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A supplier must meet the consumer guarantees for providing services: with due care and skill; which are fit for any specified purpose; and within the time specified, or within a reasonable time (when no time is set). What is ‘reasonable’ will depend on the nature of the services. If services fail...
Returns and cancellations
You must repay any money paid by the consumer for the returned goods, and return any other form of payment made by the consumer, for example, a trade-in. If this is not possible, you must refund the consumer the value of the other form of payment. You must not: offer a credit note, exchange card or...
Returns and cancellations
You must provide goods of the same type and similar value. If such a replacement is not reasonably available, the consumer may choose a repair or a refund. The consumer must return goods to you. If this involves significant cost to the consumer, you must collect the goods at your own expense – see...
Returns and cancellations
What if I can’t repair the goods? If a supplier cannot repair the goods—for instance, because the supplier does not have parts—or cannot do so within a reasonable time, the consumer can: reject the goods and seek either a refund or replacement; or have the goods fixed elsewhere and claim reasonable...
Returns and cancellations
Which goods are covered and what guarantees apply. Which goods are covered? Goods are covered when sold in trade or commerce and bought by a consumer. Second-hand, leased or hired goods are also covered. Some consumer guarantees apply regardless of whether the goods are sold in trade or commerce –...
Guarantees and warranties
Some suppliers or manufacturers offer extended warranties to lengthen the coverage of their basic manufacturer’s warranty. Usually, consumers are offered the chance to buy an extended warranty after, or at the time, they buy the goods. Example: When a consumer buys a deck chair the retailer says...
Guarantees and warranties
Suppliers and manufacturers often make extra promises (sometimes called ‘express warranties’) about such things as the quality, state, condition, performance or characteristics of goods or services. These promises are not necessarily about what will happen if the product or services fail but rather...
Guarantees and warranties
Warranties and consumer guarantees Consumers have rights under consumer guarantees, regardless of any other warranty provided by the supplier or manufacturer. Key points about warranties and consumer guarantees You must: fix a problem when goods fail to meet a consumer guarantee, even if the...
Guarantees and warranties
Reasonable time, if no time set A contract or agreement for the supply of services usually states when the services will be provided and the date they will be completed. If not, you automatically guarantee to supply the service within a reasonable time. What is ’reasonable’ will depend on the...
Guarantees and warranties
Services must achieve the consumer’s stated purpose You guarantee your services will be reasonably fit for any purpose specified by the consumer and that any products resulting from the services are also fit for that purpose. Example: A consumer asks for a key to be cut to fit his door and shows...
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8 March 2019 current version – Application for building permit – certified
Building and Energy
Form – application
23 May 2019
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
31 Jul 2018
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
23 Nov 2018
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
Supporting a safe, fair and responsible future for the Western Australian community, industry and resources sector.
Corporate
Plans
20 Mar 2019
Corporate
Information
27 May 2014
The department uses the compliance strategy as a framework for developing compliance programs across the breadth of its responsibilities.
Corporate
Information
29 May 2014
This Code outlines the standards of behaviour and conduct for the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, and its employees.
Corporate
Code of conduct
19 Sep 2018
Corporate
Reports
27 May 2014
Corporate
Reports
27 May 2014

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Announcements

Do you have a Vulcan Heritage or a Pyrox Heritage gas heater? People with Vulcan Heritage or Pyrox Heritage gas heaters in their homes need to get them checked by a qualified gas fitter immediately. Laboratory tests show that under certain conditions the heaters produce too much carbon monoxide. Particularly if homes have poor ventilation and bathroom exhaust fans or kitchen rangehoods are used...
Building and Energy
Alert
01 Jun 2018
An Aubin Grove real estate agent has had his licence and triennial certificate suspended for six months and the agency was fined $5,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) over the misuse of a trust account. James Ademola Oladejo is the person in bona fide control of Jim’s Realty Pty Ltd . Both the agent and the agency were reprimanded by the SAT. In September 2016, Mr Oladejo dishonestly...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Jun 2018
Two online tech and gadget stores operated by the same company have been taking orders but failing to deliver, prompting a public warning from Consumer Protection. Android Enjoyed and Camera Sky , operated by Digital Marketing and Solutions Pty Ltd which is registered in Victoria, have received a high level of complaints from WA consumers. So far this year, Consumer Protection has received 31...
Consumer Protection
Media release
31 May 2018
The 2018 edition of the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas (the Map) comes into effect on Friday 1 June 2018. The Map will be available on the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) website on the afternoon of Thursday 31 May 2018. This edition of the Map will show both ‘new’ bush fire prone areas and those ‘continuing’ from earlier editions of the Map. All bush fire prone areas will be...
Building and Energy
Department News
31 May 2018
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard While WA’s high rainfall this year has been good for farmers and the dams, it has one adverse consequence and that is a spike in enquiries and complaints to Consumer Protection about mould in rental properties. It is a significant issue with about 1,200 phone enquiries and complaints received since January 2015, mostly during the winter...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Oct 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by 20 cents per litre (cpl) to 159.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 29 May 2018, most BP, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths, Coles Express and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 163.9 cpl (increasing between 23 and 27 cpl). All 7-Eleven sites are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 May 2018
Three brothers have been fined $12,500 each by the Perth Magistrates Court for their involvement in a major unlicensed motor vehicle dealing operation. They were also ordered to pay $267.10 each in costs when they pleaded guilty on 25 May 2018 to breaching the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act. Ali Mohammed Yas of Balga had bought 83 vehicles in his own name and 23 vehicles in his wife’s name between...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 May 2018
Recall of Clark Rubber Be-Safe Portable Pool Fence On 17 May 2018 the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) issued a national product safety recall on the ‘Be Safe Portable Pool Fence’ sold exclusively by Clark Rubber between 1 December 2016 and 5 April 2018. Information about the recall is available on the ACCC’s product safety and Clark Rubber websites: https://www.productsafety...
Building and Energy
Alert
25 May 2018
Consumer Protection has issued advice to Toys R Us customers who may be affected by the 44 Australian stores being placed into administration on 21 May 2018 whilst continuing to trade. Customers affected include those who: wish to redeem a gift card; have paid either partly or fully for goods yet to be delivered; have entered into a lay-by agreement and paid a deposit; have a store credit note...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 May 2018
The McGowan Government has approved extended trading for the two public holidays on Monday 4 June 2018 (WA Day) and Monday 24 September 2018 (Queen’s Birthday) when general retail shops in the Perth metropolitan area will be able to open from 8am to 6pm. These hours are consistent with previous retail trading extensions on public holidays. An application for additional trading hours was received...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 May 2018

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