plans? Check the fine print
Extreme weather events in Australia and the recent outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in China, may leave you wondering where you stand in terms of cancelling, rescheduling or getting a refund on holiday accommodation bookings, flights and other travel plans.
24/02/2020
Court fines Gympie cabin seller $30,000 for failing to deliver goods
A Gympie businessman was ordered to pay $30,000 in fines and $50,836 in compensation by the local magistrates court after being charged by the Office of Fair Trading.
20/02/2020
Students, show us what $mart $hoppers you are and win big $$$*
Queensland's young consumers can demonstrate what savvy shoppers they are by taking part in the Office of Fair Trading's annual Buy Smart Competition.
14/02/2020
Darra motor dealer ditches warranty obligations
A Darra motor dealer and his company have been ordered to pay $47,192 in the Richlands Magistrates Court after charges were brought by the Office of Fair Trading for making false claims and failing to honour warranty obligations.
11/02/2020
Former Gold Coast property agent's disqualification confirmed
A Gold Coast property agent who was fined $3,000 and disqualified from holding a real estate licence or salesperson’s certificate for three years has had her appeal dismissed by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
10/02/2020
Queensland Fair Trading inspects 20,000 used motor vehicles in national drive to find faulty Takata airbags
The Queensland' consumer protection regulator, the Office of Fair Trading, has joined a national compliance operation and inspected more than 20,000 vehicles across the state in a bid to locate faulty and dangerous Takata airbags.
05/02/2020
Process for starting charity gets simpler and cheaper
The Government has taken another step towards reducing red tape with a cheaper and more streamlined approach to settings up a charity in Queensland.
03/02/2020
Cairns backyard car dealer cops $7,000 fine
A Cairns man has been fined $7,000 in court yesterday after the Office of Fair Trading found him selling dozens of used motor vehicles without a licence.
29/01/2020
Bitumen bandit, dodgy dog breeder among those caugh in $8 million Fair Trade dragnet*
A bitumen bandit and a dodgy dog breeder caught ripping off consumers are among those snared in an Office of Fair Trading dragnet.
17/01/2020
Real estate agent to pay $80,000 and banned from industry for life
A Gordon Park real estate agent has been banned from working in the real estate industry for life and ordered to pay more than $80,000 in fines, compensation and costs after the Office of Fair Trading took disciplinary action against him in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
17/01/2020
Gold Coast motor dealer back in court for warranty issues
A Labrador motor dealer has been fined $1,000 in the Southport Magistrates Court on 13 January 2020 for making misleading claims to a consumer about a vehicle's warranty.
14/01/2020
Advice for Queenslanders wanting to collect for the bushfire appeal
Australia's ongoing bushfire emergency has seen an outpouring of generosity from people wanting to donate money to help out, with many high-profile celebrities raising staggering sums for the cause.
10/01/2020
Bayside real estate agent suspended and fined $10.000
A former Cleveland real estate agent has been reprimanded and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal following proceedings initiated by the Office of Fair Trading.
10/01/2020
Beware bushfire charity scammers and dodgy donation plea*
Queenslanders are being warned to beware of fake appeals claiming to be collecting for victims of the ongoing bushfires.
09/01/2020
No sweat for new gym memberships in 2020*
Queenslanders looking to kickstart a healthier 2020 by taking out a new gym membership are being reminded of their rights under Australian Consumer Law.
07/01/2020

2019

Media statementDate
Don't get caught out with refunds and exchanges this festive season*
Regret grabbing that item in this year's Boxing Day sales, or thinking of exchanging an unwanted present you received from a distant relative? Then the OFT wants to remind you about your consumer rights.
27/12/2019
Public warning issued against deceitful fencing contractor
Matthew Geoffrey Rixon is again preying on unsuspecting Queenslanders looking to hire someone to build them a fence. This time, he has set up a business in South East Queensland, trading as Sunstate Fencing and Sunstate Fencing Solutions.
23/12/2019
New laws make gift card shopping easier this Christmas*
Queenslanders who wake up to find a gift card in their Christmas stocking later this month will now have longer to spend it under new national laws. 
17/12/2019
Fair Trading's not playing around with kids' toy safety this Christmas*
Five unsafe toys have been removed from Queensland retailers' shelves as part of the OFT's Operation Safe Christmas campaign, launched today by Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D'Ath.
11/12/2019
Cairns motor dealer fined $3,000 over false odometer reading
A Bayview Heights motor dealer has been ordered to pay $3,000 plus costs in the Cairns Magistrates Court today (10 December 2019) after being charged by the Office of Fair Trading for falsifying the odometer reading on a motor vehicle that he sold.
10/12/2019
Port Douglas resident letting agent fined $12,000 for misleading clients
A Port Douglas resident letting agent has been ordered to pay $12,000 in fines by the Mossman Magistrates Court today (4 December 2019) following an Office of Fair Trading investigation which found she made false representations to clients, unit owners and guests.
04/12/2019
Number is up for accountant with false credentials
A Tewantin accountant and his company have been fined a total of $54,000 today (27 November 2019) in the Noosa Magistrates Court after an investigation by the Office of Fair Trading revealed he provided unaccredited auditing services to local real estate agents.
27/11/2019
Prioritise safety this summer and pay attention
School holidays and end of year celebrations should be times of fun and relaxation but accidents can happen quickly and quietly so the Office of Fair Trading is reminding Queenslanders to prioritise safety.
21/11/2019
Training company learns hard lesson with $35,000 fine
A Brisbane businessman and his training company have been ordered to pay $45,930 in fines and compensation today (15 November 2019) by the Brisbane Magistrates Court following an investigation by the Office of Fair Trading.
15/11/2019
Not so noble trader ordered to pay $147,925 for misleading consumers
A Burleigh Waters man has been ordered to pay $147,925 by the Southport Magistrates Court today (15 November 2019) after being investigated by the Office of Fair Trading for misleading consumers with a fictitious home deposit scheme.
