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No refund’ signs are unlawful. A supplier or manufacturer must not tell you that a consumer guarantee : does not exist; may be excluded; or may not have a particular effect. Generally, you have a right to a refund when there is a major problem with something you bought. Stores cannot take away this...
Refunds and returns
Generally, a store does not have to give a refund or replacement if a customer simply changes their mind about a product. Under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), the customer is only entitled to choose a refund or replacement for a major problem with a product covered by consumer guarantees. For...
Refunds and returns
The type of remedy you can request can depend on whether it is a minor or major problem. Minor problems A minor problem can be fixed within a reasonable time. You must give the store the chance to fix the problem. They choose whether to refund, repair or replace. Major problems If there is a major...
Refunds and returns
After you buy or use a product, you may identify problems with it, in other words, it does not meet a consumer guarantee. Depending on the type of problem (also known as a failure under the Australian Consumer Law) the seller may have to provide a ‘remedy’, such as: a refund repairs a replacement...
Refunds and returns
You will not be covered by all of the consumer guarantees for goods: bought before 1 January 2011. These are covered by laws that were in force before 1 January 2011 – contact us for more information; bought from one-off sales by private sellers, such as garage sales and fêtes; bought at auctions,...
Your consumer rights
As a supplier, you must ensure your standard form consumer contracts comply with national unfair contract terms laws. These protect consumers against contract terms that: would cause a significant imbalance in the parties' rights and obligations under a contract; are not reasonably necessary to...
Door-to-door and telephone selling
Whatever disposal method is used for the goods, be sure to keep a record of communication with the customer, every notice sent and documents relating to your costs for storing and disposing of the goods. The Disposal of Uncollected Goods Act 1970 requires that within seven days of selling or...
Disposing of uncollected goods
There are procedures to follow if your customer gives you a ‘notice of dispute’ within one month of you serving them with a Form 1, Form 2 or Form 4 as set out in the Disposal of Uncollected Goods Regulations 1971 . There is no prescribed notice of dispute in the Regulations but it needs to set out...
Disposing of uncollected goods
If you sell the goods (pursuant to a court order) Deduct from the proceeds all of your lawful and reasonable moneys owed, charges and sale expenses (including advertising, storage, sales commission, insurance, etc. If there is a shortfall, you may claim the balance from the party who left the goods...
Disposing of uncollected goods
There are certain forms you need to use when notifying the various people of your intention to dispose of goods. Following these procedures and using the correct forms can save you problems later, particularly if your customers turn up wanting their goods. You should be aware that penalties apply...
Disposing of uncollected goods

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Who should complete this application This form can be used by motor vehicle dealers, repair businesses, car market operators or holders of an Exemption from the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act. Any...
Consumer Protection
Form – application
29 Aug 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
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
Fact sheet
10 Oct 2017
Holiday Accommodation Managers Are you Accredited?
Consumer Protection
Brochure
29 May 2014
A guide to the correct procedures to dispose of uncollected goods. Though this guide to the disposal of uncollected goods was developed in partnership with the MTA, it is not just for the motor vehicle industry and it is applicable for the disposal of any type of product left with a business.
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
09 Nov 2017
Co-operatives: Good Business Guide
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
29 May 2014
Looking for a home of your own does not necessarily mean buying an established property. Some people prefer to buy vacant land and have a home built to their plans and requirements. This often means...
Consumer Protection
Brochure
27 May 2014
This guide is intended to help auditors produce high quality reports in the required format. To make the auditing process easier, templates for the main documents to be lodged with the Commissioner...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
26 Jul 2017
Small Business Self Assessment checklist
Consumer Protection
Checklist
29 May 2014
Dispute with a business? A consumer guide to finding help ACL
Consumer Protection
Brochure
29 May 2014

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Announcements

With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Consumer Protection recently attended an intellectual property rights workshop in Perth where makers of products, particularly electrical items, showcased physical examples of genuine and non-genuine items to highlight the differences. The session was mainly to help Australian Border Force officers detect counterfeit goods but we...
Consumer Protection
Department News
09 Dec 2016
Western Australia's defence industry and aspiring defence suppliers will give national defence officials a better picture of the State's industrial know-how at a business forum today .
Media release
09 Dec 2016
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 12 cents per litre (cpl) to 130.7 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 6 December 2016, most Caltex, Caltex Woolworths, Puma and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 133.9 cpl (an increase of 16 cpl by Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Dec 2016
A new code of conduct for Western Australia's building and construction industry will be introduced to prevent anti-competitive behaviour, improve workplace safety and add to the suite of measures adopted by the State Government to ensure subcontractors are paid on time.
Building Commission
Department News
05 Dec 2016
Nicola Multari , the sole director and secretary of Tonic Homes Pty Ltd (BC 13741 – expired), and Barry Douglas Windsor (reg. BP11375 & BC11375 – expired), the nominated supervisor of Fremantle Building Company Pty Ltd , have been fined for misconduct in connection with building work at a White Gum Valley property in 2013.
Building Commission
Media release
01 Dec 2016
The Western Australian Building and Construction Industry Code of Conduct 2016 applies from 1 January 2017 to the new tendering process of all State building projects. The WA code was developed to ensure that Western Australian government agencies, when expending public funds, contract with building contractors that conduct themselves in a reputable, fair, safe and responsible manner, both in...
WA Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit / Corporate
Department News
05 Dec 2016
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 12 cents per litre (cpl) to 130 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 29 November 2016, most Coles Express and Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price by 15 cpl and 16 cpl, respectively, to 133.9 cpl. Most Puma sites are increasing their ULP...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Nov 2016
Mount Lawley builder Squire Homes Pty Ltd (reg. BC5025) has been fined $15,000 and ordered to pay costs of $1,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) for negligent conduct in the construction of three commercial projects on two Margaret River sites.
Building Commission
Media release
28 Nov 2016
A former Claremont tailor who accepted payments from consumers but failed to deliver all of the goods has been fined $16,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court. Anthony George Riordan , who traded as Joseph Anthony Bespoke (now closed), was found guilty on 24 November 2016 of four charges of contravening the Australian Consumer Law. He did not appear in Court and was convicted in his absence. Between...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Nov 2016
Laws introduced by the Liberal National Government to protect payments to subcontractors in the construction industry have passed State Parliament.
Building Commission
Media release
23 Nov 2016

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