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Multiple pricing occurs when a supplier displays more than one price for the same item or service. If a supplier displays the same item with more than one price then they must sell it for the lowest displayed price or withdraw the item until the price is corrected. A price published in a catalogue...
Pricing
Consumer Protection often receives complaints about incorrect rounding of prices by retail and fast food outlets. There are rules in place for businesses when it comes to dealing with small change transactions and we’d like to hear from customers who believe those rules are being broken. In...
Pricing
Country of origin labelling is a notice or label on products to let your customers know what country a product came from. In Australia misleading country of origin labelling is prohibited. If you sell food in retail stores in Australia, country of origin food labelling laws apply to your products...
Advertising and promotion
Unconscionable conduct is a statement or action so unreasonable it defies good conscience. A business must not act unconscionably when: selling or supplying goods and services to a consumer; or supplying or acquiring goods and services to or from a small business. Examples of unconscionable conduct...
Advertising and promotion
It is unlawful to make false or misleading representations about goods and services when supplying, offering to supply or promoting those goods or services. For instance, a business must not make false or misleading representations about: the standard, quality, value or grade of goods or services;...
Advertising and promotion
What is misleading or deceptive conduct? ‘Conduct’ includes actions and statements, such as: advertisements; promotions; quotations; statements; and any representation made by a person. Business conduct is likely to break the law if it creates a misleading overall impression among the intended...
Advertising and promotion
This section will help businesses and legal practitioners avoid unfair business practices by understanding: misleading or deceptive conduct false or misleading representations unconscionable conduct country of origin claims information standards Incorrect price rounding Unfair contract terms
Advertising and promotion
Consumer Protection recognises that while advertisers generally make every endeavour to be accurate, there will be occasions when errors occur. We recommend that as soon as a mistake is identified, you place an apology or clarification statement in the publication in which the error occurred. If...
Advertising and promotion
If your advertising refers to the cost of credit in any way (for example, that you can provide a cheap finance deal, or you invite your customers to compare your rates), then you are required to include certain information. Your advertisement need not contain an annual percentage rate, but it must...
Advertising and promotion
Photographs, drawings and other images must correspond with the advertised price and product. The reader or viewer should reasonably expect to be able to buy the product featured at the price mentioned. For example, it would be considered a breach of fair trading law to show a current model product...
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Fraudsters posing as CEOs or third-party suppliers have cost Western Australian businesses and not-for-profits at least $500,000 in the last two years, prompting a warning about ‘man in the middle scams’. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said the fraud works in two equally sophisticated ways. “The false boss or CEO scam usually hacks a chief executive officer or senior...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Aug 2016
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 17 cents per litre (cpl) to 119.1 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 16 August 2016, most Caltex and BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 125.9 cpl (an increase of 23 cpl by Caltex and 22 cpl by BP). Most Puma sites are increasing their ULP...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Aug 2016
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Consumer Protection has noticed that anytime there is a change in the economic climate there will be some business closures as a result. It is often difficult to spot telltale signs of financial distress but, as consumers, we need to be aware of the risks involved when paying for goods or services in advance; even the purchase of...
Consumer Protection
Department News
12 Aug 2016
Major reforms to improve the efficiency, productivity and consistency of the Western Australian building industry will progress further today as the Liberal National Government hosted its second Building Summit.
Building Commission
Media release
09 Aug 2016
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by 14 cents per litre (cpl) to 120.6 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 9 August 2016, most Caltex and BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 125.9 cpl (an increase of 18 cpl by Caltex and 16 cpl by BP). Most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Aug 2016
Perth company Top Class Roof Restorations Pty Ltd and its sole director and secretary Troy Anthony Coward have been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for contractual offences and fined a total of $7,000.
Building Commission
Media release
03 Aug 2016
Malaga company Barrowman Holdings Pty Ltd, trading as Perth Window & Door Replacement Company, and its sole director and secretary Stuart William Barrowman of Woodvale, have been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for contractual offences and fined a total of $15,000.
Building Commission
Media release
01 Aug 2016
A WA Building Commission update on its audit of Yuanda building products.
Building Commission
Department News
01 Aug 2016
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 12 cents per litre (cpl) to 124.3 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 26 July 2016, most Caltex Woolworths, BP, Caltex and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 129.9 cpl (an increase of 19 cpl by Caltex Woolworths, 17 cpl by BP and Caltex...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Jul 2016
Kinross man Hajir Mobin trading as Danny’s Plumbing and Gas Services, whose conduct has been the subject of several public warnings and prosecution action by the Department of Commerce, has been prosecuted by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) for carrying out unauthorised plumbing work.
Building Commission
Media release
25 Jul 2016

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