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Portable decorative ethanol burners designed for table-top use are the subject of an interim product safety ban.
Product safety for consumers
Consumer Protection sought public comment as a part of a review of the laws covering the licensing and conduct of auctioneers in WA. Status: CLOSED 15 April 2017 Background Currently under the Auction Sales Act 1973 , auctioneer licences are issued by local Magistrates Courts with WA Police checks...
Consultations and reports
Before you buy something, do your research and make sure you are getting the best disability good or service for your needs. This is particularly important if you are buying something that you will use for a long time or something worth a lot of money. Here are some tips to help you make an...
People with disability
Consumers can now identify how much of the food they are buying is sourced or made in Australia with the country of origin labelling system. There are two key features to look for a: kangaroo logo - which means the food is made or grown in Australia bar chart and description - which shows what...
Food
A chargeback is the reversal of a disputed transaction back to your credit card account. Chargebacks are only available on credit cards or if you use the ‘credit’ option on a debit or travel card. It is NOT available when you pay with cash, eftpos, BPAY, direct debit, money transfer or cheque...
Refunds and returns
Introduction Tenancy laws in WA are under review as part of the Government’s family violence reform plan and community feedback is now invited. The purpose of this options paper is to seek stakeholder feedback into preferred drafting options to amend the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 so that...
Consultations and reports
The Western Australian Products Symbol Act 1972 (the Act) authorises the use of the WA Birthmark symbol (a prescribed symbol) to distinguish and promote the sale of products made in Western Australia. A person who sells any product, the production and preparation of which is substantially carried...
Information standards
Music festivals are high-risk business ventures, susceptible to major changes or cancellations due to a unique set of planning challenges, such as inclement weather, natural disasters, venue suitability, and artist availability. When things go wrong and a festival is cancelled or does not match the...
Your consumer rights
Every week, around 20 Australian children present to an emergency department following exposure to button batteries, including ingestions and insertions. Keep products with button batteries out of sight and out of reach of small children. Button batteries are found in many common household products...
Product safety for consumers
Consumer Protection is seeking community feedback about whether new laws should be introduced to regulate boarding and lodging in WA. Status: CLOSED , Friday 30 June 2017 Background Boarders and lodgers are currently not covered by the Residential Tenancies Act , although boarding premises...
Consultations and reports

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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
23 Jan 2018
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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With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Renting a home is a good option for many consumers but sometimes the relationship between tenants and landlords can experience difficulties when issues arise. Residential Tenancy is a large part of the work we do at Consumer Protection. We give free advice to all parties in a residential tenancy agreement, look into complaints and, wherever...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Apr 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by 21 cents per litre (cpl) to 149.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 17 April 2018, most Caltex, Puma, BP and Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price to 153.9 cpl (an increase of between 26 and 28 cpl). Most 7-Eleven and Coles Express...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Apr 2018
A Bellevue couple has been fined $2,500 each by the Midland Magistrates Court for selling vehicles from their home without a licence. Ty Mellowship and Mandy Paula Rowe were convicted in their absence on 9 April 2018 of breaching the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act and were also ordered to pay costs of $598 each. Between July 2016 and April 2017, Mr Mellowship bought and sold five vehicles. Between...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Apr 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by over 20 cents per litre (cpl) to 148.9 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 10 April 2018, most Caltex, Puma and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 153.9 cpl (an increase of between 24 and 28 cpl). Most Caltex Woolworths and BP sites are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Apr 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 19 cents per litre (cpl) to 147 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 3 April 2018, most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 153.9 cpl (an increase of 31 cpl). Most Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price to 151.9 cpl, and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Apr 2018
A voluntary recall is underway of unsafe components of gate latches for swimming pool fences which can cause the gate to be locked in an open position, posing a potential drowning risk for children. The strike component is being recalled, contained in the following latches: SafeTech Top Pull Pool Gate Latch (Key Lockable) G8Safe Top Pull Pool Gate Latch (Key Lockable) SafeTech TriLatch (Key...
Building Commission / Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Mar 2018
A Burswood auction business has closed its doors, leaving up to 40 sellers out of pocket. Hayes Auctioneers Pty Ltd , which specialised in auctioning antiques, artworks and commercial disposals for clients, has ceased operating after suffering financial difficulties. Consumer Protection believes there could be up to 40 sellers who have not been paid after their items were sold on consignment. Two...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Mar 2018
An unlicensed motor vehicle dealer has been ordered to pay a total of $27,757 by the Armadale Magistrates Court after being found guilty on 27 March 2018. Mark Anthony Lambley , who mostly operated in Kelmscott, was fined $5,000 and ordered to pay $22,757 in costs. He bought 36 motor vehicles at auction and on-sold 12 of them between April 2013 and June 2014 without a licence, in breach of the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Mar 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 20 cents per litre (cpl) to 146.3 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 27 March 2018, most Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 151.9 cpl (an increase of 27 cpl). Most Caltex Woolworths, Caltex, BP and Coles Express sites are increasing...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Mar 2018
Background: The Commissioner for Consumer Protection has issued a warning and advice to WA's plumbing industry. Commissioner’s Blog: Upselling could land plumbers in hot water Video and FAQs: https://youtu.be/4VUu0Dl2ytk It comes after a large number of complaints and enquiries over the last six months, which indicate some plumbers / plumbing service providers are attending properties to carry...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Mar 2018

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