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Retailers wishing to trade as a small or special retail shop must apply for a certificate. Small retail shops In part, small retail shops are shops owned by up to six people who operate no more than four retail shops, in which up to 25 people work at any one time (people employed as apprentices are...
Trading hours
Consumer Protection is seeking feedback from fitness services providers, industry associations, consumers, and consumer organisations about a mandatory Fitness Industry Code of Practice. Status: OPEN, closing date Monday 27 August 2018. Background In Western Australia, the Fitness Industry Interim...
Consultations and reports
Western Australia's Building Regulations 2012 (the Regulations) sets out the requirements for home-owners to have compliant smoke alarms installed: prior to the sale or transfer of ownership; where a dwelling is rented under a residential tenancy agreement or made available for such rental; and...
Smoke alarm laws
Eggs sold or advertised in Australia as "free range" must have been laid by hens kept in certain conditions as set out by the Free Range Egg Labelling Information Standard introduced in April 2018. 'Free range' means the eggs were laid by hens that: had meaningful and regular access to an outdoor...
Food
The roof space of your home can be a very dangerous area. There are a number of electrical risks, including: exposed live electrical conductors or wiring; unenclosed joints in conductors; electrical connections where the condition of wiring has deteriorated (often associated with older buildings);...
Electrical installations
Industry Advisory Group on security of payment reform
Construction Contracts Act
The Commonwealth Government are seeking your views on the clarification, simplification and modernisation of the consumer guarantee framework Status: Open, closes Monday 23 April. Background A recent review of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) highlighted a number of benefits to Australians. The...
Consultations and reports
Important electrical safety message from the Director of Energy Safety To the Proprietor Dear Sir / Madam No RCD means no second chance Residual current devices (RCDs) are the single most effective measure to prevent electrocutions, serious electrical injuries and fires. The circuit breakers and...
Residual Current Devices (RCD)
Contact information for the resources sector
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When there is a disaster such as a fire, flood, storm or earthquake a vehicle can suffer various degrees of damage. If you are in the market for a second-hand vehicle you should be aware of the different obligations motor vehicle dealers, insurance companies and private sellers have to comply with...
Servicing and repair

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June 2018 This public consultation paper invites feedback and/or suggestions from any consumer, fitness services provider, industry association, or other interested stakeholder on: current and...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
28 Jun 2018
What's your bag plan?
What's your bag plan?, by Department of Water and Environment
What's your bag plan?, by Department of Water and Environment What's your bag plan? As of 1 July 2018, lightweight plastic bags are banned in Western Australia,...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
27 Jun 2018
Consumer Protection is concerned that some WA retailers are referring customers with warranty claims to the manufacturer when it is their responsibility under consumer law. There have been a high...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
21 Jun 2018
New regulations have come into effect which requires electricity to be switched off before people enter the roof space. To assist workers in notifying homeowners of the new regulations the WorkSafe...
WorkSafe
Information
05 Jul 2018
We want you to have a safe, happy and healthy winter. Many winter products can be unsafe if they are old, faulty or used incorrectly. Follow our safety messages and keep up-to-date on the latest...
Consumer Protection
Promotions
07 Jun 2018
The Consumer Protection Enforcement and Prosecution policy was published in September 2011 and relates to Consumer Protection issues only. Consumer Protection promotes enforcement action to achieve...
Consumer Protection
Policies
16 May 2018
More information about Consumer Protection activities can be found in our year in review reports and on individual cases by reading the associated media statement.
Consumer Protection
Reports
16 May 2018
Information for consumers, shops and businesses on the services offered by Consumer Protection
Consumer Protection
Flyers
16 May 2018
The Australian Government sought views on options to improve outcomes and protections for consumers who participate in the Gift card market. Status: Closed Wednesday 30 May 2018. Background In...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
31 May 2018
Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement and Discussion paper. Proposal for the regulation of pre-paid funerals. December 2011 (now closed) A previous consultation process conducted in 2006 resulted...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
10 May 2018

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Announcements

With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard It is now easier for consumers to know where their food comes from with the introduction of mandatory Country of Origin food labelling which became effective as of 1 July 2018. All businesses, including manufacturers, processors and importers that offer food for retail sale in Australia, must comply with the Country of Origin Food Labelling...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Jul 2018
Consumer Protection is encouraging Perth landlords to attend a Shelter WA Homelessness Week Event, to learn about ways to help tenants experiencing family violence and other serious problems. Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said the ‘Landlords Making A Difference’ session on 9 August in Maylands is a great opportunity for owners of rental homes to hear from government,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Jul 2018
Door to door salespeople who ignore ‘Do Not Knock’ stickers on homes may face prosecution, Consumer Protection has warned. The agency has received several reports from Perth consumers claiming that they were visited by door to door traders despite having a ‘Do Not Knock’ sticker displayed. The Federal Court has previously ruled that the sticker conveyed a clear and unambiguous request for a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Jul 2018
WA households have begun receiving scam mail in the form of glossy travel brochures that contain two fake scratchies, with one showing a $US200,000 win. It’s a long-running scam from Malaysia that has been the subject of warnings from Consumer Protection for many years but, each time, the scammers change the name of the promotion and the business behind it. The latest reincarnations go under the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Jul 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 19 cents per litre (cpl) to 156.2 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 17 July 2018, most 7-Eleven, BP, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths, Puma and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 159.9 cpl (an increase of between 21 cpl and 24 cpl)...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Jul 2018
Many seniors prefer to remain in their own homes for as long as possible and recent reforms in aged care now give more choice to consumers choosing that option. Since February 2017, all government funded home care packages have been provided to individual consumers rather than allocated to approved providers. So this new model of consumer directed care allows older consumers more flexibility and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Jul 2018
WA Facebookers have received messages from people who they thought were friends encouraging them to claim lottery prizes, but instead they have ended up being duped into paying thousands of dollars in supposed fees and taxes to scammers. Since 1 April 2018, WA ScamNet has received reports from 18 people claiming to have lost a total of almost $110,000. The individual losses have escalated in...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Jul 2018
Consumer Protection has appointed a new senior regional officer to its Kalgoorlie office to serve residents in the Goldfields, Esperance and Wheatbelt areas of WA. Mark Ing has worked for the Department for eight years, starting as a client services officer with WorkSafe before taking up a role as an Occupational Safety and Health Coordinator. More recently, Mark has worked in Consumer Protection...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Jul 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 20 cents per litre (cpl) to 156.3 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 10 July 2018, most 7-Eleven, Caltex Woolworths, BP, Caltex, Puma and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 159.9 cpl (an increase of between 22 cpl and 27 cpl)...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Jul 2018
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard With school holidays now underway, parents are advised to be aware of the dangers posed by quad bikes, particularly when operated by children and teenagers. Quad bikes can pose serious safety risks. Nationally there have been at least nine deaths using quad bikes including two children so far in 2017. Children under the age of 16 are at...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Sep 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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