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A warranty against defects is given by the manufacturer – it is commonly known as a 'manufacturer’s warranty'. It says when you are entitled to a repair, replacement, refund or something else if the product has defects. These are additional to your legal rights to a refund, repair or replacement...
Warranties and guarantees
When goods fail to meet a consumer guarantee , you have the right to a ‘ remedy ’ – an attempt to put the situation right. Common remedies include repair, replacement, or refund , and can involve action for compensation or damages . Store (supplier) The supplier has to provide the remedy when goods...
Warranties and guarantees
You automatically get consumer guarantees from the person or business when you buy, lease or hire their goods, or buy their services under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). This is different to a warranty, which is a voluntary promise offered by the person or business who sold the goods or service...
Warranties and guarantees
All advertising should tell the truth about a product or service and allow consumers to make well-informed decisions. Advertising rules apply to advertising in all media – print, radio, television, electronic and outdoor. Consumers should not have to 'read between the lines'. This means that...
Store policies and sale practices
Stores may charge a fee for browsing, or trying on, products available for sale provided you are: advised of the fee beforehand; told how it will be calculated; and given any other relevant information. If the fee applies even if you decide to buy the product, the store should ensure this is...
Store policies and sale practices
You have accepted the conditions of entry into a store if a notice asking you to display the contents of your shopping bag is: clearly displayed visible before you enter the store. If you say ‘no’ to a bag search, the store manager may: ask you to leave. A store is private property, not a public...
Store policies and sale practices
If you break an item while shopping, a store may ask you to pay for it. The store is effectively making a claim for damages against you because they have lost the opportunity to sell the item at the retail price. This type of situation is not covered by the Australian Consumer Law. If the store has...
Store policies and sale practices
A company may become insolvent if it is unable to pay its debts when they are due. In some circumstances, an insolvent company may continue to trade, for example, under the supervision of an administrator appointed by the company. In other circumstances, the company's financial situation may not...
Your consumer rights
A seller must not accept payment for items if they: do not intend to supply the item; intend to supply something different from what you ordered; or know, or should have known, they would not be able to supply the item in a timely way. A seller that accepts payment for items must supply them:...
Refunds and returns
If you cannot prove where the product was purchased, the store or manufacturer is not obliged to accept your claim, but may still choose to do so. Original Packaging If a product does not meet a consumer guarantee the seller cannot refuse to give a refund, or reduce the amount of the refund,...
Refunds and returns

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The Commissioner for Consumer Protection has approved the following guidelines to assist licensees distinguish between what the Commissioner considers an advertisement that requires a licence number...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
27 May 2014
Real Estate & Settlement Agents Change of Details Notification
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
28 May 2014
About this guide This is one of six guides to the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), developed by Australia’s consumer protection agencies to help businesses understand their responsibilities under the...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
27 Apr 2016
About this guide This is one of six guides to the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) developed by Australia’s consumer protection agencies to help businesses understand their responsibilities under the...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
27 Apr 2016
Commercial Tenancy (Retail Shops) Agreements Act 1985 Allocation of operating expenses for Non-standard Trading Hours
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
30 May 2014
If you have had no success with the steps you have taken to try and resolve a problem with a business or trader, you can lodge a formal complaint by: completing the online form ; or printing and...
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
01 Sep 2017
About this guide This is one of six guides to the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) developed by Australia’s consumer protection agencies to help businesses understand their responsibilities under the...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
27 Apr 2016
Co-operatives Information Sheet
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
29 May 2014
About this guide This is one of six guides to the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), developed by Australia’s consumer protection agencies to help businesses understand their responsibilities under the...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
27 Apr 2016
A short brochure providing information about Consumer Protection’s Product Safety Unit's website.
Consumer Protection
Brochure
27 May 2014

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Announcements

The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 13 cents per litre (cpl) to 138.9 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 3 January 2017, most Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price to 143.9 cpl (an increase of 19 cpl). Most Caltex, Coles Express and Puma sites are increasing their...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Jan 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 12 cents per litre (cpl) to 136.6 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 27 December 2016, most Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price to 141.9 cpl (an increase of 20 cpl). Most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 139...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Dec 2016
A Melbourne-based solar company has been fined $30,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court on 20 December 2016 for misleading WA consumers and defying laws relating to cold calling. ACN 158 148 951 Pty Ltd , formerly known as Clean Energy Enterprises Pty Ltd , was also ordered to pay legal costs of $15,681 after being convicted of 23 charges of breaching the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). A Director...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Dec 2016
Complete Ceilings and Renovations Pty Ltd (deregistered by ASIC) and its director Mark Edward Straw of High Wycombe have been fined a total of $242,700 as a result of prosecution action by the Building Commissioner.
Building Commission
Media release
21 Dec 2016
Salter Point man Mal Afrasiabi (BC6365 & BP6365 – expired), a director of the formerly registered Western Australian building company AFRA Construction Pty Ltd (BC12367 – expired) and trading as MAE Contractors (or MAE Constructions WA), has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for registration and contractual offences.
Building Commission
Media release
21 Dec 2016
Portable decorative ethanol burners, like those pictured, were banned from sale in Western Australia since 21 December 2016, and from 15 July 2017, are prohibited under a mandatory safety standard. More detail is available from the product safety page Ethanol burners (Decorative alcohol fuelled burners) . WA consumers I own a small freestanding ethanol burner bought prior to the mandatory...
Consumer Protection
Alert
20 Dec 2016
East Perth man Jon Valmont (alias Jon Marcel), trading as Marcel Roofing, has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for registration and contractual offences he committed in contracting for and carrying out building work in Attadale in late 2013 and early 2014.
Building Commission
Media release
13 Dec 2016
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 14 cents per litre (cpl) to 132.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 13 December 2016, most Caltex Woolworths, Coles Express and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 136.9 cpl (an increase of 17 cpl). Most BP and Caltex sites are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Dec 2016
Byford concreter Christopher Ronald Francis Gordon , trading as Flash Concrete , has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for contractual offences he committed while contracting for building work at a Rivervale property in 2014 and a Bull Creek property in 2015.
Building Commission
Media release
12 Dec 2016
Flashing reindeer noses were among eight items withdrawn from sale after being found to be unsafe during a pre-Christmas product safety inspection program by Consumer Protection. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the items all had button batteries that could easily come loose and pose a danger to young children. "Suppliers and retailers who sell toys and novelty items that contain button...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Dec 2016

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