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Boarding or lodging is when you pay for a room or room and meals, but you are not renting the entire premises. It can include arrangements where the owner lives on the property and is renting out rooms; situations where you sub-let a room in a house; and living in lodging houses. Boarders and...
Renting
Renting is when an owner of a home lets a tenant live in the home, in exchange for money (rent). People choose to rent for numerous reasons. When looking for a property to rent, shop around and avoid rash decisions. Think carefully about whether the property meets your needs. These needs might...
Renting
Residential Parks Residential parks provide sites upon which relocatable homes are placed. Residents either rent a home and a site, or rent a site only and own the home on the site. The home may be a caravan, cabin, park home or motor home. Whether you own the home or not, park living always...
Specialised accommodation
Hostels generally provide low-level care to residents and more care is available at nursing homes. The Seniors housing guide has information available on aged care. Many of these care facilities are regulated by the Federal Government and entry is based on your care needs, as determined by an Aged...
Specialised accommodation
Many people prefer to stay in their home and maintain their independence as they age. Staying at home in the environment you know, with familiar neighbours, shops and other facilities, is often the best option, but sometimes you may need assistance to remain at home. The help to stay in your home...
Your own home
An RCD can save lives. RCDs will prevent electrocution by cutting the power to a circuit in the event of earth leakage. Following are descriptions and images of devices including RCDs, circuit breakers, combination RCD and circuit breaker, portable RCDs, and powerpoint RCDs. RCDs [scald=512:...
Residual Current Devices (RCD)
Some people choose to sell their home and 'down size' by buying a unit or apartment, which are often strata titled. A strata title is a certificate of title for a lot and a share in the common property in a strata scheme set up under the Strata Titles Act 1985 . The strata scheme dictates what you...
Your own home
Ancillary accommodation or a 'granny flat' on an existing property is a convenient and cost effective option for some people. It can allow families to use their existing land and provide close access whilst still ensuring independence. Granny flats may be an extension to the home or a separate...
Your own home
You may be living in a home you own or have a mortgage on, but wish to sell and buy or build another one. This might be because you want a smaller garden, to downsize your house or you want to change location. Before making a final decision or signing any contracts to sell, buy or build: Know what...
Your own home
If you sign a residence contract, and you change your mind within seven working days of the date of the contract, you can terminate the contract without penalty. This is called the ‘cooling off’ period. If the manager or person representing the retirement village does not give you the required pre-...
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The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 14 cents per litre (cpl) to 132.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 13 December 2016, most Caltex Woolworths, Coles Express and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 136.9 cpl (an increase of 17 cpl). Most BP and Caltex sites are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Dec 2016
Byford concreter Christopher Ronald Francis Gordon , trading as Flash Concrete , has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for contractual offences he committed while contracting for building work at a Rivervale property in 2014 and a Bull Creek property in 2015.
Building Commission
Media release
12 Dec 2016
Changes removing trading restrictions for petrol stations, Rottnest Island and short-term markets will come into effect this Wednesday (December 14), as part of the Liberal National Government's incremental reform of Western Australia's trading hours. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the changes to the Retail Trading Hours Act 1987 would simplify and modernise the law as well as reduce red...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Dec 2016
Flashing reindeer noses were among eight items withdrawn from sale after being found to be unsafe during a pre-Christmas product safety inspection program by Consumer Protection. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the items all had button batteries that could easily come loose and pose a danger to young children. "Suppliers and retailers who sell toys and novelty items that contain button...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Dec 2016
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Consumer Protection recently attended an intellectual property rights workshop in Perth where makers of products, particularly electrical items, showcased physical examples of genuine and non-genuine items to highlight the differences. The session was mainly to help Australian Border Force officers detect counterfeit goods but we...
Consumer Protection
Department News
09 Dec 2016
Emails with the WA Police logo are being sent by scammers hoping to dupe West Australians into paying fake traffic fines. Consumer Protection and WA Police have received numerous reports from people who have received the emails which look authentic but are bogus. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said real traffic infringement notices are either given on-the-spot or sent...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Dec 2016
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 12 cents per litre (cpl) to 130.7 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 6 December 2016, most Caltex, Caltex Woolworths, Puma and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 133.9 cpl (an increase of 16 cpl by Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Dec 2016
A new code of conduct for Western Australia's building and construction industry will be introduced to prevent anti-competitive behaviour, improve workplace safety and add to the suite of measures adopted by the State Government to ensure subcontractors are paid on time.
Building Commission
Department News
05 Dec 2016
With Acting Consumer Protection Commissioner David Hillyard Summer’s here and that means music festival season. But what happens if a big outdoor event or live concert is cancelled or dramatically changed at the last moment? The Australian Consumer Law (ACL) gives consumers rights if an Australian business fails to deliver what they said they would … that can include calling off a festival or...
Consumer Protection
Department News
01 Dec 2016
Nicola Multari , the sole director and secretary of Tonic Homes Pty Ltd (BC 13741 – expired), and Barry Douglas Windsor (reg. BP11375 & BC11375 – expired), the nominated supervisor of Fremantle Building Company Pty Ltd , have been fined for misconduct in connection with building work at a White Gum Valley property in 2013.
Building Commission
Media release
01 Dec 2016

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