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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. An express warranty is not necessarily about the product breaking, it is about it living up to promises. Example...
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...
Guarantees and warranties
What services are covered by the consumer guarantees? Services that you provide in the course of your business or professional activity, including not-for-profit services, that: cost up to $40,000 (or any other amount set by the Australian Consumer Law in future), regardless of purpose or use; cost...
Guarantees and warranties
Manufacturers guarantee to take reasonable steps to provide spare parts and repair facilities, a place that can fix the consumer’s goods, for a reasonable time after purchase. If the manufacturer does not have an office in Australia, the importer takes on these responsibilities. Example: A consumer...
Guarantees and warranties
Title to goo ds Suppliers guarantee they have the right to sell the goods (clear title), unless the supplier alerted the consumer before the sale that they had ‘limited title’. If goods are sold with limited title, any other person with ownership rights—for example, a person owed money by the...
Guarantees and warranties
A supplier guarantees that the goods will do the job the consumer was told they would. The ‘fit for purpose’ guarantee A supplier guarantees that goods will be reasonably fit for any purpose that the supplier or the consumer specified – the goods will do the job the consumer was told they would...
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Corporate
Reports
11 Sep 2014
A correction to Table 41 (Appendices section) of the department's 2009-2010 Annual Report was tabled in Parliament on 17 February 2011.
Corporate
Reports
27 May 2014
Includes the final reports of the Real Estate and Business Agents Supervisory Board, Settlement Agents Supervisory Board, Land Valuers Licensing Board and Motor Vehicle Industry Board.
Corporate
Reports
27 May 2014
In May 2013, in accordance with the Parliament of Western Australia’s Standing Orders, two omissions from the full text of notes 21a and 29 to the financial statements were rectified. This PDF is the...
Corporate
Reports
27 May 2014
The 2012-13 Annual Report presents information on its statutory compliance, financial, non-financial and operational performance. It is in five sections as required by the Financial Management Act...
Corporate
Reports
29 May 2014

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Announcements

Western Australian builder Choiceliving (WA) Pty Ltd (BC101237 – suspended) has today voluntarily entered into external administration.
Building Commission
Media release
30 Jan 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 18 cents per litre (cpl) to 146.1 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 30 January 2018, most 7-Eleven, Puma, Caltex Woolworths, BP, Caltex and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 149.9 cpl (an increase of between 20 and 25 cpl)...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Jan 2018
Building Commissioner Ken Bowron has suspended Choiceliving (WA) Pty Ltd’s (BC101237) building contractor registration due to concerns about the company’s financial status.
Building Commission
Media release
25 Jan 2018
Karrinyup licensed plumbing contractor Joseph Travaglini (PL5037) has been fined $1,000 by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) for failing to submit the notifications and certifications required for plumbing work.
Building Commission
Media release
25 Jan 2018
Westminster man Jeffrey Dean Ramsey (BP102256 – cancelled) has been fined $5,000 and is no longer a registered builder in Western Australia after he provided false or misleading information to the Building Services Board to become registered.
Building Commission
Media release
24 Jan 2018
Consumer Protection is concerned about a Byford landscaper who has accepted payment for work which has not been carried out. Trevor James Potter , trading as Trevors Landscape Services and Liven Your Landscape (both unregistered), allegedly owes consumers a total of almost $17,000. Since October 2016, 15 complaints have been lodged against the landscaper who is said to have taken deposits and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Jan 2018
The FuelWatch website has reached an all-time record with more than a million visits in a month from motorists on the hunt for Perth's cheapest fuel. Last month the website recorded 1,048,529 visits, the highest monthly number since FuelWatch launched in January 2001. The average is usually 800,000 visits a month. Unique to Western Australia, FuelWatch provides motorists with a valuable tool to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Jan 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 18 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 23 January 2018, most 7-Eleven, Puma, Caltex Woolworths, BP, Caltex and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 149.9 cpl (an increase of between 20 and 26 cpl) and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Jan 2018
A study into the drowning risks associated with mermaid tails and monofins has found that they significantly hinder a child’s ability to swim and has recommended age restrictions and increased supervision for their use. The Perth-based review, conducted by The Royal Life Saving Society of Western Australia (RLSSWA) and funded by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), tested...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Jan 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 18 cents per litre (cpl) to 146.2 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 16 January 2018, most 7-Eleven, Caltex Woolworths, BP, Puma, Caltex and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 149.9 cpl (an increase of between 20 and 26 cpl) and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Jan 2018

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