15/11/2019
Fair Trading issues public warning against dishonest Slacks Creek motor parts dealer
Consumers are strongly advised to avoid doing business with Slacks Creek car parts supplier Jason Paul Murray and his company, J.P. & K.M. Murray Pty Ltd (JPKM) trading as Brisbane Motor Imports.
15/11/2019
Stay safe at Schoolies 2019: know your rights and obligations*
School leavers and their parents and guardians are being urged to be aware of their rights and obligations this schoolies (16 - 23 November 2019).
14/11/2019
Property manager fined for ripping off property owners
A Mango Hill property manager has been ordered to pay more than $11,400 in fines and compensation in the Brisbane Magistrates Court after an Office of Fair Trading investigation found he had been ripping off property owners by charging them for maintenance work that never occurred.
11/11/2019
Springwood dealer dealt $3,000 fine
A Springwood man has been fined $3,000 by the Beenleigh Magistrates Court today (8 November 2019) for acting as a motor dealer without a licence following an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation.
08/11/2019

National gift card law a win for consumers
New national gift card laws will come into effect tomorrow (1 November 2019) to help protect consumers from losing an estimated $70 million on gift cards each year.

31/10/2019

Queensland kids show they're too smart to be scammed*
Queensland’s Office of Fair Trading received an overwhelming response to its Buy Smart Competition this year with more than 1,000 students submitting entries in a bid to win the state’s top consumer awareness prizes.

22/10/2019
Trader fenced in for not providing services, ordered to pay $24,699
A Brown Plains trader has been ordered to pay a total of $24,699 in the Beenleigh and Sandgate Magistrates Courts after charges were laid by the Office of Fair Trading.
18/10/2019
Concrete decision rendered for Sunshine Coast handyman fined $10,000
A Sunshine Coast handyman has been fined $10,000 by the Maroochydore Magistrates Court today (14 October 2019) for accepting deposits but failing to complete rendering, concreting and paving jobs for Queensland consumers.
14/10/2019
Gold Coast car dealer suspended for six months
A Gold Coast motor dealer has had his motor licence suspended for six months by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal following an Office of Fair Trading investigation.
14/10/2019
Yatala businesswoman and company fined $45,000 after non-supply of Bali huts
A Yatala-based businesswoman and her company were ordered to pay a total of $124,806.25 in fines and compensation by the Beenleigh Magistrates Court today (11 October 2019) after charges were laid by the Office of Fair Trading.
11/10/2019
Safety tips for a five (thousand) star camping experience
Queenslanders looking to take in the great outdoors – and perhaps sleep out under the stars – this long weekend are being encouraged to pay close attention to a few simple safety tips for their camping holiday.
01/10/2019
A former Cairns travel agent and his company have been ordered to pay a total of $81,345 in fines and consumer compensation by the Cairns Magistrates Court yesterday (3 September 2019) after being investigated by the Office of Fair Trading for failing to supply travel services.
04/09/2019
A Drewvale businessman and his company have been ordered to pay $24,399 in the Holland Park Magistrates Court today (30 August 2019) after an Office of Fair Trading investigation established they had accepted payment from consumers for open-wheeled race car experiences but failed to deliver them.
30/08/2019
Port Douglas resident letting agent Damien Bernard Dunlop was ordered to pay $33,398.77 in fines and compensation by the Mossman Magistrates Court today for making unauthorised transfers of trust account money, making a false representation and providing false information on an official document.
22/08/2019
A curtain supplier operating from her home in Surfers Paradise has been ordered to pay $5,842 in fines, costs and compensation by the Brisbane Magistrates Court today (16 August 2019) following an Office of Fair Trading investigation.
16/08/2019
A Brisbane asphalt contractor has been ordered to pay $64,850 in fines, penalties and compensation in the Caloundra Magistrates Court today (13 August 2019) after being investigated by the Office of Fair Trading under the Australian Consumer Law.
13/08/2019
A Pimpama man has been ordered to pay $10,000 in fines and $300 in compensation by the Southport Magistrates Court today (12 August) after being investigated by the Office of Fair Trading.
12/08/2019
Scammers are always in search of new victims, and Queenslanders are being warned not to become complacent.
11/08/2019
The Queensland Government’s Office of Fair Trading is making sure showbag safety is up to scratch ahead of this year's Ekka.
07/08/2019
A Gold Coast woman, previously fined for fake billing practices, has again been caught by the Office of Fair Trading attempting to rip off businesses.
02/08/2019
New laws making it easier for buyers who get stuck with defective motor vehicles to seek redress will come into effect from 1 September.
30/07/2019
The Office of Fair Trading is reminding Queenslanders to check their paper bills when they arrive in the mail to see if it is costing them extra to receive by post.
25/07/2019
A Brisbane motorhome dealer has pleaded guilty to 11 breaches of the Motor Dealers and Chattel Auctioneers Act 2014, in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today after charges were brought against him by the Office of Fair Trading.
19/07/2019
A Brisbane resident was fined $3,500 in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today for providing false or misleading information and making false statements to Office of Fair Trading officials when he applied for a real estate salesperson registration certificate.
19/07/2019
Dog breeder fails to supply puppies or refunds to consumers
A Toowoomba dog breeder was ordered to pay $14,500 in fines and $1,750 in compensation in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court today (12 July 2019) following an Office of Fair Trading investigation.
12/07/2019
Unlicensed Gumtree motor dealer fined $1,500
A Robina man has been fined $1,500 for unlicensed motor dealing in the Southport Magistrates Court today following an investigation by the Office of Fair Trading.
