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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...
Guarantees and warranties
Description of goods must be accurate Suppliers and manufacturers guarantee that the description of goods for example, in a catalogue or television commercial is accurate. This does not apply to goods bought at auction. Matching description If the goods do not match the description for example, the...
Guarantees and warranties
Acceptable quality Goods must be of an acceptable quality. The guarantee of acceptable quality Suppliers and manufacturers guarantee that goods are of acceptable quality when sold to a consumer. This means they guarantee the goods will be: safe, durable and free from defects; acceptable in...
Guarantees and warranties
People generally are aware that electricity can be dangerous. However, many people still take risks that can lead to harm. This is why reminders on the need to use electricity safely are required. Switches, power points and light fittings Damaged switches, power points and light fittings are...
Electrical installations
All home sellers and landlords must ensure that residual current devices (RCDs) are installed in accordance with the Electricity Regulations to protect all power and lighting circuits. RCDs save lives RCDs cut the electricity supply instantly if a person touches a live part and receives a shock. By...
Residual current devices (RCDs)
If you believe that the estimated sale value of the abandoned goods is less than it will cost you to remove the goods, store the goods for at least 60 days and sell the goods at public auction you can choose to dispose of the goods. Before you just dispose of the goods, you should be aware that the...
When a tenancy ends
If you do not wish to deal with uninvited door to door sellers you should display a Do Not Knock sticker on your front door or near the doorbell. Donations to charity, where no sale is involved, are not unsolicited consumer agreements. This includes donations received by a third party or contractor...
Door to door and telephone sales
There are different times set by law for when a salesperson is allowed to contact you depending on whether the contact is by phone or in person. By phone Telemarketing calls and fax marketing must not be made on: Sunday or a public holiday; Weekdays - before 9 am or after 8 pm; or Saturday - before...
Door to door and telephone sales

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Corporate
Reports
27 May 2014
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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Western Australians are being urged to be on the lookout for threat-based impersonation scams by taking a moment to ‘Stop and check: is this for real?’ This is the theme for this year’s Scams Awareness Week, which runs from 21–25 May 2018. Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said scammers might call or email you and pretend to be from a government agency or well-known, trusted...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 May 2018
FGS Contracting Pty Ltd and the Director Ryan Wayne Franceschi, were fined today in the Perth Magistrate Court in relation to serious injuries caused to a 17 year old worker in Esperance. FGS Contracting Pty Ltd was fined $225,000 for failure to meet their duty to provide a safe workplace and for failing to ensure the correct high-risk work license. Additionally, Franceschi as the Director was...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 May 2018
Cloverdale plumber Matthew David Mitchell (TL13359) , trading as Seven Star Plumbing and Gas Pty Ltd , has been ordered to pay a fine of $3,000 to the Building Commissioner by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) as a result of disciplinary action taken against him. At their 23 April 2018 meeting, the Board imposed the fine as a result of disciplinary breaches of the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing...
Building and Energy
Media release
17 May 2018
Western Australian building contractor Archiapps Pty Ltd (reg BC14480) has entered into liquidation. Cameron Shaw and Richard Albarran of Hall Chadwick have been appointed as the liquidators of the company. Building Commissioner Ken Bowron advises that the company’s status will now trigger policies of home indemnity insurance (HII). Affected home owners should contact their insurer for details of...
Building and Energy
Media release
16 May 2018
Consumer Protection is warning home owners and tradies in WA to be on alert for a known Victorian conman who is masquerading as a landscaper and has already ripped off two consumers and a sub-contractor for large amounts of money. 49 year old Raymond El-Safadi (aka Mohammed Hussein ), who operates under ABN 71 802 749 742 and two business names Elite Gardening and Tree Lopping Services and Lawn...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 May 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 17 cents per litre (cpl) to 153.1 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 15 May 2018, most Puma, 7-Eleven, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and Coles Express sites are hiking their ULP price to 159.9 cpl (an increase of between 22 and 27 cpl). Most Vibe...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 May 2018
Please note - The original Building Services Board findings described here have been superseded by a State Administrative Tribunal review. Please refer to this announcement about the Tribunal's decision, which was published in November 2018. ORIGINAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM APRIL 2018: An East Victoria Park building surveying company , Western Australia Building Certifiers and Assessors Pty Ltd (BSC226...
Building and Energy
Media release
14 May 2018
Building and Energy (formerly EnergySafety) and WorkSafe have issued a reminder on the importance of understanding and avoiding the electrical hazards in roof spaces, with new regulations coming into effect on Monday (14 May 2018). Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron today cautioned homeowners to be mindful of the electrical hazards in roof spaces. “Homeowners may need to access the roof space...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 May 2018
Building and Energy (formerly Energy Safety ) and WorkSafe have issued a reminder on the importance of understanding and avoiding the electrical hazards in roof spaces, with new regulations coming into effect on Monday (14 May 2018). Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron today cautioned homeowners to be mindful of the electrical hazards in roof spaces. “Homeowners may need to access the roof space...
Building and Energy
Media release
11 May 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 22 cents per litre (cpl) to 154.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 8 May 2018, most Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 159.9 cpl (an increase of between 26 and 30 cpl). Most Puma sites are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 May 2018

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