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If you are thinking about owner-building your own home or small commercial building, you are required to apply for approval from the Building Services Board under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 before you can apply for a building permit from your local government authority for...
Responsibilities
Practice directions Confidentiality A prescribed appointor must keep confidential the identities of the parties to the adjudication. Conflict of interest A prescribed appointor must ensure the adjudicator does not have a conflict of interest. This should be confirmed prior to appointing an...
Responsibilities
Multiple pricing occurs when a supplier displays more than one price for the same item or service. If a supplier displays the same item with more than one price then they must sell it for the lowest displayed price or withdraw the item until the price is corrected. A price published in a catalogue...
Pricing
Consumer Protection often receives complaints about incorrect rounding of prices by retail and fast food outlets. There are rules in place for businesses when it comes to dealing with small change transactions and we’d like to hear from customers who believe those rules are being broken. In...
Pricing
Country of origin labelling is a notice or label on products to let your customers know what country a product came from. In Australia misleading country of origin labelling is prohibited. If you sell food in retail stores in Australia, country of origin food labelling laws apply to your products...
Advertising and promotion
Unconscionable conduct is a statement or action so unreasonable it defies good conscience. A business must not act unconscionably when: selling or supplying goods and services to a consumer; or supplying or acquiring goods and services to or from a small business. Examples of unconscionable conduct...
Advertising and promotion
It is unlawful to make false or misleading representations about goods and services when supplying, offering to supply or promoting those goods or services. For instance, a business must not make false or misleading representations about: the standard, quality, value or grade of goods or services;...
Advertising and promotion
What is misleading or deceptive conduct? ‘Conduct’ includes actions and statements, such as: advertisements; promotions; quotations; statements; and any representation made by a person. Business conduct is likely to break the law if it creates a misleading overall impression among the intended...
Advertising and promotion
This section will help businesses and legal practitioners avoid unfair business practices by understanding: misleading or deceptive conduct false or misleading representations unconscionable conduct country of origin claims information standards Incorrect price rounding Unfair contract terms
Advertising and promotion
Consumer Protection recognises that while advertisers generally make every endeavour to be accurate, there will be occasions when errors occur. We recommend that as soon as a mistake is identified, you place an apology or clarification statement in the publication in which the error occurred. If...
Advertising and promotion

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The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 14 cents per litre (cpl) to 140.9 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 10 January 2017, all metro Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 145.9 cpl (an increase of 18 cpl). Most BP, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and Puma sites are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Jan 2017
With Acting Consumer Protection Commissioner David Hillyard The economic downturn in WA is creating opportunities for heartless scammers to take money from people in desperate circumstances who are least able to afford it. Consumer Protection has received reports from a number of people recently who have fallen victim to personal loan scams and have given personal information which could lead to...
Consumer Protection
Department News
09 Jan 2017
With Acting Consumer Protection Commissioner David Hillyard If you’re buying a car any time soon we have a message we’d like to drive home. Consumer Protection has concerns about the value of add-ons being sold to people purchasing motor vehicles in Western Australia. There’s been a recent increase in complaints to Consumer Protection about the vehicle ‘extras’ sold at the point of sale such as...
Consumer Protection
Department News
06 Jan 2017
Consumer Protection is warning owners of inflatable air loungers not to use them in water as they could pose a drowning risk. Inflatable air loungers are fabric tubes that are inflated to form a lounge or bed. They can be used as an alternative to other furniture and may have an internal plastic liner in addition to an external covering. They may also be marketed as air sofas or inflatable...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Jan 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 13 cents per litre (cpl) to 138.9 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 3 January 2017, most Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price to 143.9 cpl (an increase of 19 cpl). Most Caltex, Coles Express and Puma sites are increasing their...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Jan 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 12 cents per litre (cpl) to 136.6 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 27 December 2016, most Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price to 141.9 cpl (an increase of 20 cpl). Most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 139...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Dec 2016
An air conditioning company that accepted payments from consumers but failed to install either all or parts of the systems and its Director have been ordered to pay a total of $187,258.80 in fines, costs and compensation by the Perth Magistrates Court. Solar H C Pty Ltd , trading as Affordable Home Comfort , was fined $150,000 and ordered to pay costs of $7,659.40 as well as compensation to six...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Dec 2016
The myWA program is seeking to help people and businesses in the community find and access public services online wherever they are, whenever they like, using any device. myWA Alpha is a government digital services portal prototype for convenient access to government services. This is the first step in developing a whole-of-government digital services portal where people can find and access any...
Corporate
Department News
23 Dec 2016
With Acting Consumer Protection Commissioner David Hillyard The post-Christmas sales create quite a buzz for shoppers both online and in-store, but remember to shop smart to avoid disappointment with the sales. Retailers will be keen to get your business, so it’s important to look past the slick marketing and see the real value of deals on offer. Consumer protection agencies often hear from...
Consumer Protection
Department News
22 Dec 2016
Consumer Protection is seeking public comment as part of a review of the laws covering the licensing and conduct of auctioneers in WA. Currently under the Auction Sales Act, auctioneer licences are issued by local Magistrates Courts with WA Police checks used to determine if applicants are fit and proper people. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said the review will look...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Dec 2016

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