08/07/2019
LJ Hooker Coochiemudlo Island fails to meet audit obligations
The Director of LJ Hooker Coochiemudlo Island pleaded guilty today in the Brisbane Magistrates Court after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) brought charges for breaching the Agents Financial Administration Act 2014.
21/06/2019
Agent abuses trust
A Bundaberg real estate agent was fined $18,000 in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday (17 June 2019) for one breach of the Property Occupations Act 2014 and two breaches of the Agents Financial Administration Act 2014 after charges were brought by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).
18/06/2019
Bogus landscaper fails to make appearance
A Moreton Bay landscaper has been convicted and ordered to pay more than $12,359 in fines and compensation at the Pine Rivers Magistrates Court today (14 June 2019) following charges laid by the Office of Fair Trading for breaching the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).
14/06/2019
Travel agent shells out $1,500 for keeping money for beachside getaway
A Varsity Lakes travel agent was fined $500 in the Gold Coast Magistrates Court yesterday (10 June 2019) for failing to supply services after charges were laid by the Office of Fair Trading.
11/06/2019
Online lingerie seller fails to deliver
A Coomera online retailer was fined $8,000 and ordered to pay more than $1,600 in compensation in the Southport Magistrates Court yesterday (11 June 2019) after being found guilty of charges laid by the Office of Fair Trading.
11/06/2019
Queenslanders are warned not to give safety the cold shoulder
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is urging Queensland residents to follow safety advice as they bring out their winter warmers.
11/06/2019
A breach of trust - agent sentenced to three months’ imprisonment, wholly suspended, and permanently disqualified from the industry
Former Shailer Park and Gold Coast real estate agent Robert Ian Campbell was convicted in the Beenleigh Magistrates court today (31 May 2019) after being charged by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for misusing clients’ trust account money.
31/05/2019
Gold Coast motor dealers and their company to pay more than $369,000 in fines, compensation and redress, after misleading consumers
Carrara businessman Andrew Fraser-Scott and his company pleaded guilty in the Southport Magistrates Court on Monday (27 May 2019) after charges were laid by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT). No conviction was recorded.
29/05/2019
Scammers beware… Do Not Knock now in Cherbourg
Scammers planning to visit Cherbourg community are warned residents have their Do Not Knock (DNK) stickers front and centre and sales people who ignore them could face massive fines.
21/05/2019
Wyeth not - Resident letting agent fined $65,000 after being caught tampering with and misappropriating from trust account
A Surfers Paradise resident letting agent and his business were fined $65,000 for failing their legal obligations following an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation.
15/05/2019
Don’t make a mumumental mistake this Mother’s Day*
With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is reminding Queenslanders to be wary of online shopping scams.
10/05/2019
Set high standards for ladder safety this long weekend
The Easter long weekend can be a time to hop into odd jobs around the home, and the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has some important tips for ladder safety.
16/04/2019
Know your consumer rights as NDIS continues to roll out
The Queensland Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is working alongside other Australian consumer protection agencies to remind people with disability of their consumer rights as the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) continues to roll out.
15/04/2019
Parts supplier fined for stalled engine deliveries
Slacks Creek automotive parts supplier Jason Paul Murray and his company were ordered to pay $101,000 in fines and restitution by the Beenleigh Magistrates Court today for accepting payment and failing to supply goods.
12/04/2019
Concrete evidence of unfinished work results in $7,000 fine
A Redland Bay trader was fined $7,000 in the Cleveland Magistrates Court yesterday (9 April 2019) after charges were brought by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).
10/04/2019
Gold Coast property agent fined for failing audit requirements
A Surfers Paradise resident letting agent has been fined in the Southport Magistrates Court yesterday (8 April 2019) following an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation.
09/04/2019
Law outbids unlicensed Gold Coast motor dealer
A Southport woman was fined $6,000 by the Southport Magistrates Court yesterday (8 April 2019) after being charged by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for unlicensed motor dealing.
09/04/2019
Public warning against dodgy fencer working in South-East Queensland
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is warning the public not to deal with Matthew Geoffrey Rixon or his company CDA Fencing Pty Ltd.
05/04/2019
Safety investigation into Huggies Ultra Dry complete
The Queensland Office of Fair Trading (QOFT) has finalised its investigation into complaints about the safety of Huggies Ultra Dry nappies, after finding no evidence that the product is unsafe.
05/04/2019
New Farm agency fined $26,500 for failing to lodge audit reports
LJ Hooker New Farm real estate agents Andrew William Clough and Brett William Greensill and their companies were ordered to pay $26,500 in fines by the Brisbane Magistrates Court today (22 March 2019) for failing to lodge multiple trust account audit reports.
22/03/2019
Smart state, trusted smart products - World Consumer Rights Day 2019
Smart products outnumber people worldwide three to one, and the Office of Fair Trading wants to make sure Queenslanders are connected with their consumer rights when they are online.
15/03/2019
Former Hervey Bay workwear seller forced to wear $10,000 fine
A former workwear businessman has been fined $10,000 in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court today (14 March) following an investigation by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).
14/03/2019
Real estate salesperson fined for misappropriating rental bond refunds
An Inala based real estate salesperson was ordered to pay a total of $21,822 in fines and compensation in the Richlands Magistrates Court yesterday (13 March 2019) following an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation.
13/03/2019
Engine failure – Calamvale auto parts supplier fined for non-delivery
A Calamvale business owner was fined $20,000 and ordered to pay $9,295 in compensation to a consumer in the Richlands Magistrates Court yesterday (13 March 2019) for failing to provide a vehicle engine.
13/03/2019
Rest easy and create a safe sleep environment for your baby
Parents and carers are being reminded to create a safe sleep environment for their infants by keeping the Office of Fair Trading’s consumer product safety tips in mind.
13/03/2019
Agency fails to abide by trust account obligations
A Cleveland real estate agency was ordered to pay a total of $7,670 in fines and compensation in the Cleveland Magistrates Court yesterday following an Office of Fair Trading investigation.
