Riverland Field Days targeted by CBS inspectors
30/09/2013 A recent Consumer and Business Services (CBS) task force operation targeted the Riverland Field Days – checking for trader compliance and protecting the rights of consumers attending the event.
Media release: Riverland Field Days targeted by CBS inspectors (PDF 25.5KB)
More rights for parents in criminal screening law
27/09/2013 The State Government has introduced new laws into Parliament to give parents the right to request a criminal background check from self-employed persons who come into contact with their children.
Synthetic drug stores to be shut down under new law
27/09/2013 Stores that sell synthetic drugs may be ordered to shut-up-shop under new laws being introduced into Parliament today.
Victory for South Australian egg producers and shoppers
24/09/2013 South Australian shoppers will know that they are buying true free range eggs, after the Government confirmed a code for the industry today.
Online birth registrations a convenience for new families
22/09/2013 Registering the birth of newborns will now be quick and easy for South Australian parents.
Parents need assurance about video game ratings
20/09/2013 Attorney General John Rau says he is outraged that the new classification system for video games may be leaving Australian children exposed to violent and sexual material and will be writing to the new Federal Attorney General to express his concerns.
New liquor code to reduce alcohol-related crime comes into force next month
19/09/2013 Liquor and Gambling Commissioner Paul White has reminded pubs, clubs and late night revellers of a new liquor code for late-night licensed venues which comes into force in a fortnight.
Riverland car dealer crackdown
18/09/2013 Second-hand car yards in the Riverland area have been targeted in the latest Consumer and Business Services (CBS) and SA Police (SAPOL) joint operation.
Media release: Riverland car dealer crackdown (PDF 28.2KB)
Precision Pergolas prosecution
17/09/2013 Consumer and Business Services (CBS) has prosecuted a pergola builder for trading without the appropriate licences.
Media release: Precision Pergolas prosecution (PDF 27KB)
Seeking private sector interest in developing Courts precinct
12/09/2013 Expressions of Interest are being sought from private sector developers in helping to transform the Supreme Court precinct in Victoria Square into a vibrant legal and commercial precinct.
Guide dogs also to benefit from "Koda's Law"
10/09/2013 Laws that increase penalties for causing harm to police dogs and horses will be extended to include assistance animals such as guide dogs.
Kids should not be exposed to adult programs
10/09/2013 Deputy Premier and Attorney General John Rau has labelled a call for the removal of broadcasting rules that ensure adults-only shows are televised at certain times as disgraceful.
Government outlines reforms as Parliament resumes
10/09/2013 As Parliament resumes today following the winter break, the State Government will introduce a raft of new reforms that aim to make the community safer, support business and the economy by reducing red tape and help our State’s most vulnerable people.
Commemorative certificates now available for still-born babies
09/09/2013 Attorney General John Rau says that women who have suffered an early loss of pregnancy will now be able to get a certificate commemorating their loss.
Retired Judge to review State Records Act
09/09/2013 The State Government has initiated an independent review of the State Records Act so that it remains relevant to current practices and technologies across Government.
Pokies trading round announced
05/09/2013 Liquor and Gambling Commissioner, Paul White, has announced the next trading round for gaming machine entitlements will be held in November.
Public warning issued about Nicholas White and Oz Car Wholesale Pty Ltd
30/08/2013 The Commissioner for Consumer Affairs has issued a public warning about a former second-hand vehicle dealer Nicholas White, sole director of Oz Car Wholesale Pty Ltd.
Operation Slippers and Ties ahead of Father's Day
31/08/2013 Consumer and Business Services (CBS) has cracked down on retailers selling goods for men in the lead up to Father’s Day.
Deputy Premier moves to close company insurance dodge
29/08/2013 Deputy Premier and Minister for Industrial Relations John Rau will seek to close a loophole that allows companies to escape criminal penalties for breaches of their legal obligations.
Consultation shows wine in supermarkets would benefit duopoly
26/08/2013 After several months of consulting with industry groups and citizens, the State Government has announced that it will not proceed with laws to allow the sale of wine in South Australian supermarkets.
National approach to informing new Australians about consumer rights
New guides to protect consumer rights
South Australian shoppers demand true free range eggs
Home reno victims awarded maximum compensation
09/08/2013 An unlicensed builder has been convicted following an array of incomplete home renovation jobs across South Australia.
