Latest news Skip listen and sharing tools Listen Filter by category All News alerts Industry updates Legislation updates Media releases Public warnings Enforceable undertakings Court actions Ramping up estate agent audits - Media release Media releases 13 March 2020 Consumer Affairs Victoria inspectors are conducting random desktop inspections of estate agents’ trust accounts, searching for inconsistencies that may point to misuse of trust money, in addition to their usual on-site inspections. Unlicensed car sellers fined over illegal trading - Media release Media releases 12 March 2020 Consumer Affairs Victoria has taken criminal action against four individuals for illegal motor car trading, ordering them to pay fines and costs totalling over $123,000. Agents warned against false advertising - Media release Media releases 20 December 2019 The Victorian Government is putting estate agents on notice for using doctored photos in advertisements, warning that they can be false and misleading representations. Engagement begins for engineers' registration scheme - Media release Media releases 3 December 2019 Work is underway on the planning for a new registration scheme for professional engineers. Agency and Director hit with underquoting fine - Media release Media releases 11 October 2019 The Federal Court has ordered a real estate agency in Melbourne’s east and its Directors to pay almost $900,000 in fines and compensation for underquoting offences. Jail for Cobden estate agent - Media release Media releases 16 September 2019 A former Cobden estate agent has been sentenced to three months in jail and gave an undertaking to the court to be of good behavior for two years after pleading guilty to almost 40 charges relating to mismanagement of his clients’ money. Avoid the extra cost of paper billing - Media release Media releases 27 August 2019 Consumer Affairs Victoria is reminding Victorians who need paper bills that they could be eligible for a fee exemption from their service provider. Former estate agent jailed - Media release Media releases 11 June 2019 A former Glen Waverley estate agent has been jailed for 20 months, with a minimum term of eight months, after pleading guilty to 11 charges of misusing more than $800,000 of her clients’ money. Don't get reeled in by phishing scams - Media release Media releases 24 May 2019 Victorians are being warned to be alert for phishing scams following a 20 per cent jump in reported losses last year compared with 2017.