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Did you know, you can purchase or be given a second-hand cot that does not meet current safety standards ? Product Safety Australia issues the mandatory standards for cots to help prevent accidents. Second-hand cots have been associated with fatal injuries in children under 12 months old. Young...
Product safety for consumers
Consumer Protection is seeking industry views on the final draft of the new Settlement Agents Code of Conduct 2016. Status : CLOSED Friday 20 May 2016 Background The new code, will replace the existing Settlement Agents’ Code of Conduct 1982 ( the 1982 Code) and implements feedback previously...
Consultations and reports
The following frequently asked questions (FAQs) are provided to assist industry and homeowners to understand the bush fire requirements under the building legislation, including the Building Code of Australia (BCA) bush fire requirements, and to assist those who wish to upgrade their existing homes...
Building in bushfire prone areas
Final Report Consumer Affairs Australia and New Zealand recently sought your views on the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). This review is now complete and the Australian Consumer Law Review Final Report has been published on the Australian Consumer Law website. Background The Australian Consumer Law...
Consultations and reports
Self-balancing scooters (also known as hoverboards, gliders, smart boards, sky walkers and mod boards) which do not meet safety requirements are banned by Product Safety Australia. How do I know if my hoverboard meets the safety requirements specified in the mandatory standard? You should seek...
Product safety for consumers
As the National Broadband Network (NBN) rolls out across Australia, Telstra’s and Optus’ existing fixed line networks are being progressively disconnected. Monitored fire alarms and lift phones operating over these networks may cease to operate unless they are migrated to an alternate...
Plant and machinery
This is the second stage in the review of laws affecting co-operatives in Western Australia. Status : Closed - Monday 29 February 2016 Consumers and business who believe they may be affected by proposals to amend the Co-operatives Regulations 2010 were urged to consider the proposed changes and to...
Consultations and reports
The 2015 Indigenous Consumers Count report presents the findings of research into the perceptions of Indigenous consumers as well as Indigenous corporations, advocates and service providers concerned with the needs of Indigenous Western Australians. The objective of the project was to explore:...
Aboriginal consumers
Status: CLOSED - Closes Friday 29th January 2016 The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science is seeking feedback on possible improvements to Australia's country of labelling framework, including the impact of proposed changes. If you are a consumer or business with an interest in country of...
Consultations and reports
Building in designated bush fire prone areas In Western Australia, building work is required to comply with the performance requirements of the Building Code of Australia (the Building Code), which comprises Volumes One and Two of the National Construction Code Series. The Building Code contains...
Building in bushfire prone areas

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Conciliation is a process whereby parties, with the help of a conciliator, meet to identify issues, develop solutions to the problem and explore ways to reach an agreement. This publication is a...
Building Commission
Information
12 Jul 2017
This Industry Bulletin outlines interconnection requirements for mains-powered smoke alarms installed as part of new building work, such as an addition or alteration, to existing dwellings. This...
Building Commission
Bulletin
12 May 2017
The following is a guide for home owners who may have concerns about the stability of the plasterboard ceilings within their home.
Building Commission
Fact sheet
11 May 2017
28 April 2017 A new Australian Standard applies from 1 May 2017 to new installations of smoke alarms in residential dwellings. Importantly, this includes new smoke alarms installed in dwellings...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
03 May 2017
28 April 2017 A new Australian Standard applies from 1 May 2017 to new installations of smoke alarms in residential dwellings. Importantly, this includes new smoke alarms installed in dwellings...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
18 May 2017
The Building Commission has released a final audit report on some compliance and conformance issues that arose during the construction of the new Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) at the QEII Medical...
Building Commission
Fact sheet
24 Apr 2017
An audit of contractor and product performance in the construction of the new Perth Children’s Hospital.
Building Commission
Reports
24 Apr 2017
The Building Commission released an e-letter on 28 November 2016 to remind building industry practitioners about interconnection of smoke alarms and the new Australian Standard for smoke alarms. This...
Building Commission
Bulletin
28 Feb 2017
Application for modification or non-application of a bush fire building standard
Building Commission
Form – application
13 Feb 2017

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The Building Services Board has officially cautioned Fremantle builder Barry Douglas Windsor (BP11375) because he failed to ensure that the correct permit was in place prior to carrying out building extension work at a Fremantle property. This is the second time that Mr Windsor’s conduct has come to the notice of the Building Services Board. In November 2016 the State Administrative Tribunal...
Building Commission
Media release
06 Jun 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 18 cents per litre (cpl) to 159 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 5 June 2018, most BP, Caltex and Caltex Woolworths sites are increasing their ULP price to 163.9 cpl (increasing between 25 and 26 cpl). Most 7-Eleven, Coles Express and Puma sites...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Jun 2018
A women’s spiritual and support group believed to be operating in WA’s South-West has been identified as having all of the hallmarks of an illegal pyramid scheme with Consumer Protection warning people not to take part. A Living Workshop is recruiting women to join their group offering “a higher quality of life through education, empowerment and feminine collaboration”, but they must first pay a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Jun 2018
Do you have a Vulcan Heritage or a Pyrox Heritage gas heater? People with Vulcan Heritage or Pyrox Heritage gas heaters in their homes need to get them checked by a qualified gasfitter immediately. Laboratory tests show that under certain conditions the heaters produce too much carbon monoxide. Particularly if homes have poor ventilation and bathroom exhaust fans or kitchen rangehoods are used at...
EnergySafety
Alert
01 Jun 2018
An Aubin Grove real estate agent has had his licence and triennial certificate suspended for six months and the agency was fined $5,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) over the misuse of a trust account. James Ademola Oladejo is the person in bona fide control of Jim’s Realty Pty Ltd . Both the agent and the agency were reprimanded by the SAT. In September 2016, Mr Oladejo dishonestly...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Jun 2018
Two online tech and gadget stores operated by the same company have been taking orders but failing to deliver, prompting a public warning from Consumer Protection. Android Enjoyed and Camera Sky , operated by Digital Marketing and Solutions Pty Ltd which is registered in Victoria, have received a high level of complaints from WA consumers. So far this year, Consumer Protection has received 31...
Consumer Protection
Media release
31 May 2018
The 2018 edition of the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas (the Map) comes into effect on Friday 1 June 2018. The Map will be available on the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) website on the afternoon of Thursday 31 May 2018. This edition of the Map will show both ‘new’ bush fire prone areas and those ‘continuing’ from earlier editions of the Map. All bush fire prone areas will be...
Building Commission
Department News
31 May 2018
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard While WA’s high rainfall this year has been good for farmers and the dams, it has one adverse consequence and that is a spike in enquiries and complaints to Consumer Protection about mould in rental properties. It is a significant issue with about 1,200 phone enquiries and complaints received since January 2015, mostly during the winter...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Oct 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by 20 cents per litre (cpl) to 159.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 29 May 2018, most BP, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths, Coles Express and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 163.9 cpl (increasing between 23 and 27 cpl). All 7-Eleven sites are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 May 2018
Three brothers have been fined $12,500 each by the Perth Magistrates Court for their involvement in a major unlicensed motor vehicle dealing operation. They were also ordered to pay $267.10 each in costs when they pleaded guilty on 25 May 2018 to breaching the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act. Ali Mohammed Yas of Balga had bought 83 vehicles in his own name and 23 vehicles in his wife’s name between...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 May 2018

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