Graffiti vandals tagged by tough new laws
03/08/2013 Attorney General John Rau says that new laws to crackdown on graffiti vandals come into effect from today.
Media release: Graffiti vandals tagged by tough new laws (PDF 94.7KB)
Mental incompetence defence reviewed in sentencing report
30/07/2013 The issue of defence of mental incompetence in our justice system is a focus of a discussion paper being released today by the Sentencing Advisory Council.
Crackdown on Russian-roulette synthetic drugs
30/07/2013 The State Government will introduce laws to ban products that mimic illegal drugs.
Keeping dangerous chemicals out of terrorists' hands
29/07/2013 Minister for Industrial Relations John Rau has welcomed the launch of the National Code of Practice for Chemicals of Security Concern.
Gambling law passage paves way for casino expansion
25/07/2013 The Government’s gambling reform has passed the Upper House today.
Judge Geoffrey Muecke announced as new Chief Judge
25/07/2013 The State Government has appointed His Honour Judge Geoffrey Muecke as Chief Judge following the retirement of His Honour Judge Terry Worthington earlier this year.
Child offenders who fail to report to have names and photos published
24/07/2013 Child sex offenders whose whereabouts are unknown and who provide misleading information or otherwise fail to comply with their reporting conditions could have their name and image published on a website under new child protection measures announced today.
New tribunal to streamline justice
24/07/2013 Legislation to establish a South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT) will be introduced into Parliament today ahead of consultation during the winter break.
News release: New tribunal to streamline justice (PDF 105.2KB)
Laws pass to pave way for new fine recovery unit
23/07/2013 South Australia will have a new Fines Enforcement and Recovery Office early next year after legislation passed the Upper House today.
Queensland 'chickens out' on free range push
19/07/2013 The South Australian Government has expressed disappointment that Campbell Newman’s Queensland Liberal Government has left consumers exposed by changing their industry standard for free range eggs.
Yorke Peninsula residents urged to make sure their will is up to date
19/07/2013 A current professionally prepared Will, is one of the most important legal documents you will sign.
Cutting red tape for interstate work
19/07/2013 The South Australian Government is asking consumers, traders and industry bodies to participate in a state-wide consultation on a nationally-led trade licensing system that will remove the red tape associated with interstate work.
News release: Cutting red tape for interstate work (PDF 96KB)
Changes to organised crime laws
04/07/2013 Attorney General John Rau has announced changes to the Serious and Organised Crime (Control) Act 2008 to align with interstate laws that been approved by the High Court.
News release: Changes to organised crime laws (PDF 71.6KB)
Tighter monitoring of child sex offenders following Debelle report
03/07/2013 Laws that tighten reporting requirements for child sex offenders in South Australia and allow SAPOL to use GPS tracking are being introduced by the State Government.
Opposition to measures to reduce problem gambling
20/06/2013 Responsible gambling measures and the reduction of poker machine venues in South Australia are being opposed.
Disability justice and human rights on the agenda
19/06/2013 The Australian Human Rights Commission is tonight holding a joint public meeting with the State Government regarding improving access to justice for people with disabilities.
SA egg producers win with new free range standard
16/06/2013 A new industry code will be established for South Australian free range eggs, in a move that is set to benefit both egg producers and consumers.
$1 million penalty for stocking synthetic drugs
Government cracks down on alcohol abuse and violence
30/05/2013 Reducing incidents of alcohol abuse and violence is the aim of new laws and an industry Code of Conduct for late-night licensed venues announced today.
New laws to tackle unfair caveat clauses
28/05/2013 The State Government is cracking down on complicated and confusing clauses hidden in home improvement contracts to reduce the risk of home owners being misled or duped into giving up rights over their own property.
News release: New laws to tackle unfair caveat clauses (PDF 101.3KB)
Improving access to justice for people with disability
21/05/2013 Community views are being sought on changes to make it easier for people living with disability to have their voices heard in the criminal justice system.
Kicking goals for equal rights
21/05/2013 A unique football program is scoring a number of goals in promoting education, leadership skills, social justice and inclusion for youth, including young migrants.
