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Travel costs can be varied and expensive. There are a few tips you should consider before purchasing the travel. Checking terms and conditions is essential in any travel package, accomodation or insurance. Costs Published travel costs are subject to change, even if you have paid a deposit. This is...
Travel
The Magistrates Court deals with disputes between consumers and traders with claims of up to $75,000. You can opt for a less formal, more private, process without the need for lawyers if your claim is less than $10,000. For claims over $10,000 the matter is dealt with in a court (with or without...
Formal complaints
Consumer Protection works hard to help consumers and shops and businesses resolve disputes by providing relevant information. Sometimes a settlement cannot be reached. In this case a formal complaint can be lodged and the department will then act as an informal negotiator. When the department...
Formal complaints
If you have had no success with the steps you have taken to try and resolve a problem with a business or trader, you can lodge a formal complaint with Consumer Protection by: completing the step-by-step online complaint form ; or printing and filling in complaint form (handwritten/offline) which...
Formal complaints
You may find it useful to use this checklist and keep it with you when you make your complaint. You can also f ind out what happens when you make a complaint . The Department has also produced fact sheets on the conciliation process and business tips for handling complaints . Check your rights Know...
Complaints
If talking it over doesn’t work, put it in writing. You may find it useful to use one of the sample letters below as a guide for writing a complaint letter. Sample letters Just change the letter to include the details for your situation. Remember to date the letter and keep a copy for your records...
Complaints
Tips on how to approach an issue with a business or trader to get a mutually acceptable solution.
Complaints
Information about Building and Energy's Enforcement Branch.
Enforcement
Becoming an owner-builder To become an owner-builder, you must first obtain owner-builder approval from the Building Services Board, and then a building permit from your local government. The process and related form to become an owner-builder was amended in February 2019 to streamline...
Becoming an owner-builder
Responsibilities Before taking on a building project as an owner-builder you should be aware that owner-builders take on many of the responsibilities of a registered builder. These responsibilities include: complying with all building standards including the Building Code of Australia and safety...
Responsibilities

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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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Are you an individual or organisation that helps consumers or promotes their rights through education and advocacy? If so, you are the type of person who is eligible to nominate for the Consumer Protection Awards 2019 with the chance of receiving a framed certificate and a cash prize. With nominations now open, likely candidates or their nominators are urged to put in their submissions before the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Sep 2018
With warmer weather on the way, West Australians are reminded that pools with water deeper than 30cm must have complying safety barriers to prevent child drownings. This is one of the key messages that the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety will share at this weekend’s Pool, Spa and Outdoor Living Expo . The department’s Building & Energy and Consumer Protection teams are...
Building and Energy
Media release
07 Sep 2018
A Morley real estate agency has been fined a total of $5,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court for lodging three tenancy bonds outside the required timeframe. Vision Equity Pty Ltd ACN 101 207 229 , trading as Xceed Real Estate Management , was also ordered to pay costs of $912 after pleading guilty on 31 August 2018. In May, June and July 2017, the agency lodged the three bond payments with the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Sep 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 10 cents per litre (cpl) to 148.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 4 September 2018, most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 152.9 cpl (an increase of 15 cpl). Most BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 151.9 cpl, and most 7-...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Sep 2018
Perth home owners are being warned about bogus door to door water testers who give the impression that they are from the Government, but are really sellers of water filtration systems. Several reports have been received about the door knockers, some in high-vis vests, who tell householders they are testing water quality in the area and are persistent in requesting access. The tap water in one...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Aug 2018
In the wake of a sudden ceiling collapse at a Thornlie property last week, home owners are reminded to act promptly on warning signs of ceiling stress. The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has published a handy guide for home owners about signs of instability in interior gypsum plasterboard ceilings and what action can be taken. “A collapsed ceiling can cause serious injury, as...
Building and Energy
Media release
29 Aug 2018
Clients of a Perth real estate agency which has now closed had more than $220,000 of their money taken from the agent’s trust account resulting in the company being fined $7,500 by the Perth Magistrates Court and ordered to pay costs of $1,237.50. Austpride Pty Ltd (in liquidation) , formerly trading as Real Estate Masters of Cannington, was convicted on 24 August 2018 of 12 charges related to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Aug 2018
Mandurah Homes Pty Ltd (BC11088) and the company’s co-director and nominated supervisor, Todd Andrew Green (BP101468) , have each been fined $5,000 by the Building Services Board for failing to manage and supervise a building service. The findings relate to a two-storey Halls Head property, built by Mandurah Homes between 2015 and 2016. On a windy night in July 2017, a section of the home’s tin...
Building and Energy
Media release
28 Aug 2018
A major investigation by Consumer Protection into an illegal car dealing operation has come to a successful conclusion after a Camillo couple were fined a total of $10,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court for buying and selling vehicles without a licence. The husband Ahmed Mohammed Yas Yas purchased 56 vehicles from private sellers as well as at auction and sold 53 of them, mostly via Gumtree,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Aug 2018
The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 13 cents per litre (cpl) to 149.9 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 28 August 2018, all metropolitan Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 159.9 cpl (a hike of 22 cpl). Most 7-Eleven, BP, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and Puma sites...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Aug 2018

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