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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
Fair Trading warns against dealing with Asbestos Audit Pty Ltd
The Queensland Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has issued a formal warning to Australian businesses and consumers to avoid dealing with the Brisbane-based company ‘Asbestos Audit Pty Ltd’ or its director, Mark Dougal Rentoul.
24/02/2017
Toy store owner on the naughty list for failing to supply toys
A Victorian entrepreneur was ordered to pay $4,000 in fines by the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday (17 February 2017), following an Office of Fair Trading investigation. 
20/02/2017
Government extends interim ban on unsafe ethanol burners*
The Palaszczuk Government has extended the interim ban on the sale of unsafe ethanol burners. The interim ban will now be extended by another 30 days, which all other Australian states and territories are also implementing.
17/02/2017
Defrauding days over for Brisbane property manager
A real estate salesperson was ordered to pay $4,416.54 and disqualified from working in the industry for five years by the Wynnum Magistrates Court on Friday (10 February 2017), following an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation.
13/02/2017
Think with your head in matters of the heart this Valentine's Day
In the lead up to Valentine's Day, the Office of Fair Trading is warning Queenslanders looking for love online to protect themselves from potential financial loss. 
03/02/2017
Local fraudster all stitched up
A Brisbane woman was fined $50,000 in the Southport Magistrates Court earlier this month, following an investigation by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).
27/01/2017
Gladstone property manager provides the OFT with fraudulent certificate
An unlicensed property manager was ordered to pay $4,207 and disqualified from working in the real estate industry for three years by the Gladstone Magistrates Court today (25 January 2017), following an Office of Fair Trading investigation.
25/01/2017
Reminder: Stay safe around pools this Australia Day
With Aussies traditionally celebrating Australia Day by the pool, the Office of Fair Trading is reminding consumers to be conscientious around water, including portable pools. 
24/01/2017
Real estate salesperson disqualified for siphoning rent money
A former Springwood real estate salesperson was ordered to pay $10,000 and banned from the real estate industry by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal on Friday, following an Office of Fair Trading investigation. 
16/01/2017
Signed, sealed, delivered: over $5.7million returned to Queenslanders in 2016
The Office of Fair Trading secured over $5.7 million in redress for Queensland consumers who found themselves out of pocket in 2016.  
16/01/2017
Warning about the potential risks with air lounger products in water
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is warning consumers against using inflatable air loungers in water, following reports of near drownings interstate.  
04/01/2017
Sunshine Coast residents reminded of danger of yo-yo balls
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is issuing a reminder to Sunshine Coast residents of the dangers of yo-yo balls, after the banned products were discovered at a Christmas community event today (23 December 2016).
23/12/2016
Queensland handyman all decked out
A Maryborough businessman was ordered to pay more than $18,000 in fines and compensation in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court today (21 December 2016) after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) brought charges for breaching the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).   
21/12/2016
Government announces interim ban on unsafe ethanol burners*
The Palaszczuk Government is committed to ensure Queenslanders are safe and has taken steps to impose an interim ban on the sale of unsafe ethanol burners, effective from today.
21/12/2016
Solar system installer takes consumers on a ride
A Molendinar business has been ordered to pay $57,770 in fines and restitution in the Southport Magistrates Court (12 December 2016) for accepting payment and failing to supply solar system products and installation services.
14/12/2016
We've made a list of toys and checked them twice
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has completed its annual toy safety audit in the lead up to Christmas with more than 327 products for sale inspected, and four toys removed from sale.
12/12/2016
Queensland Office of Fair Trading welcomes Productivity Commission draft report
The OFT has welcomed a Productivity Commission draft report into the enforcement and administration arrangements underpinning the Australian Consumer Law.  
09/12/2016
New consumer education resources launched on International Day of People with Disability*
The Queensland Government is today marking International Day of People with Disability. 
03/12/2016
Ethanol burner safety warning
The Office of Fair Trading has issued a reminder to Queenslanders of the potential dangers of ethanol burners, following injuries in separate incidents in Western Australia and on the Sunshine Coast recently.
24/11/2016
Licensed venues and accommodation providers focus for Schoolies*
The Palaszczuk Government is committed to ensuring school leavers remain safe during the upcoming Schoolies festivities across Queensland.
18/11/2016
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consumers say no to unwanted offers
Consumer protection agencies across Australia are taking on unscrupulous and manipulative traders as part of a national education campaign encouraging proactive Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consumers. 
11/11/2016
New Zealand company pays the price for selling banned goods
An Office of Fair Trading investigation has seen a New Zealand retailer enter into an enforceable undertaking for alleged breaches of product safety laws. 
09/11/2016
Competition sparks next generation of smart consumers*
The next generation of canny consumers has made its move into the spotlight, thanks to the Queensland Office of Fair Trading's 2016 Buy Smart Competition.   
03/11/2016
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.
24/10/2016
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.   
21/10/2016
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).
14/10/2016
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.
30/09/2016
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. 
14/09/2016
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.
13/09/2016
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.
13/09/2016
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. 
02/09/2016
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.
29/08/2016
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). 
19/08/2016
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).
09/08/2016
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.
08/08/2016
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.
04/08/2016
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.
02/08/2016
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).
29/07/2016
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.
15/07/2016
‘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. 
08/07/2016
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.
23/06/2016
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.
21/06/2016
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.
17/06/2016
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

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