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Wire bristles from barbecue brushes can cause serious throat or digestive injuries when ingested. Thousands of injuries have been reported from accidentally consuming the bristles around the world, including in Australia. The metal bristles on barbecue brushes can become loose. Be aware of bristles...
Product safety for consumers
What is the sharing economy? The sharing economy is an online marketplace run by platform operators that connect consumers with people who have goods or services to sell, hire, rent or lease. Platform operators provide administrative functions, such as facilitating payment and managing the platform...
Your consumer rights
Creating a safe and secure environment for your baby is important and we have collated some advice on common products and household tips to help you. The below pages and publications detail the various ways you can reduce or remove common hazards to avoid the risk of injury to your growing child...
Product safety for consumers
In the early hours of 14 June 2017, fire engulfed a 24-storey apartment block in West London’s North Kensington district known as the Grenfell Tower, causing at least 80 deaths and many injuries. While English authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire and its rapid spread, initial...
Compliance and audit
What is being done nationally On 23 June 2015, the Australian Senate referred the issue of non-conforming building products to the Senate Economics Reference Committee. The Committee released its interim report ‘Safety – not a matter of good luck’ on 4 May 2016. The Senate Committee is due to hand...
Non-conforming building products
Background information Non-conforming building products (NCBPs) are products and materials that: claim to be something they are not; do not meet required standards for their intended use; or are marketed or supplied with the intent to deceive those who use them. For example a building product that...
Non-conforming building products
The growth of online trading sites has made ticket on-selling easier for unauthorised resellers. Ticket on-selling has become a popular way for people to buy tickets when they miss out on purchasing from an official outlet. Be warned, buying a ticket through an unauthorised reseller carries a...
Your consumer rights
David Hillyard was appointed as Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection in December 2015. Prior to this, he was the Director of Consumer Protection’s Retail and Services Directorate. David has worked with Consumer Protection for over 35 years and has been in senior management roles where most...
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The Building Commission is developing a range of videos for industry and consumers. Below is a list of videos currently available for viewing. Videos and presentations Changes to the Construction Contracts Act The Construction Contracts Act 2004 (CCA) is an important piece of legislation for the...
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Inflatable air lounges are a drowning risk if used on water. While some retailers selling this product may suggest they can be used on water, there may be a risk of unexpected deflation and we strongly recommend they are only used on dry land. These lounges should not be used on any water body (...
Product safety for consumers

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24 November 2017 As summer approaches it’s time to check that the pool or spa at your rental property conforms to safety requirements. The pool or spa must have appropriate safety barriers according...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
28 Nov 2017
24 November 2017 Another loss from a cyber-attack that intercepted a property sale transaction has triggered Consumer Protection to issue a renewed warning to buyers, sellers, tenants and agents in...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
28 Nov 2017
24 November 2017 Another loss from a cyber-attack that intercepted a property sale transaction has triggered Consumer Protection to issue a renewed warning to buyers, sellers, tenants and agents in...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
28 Nov 2017
Consumer Protection has had a number of recent reports from sporting associations that have received an unsolicited invoice for payment for services that they have not ordered. Busy small businesses...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
21 Nov 2017
Refunds and returns sign sample We are not required to provide a refund or replacement if you change your mind. But you can choose a refund or exchange if an item has a major problem. This is when...
Consumer Protection
Flyers
07 Nov 2017
You are entitled to expect safe goods and services From 1 January 2011, every Australian consumer will be protected in the same way under the Australian Consumer Law from unsafe consumer products and...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
02 Nov 2017
An audit of contractor and product performance in the construction of fire walls at the new Perth Children’s Hospital.
Building Commission
Reports
23 Oct 2017
The department's final annual report for 2016-2017 presents information on its statutory compliance, financial, non-financial and operational performance, in accordance with the requirements of the...
Corporate
Reports
16 Oct 2017
About this guide This guide will help you find assistance when you are in dispute with a business. Your rights when you buy, hire or lease goods, or pay for services, are set out by the Australian...
Consumer Protection
Information
11 Oct 2017
Simpler regulation for your business From 1 January 2011, every Australian business will have the same rights and responsibilities under the Australian Consumer Law. By knowing your rights and...
Consumer Protection
Information
11 Oct 2017

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A significant increase in enquiries and reports being lodged about puppy scams has prompted Consumer Protection to issue a new warning for consumers to be extra vigilant when responding to advertisements on websites, trading sites and social media. There was a 200 per cent increase in enquiries about puppy scams during September to November this year compared to the same period in 2016, while...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Dec 2017
Energy Safety has issued a reminder to do a safety check on the family barbecue before firing it up this summer. Acting Director of Energy Safety Saj Khan said today caution was needed around all gas appliances. “A barbecue is a great Australian tradition, but gas barbecues can be dangerous if not correctly maintained,” Mr Khan said. “Every year unsafe barbecues cause fires, injuries and damage...
EnergySafety
Media release
15 Dec 2017
A Joondalup real estate agency and a sales representative will have to pay a total of $21,200 in penalties and costs ordered by the State Administrative Tribunal after a Balga house was sold without the consent of one of the owners. The owners were a couple who had moved overseas and the agency was duped by the husband into believing that his wife and children were killed by the Taliban in...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Dec 2017
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard The Christmas shopping period has now begun and it’s important for consumers to remember a few key tips to ensure they actually get what they pay for when buying gifts for family and friends. Many post-Christmas complaints received by Consumer Protection relate to gifts bought online that don’t arrive on time, so it’s important to confirm...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Dec 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by over 20 cents per litre (cpl) to 147.7 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 12 December 2017, all Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 151.9 cpl (an increase of 22 cpl). Most 7-Eleven, Caltex Woolworths, BP, Puma and Caltex sites are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Dec 2017
Applicants for a builder, building surveyor or painter’s registration in Western Australia are being reminded of their responsibilities when using a third party service provider to prepare their applications.
Building Commission
Media release
06 Dec 2017
A Maddington builder who provided incorrect and misleading information to become registered has been fined $5,000 and his request to cancel his registration has been accepted by the Building Services Board.
Building Commission
Media release
05 Dec 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by over 20 cents per litre (cpl) to 147.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 5 December 2017, all Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price to 151.9 cpl (an increase of 27 cpl). Most 7-Eleven, BP, Caltex, Coles Express and Puma sites are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Dec 2017
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Consumer Affairs regulators around the country have launched a new campaign to educate consumers and traders about their rights and responsibilities around the sharing economy. The sharing economy refers to platforms where people supply their private goods and services for other consumers to use, including ride sharing, home sharing and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Dec 2017
Consumer Protection has been advised by the promoters that this Sunday’s “Earthcore in the Park” event at Mulberry on Swan near Perth has been cancelled, so ticketholders should be offered a refund. Ticketholders who purchased tickets via credit card should immediately contact their credit card provider or bank to apply for a charge back . Those who purchased tickets via PayPal should contact...
Consumer Protection
Alert
28 Nov 2017

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Any organisation wanting to conduct a street collection in the Perth metropolitan area, whether or not licensed, must have a separate street collection permit.
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An organistion can apply for a charity licence through the Charitable Collections Advisory Committee.
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