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Each year the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety is required by legislation to report annually to the Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Commerce and Industrial Relations on its activities and performance. Other reports are often released in the public interest. Legal actions 2017-...
Departmental reporting
The risk Most pools and spas are fitted with water circulating pumps and cleaning equipment powered by electric motors. Faults can occur in these motors or in the motor’s electrical wiring. This can expose bathers to the risk of electric shock. Signs of electric shock include a tingling sensation,...
Electrical installations
August 2018 Changes have been applied by the Federal Government from 1 July 2018, regarding the liability for the goods and services tax (GST). Purchasers of new residential premises and new residential subdivisions, where the transaction is a taxable supply, are now required to withhold the GST...
Buying a property
Information for real estate consumers Consumer Protection have developed a number of publications to assist consumers with real estate transactions. Home buyers Home Buyers Survival Guide Sale by offer and acceptance Buying vacant land Buying land or property off-the-plan Timber pest inspections...
Buying a property
What can you do with goods abandoned by your tenant when they leave The first thing to do is to try and contact your tenant to find out when, or if, they are going to collect any abandoned goods. This information is intended to assist if you cannot contact them or they provide no instruction for...
When a tenancy ends
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: CLOSED Monday 27 August 2018. Background In Western Australia, the Fitness Industry Interim Code of...
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

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The Building Amendment Regulations (No. 2) 2018 (the Amendment Regulations) were published in the Government Gazette on 5 October 2018. The Amendment Regulations create new regulation 31HA in the...
Building Commission
Bulletin
05 Oct 2018
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) contacted all government departments and agencies (agencies) regarding the risk presented by combustible cladding and requested that...
Building Commission
Reports
30 Sep 2018
The Building Services (Registration) Amendment Regulations 2018 (the Amendment Regulations) were published in the Government Gazette on Friday 21 September 2018. The Amendment Regulations can be...
Building Commission
Bulletin
25 Sep 2018
Progress report This report is in response to recommendation 7 of the Ombudsman Western Australia (Ombudsman) report titled Investigation into ways to prevent or reduce deaths of children by drowning...
Building Commission
Reports
18 Sep 2018
Don’t compromise on electrical safety. Always use a licensed electrical contractor when installing your swimming pool or spa to avoid the risk of electric shock.
EnergySafety
Fact sheet
28 Aug 2018
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

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Consumer Protection is warning the WA community not to deal with the seller of food vans and trailers who has accepted more than $70,000 from small business operators but has failed to supply them or provide refunds. Cody Raymond Williams , sole Director of CLC Group Pty Ltd trading as CLC Fabrications (unregistered) , has taken deposits and, in some cases, the full amount from six people who...
Building Commission / Consumer Protection
Media release
06 May 2019
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection, David Hillyard Families, friends and the rural communities in which they live are mourning the deaths of two boys aged under ten who lost their lives recently in separate quad bike accidents in WA and Tasmania. The tragic accidents occurred on farms and involved rollovers, a common set of circumstances when we look at the statistics. On average, 16...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Apr 2019
A photographic business that specialises in taking photos of new-born babies is the subject of a Consumer Protection public warning following complaints about unacceptable delays in supplying the images to parents. Nine complaints have been lodged against Melissa Sheed Photography of Aubin Grove with some of the parents waiting for more than a year to receive the photos of their babies. The...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 May 2019
A decorative alcohol-fuelled (ethanol) burner exploded in a suburban backyard in Perth’s southern suburbs at the weekend, prompting a reminder to consumers that certain table-top models have been banned. The explosion on Saturday evening 27 April 2019 is believed to have been sparked by a burner being re-fuelled while still lit and injured four people, including a child, who were taken to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 May 2019
Consumer Protection and the WA Police Force are alarmed at the high number of incidents of home owners utilising the services of unlicensed security installers, and may be unknowingly inviting criminals into their home. These possibly dodgy businesses and individuals advertise their services on websites such as Gumtree as well as on social media, offering to install alarm systems, CCTV cameras,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 May 2019
The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by about 19 cents per litre (cpl) to 158.4 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 30 April 2019, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 164.9 cpl (hiking by 24 cpl). Most BP and Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price to 163...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Apr 2019
West Australians could be putting their health at risk this winter when they switch on gas heaters for the first time. Faulty, poorly maintained or misused gas heaters can leak potentially lethal carbon monoxide gas – an issue highlighted by Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week (April 29 to May 5). Western Australia’s Director of Energy Safety, Ken Bowron, is reminding householders to have their gas...
Building Commission
Media release
29 Apr 2019
Two Perth seniors have lost money to scammers, claiming to be from the NBN or a telco, who have adopted tactics aimed at accessing their computers and bank accounts while preventing them from making calls to their family or their bank. An 81 year old man received a call from someone claiming to be from the NBN and, as he had been connected to the NBN just the day before, he thought it was a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Apr 2019
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With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard WA has the worst rates of family and domestic violence in Australia and the number of incidents is unfortunately increasing. Family violence affects people from all walks of life making it everyone’s business and all of us have a part to play in preventing it. Changes to WA’s tenancy laws have now come...
Consumer Protection
Department News
18 Apr 2019
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With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Buying a vehicle via online auction has left a WA consumer with a sour taste in her mouth after the car turned out to be a lemon. The woman, who told her story on TV recently, bid $6,000 because the SUV had only done 135,000km and seemed like a bargain. But when she drove it away after purchase, it...
Consumer Protection
Department News
11 Apr 2019

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