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In September 2015 the former Government released a Regulatory Reform Policy Statement with a focus on red tape reduction. Considerable work has been undertaken across the department to address any duplicate or confusing regulations, simplify forms and paperwork, and remove any unnecessary...
Other policies and plans
This is the second stage in the review of laws affecting motor vehicle dealers and repairers in Western Australia Status: Closed, Friday 18 December 2015 Consumer Protection sought the community’s views about options for reforming the laws regulating motor vehicle dealers, yard managers,...
Consultations and reports
Amber teething necklaces are a chain of rounded amber chips (fossilised tree resin) usually worn as a necklace. These products come in a range of colours, including yellow, white, beige and brown. It is claimed if a child wears the necklace against their skin it will help to reduce teething pain...
Product safety for consumers
The Commonwealth government wants to hear your views on options to increase consumer certainty about egg labelling. Update: 15 November 2016 - the Federal Government Treasury released a " free range egg labelling information standard " consultation open until Friday 9 December 2016. Stakeholders...
Consultations and reports
Suppliers and manufacturers automatically provide guarantees about goods they sell, under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). These guarantees are rights that exist regardless of any extra warranty provided by the supplier or manufacturer. Sometimes, when goods don’t work or do what they should, or...
Refunds and returns
Have you seen those ads on TV telling you how affordable a funeral plan can be? They say you can put money aside now to take the pressure off your family later. There are different ways to pay for a funeral, but some may be more suitable for you than others. One of the easiest ways to pay for a...
Aboriginal consumers
Whether you rent or own your home, you can keep you and your family safe by reducing any risks you notice around the house. The following pages will provide you with tips on what to look for and how to fix any issues: Portable swimming pool safety Rules for pools and spas (Building Commission)...
Home safety
All new products should be washed thoroughly before use to avoid any allergic reactions. New clothing and materials may contain allergens and toxic chemicals either as part of their manufacture or through cross contamination through shipping and transport. Ch emicals can be found in plastic water...
Product safety for consumers
All Australians could have their say on country of origin food labelling in an online survey to help design the Australian Government’s new labelling system. Status: Closed: Closing date Friday 3rd July 2015 Background The Australian Government wants to deliver a more direct system for food...
Consultations and reports
Product recalls occur when a product is deemed to be a risk to the users safety. A supplier can voluntarily recall a product or the Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs (Federal government) can order a compulsory recall. Recalls are published on the Recalls Australia website. You...
Product safety for consumers

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It could have been fatal when Mick, a retired tradesperson, fell from a DIY structure he made with two ladders. He fractured his ribs and vertebrae. His head had swollen ‘like a bowling ball’ from...
Consumer Protection
Brochure
13 Sep 2016
An interim report on the discovery of asbestos within imported atrium roof panel products used in the construction of the new Perth Children’s Hospital.
Building Commission
Reports
13 Sep 2016
The Building Commission is carrying out an independent audit of the Perth Children’s Hospital and other Western Australian buildings containing products supplied by Yuanda Australia Pty Ltd. The...
Building Commission
Fact sheet
13 Sep 2016
8 September 2016 Settlement agents are required to have their trust accounts for the year 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016, or part thereof, audited by an auditor approved by the Commissioner for Consumer...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
09 Sep 2016
19 August 2016 Consumer Protection recently issued a warning to all organisations in WA about ‘ man in the middle scams ’. A ‘man in the middle’ attack occurs when a decision-maker in the business or...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
01 Nov 2016
When building or renovating your home, it is essential that you understand the terms and conditions of your home building contract and what may be agreed as a progress payment schedule for the...
Building Commission
Fact sheet
24 Oct 2016
When you buy goods and services including disability-related purchases, you have rights under the Australian Consumer Law. Your rights when you buy something explains your consumer rights and the...
Consumer Protection
Brochure
01 Nov 2016
In September 2009, to ensure Western Power addressed the urgent safety risks associated with its aging wood pole system, Energy Safety issued Order No. 01-2009 (the Order), under Section 18B of the...
EnergySafety
Reports
22 Jun 2016

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Announcements

A property manager has been reprimanded and fined $2,500 by the State Administrative Tribunal after falling victim to a holiday accommodation booking scam which resulted in a $45,000 loss for her employer, a Scarborough real estate agency. Vicki Theresa Redfern had failed to exercise due skill, care and diligence, in breach of the Real Estate and Business Agents’ Code of Conduct, when dealing...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Dec 2017
Western Australia’s Building Regulations 2012 require owners of residential dwellings to have compliant smoke alarms installed prior to the sale, transfer of ownership, rent or hire of the dwelling.
Building Commission
Department News
20 Dec 2017
An Ellenbrook settlement agent has been fined $14,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) for their role in relation to two failed Pilbara strata property deals involving what is termed ‘mezzanine financing’. KDD Conveyancing Services Pty Ltd was reprimanded by the SAT and also ordered to pay costs of $1,000 for breaching the Settlement Agents Act and Code of Conduct over unauthorised...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Dec 2017
A Duncraig building company that continued to contract for and carry out building work after its building contractor registration lapsed has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner.
Building Commission
Media release
19 Dec 2017
Energy Safety has issued a public warning about dangerous Salzer brand switches used in some solar systems installed in Western Australia since August 2016. Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron said today the switches formed part of some solar photo-voltaic installations. “They are used to disconnect the current produced by solar panels so work can be undertaken on the electrical installation of...
EnergySafety
Media release
19 Dec 2017
Extensive tenancy reforms designed to support, not penalise, victims Removing barriers to support people to leave abusive relationships The McGowan Government will introduce proposed changes to tenancy laws aimed at supporting tenants who are victims of family and domestic violence in Western Australia. State Cabinet has approved amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act and the Residential...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Dec 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 19 cents per litre (cpl) to 146.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 19 December 2017, all Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 151.9 cpl (an increase of 22 cpl). Most 7-Eleven, Caltex Woolworths, BP, Puma and Caltex sites are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Dec 2017
A significant increase in enquiries and reports being lodged about puppy scams has prompted Consumer Protection to issue a new warning for consumers to be extra vigilant when responding to advertisements on websites, trading sites and social media. There was a 200 per cent increase in enquiries about puppy scams during September to November this year compared to the same period in 2016, while...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Dec 2017
Energy Safety has issued a reminder to do a safety check on the family barbecue before firing it up this summer. Acting Director of Energy Safety Saj Khan said today caution was needed around all gas appliances. “A barbecue is a great Australian tradition, but gas barbecues can be dangerous if not correctly maintained,” Mr Khan said. “Every year unsafe barbecues cause fires, injuries and damage...
EnergySafety
Media release
15 Dec 2017
A Joondalup real estate agency and a sales representative will have to pay a total of $21,200 in penalties and costs ordered by the State Administrative Tribunal after a Balga house was sold without the consent of one of the owners. The owners were a couple who had moved overseas and the agency was duped by the husband into believing that his wife and children were killed by the Taliban in...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Dec 2017

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