Media release: Kicking goals for equal rights (PDF38.9KB)
Suspended sentences further out of reach for violent offenders
19/05/2013 Attorney General John Rau will introduce new laws into Parliament that will limit the court’s power to hand out suspended sentences to violent offenders and those involved with organised crime.
Crackdown on dodgy second-hand car dealers
19/05/2013 The State’s consumer watchdog has uncovered an illegal second-hand car syndicate operating in Adelaide.
News release: Crackdown on dodgy second-hand car dealers (PDF 37KB)
Scam warning on bogus 'lawyer'
16/05/2013 Attorney General and Minister for Business Services and Consumers John Rau has issued a public warning about a fraudster purporting to be a lawyer.
News release: Scan warning on bogus lawyer (PDF 52.3KB)
Warning over dangerous scuba diving vest
15/05/2013 Minister for Business Services and Consumers John Rau has issued a formal safety warning over a scuba diving buoyancy vest.
News release: Warning over dangerous scuba diving vest (PDF 78.8KB)
Safety Warning Notice: Saftey Warning Notice - Diving Vest (PDF 19KB)
Dangerous driving on private property focus of new law
15/05/2013 Attorney General John Rau will today introduce laws into Parliament that will place causing death by dangerous driving on private property on equal footing with that on public roads.
Free advice for small venue entrepreneurs
13/05/2013 An information session will be held tonight to assist anyone seeking to take advantage of the Government’s new Small Venues liquor license.
Media release: Free advice for small venue entrepreneurs (PDF 51.8KB)
Stop and talk safety in Rundle Mall
13/05/2013 State Government agencies will be in Rundle Mall today to talk to passersby about community safety initiatives, Attorney-General’s Department Chief Executive Rick Persse said today.
Media release: Stop and talk safety in Rundle Mall (PDF 30.8KB)
Thousands of baby products recalled
11/05/2013 Thousands of baby products from three separate suppliers have been recalled, following safety inspections by the State’s consumer watchdog.
Film your crime, do the time
10/05/2013 New laws carrying up to two years imprisonment for filming or distributing humiliating or degrading images of a person have now come into effect.
Avert wheat bag fire risk
09/05/2013 The Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) and Consumer and Business Services (CBS) have joined forces to remind about the dangers of overheating or misusing therapeutic wheat bags.
Laws to crack-down on fine dodgers introduced
01/05/2013 A new agency with extensive powers to recover money from fine dodgers is the centrepiece of new laws to be introduced into Parliament today.
Petrol price certainty for SA motorists
28/04/2013 Better clarity for motorists is the aim of a new plan to eliminate confusing discounted petrol advertising at South Australian petrol stations.
News release: Petrol price certainty for SA motorists (PDF 63.6KB)
Doors open on new small venue licence
26/04/2013 The State Government will host an information session for people seeking to open small venues in Adelaide as the new class of liquor licence becomes active from today.
News release: Doors open on new small venue licence (PDF 92KB)
Poker machine reform to tackle problem gambling
Concern over house pricing amendments
CBS inspection results in national recalls of baby products
Master of Supreme Court appointed
Next trading round for gaming machines
‘Operation Spandex’ targets dodgy gym contracts
Protecting and supporting South Australia’s major events
New rights to review convictions pass Parliament
Laws to improve accountability of the legal profession
Dob in a dodgy tradie
Help for consumers and small business to mark World Consumer Rights Day
QBE to exit Building Indemnity Insurance market
Film bullies to face prison
Serious Firearm Offenders 'do not pass go'
New one stop shop for consumer affairs issues
New charity Code of Practice in effect
Administrator appointed for Unleash Solar Pty Ltd
Warning on Unleash Solar Pty Ltd
Filming offences Bill delayed
Rewards for clearing illegal weapons off our streets
21/02/2013 Rewards of up to $10,000 will be given for providing information that leads to the seizure of illegal firearms or arrests for serious firearms offences, under a State Government initiative to get illegal weapons off the streets.
Justice Bruce Lander to head South Australia's first ICAC
19/02/2013 South Australia's first Independent Commissioner Against Corruption will be Federal Court Judge Bruce Lander.
Small venues get the green light
19/02/2013 South Australia will have a Small Venues Licence after the legislation was supported in the Upper House today.
