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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...
BC videos
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
Furniture Stability From a toddler’s point of view, home looks like a big playground. They don’t recognise the dangers. The trouble is that most parents don’t recognise the dangers either. Unstable furniture can tip over when a child climbs or pulls on it. This can cause serious injuries if it...
Product safety for consumers

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Self-balancing scooters safety standard (hoverboards)
Consumer Protection
Information
26 Apr 2018
Furniture stability From a child’s point of view, your home looks like a big playground. But there are hidden dangers they don’t recognise. Unstable furniture can tip over when a child climbs or...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
24 Apr 2018
Portable pool safety fact sheet 1
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
18 Apr 2018
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is committed to the highest possible standards of openness, probity and accountability in all its affairs. The department has zero...
Corporate
Plans
13 Apr 2018
Landlords can get information about their rights and responsibilities from Consumer Protection. Common questions are answered below and contact details are on this factsheet. Common questions My...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
27 Feb 2018
Information for tenants Consumer Protection can help with renting questions – contact details are provided on this factsheet. Common questions The house has been destroyed. What happens to my lease?...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
08 Feb 2018
Information for consumers 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...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
01 Mar 2018
Consumer Protection can help you with a wide range of issues you may face because of a crisis. You will find contact details for Consumer Protection at the bottom of this factsheet. Insurance,...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
08 Feb 2018
Gas Service Logbook for industrial and commercial gas installations, not subject to a “Gasfitting Authorisation”.
EnergySafety
Information
09 Jan 2018
21 December 2017 Property manager fined after falling victim to a holiday accommodation scam (Vicki Redfern) A property manager has been reprimanded and fined $2,500 by the State Administrative...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
21 Dec 2017

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An East Victoria Park building surveying company , Western Australia Building Certifiers and Assessors Pty Ltd (BSC226) and its sole director John Phillip Greenwood (BSP21) have each been ordered to pay a fine of $2,500 to the Building Commissioner. The Building Services Board imposed the fines at its April meeting after finding that the respondents were negligent under the Building Services (...
Building Commission
Media release
14 May 2018
Building and Energy (formerly EnergySafety) and WorkSafe have issued a reminder on the importance of understanding and avoiding the electrical hazards in roof spaces, with new regulations coming into effect on Monday (14 May 2018). Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron today cautioned homeowners to be mindful of the electrical hazards in roof spaces. “Homeowners may need to access the roof space...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 May 2018
Building and Energy (formerly Energy Safety ) and WorkSafe have issued a reminder on the importance of understanding and avoiding the electrical hazards in roof spaces, with new regulations coming into effect on Monday (14 May 2018). Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron today cautioned homeowners to be mindful of the electrical hazards in roof spaces. “Homeowners may need to access the roof space...
EnergySafety
Media release
11 May 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 22 cents per litre (cpl) to 154.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 8 May 2018, most Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 159.9 cpl (an increase of between 26 and 30 cpl). Most Puma sites are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 May 2018
Building Commissioner Ken Bowron has issued a warning to consumers about the status of registered building contractors Archiapps Pty Ltd (reg BC14480) and Archiapps Development Pty Ltd (reg BC101981). The Building Commissioner has received information giving rise to concerns about the builders’ capacity to pay their debts as and when they fall due. “The fact that the number of court actions...
Building Commission
Media release
04 May 2018
Consumer Protection fears some WA consumers are at risk of suffering large losses after the closure of a West Perth car dealership which specialised in selling luxury vehicles on consignment. So far 15 car owners who signed consignment contracts with Luxuride in Newcastle Street have reported being out of pocket a total of $960,000. The car yard was operated by Luxuride Pty Ltd . Director Nicolas...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 May 2018
West Australians could be putting their own and their family’s health at risk this winter when they switch on their gas heaters for the first time. Carbon monoxide gas leaking from faulty heaters can be fatal as was the tragic and alarming case of Chase and Tyler Robinson, aged eight and six, who died in 2010 in their home in Shepparton, Victoria. This week, April 30 – May 6 marks the annual...
Building Commission / EnergySafety
Media release
01 May 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 21 cents per litre (cpl) to 152.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 1 May 2018, most BP, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths, Puma and Coles Express sites are hiking their ULP price to 156.9 cpl (an increase of between 23 and 27 cpl). Most 7-Eleven sites...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Apr 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 21 cents per litre (cpl) to 151.3 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 24 April 2018, most Caltex Woolworths and Coles Express sites are hiking their ULP price to 156.9 cpl (an increase of between 21 and 27 cpl). Most Caltex and Puma sites are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Apr 2018
WA consumers are being warned to be alert to tax scams which are usually prevalent in the months before and after the end of the financial year. Victims are cold-called by scammers claiming to be from the tax office demanding that a bogus tax debt be paid immediately; otherwise they will face arrest. Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said the majority of tax scam reports are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Apr 2018

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