06/03/2019
No technical difficulties, just non-supply
A Morningside businessman was ordered to pay over $60,000 in fines and compensation after being found guilty in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday (22 February 2019) for misleading buyers about work from home printing franchises.
25/02/2019
Be $mart and participate in Buy Smart*
Teaching Queensland’s consumers of tomorrow their rights today is the aim of the Office of Fair Trading’s (OFT) annual Buy Smart Competition launched today for students in Years 4 to 12.
22/02/2019
Mt Ommaney retailer fined for blocking toy safety check
A Mt Ommaney man was fined in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on 15 February 2019 for obstructing Office of Fair Trading (OFT) inspectors carrying out toy safety checks.
19/02/2019
Gold Coast real estate agent fined for keeping rent money
A Gold Coast real estate agent was fined $20,000 in the Southport Magistrates Court on 11 February after charges were brought by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for wrongfully converting trust money.
12/02/2019
Love app-tually – your perfect match may come with a catch*
Queenslanders looking for love via dating apps and websites are being reminded of their consumer rights by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) as Valentine’s Day approaches.
07/02/2019
$8.4 million given back to Queenslanders*
Queenslanders received more than $8.4 million in refunds, repairs, replacements and other compensation with the help of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) in 2018.
22/01/2019
Gold Coast tradesman ordered to pay $253,500 for unfinished jobs  
A Gold Coast tradesman has been convicted and ordered to pay more than $253,500 in fines and compensation in the Gold Coast Magistrates Court today (14 January 2019) after charges were laid by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for breaches of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).
14/01/2019
Exercise your rights when joining a gym*
If your New Year's resolution involves joining a gym, the Office of Fair Trading has some advice to help you flex your consumer muscles.
03/01/2019

2018

Media statementDate
Your rights when it comes to returning unwanted Christmas gifts*
Want to know if ugly sweaters and defective sweaters are created equal when it comes to refunds and exchanges?
26/12/2018
Signman says – caught out, pay up
A Bowen Hills based business owner has been ordered to pay more than $15,000 in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today (21 December 2018) after charges were laid by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for failing to supply goods and services.
21/12/2018
Don’t gift your money to a scam charity this holiday season
Queenslanders donating to charity are being warned to be on the lookout for scammers trying to take advantage of their generosity.
21/12/2018
Agency fined for illegally obtaining a sales commission
Sunnybank Hills real estate agency Prestige & Rich Pty Ltd, trading as Stephanie To Realty, was yesterday fined $5,000 by the Holland Park Magistrates Court.
19/12/2018
Give the gift of gift cards your loved ones can use this Christmas*
With an estimated $148 million in gift cards going unused in Australia each year, it pays to check any gift cards you give are just as easy for your loved ones to spend as they are for you to buy.
18/12/2018
Beware travelling conmen offering storm repairs
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is reminding Queenslanders likely to be affected by severe storms or tropical cyclones to be on the lookout for travelling conmen.
13/12/2018
Make a list and check the trader twice when shopping online this Christmas
The Office of Fair Trading is urging shoppers to follow their 'Safe online shopping tips' and check retailers twice before handing over money and personal details this Christmas.
12/12/2018
Tips to keep the family safe this summer
Summer is upon us and the Office of Fair Trading has some simple advice for making sure children have a safe holiday season.
10/12/2018
Take your consumer rights on holiday with you this Christmas*
Queenslanders who have booked a Christmas getaway are being reminded of their consumer rights in case their accommodation gives them a nasty surprise.
07/12/2018
Attorney-General says ‘ho, ho, NO’ to unsafe Christmas toys*
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has revealed the results of its proactive Christmas toy safety campaign Operation Safe Christmas 2018.
30/11/2018
Hackers don’t go on holiday
Recent reports of an increase in email hacking scams has prompted the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to warn businesses of all sizes not to let their guard down over the upcoming holiday season.
30/11/2018
Supré fined for misleading consumers on price
The Queensland Office of Fair Trading has fined fashion company Supré Pty Ltd $12,600 after finding the company made misleading representations about the price of clothing at its Chermside store.
28/11/2018
Random inspection finds unregistered motor salesperson
A Yeppoon resident today pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court to acting as an unregistered motor salesperson after a charge was brought by the Office of Fair Trading.
27/11/2018
Gold Coast real estate agents banned for life
A former Gold Coast real estate agent was fined $10,000 and sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment by the Southport Magistrates Court today after charges were brought by the Office of Fair Trading.
22/11/2018
Campervan manufacturer ordered to pay more than $1 million
A Brisbane based campervan manufacturer has been ordered to pay more than $1 million in fines, compensation and court costs following an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation.
16/11/2018
Safety warning for portable pools this summer
On average, one child a year drowns in a portable pool in Australia and more are hospitalised, some with severe brain injuries.
15/11/2018
Importer fined $175,000 for unsafe toys and banned magnets
Browns Plains business owner Xibo Zhu was ordered to pay $175,000 plus costs by the Brisbane Magistrates Court today after being charged by the Office of Fair Trading for unsafe toys and magnets.
14/11/2018
Buy Smart Competition creating clever Queensland consumers*
Queensland’s creative young consumers were awarded more than $15,000 in prizes at Parliament House as the winners of the Office of Fair Trading’s (OFT) Buy Smart Competition for school-age students.
09/11/2018
Brisbane man fined for unlicensed security work
A Brisbane trader was convicted and fined $10,000 in the Holland Park Magistrates Court yesterday (7 November 2018) after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) brought charges for acting as an unlicensed security equipment installer.
08/11/2018
Unacceptable of-fence by Kallangur trader
A Kallangur fencing contractor was ordered to pay $35,616 in fines and compensation by the Brisbane Magistrate Court today (19 October 2018) following an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation.
