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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
Our Energy Safety and WorkSafe Divisions are located here on the first floor, while the Building Commission and Corporate Services Divisions are on the third floor. Address: Levels 1 & 3, Mason Bird Building (reception and public access on level 1) 303 Sevenoaks Street, Cannington (Corner of...
Accessibility
The metropolitan office of Consumer Protection is located at 140 William Street. Address and contact details: Level 2 (Reception) Gordon Stephenson House 140 William Street Perth View map Telephone: 08 6251 1400 Advice line: 1300 304 054 Opening hours: 8:30am – 5:00pm (Monday to Friday) Summary...
Accessibility
Shopping to find the perfect gift can be stressful, especially at busy times like Christmas. Expired gift cards, faulty appliances and a piece a jewellery you thought was on sale but was the original price are just a few examples of what can go wrong while shopping for a gift. Here are some tips to...
Your consumer rights
Frequently asked questions What should I do if I’m experiencing some delays on my contract? Where there are no obvious signs the builder may be suffering financial difficulties, owners’ interests may best be protected by working with the builder to minimise the impact of late completion. Because of...
What should I do if my building work is unfinished?

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29 January 2016 As outlined in e-bulletin issue 53 , the regulation of fees will cease as of 3 February 2016. Settlement agents are able to determine the fee structure to charge their client for...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
29 Jan 2016
25 January 2016 Following consultation with industry in 2014, the Minister for Commerce has announced the scale of maximum fees for settlement agents will be removed. From Wednesday 3 February 2016,...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
02 Mar 2016
25 January 2016 Following consultation with industry in 2014, the Minister for Commerce has announced the scale of maximum fees fixed for land valuers will be removed. From Wednesday 3 February 2016...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
27 Jan 2016
Have your say Feedback on the proposed amendments will be accepted until Monday 29 February 2016 Make a submission The Co-operatives Amendment Bill 2015 (the Bill), introduced into the Parliament in...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
13 Jan 2016
In Western Australia building work is required to comply with the requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA). The BCA is a performance based document that provides minimum technical...
Building Commission
Fact sheet
24 Oct 2016
This guide will help you understand the process for obtaining approval to build and occupy a building in Western Australia.
Building Commission
Guide / handbook
27 Nov 2015

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Announcements

The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 22 cents per litre (cpl) to 130.1 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 1 August 2017, most 7-Eleven, BP, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 132.9 cpl (increasing between 25 cpl and 28 cpl). Most Coles Express...
Consumer Protection
Media release
31 Jul 2017
iTunes gift cards are being increasingly demanded by scammers as the preferred payment method, with victims being tricked into making purchases worth thousands of dollars. The victims are usually caught up in telco or tax phone scams where they have to pay a certain amount to supposedly help catch someone who has hacked into their computer and accessed their bank account or pay a bogus tax debt...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Jul 2017
Consumer Protection is alerting residents in Perth’s eastern suburbs to be aware of a pest controller who is reportedly giving misleading information in order to boost his business. The trader has contacted home owners in the Swan Valley area giving the impression that he is from a government authority, saying that there is an outbreak of European house borers in the area. The caller then...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Jul 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 20 cents per litre (cpl) to 129 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 25 July 2017, most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 133.9 cpl (an increase of 28 cpl). Most 7-Eleven, Caltex Woolworths, Puma and BP sites are increasing their ULP...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Jul 2017
The McGowan Government will regulate Western Australia's $140 million prepaid funeral sector to better protect seniors and their families from fund mismanagement. The Government is developing a mandatory code of practice to give consumers greater consistency, clarity and certainty when investing in prepaid funeral plans - bringing WA into line with other States. Currently the industry is governed...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Jun 2017
The McGowan Government today announced amendments to residential caravan park laws to provide extra protections for Western Australians. Changes will be made to the Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Act 2006, which regulates the relationship between park operators and long-stay tenants. This will balance the interests of operators and tenants, and ensure fairer dealings between the parties...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Jul 2017
Consumer Protection will conduct specific investigations into retirement village complaints, particularly relating to contracts being offered by operators in WA, to ensure that the rights of retirees are being protected. The special investigation unit of senior investigators and lawyers will expand the Department’s ongoing proactive compliance program which has resulted in recent improvements in...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Jul 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 20 cents per litre (cpl) to 129.7 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 18 July 2017, most Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 134.9 cpl (an increase of 27 cpl). Most Caltex Woolworths, Caltex, 7-Eleven, BP and Coles Express sites are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Jul 2017
With Acting Consumer Protection Commissioner David Hillyard What happens when a customer fails to return to collect their goods from a business? Western Australian businesses left holding uncollected items, which they don’t want taking up valuable storage space, have to take certain steps before they can dispose of the goods. This procedure, which can involve an application to the courts...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Jul 2017
Consumer Protection is concerned about a vehicle hire business which appears to have closed down leaving customers out of pocket. Rent Beyond Pty Ltd, trading as Drive Beyond formerly of Beechboro Road in Bayswater, has vacated their Perth premises. The company is registered in Queensland but its sole director Nathan Joyce is based in Victoria. Consumer Protection has not been able to contact Mr...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Jul 2017

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