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Boarders and lodgers are a special group of home-dwellers in terms of the law. As they are not tenants, they are not covered by the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 but instead have rights under common law provisions. Distinguishing between tenants, boarders and lodgers It is not always easy to...
Types of rental accommodation
Whether you are a lessor / landlord or tenant - you should make sure you do your homework before signing a rental agreement. Tenants Make sure the property meets your day-to-day needs. Ask yourself: Can you pay the rent and still have money to live? Is it close to shops, schools or public transport...
Beginning a tenancy
Registration as an adjudicator falls under the Construction Contracts Act 2004 . (1) The qualifications and experience required by an adjudicator are: (a) a degree from a university or other tertiary institution in Australia in one of the following disciplines or an equivalent qualification from an...
Becoming an adjudicator
Western Australia has some of the driest climatic regions in Australia and is prone to bush fire attack, particularly around the south west regions. In the past few years there have been numerous fire events that have devastated bushland areas and destroyed or damaged properties. Building and...
Building in bush fire prone areas
Only a plumber who holds a licence issued by the Plumbers Licensing Board can legally carry out water supply, sanitary and drainage plumbing work in Western Australia. Licensing plumbers reduces risks to public health, safety and the environment by ensuring they are competent and sufficiently...
Having plumbing work done
General information The Building Regulations 2012 (the Regulations) requires all private swimming and spa pools that contain water that is more than 300mm deep to have a compliant safety barrier installed that restricts access by young children to the pool and its immediate surrounds. In Western...
Swimming pools and spas
A sustainable building industry will balance environmental, social and economic issues to ensure a viable and valuable industry for future generations. The building industry includes developing, planning, designing, building, altering, or maintaining the built environment. The manufacturers,...
Sustainability
What is the European House Borer? The European House Borer (EHB) is a destructive pest that targets seasoned coniferous timber including pine, fir and spruce. If allowed to become established it can cause major structural damage to buildings. The adult beetle lays its eggs into cracks, holes and...
European House Borer
The Dividing Fences Act 1961 (the Act) combines with local government by-laws to regulate the erection and maintenance of dividing fences in Western Australia. The Act provides a process for sharing costs between neighbours, the determination of boundaries and a mechanism for courts to deal with...
Dividing fences
Most people’s biggest investment is their home, so it is important that your contract to build or renovate goes smoothly. Resolving disputes can be costly, both personally and financially. Building and Energy has a responsibility to ensure that consumers have confidence in the building, building...
Building or renovating your home

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With Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll... In the last 15 years at least 14 children under nine years old have died from domestic furniture falling on them in Australia. Anyone who has been around small children will know that they like to climb on furniture, however if freestanding items such as bookcases, drawers or wardrobes fall, they can trap, crush or suffocate a child...
Consumer Protection
Department News
24 Jul 2015
With Consumer Protection Commissioner Anne Driscoll Things to consider before making an offer on a property You might walk into a home and fall in love with it very quickly but it is important to do your own research and ask questions before making a written offer on a property. There is no mandatory cooling-off period for real estate contracts in Western Australia, so make sure you know what you...
Consumer Protection
Department News
13 Jul 2015
Some WA homes and business premises may be facing a serious fire risk if they have had sub-standard electrical cabling installed which is not replaced soon. In August last year, the inferior cabling imported by Infinity Cable Co Pty Ltd (in liquidation) was the subject of a national recall, with about 40,000 homes and businesses believed to be affected throughout Australia. The cabling does not...
Building and Energy
Media release
17 Jun 2015
The Building Commission is conducting a brief survey to gather information and feedback from home owners about the requirement for all owners of land to sign a building permit application before it is submitted to the local government. In 2012, this requirement was identified as causing delays in the building process due to difficulties in obtaining all signatures. In an attempt to speed up the...
Building and Energy
Alert
13 Feb 2015
After fifteen years being based at the Forrest Centre on St Georges Terrace in Perth, Consumer Protection has moved to a new CBD location. The main location is Gordon Stephenson House, 140 William Street Perth with front counter services available on Level 2. The move is in line with the state government's plan to consolidate existing office space for the public service. Consumer Protection’s...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Sep 2014
The St Georges Terrace office of Consumer Protection is moving offices over the September long weekend and in preparation it will close early this Friday . Bonds will close at 1.00pm; while all other services (including our Contact Centre) will close at 3.30pm. While there may be some minor services disruptions, we expect to be fully operational by 10.00am, Tuesday 30 September 2014. If you have...
Consumer Protection
Department News
22 Sep 2014
A new contract for the Seniors’ Housing Centre will ensure the partnership between Consumer Protection and peak seniors’ organisation, the Council on the Ageing Western Australia (COTA WA), will continue to help seniors get advice about housing options. The centre is funded by the State Government through the Department of Commerce, and the Department of Local Government and Communities. Commerce...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Aug 2014
WA authorities have warned real estate and settlement agents to be on high alert following the reported real estate fraud in the ACT. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll believes the criminals responsible will be encouraged by their success to make further fraud attempts. “Everyone in the property industry, particularly those involved in property management and sales, should have a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Jul 2014
Consumer Protection has issued another warning about a rogue tradesman who continues to take substantial deposits from consumers but fails to carry out or complete the work. Christopher Brocklebank of Woodvale, trading as Perth Evaporative Air & Gas Services and Elements ‘Hearth, Wind and Fire’ of Wangara, was due to face a trial in the Perth Magistrates Court in early July on seven charges...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Jul 2014
A Scarborough paving company and its Director have been ordered to pay a total of $20,000 in penalties after admitting to falsely advertising that the business was a member of the Master Builders Association (MBA). Realgold Corporation Pty Ltd, trading as Repave Spay-On Paving, and its sole Director Peter Vukmirovic were each ordered to pay a penalty of $10,000 by the District Court on 24 April...
Building and Energy
Department News
29 Apr 2014

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