19/10/2018
Bowen Hills motor dealer fined $6,500
A Brisbane motor dealer was ordered to pay almost $7,800 yesterday (17 October 2018) after charges were brought by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for making false representations when selling motor vehicles.
18/10/2018
Gold Coast property manager busted siphoning trust money
Gold Coast property manager Leslee Ann Hall was ordered to pay $1200 by the Southport Magistrates Court today (8 October 2018) for stealing from her employer’s trust account.
08/10/2018
Door closes on unlicensed real estate agent
A Hope Island resident was fined $15,000 and ordered to pay compensation of $16,750 in the Southport Magistrates Court today (8 October 2018) after being charged by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for acting as a real estate agent after his licence was cancelled due to bankruptcy.
08/10/2018
Make camping less in-tents with these safety tips
As the weather warms and days grow longer, Queenslanders will be hitting the great outdoors in droves and the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is urging campers and four-wheel drivers to stay safe.
27/09/2018
Quick safety audit can be the difference between a dream long weekend and a holiday nightmare
Families looking to get away this October long weekend are being urged to do a quick safety audit of their accommodation before they kick into full-blown holiday mode.
24/09/2018
Temperature rises for Bali hut businessman
Ormeau businessman Jonothan Nathan Leahy was ordered to pay $10,000 by the Cairns Magistrates Court today (18 September 2018) after being charged by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for failing to supply goods.
18/09/2018
Carsales.com.au records uncover tampered motor vehicle odometer
A Fitzgibbon resident was ordered to pay $6000 plus costs in the Sandgate Magistrates Court today (17 September 2018) after being charged by the Office of Fair Trading for making false representations about a motor vehicle.
17/09/2018
Fair Trading highlights consumer law for NDIS this Disability Action Week
The Office of Fair Trading is reminding people with disabilities and their carers about their consumer rights this Disability Action Week.
11/09/2018
Only safe stocking stuffers to make Santa’s sleigh
Fair Trading officers are coming to towns throughout Queensland to check toys on shelves are safe in the lead-up to Christmas.
06/09/2018
Dealing with dud dad’s day presents
Dads who receive a gift that is heartfelt but not their heart’s desire are being reminded of their refund rights this Father’s Day.
30/08/2018
Community groups key to seniors staying engaged
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is getting behind Seniors Week (18-26 August) by highlighting the importance of incorporated associations in the community, and reminding consumers of recent changes to home care funding.
17/08/2018
Christmas already??
It’s August, so you must be thinking about Christmas, right? As early as it may seem, retailers are already targeting Christmas shoppers, and the Office of Fair Trading is matching the marketing hype with some advice to ensure a happy festive season.
10/08/2018
Wheels of justice turn for Gold Coast auto supplies seller
A Southport man was fined $2,000 plus court costs in the Southport Magistrates Court today (20 July 2018) after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) brought charges for breaching the Australian Consumer Law.
20/07/2018
‘Top Deal Secondhand’ guilty of unlicensed trading
A Currajong second-hand dealer has been ordered to pay a total of $2596.15 by the Townsville Magistrates Court after being charged by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for trading without a licence.
17/07/2018
Ball in consumers’ court with changes to at-home aged care
Older Queenslanders and their families are being reminded of their consumer rights following recent changes to home care funding.
16/07/2018
Sunshine Coast real estate agent banned for misusing money
A former Sunshine Coast real estate agent has been fined $60,000 and disqualified from holding a licence by the Maroochydore Magistrates Court yesterday (12 July 2018) after being charged by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for misusing trust money.
13/07/2018
No evidence for SunUltima skin cancer “cure”
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is warning consumers about a product its seller claims will cure skin cancer after the business failed to produce any evidence that it works.
12/07/2018
Country of origin food labelling requirements
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is helping ensure Queenslanders are aware of new food labelling requirements which came into effect at the start of the financial year.
02/07/2018
Consumer warning about online collectable toy seller
The Queensland Office of Fair Trading is warning consumers to avoid doing business with retailer Scott Dwyer and his online collectable toy business, Premium Collectables (www.premiumcollectables.com.au).
26/06/2018
Remember your rights when nabbing that bargain during EOFY sales
The Office of Fair Trading is reminding Queensland consumers of their rights as the end of financial year (EOFY) sales approach.
22/06/2018
Open and shut case sees North Lakes man fined
A North Lakes man was ordered to pay more than $15,000 by the Sandgate Magistrates Court yesterday (18 June 2018), following an Office of Fair Trading investigation.
19/06/2018
Fair Trading takes beef with unsubstantiated cancer cure – business fined $11,592
A Queensland business has been ordered to pay more than $11,000 by the Brisbane Magistrates Court today (13 June 2018) for failing to substantiate claims, following an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation.
14/06/2018
Consumer awarded compensation in Pretty Neat verdict
A Benowa man was ordered to pay more than $10,000 in fines and compensation by the Southport Magistrates Court today following an investigation by the Office of Fair Trading.
11/06/2018
Removalist goes down for failing to deliver
Murrumba Downs removalist Jason Alan Walker was ordered to pay more than $9000 in fines and compensation by the Pine Rivers Magistrates Court today after charges were brought by the Office of Fair Trading.
08/06/2018
Shailer Park real estate agency fined for trust account misappropriation
A Shailer Park real estate agency was fined $5000 by the Beenleigh Magistrates Court today after charges were brought by the Office of Fair Trading for misappropriating trust account monies.
08/06/2018
Association president fined for misusing donated money
A Darra woman was fined $7000 by the Beenleigh Magistrates Court today following and investigation by the Office of Fair Trading.
08/06/2018
Red card: sports clothing supplier fined for not supplying
A Zillmere man was ordered to pay over $900 by the Pine Rivers Magistrates Court today after charges were brought by the Office of Fair Trading.
