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A‘lay-by’ agreement exists when if the consumer: pays for the goods in at least three instalments (when the agreement is not stated to be a ‘lay by’ agreement) or in at least two instalments (when the agreement is called a ‘lay-by’ agreement); and does not receive the goods until the full price has...
Lay-bys, vouchers and gifts
Every Australian business has the same rights and responsibilities under the Australian Consumer Law. By knowing your rights and responsibilities, you can look after your business and your customers. ACL guides There are six guides to the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), developed by Australia’s...
Business tools
Make sure you use a licensed gas fitter whenever you have gasfitting work done. Gasfitting is a skilled technical trade requiring extensive training to become competent. Gasfitting not completed to the required standards is a serious safety hazard. In Western Australia, only licensed gas fitters...
Gas installations
A consumer who wants to make a claim about faulty goods or services against a supplier or manufacturer will usually need to show they obtained the goods or services from the supplier or manufacturer. The same applies to gift recipients. Businesses are understandably concerned to ensure claims made...
Receipts
Consumers must be provided with an itemised bill if they request one. The supplier must give the consumer the itemised bill, without charge, within seven days of the request. It must be expressed in plain language, legible and clear. A consumer can ask a supplier for an itemised bill which shows:...
Receipts
New vehicle (manufacturer's) warranties When you buy a new vehicle a usual "term" of the contract is that the manufacturer will "guarantee" the vehicle - usually, for a limited period of time, provided the vehicle is used correctly. This guarantee is known as a manufacturer's warranty or 'express...
Buying a vehicle
When you buy a vehicle from a dealer, it will come with a warranty - a manufacturer's warranty if it is new, and a statutory (dealer's) warranty if it is second-hand. Note: Older second-hand vehicles and some types of vehicles may not be covered by statutory warranty. All vehicles, both new and...
Buying a vehicle
There are a number of places where you can buy a vehicle. Each has advantages and disadvantages. Buying from a dealer Buying a vehicle from a licensed motor vehicle dealer is the safest way and provides some real advantages. The dealer is obliged by law to guarantee that there is no money owing on...
Buying a vehicle
The Code of Practice also places requirements on other businesses that supply fitness services, such as gym, aerobics and aqua aerobics instructors and personal trainers. For all such businesses, false and misleading statements are prohibited in respect to: fees charged all sales advertising...
Gyms
Fitness centres and fitness suppliers must provide information to clients on how to lodge a complaint and are required by the Code of Practice to deal with clients' complaints. If you have a concern or complaint, make a formal complaint to the business in the first instance. They must: Try to...
Gyms

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Building permit
Building Commission
Form – application
14 May 2014
Certificate of design compliance
Building Commission
Form – application
14 May 2014
Application for building permit – uncertified
Building Commission
Form – application
14 May 2014
Application for building permit – certified
Building Commission
Form – application
24 Feb 2015
Buying a car is a big investment for most people. Make sure you do your homework before doing the deal, regardless of whether it’s through a private seller or with a car yard. Buying a new or used...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
01 Sep 2017
Organisations licensed under the Charitable Collections Act 1946 are entitled to visit a house to collect money or sell goods for a charitable purpose. All appeals must be authorised by the governing...
Consumer Protection
Information
03 Nov 2017
Corporate
Code of practice
27 May 2014
Commerce’s strategies for ensuring people with disabilities, their families and carers have equal opportunity to access our services and facilities.
Corporate
Plans
27 May 2014
Did you know the Department of Commerce can provide your business with information and advice on trading, employment and safety at work? Use this checklist to help identify where the department may...
Corporate
Checklist
27 May 2014
The plan contains seven strategic directions which clarify purpose and intent, while reminding our staff and the community of the important contribution the department makes to the lives of everyday...
Corporate
Plans
08 Dec 2016

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A former York real estate agent and his son have been found to have engaged in misleading conduct after a ‘deceitful’ land deal which resulted in a $6 million profit for family members. The State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) has upheld allegations by Consumer Protection against former licensees The King and I Pty Ltd , formerly trading as Colin King Real Estate , and its director Colin Maxwell...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Oct 2016
The Building Commission is strongly advising home owners against carrying out their own plaster testing. The advice follows recent media reports and social media posts suggesting the use of a tape adhesion or “sticky tape” test to determine whether plaster has been correctly applied. Home owners are warned that testing their own walls could damage the plaster or paint. Tests should only be...
Building Commission
Department News
25 Oct 2016
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 16 cents per litre (cpl) to 127.4 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 25 October 2016, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 135.9 cpl (an increase of 21 cpl). Most BP, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and Puma sites are increasing...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Oct 2016
Francesco Di Labio (reg. BP7903 – expired), as the nominated supervisor of Dianella building company Frayson Pty Ltd (BC8331 – cancelled), has been ordered by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) to pay a fine of $15,000 and costs of $1,000 as a result of disciplinary action by the Building Services Board.
Building Commission
Media release
24 Oct 2016
West Australians looking to make some fast cash are suffering large losses after being scammed by fake companies and websites spruiking investment opportunities. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said local investors were being lured into binary options trading, which was regarded as a speculative, high-risk investment and involved predicting the movements of commodity, asset or index prices over...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Oct 2016
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection, David Hillyard Do you know of an individual or organisation doing great work to help consumers or tenants, or promote product safety in WA? You can now recognise their efforts by nominating for the Consumer Protection Awards 2017. The awards are open to individuals, non-profit groups, businesses, and local government organisations, plus there's a...
Consumer Protection
Department News
20 Oct 2016
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 17 cents per litre (cpl) to 122.1 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 18 October 2016, most Caltex Woolworths, Coles Express and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 129.9 cpl (an increase of 28.1 cpl by Caltex Woolworths, 27 cpl by Coles...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Oct 2016
Western Australia's home building industry and new home owners are continuing to enjoy savings, as more outdated requirements are removed from the State's building regulations.
Building Commission
Media release
13 Oct 2016
Licensing and registration for more than 40 occupations in Western Australia is beginning to move online, providing a productivity boost to businesses and tradespeople and millions of dollars in savings for taxpayers over the next few years. Licence applications for electricians, gas fitters, plumbers, builders, real estate agents, motor vehicle dealers and repairers is currently a time consuming...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Oct 2016
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 18 cents per litre (cpl) to 122.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 11 October 2016, most Caltex and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 129.9 cpl (an increase of 30 cpl). Most United sites are increasing their ULP price to 127...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Oct 2016

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