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Some typical examples of situations that may lead to an unsolicited agreement being made are: Door-knocking households and offering to sell products or services, or inviting consumers to switch to a different service provider. Telephoning consumers and offering to sell products or services...
Door-to-door and telephone selling
Information standards regulate the type and amount of information provided to consumers about goods and services. The Commonwealth minister responsible for administering the Australian Consumer Law can: make new information standards; and declare an existing standard as a national information...
Information standards
It is unlawful to use physical force, coerce or unduly harass someone about the supply of, or payment for, goods or services. Undue harassment means unnecessary or excessive contact or communication with a person, to the point where that person feels intimidated, tired or demoralised. Coercion...
Sales practices
Referral selling is when a consumer is persuaded to buy goods or services by promises of a rebate, commission or other benefit for supplying information that helps the trader sell to other consumers, and the consumer does not get the promised benefit unless some other event happens after the...
Sales practices
Pyramid schemes make money by recruiting businesses or people rather than by selling real and legitimate products or services – even if a product or service is involved. These schemes inevitably collapse and new members can lose a lot of money. It is illegal for any business or person to...
Sales practices
Telling consumers about their rights When it comes to consumer guarantees, you must be very careful about what you say to consumers about their rights, and the wording of any signs, advertisements or any other documents. What you cannot tell a consumer You must not tell a consumer that a consumer...
Returns and cancellations
A supplier must meet the consumer guarantees for providing services: with due care and skill; which are fit for any specified purpose; and within the time specified, or within a reasonable time (when no time is set). What is ‘reasonable’ will depend on the nature of the services. If services fail...
Returns and cancellations
You must repay any money paid by the consumer for the returned goods, and return any other form of payment made by the consumer, for example, a trade-in. If this is not possible, you must refund the consumer the value of the other form of payment. You must not: offer a credit note, exchange card or...
Returns and cancellations
You must provide goods of the same type and similar value. If such a replacement is not reasonably available, the consumer may choose a repair or a refund. The consumer must return goods to you. If this involves significant cost to the consumer, you must collect the goods at your own expense – see...
Returns and cancellations
What if I can’t repair the goods? If a supplier cannot repair the goods—for instance, because the supplier does not have parts—or cannot do so within a reasonable time, the consumer can: reject the goods and seek either a refund or replacement; or have the goods fixed elsewhere and claim reasonable...
Returns and cancellations

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A former York real estate agent and his son have been found to have engaged in misleading conduct after a ‘deceitful’ land deal which resulted in a $6 million profit for family members. The State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) has upheld allegations by Consumer Protection against former licensees The King and I Pty Ltd , formerly trading as Colin King Real Estate , and its director Colin Maxwell...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Oct 2016
The Building Commission is strongly advising home owners against carrying out their own plaster testing. The advice follows recent media reports and social media posts suggesting the use of a tape adhesion or “sticky tape” test to determine whether plaster has been correctly applied. Home owners are warned that testing their own walls could damage the plaster or paint. Tests should only be...
Building Commission
Department News
25 Oct 2016
Francesco Di Labio (reg. BP7903 – expired), as the nominated supervisor of Dianella building company Frayson Pty Ltd (BC8331 – cancelled), has been ordered by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) to pay a fine of $15,000 and costs of $1,000 as a result of disciplinary action by the Building Services Board.
Building Commission
Media release
24 Oct 2016
West Australians looking to make some fast cash are suffering large losses after being scammed by fake companies and websites spruiking investment opportunities. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said local investors were being lured into binary options trading, which was regarded as a speculative, high-risk investment and involved predicting the movements of commodity, asset or index prices over...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Oct 2016
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 17 cents per litre (cpl) to 122.1 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 18 October 2016, most Caltex Woolworths, Coles Express and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 129.9 cpl (an increase of 28.1 cpl by Caltex Woolworths, 27 cpl by Coles...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Oct 2016
Licensing and registration for more than 40 occupations in Western Australia is beginning to move online, providing a productivity boost to businesses and tradespeople and millions of dollars in savings for taxpayers over the next few years. Licence applications for electricians, gas fitters, plumbers, builders, real estate agents, motor vehicle dealers and repairers is currently a time consuming...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Oct 2016
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 18 cents per litre (cpl) to 122.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 11 October 2016, most Caltex and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 129.9 cpl (an increase of 30 cpl). Most United sites are increasing their ULP price to 127...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Oct 2016
A solar company and its Director have been ordered by the Federal Court to pay a total penalty of $535,000 for misleading and deceptive conduct and failing to supply goods to WA consumers. Unleash Solar Pty Ltd (in liquidation) , formerly based in Adelaide, was ordered to pay $390,000 and sole Director Dionysios Perdikoyiannis was ordered to pay $145,000 for multiple contraventions of the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Oct 2016
A Perth real estate agent is breathing a sigh of relief after a cyber-attack was thwarted in an attempt to steal $500,000 from a trust account. It’s believed the cyber thieves gained access to the agency’s bank accounts after malware was downloaded into their computer system, probably from an attachment being opened or a website link being clicked in a scam email. The installed malware allows the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Sep 2016
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 19 cents per litre (cpl) to 122.9 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 27 September 2016, most Caltex, Coles Express, and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 129.9 cpl (an increase of 30 cpl by Caltex, 29.5 cpl by Coles Express and 26 cpl...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Sep 2016

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