08/06/2018
Stormy waters for customer food trailer business
A Carina businessman has been ordered to pay more than $155,000 in fines and compensation by the Beenleigh Magistrates Court after the Office of Fair Trading brought charges for breaching the Australian Consumer Law.
07/06/2018
Walking into winter warmer season
Winter has certainly made its presence known and the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is reminding consumers to have a Well Winter and think safety first when they pull out their favourite warmers this season.
06/06/2018
Queensland consumer warning against Gold Coast painter, renovator and unlicensed motor dealer
The Queensland Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is warning consumers to avoid doing business with a Gold Coast painter and renovator who has also been operating as an unlicensed motor dealer.  
23/05/2018
Queenslanders reminded to stop and check*
This Scams Awareness Week (21-25 May 2018) Queenslanders are being urged to Stop and Check: is this for real?
22/05/2018

Have your say on proposed changes to gift card expiry dates
Queensland businesses and consumers are encouraged to have their say on possible reforms to expiry dates on gift cards following the release of a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS).

16/05/2018
Former Sunshine Coast realtor fined and banned from industry
A Sunshine Coast woman was fined $25,000 and banned from the real estate industry for ten years by the Caloundra Magistrates Court after charges were brought by the Office of Fair Trading for breaches of the Property Occupations Act 2014
10/05/2018
Consumers fast and furious over business repeat offending
A Sunshine Coast businessman has once again entered the spotlight after being ordered to pay over $44,000 by the Caloundra Magistrates Court for failing to supply goods after charges were brought by the Office of Fair Trading. 
09/05/2018
Planning a last minute flower delivery? Read the terms and conditions
With Mother's Day quickly approaching, the Office of Fair Trading is reminding Queenslanders placing last minute flower or package delivery orders to read the terms and conditions carefully before purchasing. 
04/05/2018
Tips to avoid paying fees for paper bills
Consumers are being encouraged to consider receiving their bills online, or to find out if they’re eligible for paper bill fee exemptions for their household bills.
30/04/2018
Maintenance contractor fined for not supplying services
A Maryborough man was ordered to pay over $17,000 by the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court yesterday (18 April 2018) after charges were brought by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for accepting payment for maintenance services that he failed to supply.
19/04/2018
New Farm real estate agent fined for misleading behaviour
A New Farm real estate agent and agency have been fined a total of $12,960 by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for making false and misleading representations.
29/03/2018
Pre-Games crackdown on fake indigenous art*
An Office of Fair Trading (OFT) compliance operation into Indigenous art and souvenirs has identified 12 Queensland retailers for further investigation, but found most shops and galleries are doing the right thing by artists and consumers.
27/03/2018
Queenslanders encouraged to purchase tickets from official sellers
The Queensland Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and consumer protection agencies across the country have launched a national campaign to highlight issues around buying second hand tickets to concerts, sporting events, festivals and other events.
26/03/2018
Cairns real estate agency fined for failing to understand trust account obligations
A Cairns real estate agency was fined $20,000 by the Cairns Magistrates Court today (21 March 2018) after charges were brought by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for not correctly dealing with trust account monies.
21/03/2018
Canungra real estate agent fined for making false and misleading representations
A Robina man was ordered to pay $11,846 in fines and compensation by the Beaudesert Magistrates Court yesterday (20 March 2018) after a charge was brought by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for making false and misleading representations.
21/03/2018
Queenslanders reminded of their rights on World Consumer Rights Day
To mark World Consumer Rights Day today (15 March 2018), the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has launched a new Resolving disputes and how to lodge a complaint video with tips for Queensland consumers about approaching a trader as well as outlining the OFT complaints process.
15/03/2018
Hefty fine for misleading Aussie distributors
A company and its two Gold Coast directors were ordered to pay over $579,579 in fines, compensation, and court costs, by the Southport Magistrates Court today (12 March 2018) following an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).
12/03/2018
Gold Coast motor dealer fined for leading consumers to a dead end
A Gold Coast motor dealer was ordered to pay a total of $7,852 in fines and compensation by the Southport Magistrates Court today (12 March 2018), following an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation. 
12/03/2018
Fair Trading warns of impersonation scam targeting security industry licensees
The Queensland Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has become aware of a potential impersonation scam being circulated to security industry stakeholders, regarding licence renewals.
07/03/2018
National real estate agency enters into enforceable undertaking
A national real estate agency has entered into two enforceable undertakings with the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), for alleged breaches of the Australian Consumer Law and the Property Occupations Act 2014.
05/03/2018
Buy Smart Competition 2018 now open*
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D'Ath today officially launched the Office of Fair Trading's annual Buy Smart Competition for schools, with more than $15,000 in prizes to be won. 
22/02/2018
Mellor, Mellor on the wall – designer fined for not providing at all
A Brisbane interior designer was ordered to pay more than $14,250 in fines and restitution by the Brisbane Magistrates Court today (16 February 2018) after being charged by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for breaching the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).
16/02/2018
False claims up in flames as company pays penalty
A Sydney based company and its director have entered into an enforceable undertaking with the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), for alleged breaches of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). 
13/02/2018
Unlicensed motor dealer hits speed bump with $20,000 fine
A Gold Coast woman was fined $20,000 in the Southport Magistrates Court today (12 February 2018) after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) charged her with acting as an unlicensed motor dealer and making false and misleading representations about the distance vehicles had travelled.
12/02/2018
Fencing contractor fined straight to the point
A Paradise Point contractor was fined $12,000 in the Southport Magistrates Court today (12 February 2018) after charges were brought by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for accepting payment from Queensland consumers for fencing services that he failed to supply.
12/02/2018
Don’t give scammers a valentine on Feb 14*
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath is reminding Queenslanders to protect themselves from dating and romance scams leading up to Valentine’s Day.
