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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
If your advertising refers to the cost of credit in any way (for example, that you can provide a cheap finance deal, or you invite your customers to compare your rates), then you are required to include certain information. Your advertisement need not contain an annual percentage rate, but it must...
Advertising and promotion
Photographs, drawings and other images must correspond with the advertised price and product. The reader or viewer should reasonably expect to be able to buy the product featured at the price mentioned. For example, it would be considered a breach of fair trading law to show a current model product...
Advertising and promotion
Ambush advertising is when a retailer makes an offer purporting to beat any offer elsewhere. While this can be an effective marketing tool, it may also create problems for you. When advertising in this way, you must be prepared to honour the offer being made. If a competitor is prepared to sell...
Advertising and promotion
An "introductory" offer is an offer of a product or service that you have not previously provided. Clearly, it is impossible to make a price comparison in any "introductory" offer because you would not have established a regular selling price. If you can substantiate it, you may make claims such as...
Advertising and promotion
If planning to build in an area affected by the European House Borer (EHB), it is recommended that treated pine is used for structural purposes. A number of pine treatment options are available. For pine in service, in-situ treatment can be undertaken. For other affected pine products such as...
European house borer
European House Borer (EHB) Hylotrupes bajulus (Linnaeus) , is a destructive pest of seasoned coniferous timber including pine, fir and spruce. If allowed to become established it could cause major structural damage to buildings. Timbers commonly used for structural purposes in Australia, including...
European house borer
For specific advice about termite protection for a proposed new home you may contact the building surveyor at your local council, your builder or architect, or a licensed pest control professional. Advice about all types of pesticide treatments can be obtained from the Pesticide Safety Section of...
Termites and pests

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Consumers have been affected following the closure of a Perth car restoration and panel beating business and Consumer Protection wants any affected consumers to come forward. Impressive Restorations Pty Ltd , operated by Phillip Kevin Lowe , has closed the doors of its Maddington premises but the company has not yet appointed an administrator or liquidator. A number of consumers have lodged...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Mar 2017
A Claremont-based real estate agency has been reprimanded, fined $5,000 and must pay $1,000 to cover the costs of disciplinary action by Consumer Protection due to apartment-buyers being kept in the dark about balcony shutters. During mediation at the State Administrative Tribunal, M Property Pty Ltd agreed there had been two breaches of the Real Estate and Business Agents Act and Code of Conduct...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Mar 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 13 cents per litre (cpl) to 136.2 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 7 March 2017, most Caltex Woolworths, Caltex, Coles Express and BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 139.9 cpl (an increase of 21 cpl, 18 cpl, 16 cpl and 14 cpl,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Mar 2017
Catastrophic failure to manage a trust account and trading without a licence for three months has resulted in a WA real estate agent being fined $8,000 plus $832 in costs. Amanda Jones, formerly trading as Ray White Manjimup Districts, has pleaded guilty to nine charges, under the Real Estate and Business Agents Act. There were: seven charges of failing to correctly balance her trust account each...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Mar 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 14 cents per litre (cpl) to 137.7 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 28 February 2017, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 141.9 cpl (an increase of 17 cpl). Most Caltex Woolworths, Puma and BP sites are increasing their ULP...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Feb 2017
A director and former director of a liquidated solar company have each been fined $1,500 and ordered to pay court costs of $622.25 in relation to potential customers being misled and a deposit taken during the 10 business day ’cooling off period’ a customer is entitled to under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). Jarrad Graeme Hand, director of Polaris Solar Pty Ltd (voluntarily wound up) and a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Feb 2017
A WA real estate agency and sales representative have been fined $12,000 each as part of State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) disciplinary action by Consumer Protection over dishonest conduct during property sale transactions. Sunrun Nominees Pty Ltd trading as House Real Estate WA and Frank Andrew Torre are subject to orders after contravening the Real Estate and Business Agents Act 1978 and the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Feb 2017
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Puppy scammers have been getting their claws into the money of pet-buyers in Western Australia for years. The scammers also use kittens, birds and other popular animals as bait. Sadly the animal never arrives and Consumer Protection has received reports of monetary loss from many heartbroken would-be pet owners. Advertisements can be...
Consumer Protection
Department News
23 Feb 2017
A handyman who took money from consumers but failed to carry out the work has been fined $6,000, ordered to pay a customer $2,150 in compensation and must also pay the $3,800 it cost Consumer Protection to prosecute him. Daniel Murray Howard, who has previously been convicted of dishonesty offences, pleaded guilty to three contraventions of the Australian Consumer Law during a hearing at the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Feb 2017
Graeme John Williams, the director and secretary of formerly registered and since liquidated building company Moonfern Pty Ltd (reg. BC11102 – expired), trading as Williams Homes, has been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for performing work and demanding a deposit for the construction of a Broome dwelling without first providing the owners with a certificate of home indemnity insurance.
Building Commission
Media release
22 Feb 2017

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