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When there is a disaster such as a fire, flood, storm or earthquake a vehicle can suffer various degrees of damage. 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 comply with...
Servicing and repair
This Gas Service Logbook has been issued by the Director of Energy Safety as a means of recording information about the servicing of a consumer’s gas installation by a registered gas fitter. Use of this Gas Service Logbook for recording servicing work by a gas fitter satisfies the requirement of...
Installation and service record books
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
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is coordinating Western Australia’s State-wide Cladding Audit, which is part of an Australia-wide initiative to check the cladding on high-risk buildings following the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in London. In the early hours of 14 June...
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...
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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
The Consumer Protection Enforcement and Prosecution policy was published in September 2011 and relates to Consumer Protection issues only. Consumer Protection promotes enforcement action to achieve...
Consumer Protection
Policies
07 Feb 2019
More information about Consumer Protection activities can be found in our year in review reports and on individual cases by reading the associated media statement.
Consumer Protection
Reports
16 May 2018
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

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A Perth window company and its director have been fined a total of $65,000 for not complying with a Building Commissioner’s order to fix incorrect glass installed at a Mandurah home. Malaga-based Barrowman Holdings Pty Ltd , trading as Perth Window and Door Replacement Company , was contracted to supply and install tinted double-glazed windows and doors at the property at a cost of more than $19,...
Building and Energy
Media release
31 Jul 2019
On 30 July 2019, the McGowan Government announced a three-stage plan to improve the bush fire policy framework, including the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas (the Map). The improvements will reduce the number of residential buildings required to comply with the bush fire construction requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA). Stage One will see a new edition of the Map come into effect on...
Building and Energy
Department News
30 Jul 2019
The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 18 cents per litre (cpl) to 149.6 cpl tomorrow (30 July 2019), so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 30 July 2019, most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 159.9 cpl (hiking by 27 cpl). Most 7-Eleven, BP and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Jul 2019
People who receive paper bills in the mail should check to see if it is costing them extra, and if it is, look into how to avoid the extra charge. Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said consumers may not realise that many bills they receive in the post could cost them an extra fee. “The fee could be a couple of dollars for some service providers but, for those receiving multiple...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Jul 2019
A Perth building company has been found to be negligent and fined $5,000 by the Building Services Board for winning a contract to renovate a chocolate store in Fremantle, but then failing to carry out or supervise the work. Ferhan Developments Pty Ltd (BC102155) of Queens Park and its sole director Chrishan Fernando won a $236,158 tender and were issued a building permit by the City of Fremantle...
Building and Energy
Media release
23 Jul 2019
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 19 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 23 July 2019, most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 159.9 cpl (increasing by 29 cpl). Most 7-Eleven sites are increasing their ULP price to 159.7 cpl, many BP and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Jul 2019
Thousands of dollars are being lost by WA victims who are led into falling for grant or lottery prize scams by Facebook friends who have had their profiles cloned. The victims get contacted by the cloned friend’s profile via Messenger asking if they had received their money, as their name is on a list of recipients who have won money either from a grant scheme or a lottery. The victims are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Jul 2019
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Big name concert announcements lately include U2, the Spice Girls and Michael Bublé coming to Perth. In the excitement and rush to get the best tickets for music, entertainment or sport events we know people can accidentally buy from unauthorised sellers that come up first in an internet search*. Usual consumer rights apply when you buy...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Jul 2019
A motor vehicle repairer has been banned from holding a licence for three years, fined $3,000 and reprimanded by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) after he admitted being involved in corrupt activities related to vehicle examinations. Peter William Horn of Bibra Lake had breached the Motor Vehicle Repairers Act by engaging in conduct which renders him unfit to be a licensee both as an...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Jul 2019
The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by over 20 cents per litre (cpl) to 150.6 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 16 July 2019, most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 159.9 cpl (hiking by 30 cpl). Most Caltex Woolworths and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 159.7 cpl,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Jul 2019

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