11/02/2018
Former agent fined and disqualified for playing the same shonky note
A former Brisbane real estate agent was fined and disqualified from the property industry by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT), following an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation.
07/02/2018
Insurance claim money at the heart of real estate agent scam
A Gold Coast real estate agent was ordered to pay $14,364 in fines and compensation in the Southport Magistrates Court yesterday (31 January 2018), following an investigation by the Office of Fair Trading. 
01/02/2018
Say cheese and “consumer rights”
An Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation has seen a Gold Coast business enter into an enforceable undertaking for alleged breaches of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).
22/01/2018
Fair Trading wins back $6.7 million for Queenslanders*
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) returned more than $6.7 million to consumers in 2017, with 15,756 complaints finalised across Queensland.
21/01/2018
Stressful ‘I do’s’, as business fails to supply wedding dresses
The owner of a Brisbane bridal boutique has been fined $14,000 by the Beenleigh Magistrates Court today (16 January 2018), following an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation.
16/01/2018
Incorrect trust account use results in sour grapes
A Mackay real estate agent was fined $6000 by the Mackay Magistrates Court today (9 January 2018) for the improper use of trust accounts, following an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation.
09/01/2018
Former travel agent grounded after leaving consumers out of pocket
A Charters Towers woman was fined $10,000 and ordered to pay over $24,000 compensation by the Townsville Magistrates Court today (9 January 2018) after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) brought charges for breaching the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).
09/01/2018

2017

Media statementDate
Boxing Day to-do list: sleep in, eat leftovers, check gift card expiry*
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D'Ath is urging Queenslanders to take some time this Boxing Day to set expiry date reminders for any gift cards they received for Christmas.
26/12/2017
Don't turn seeking a refund into a boxing match*
Queenslanders hunting for Boxing Day sale bargains are being cautioned to know their consumer rights, especially regarding refunds.
22/12/2017
The Office of Fair Trading says: "Don't relax these holidays"
The Office of Fair Trading is urging parents to not relax when it comes to holiday accommodation safety this summer. 
15/12/2017
Office of Fair Trading delivers on toy safety
The Office of Fair Trading’s (OFT) annual statewide toy safety check Operation Safe Christmas 17 has wrapped up, with five product lines removed from shelves permanently.
11/12/2017
Celebrating consumer rights for people with disability
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is celebrating International Day of People with Disability with a reminder that the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) applies to products and services purchased under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
04/12/2017
Word is bond – property agent caught misusing consumer money
A former Crestmead real estate salesperson has been ordered to pay $2,000 by the Beenleigh Magistrates Court today (1 December 2017) for dishonestly using trust account money, following an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation.
01/12/2017
Door-to-door traders reminded of their obligations in Woorabinda
The Do Not Knock informed community program, designed to deter unscrupulous door-to-door salespeople seeking to exploit remote Indigenous consumers, expanded to Woorabinda today (30 November 2017) as new signage was unveiled in the community.
30/11/2017

Office of Fair Trading media alert - cancelled music festival
The Office of Fair Trading has been advised by the promoters that this weekend's "Earthcore in the Park" event at Peak Crossing has been cancelled, so ticketholders should be offered a refund.

28/11/2017
Schoolies festivities set to commence with accommodation providers and licensed venues reminded of obligations
The Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) and the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) will ramp up activities to ensure school leavers are safe and know their consumer rights during Schoolies 2017. 
17/11/2017
Palm Island residents say no to dodgy door-to-door traders
Palm Island officially became a Do Not Knock informed community today (14 November 2017) with the unveiling of new high profile signage at a community event. 
14/11/2017
All's fair in share economy - know your rights and obligations with growing goods and services market
Consumers who use ride sharing apps or who book holiday accommodation through online sharing economy platforms, and the traders who provide those services, are being reminded of their rights and responsibilities with a new national education campaign. 
13/11/2017
Palaszczuk Government announces Buy Smart Competition winners*
The Palaszczuk Government has congratulated 35 young Queenslanders and their schools who were awarded a share of more than $15,000 today as part of the 2017 Buy Smart Competition.
25/10/2017
Spotted – dodgy real estate agent
A Brisbane real estate agent was fined $15,000 and disqualified from working in the industry for ten years by the Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday (18 October 2017), following an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation.
18/10/2017
Dance don’t cry: buy your festival tickets from the authorised seller
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is reminding Queenslanders buying tickets for festivals and events this summer not only to be aware of their consumer rights, but also to know their responsibilities.
11/10/2017
Step right up and learn a few things about ladder safety
Storm season is almost here and as homeowners prepare by cleaning out gutters or maintaining trees, the Office of Fair Trading is urging Queenslanders to use ladders safely. 
10/10/2017
Parents urged to show restraint with unsafe car seats
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is urging parents and caregivers to ensure any child car restraints they have purchased, or plan to purchase, meet mandatory Australian safety standards.
05/10/2017
Queensland Office of Fair Trading commits to new action plan for Indigenous consumers
The Queensland Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has affirmed its commitment to prioritising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consumer disadvantage in the marketplace as Australian consumer agencies launch the National Indigenous Consumer Strategy (NICS) Action Plan 2017–2019.
27/09/2017
Unsafe toys better run, not hide – Fair Trading safety inspectors are coming to town
With 13 weeks until Christmas, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) Product Safety Team has begun its state-wide annual toy safety check Operation Safe Christmas 17.
25/09/2017
Former real estate agent ordered out of the game for 10 years
A former Gold Coast resident letting agent has been banned from the real estate industry for 10 years and fined $3,000 following an Office of Fair Trading investigation. 
21/09/2017
Do Not Knock informed communities program expands to Hope Vale
The Do Not Knock informed communities program expanded to Hope Vale today (21 September 2017), with residents marking the occasion at a community event.
