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.
|Don't dance in the dark - know your refund rights in case of music festival cancellations|
With the summer music festival fast approaching, and the cancellation of almost 50 music festivals across Australia since 2010, the Office of Fair Trading is reminding consumers of a few simple strategies to avoid being left out of pocket.
|Gold Coast's dodgiest motor dealer jailed|
Paul David Smith has today (21 October 2016) been imprisoned and ordered to pay over $37,000 in fines and costs by the Southport Magistrates Court after being charged by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for a second time.
|Dishonest agent kicked out of real estate industry|
A Gold Coast real estate agent was fined $5,000 in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) on Tuesday (11 October 2016) and permanently disqualified from holding a real estate licence, following an investigation by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).
|Coronis fined for misleading advertisement |
A Queensland real estate agency has been fined $10,800 by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) after misleading a buyer about the future development potential of a Kings Beach property.
|Odometer tamperer hit with fine|
A Gold Coast man was ordered to pay $17,000 in fines by the Southport Magistrates Court after being charged by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) with odometer tampering and acting unlicensed.
|Ladder safety matters – don’t let this be your last step*|
Older Queensland men are being encouraged to rethink the way they use ladders as part of a new national education campaign.
|Gold Coast IT businessman fined for failing to supply|
A Gold Coast businessman was ordered to pay more than $17,000 in fines and compensation in the Southport Magistrates Court yesterday (12 September 2016) for accepting payment for online business services he failed to supply.
|Rogue PI off the case|
As a result of an investigation by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), a Toowoomba businessman was yesterday (1 September 2016) ordered to pay $3,645 in fines and restitution for breaches of the Australian Consumer Law.
|Retailers in the spotlight |
Queensland retailers have been put on notice as an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation into Spotlight resulted in a $10,800 fine for misleading was/now pricing and product placement.
|Event organiser held to task over bogus bookings
A Gold Coast businessman has today been ordered to pay $5,000 by the Brisbane Magistrates Court for duping local businesses into paying to participate in bogus exhibitions, following an investigation by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).
|Show me your show bag|
Showbag sellers have been given a clean bill of health for this year’s Ekka, following safety inspections by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).
|Gold Coast businessman floored by fine|
A Gold Coast flooring business owner has been ordered to pay more than $27,000 in the Southport Magistrates Court today (8 August 2016) following an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation.
|Misleading consumers is everybody's business|
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is reminding property developers, business owners and real estate agents of the need to pay close attention to the accuracy of their advertising after issuing a $10,800 fine to Stockland North Lakes Pty Ltd, part of Stockland Corporation Limited.
|Gold Coast landscaper goes to ground|
A Gold Coast man has been found guilty of wrongly accepting payment for landscaping services and ordered to pay a total of $23,800 in fines and restitution.
|Dodgy trader fails to seize the day|
A Clontarf computer services businessman has been ordered to pay more than $23,500 in fines and restitution after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) brought charges for breaching the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).
|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.
|‘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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.