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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 which connects 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...
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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Videos and presentations Changes to the Construction Contracts Act The Construction Contracts Act 2004 (CCA) is an important piece of legislation for the building and construction industry in Western Australia. On 15 December 2016 important changes to the CCA commenced operation. These were 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

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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
Summary: Consultation Draft of the Fair Trading (Pre-paid Funerals Code of Practice) Regulations 2018 1. Introduction A pre-paid funeral is a contract entered into with a funeral organiser in which...
Consumer Protection
Guidance note
16 May 2018
Egg Labelling factsheet The Commonwealth Government has introduced an Information Standard under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) for all egg producers that prescribes their obligations when...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
04 May 2018
What happens if a complaint is made against your business Our Advice Line receives some 300,000 calls per year from consumers in Western Australia. Many of these calls are resolved with simple advice...
Consumer Protection
Guidance note
26 Apr 2018
Small business and competition and consumer law (ACCC publications) Small business and the competition and consumer act - your rights and responsibilities Competition and consumer law - an overview...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
26 Apr 2018
New legislation will be coming into effect on 14 May 2018 which will require all workers performing work for reward at “domestic-type” premises, turn off all sources of electricity by opening the...
WorkSafe
Guidance note
05 Jul 2018
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

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The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 20 cents per litre (cpl) to 139.2 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 11 December 2018, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 144.9 cpl (increasing by 27 cpl). Most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 143.9 cpl, most...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Dec 2018
As the weather warms up our thoughts often turn to planning for holidays and fun festive celebrations, but it’s important to remember that common items used at this time of year can be hazardous. Water awareness is an obvious issue that springs to mind in summer but consumers also need to be aware of product safety when buying gifts. Consumer protection regulators throughout the country have...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Dec 2018
The Building Services Board has imposed fines totalling $12,000 in relation to a Mandurah short-stay accommodation development where substantial construction took place without a building permit. The builder, Kerry George Parsons (BP/BC4277) of Jandakot, submitted a building permit application to the City of Mandurah in March 2016 for the five-unit waterfront development valued at $400,000. The...
Building Commission
Media release
10 Dec 2018
A tree lopper has been fined $6,000 and ordered to pay costs of $887 by the Perth Magistrates Court for breaching his customers’ consumer rights to a cooling off period. Mitchell Craig Grisbrook of Connolly, trading as Elite Trees , today pleaded guilty to four charges of failing to comply with laws related to unsolicited consumer agreements involving two home owners. In January 2017 a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Dec 2018
A spike in reports of Western Australians losing money to the tax debt scam has prompted Consumer Protection to issue an alert in an effort to reduce the mounting losses. So far this year, 21 victims have reported to WA ScamNet losing a total of $78,250 with 11 victims losing $38,800 just last month. The highest single loss was $10,200. Most were ordered to pay their supposed tax debt by...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Dec 2018
Whether you have been renting a home for many years or are just about to jump into the rental market for the first time, it’s important to be aware of your rights and responsibilities. Residential tenancy matters make up a large part of the work we do at Consumer Protection. Our contact centre refers more than 100 calls from tenants each week to our Property Industries team for assistance. Part...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Nov 2018
A former Myaree builder has been fined $10,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal for failing to properly manage and supervise three projects with a combined contract value of almost $2 million. Geoffrey Ian Britton (BP11802, expired) – the nominated supervisor of Avon Dream Pty Ltd (BC14034, expired), trading as Econstruct – accepted the Building Services Board’s allegations, which included...
Building Commission
Media release
04 Dec 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by over 18 cents per litre (cpl) to 141.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 4 December 2018, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 149.9 cpl (hiking by 30 cpl). Most BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 145.9 cpl, most Caltex...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Dec 2018
Geraldton consumers will enjoy extra hours of shopping on a permanent basis. In response to the recent provision of fresh information by the City of Greater Geraldton, the Minister for Commerce and Industrial Relations Bill Johnston reviewed his decision to approve extended retail trading hours in Geraldton. On 28 November 2018, the Minister informed the Council that, having assessed the material...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Nov 2018
Consumer Protection has charged two tree loppers with breaching the Australian Consumer Law. Sean Robert Weinthal of Wanneroo faces nine charges including failure to comply with laws related to unsolicited consumer agreements and failure to provide information about his identity and street address. Mr Weinthal’s nephew Mitchell Craig Grisbrook of Connolly faces five charges including failure to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Nov 2018

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