21/09/2017
Man fined for turning a blind eye to his obligation to consumers
A Gold Coast man was fined $9,000 and ordered to pay restitution of $3,000 by the Brisbane Magistrates Court today (15 September 2017), following an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation.
15/09/2017
No fun and games for toy store fined for selling banned goods
A Gold Coast business has been fined by the Southport Magistrates Court (11 September 2017) for selling unsafe toys, following an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation.
11/09/2017
Don't let the dad joke be on you - use your gift card before it expires
The Office of Fair Trading is reminding all dads who received a gift card for Father's Day yesterday to use them before they expire. 
04/09/2017
Out of the jungle - consumers no longer left out of pocket
Nine consumers who were left out of pocket by an online store were awarded redress today by the Beenleigh Magistrates Court following an Office of Fair Trading investigation. 
01/09/2017
Don't let your lay-by go bye-bye
With seventeen weeks today until Christmas, the Office of Fair Trading is reminding shoppers who play to lay-by Christmas gifts to read the terms and conditions carefully before signing on the dotted line. 
28/08/2017
Attorney-General warns Queensland consumers about ticket resale website Viagogo*
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D'Ath has warned Queensland consumers to be very cautious about buying event or concert tickets from ticket resale website Viagogo. 
27/08/2017
Removalist fined for failing to supply removalist services
A Sunshine Coast removalist has been ordered to pay a total of $8,685 in fines, restitution and court costs after being found guilty for failing to supply goods and services to two Queensland consumers. 
25/08/2017
Unlicensed Brisbane tradie fails to measure up
A Brisbane man, who misrepresented himself as a company director and licensed tradesman, has been ordered to pay $29,141 in fines and restitution by the Brisbane Magistrates Court today, following an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation.
18/08/2017
Ekka safety blitz underway*
The Office of Fair Trading is tackling consumer product safety at Brisbane's annual Ekka show, performing product safety assessments of toys and goods found in showbags and throughout the Ekka. 
10/08/2017
Baby neck floats a water bound danger to young children
The Queensland Office of Fair Trading is warning parents and caregivers against using unsafe baby neck floats after recent safety investigations into two products found they failed to meet safety standards and had the potential to cause serious injuries to infants.
08/08/2017
Honesty still the best policy as Fair Trading pursues disciplinary action against motor dealer
The Queensland Office of Fair Trading is warning consumers to avoid dealing with a Manly West motor dealer, after he was charged with 81 counts of fraud over the sale of written-off caravans. 
07/08/2017
Repeat offender steers towards fine
A Sunshine Coast man has been ordered to pay $6,000 in fines in the Caloundra Magistrates Court today (28 July 2017) after charges were brought by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for failing to supply goods paid for by customers.
31/07/2017
Office of Fair Trading turns the heat up on door-to-door air conditioning sales
A solar and air-conditioning marketing business in north Queensland has paid a penalty of $10,800 following an investigation by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).
28/07/2017
Write-off scammers this tax season
With tax season upon us, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is reminding Queenslanders to never give out bank details or credit card numbers after answering the phone, even if being offered an incentive like a larger or quicker tax refund.
25/07/2017
Real estate agent no longer trusted with trust money
A Brisbane real estate agent was sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment, suspended for 18 months in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today, following an Office of Fair Trading investigation. 
21/07/2017
Have your say on body corporate issues*
Queenslanders are invited to have their say on body corporate procedural issues, with the release an independent report that is now available for consultation.
13/07/2017
No excuse for no licence
A Sunshine Coast woman was fined $3,00 and disqualified from working in the real estate industry for three years by the Caloundra Magistrates Court yesterday (11 July 2017) for acting as an unregistered real estate salesperson, following an Office of Fair Trading investigation.
12/07/2017
Fair trading officers chalk it up to consumer rights
The Office of Fair Trading is dusting off the chalk after presenting to over 3800 students at 50 schools in the first school semester about the importance of understanding consumer rights. 
27/06/2017
End of financial year sales don't signal the end of your consumer rights
Although grabbing a bargain may be the first step to a successful end of financial year (EOFY) sales, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) suggests knowing your consumer rights is a close second. 
23/06/2017
Reminder: use fidget spinners safely
The Queensland Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is warning consumers to read instructions and supervise children when using fidget spinners in light of recent reports of injuries both in Australia and overseas. 
23/06/2017
Poole prosecuted for porkies
A Somerset man was fined $3,000 by the Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday (20 June 2017) after being charged by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for falsely representing a vehicle’s mileage.
21/06/2017
Blind and curtain cords a strangulation risk to young children
As school holidays begin, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is reminding Queenslanders to be aware of the potential risks blind and curtain cords pose to young children. 
21/06/2017
Office of Fair Trading warns consumers: your poker face isn't enough
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is warning consumers they need to be armed with more than just their poker face when bidding at property auctions, after research showed an alarming number of people don't realise auctions have special rules. 
19/06/2017
Prestige motor dealer no longer prestigious
A former Brisbane motor dealer was fined $4,876 and permanently disqualified from the motor industry by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) this week, following an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation. 
16/06/2017
Backyarder caught out
A Surfers Paradise man was fined $8,000 by the Southport Magistrates Court yesterday (12 June 2017) for selling motor vehicles without a license. 
13/06/2017
Make sure your child's nightwear leaves them as snug as a bug in a rug
Following the recent update to the mandatory standard for children's nightwear, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is taking the opportunity to remind parents and caregivers to always check warning labels on their kids' clothes. 
09/06/2017
Stay warm, not burnt this winter
With the first day of winter here, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is once again reminding Queenslanders of the potential safety risks associated with common winter warmers. 
01/06/2017
Motor dealer caught winding back the clock
A Gold Coast man was ordered to pay $3,657 in fines and disqualified from working in the motor industry for 10 years by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) yesterday (30 May 2017).
31/05/2017