News release: Small venues get the green light (PDF 110KB)
Warning on Precision Pergola's & Construction Pty Ltd
16/02/2013 Consumer and Business Services (CBS) has issued a public warning about Precision Pergola’s & Construction Pty Ltd and its director Mr Michael Shane McDonald after complaints that the company is taking deposits and failing to complete work.
Dob in a dodgy tradie
16/02/2013 In its ongoing push to stamp out dodgy and illegal practices among trade services, Consumer and Business Services (CBS) is holding a “Dob in a Dodgy Tradie” day next month.
Media release: Dob in a dodgy tradie (PDF 36.6KB)
New Magistrate ready to serve SA courts
14/02/2013 Attorney General John Rau has announced the appointment of Mr Luke Davis as Magistrate.
News release: New Magistrate ready to serve SA courts - www.premier.sa.gov.au
New portal for South Australian crime and justice data
13/02/2013 A new website with all the latest data about South Australian courts, crime and justice has been launched today.
News release: New portal for SA crime and justice data - www.premier.sa.gov.au
This Valentine's Day look before you leap into romance scams and jewellery purchases
12/02/2013 Consumer and Business Services is cracking down on dodgy jewellery sales and warning of romance scams ahead of Valentine’s day.
Media release: Valentine's Day - look before you leap (PDF 29.5KB)
Tougher laws bring new penalty for graffiti vandals
06/02/2013 As a part of new laws being introduced to Parliament today by Attorney General John Rau, if a graffiti vandal were to get caught on multiple occassions, they will face their driver's licence being suspended.
News release: Tougher laws bring new penalty for graffiti vandals - www.premier.sa.gov.au
Laws to improve confidence in the security industry
06/02/2013 A national approach to regulating the private security industry is the purpose of new laws being introduced to Parliament today by Attorney General John Rau.
News release: Laws to improve confidence in the security industry - www.premier.sa.gov.au
More pokies removed from pubs and clubs
31/01/2013 The latest trading round for gaming machine entitlements has resulted in 116 entitlements being sold and 26 being cancelled, reducing the number of machines operating in South Australia.
News release: More pokies removed from pubs and clubs (PDF 30.2KB)
More than half-a-million shoppers vote with their feet
28/01/2013 More than half-a-million people took advantage of the first year of new city shop-trading hours in 2012,
as more shoppers hit Rundle Mall for today’s Australia Day holiday trading.
News release: More than half-a-million shoppers vote with their feet - www.premier.sa.gov.au
Wine sales in supermarkets up for discussion
27/01/2013 The State Government is calling for community and industry views on a proposal to allow supermarkets a limited licence to sell bottled wine.
News release: Wine sales in supermarkets up for discussion (PDF 41KB)
Knife laws to prevent sales to minors
23/01/2013 Laws that aim to reduce knife crime in South Australia through preventing the sale of knives to young people will come into effect next week.
News release: Knife laws to prevent sale to minors (PDF 31.6KB)
New General Code of Practice to make SA licensed venues safer
18/01/2013 A new General Code of Practice that takes effect today will see more onus placed on licensed venues in South Australia to ensure safer service of alcohol through better practices and management.
Media release: New General Code of Practice to make SA licensed venues safer - olgc.sa.gov.au
National effort reduces group buying complaints
16/01/2013 South Australian complaints against group buying websites have more than halved following a national project to tackle issues in the emerging sector.
Media release: National effort reduces group buying complaints - cbs.sa.gov.au
Stronger protection for health workers
14/01/2013 People who assault health workers will face increased penalties of up to 25 years imprisonment under laws announced today.
News release: Stronger protection for health workers - www.premier.sa.gov.au
02/01/2013 The Commissioner for Consumer Affairs Paul White is warning people to think twice about purchasing extended warranties.
News release: Extended warranties under scrutiny (PDF 30.2KB)
Water Security Rebates start from today
02/01/2013 The next water bill South Australians receive will be up to $75 cheaper with the State Government’s Water Security Rebate coming into effect today.
News release: Water Security Rebates start from today - www.premier.sa.gov.au
Protecting children from video game violence.
01/01/2013 R18+ video games may be sold on South Australia shelves for the first time today after the passing of new laws late last year.
News release: Protecting children from video game violence - www.premier.sa.gov.au