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You must provide goods of the same type and similar value. If such a replacement is not reasonably available, the consumer may choose a repair or a refund. The consumer must return goods to you. If this involves significant cost to the consumer, you must collect the goods at your own expense – see...
Returns and cancellations
What if I can’t repair the goods? If a supplier cannot repair the goods—for instance, because the supplier does not have parts—or cannot do so within a reasonable time, the consumer can: reject the goods and seek either a refund or replacement; or have the goods fixed elsewhere and claim reasonable...
Returns and cancellations
Which goods are covered and what guarantees apply. Which goods are covered? Goods are covered when sold in trade or commerce and bought by a consumer. Second-hand, leased or hired goods are also covered. Some consumer guarantees apply regardless of whether the goods are sold in trade or commerce –...
Guarantees and warranties
Title to goo ds Suppliers guarantee they have the right to sell the goods (clear title), unless the supplier alerted the consumer before the sale that they had ‘limited title’. If goods are sold with limited title, any other person with ownership rights—for example, a person owed money by the...
Guarantees and warranties
A supplier guarantees that the goods will do the job the consumer was told they would. The ‘fit for purpose’ guarantee A supplier guarantees that goods will be reasonably fit for any purpose that the supplier or the consumer specified – the goods will do the job the consumer was told they would...
Guarantees and warranties
Description of goods must be accurate Suppliers and manufacturers guarantee that the description of goods for example, in a catalogue or television commercial is accurate. This does not apply to goods bought at auction. Matching description If the goods do not match the description for example, the...
Guarantees and warranties
Acceptable quality Goods must be of an acceptable quality. The guarantee of acceptable quality Suppliers and manufacturers guarantee that goods are of acceptable quality when sold to a consumer. This means they guarantee the goods will be: safe, durable and free from defects; acceptable in...
Guarantees and warranties
Whether you have to provide a refund, repair, replacement or compensation to a consumer for problems with goods or services depends on whether you have met consumer guarantees set by Australian law. You are responsible for understanding your legal obligations. Australia’s consumer protection...
Guarantees and warranties
People generally are aware that electricity can be dangerous. However, many people still take risks that can lead to harm. This is why reminders on the need to use electricity safely are required. Switches, power points and light fittings Damaged switches, power points and light fittings are...
Electrical installations

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This guide provides information on the ACL for electrical and whitegoods businesses. It covers key aspects of the law such as refunds, replacements and repairs, focusing on issues where: industry...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
09 Jan 2017
Warranty against defects A warranty against defects is an undertaking made at the time the goods or services are supplied. This promise is over and above the protections provided by law. It is...
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
16 Jul 2019
Consumer Protection Strategic Plan 2012 - 2015
Consumer Protection
Plans
29 May 2014
On 1 July 2013, changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 (the Act) and the Residential Tenancies Regulations 1989 came into force. These frequently asked questions are designed to assist you in...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
09 Feb 2017

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Announcements

The Commissioner for Consumer Protection has written to 2,300 people in WA who have possibly purchased Samsung washing machines, now recalled, which may put their lives at risk. It follows exhaustive efforts to maximise the response rate to the 2013 recall of the top loader washing machines which have caused about 200 house fires throughout Australia in recent years. The machines were...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Nov 2017
A butane gas lighter which recently exploded and injured a Donnybrook woman has been recalled from sale. The supplier of the Trio jet lighter in Queensland has voluntarily agreed to withdraw the item from sale with a notice expected to be posted soon on the recalls website www.recalls.gov.au . Consumer Protection is now ensuring retailers that stocked the lighters have removed them from their...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Oct 2017
Children heading to this year’s Perth Royal Show will have at least 258 safe showbags to choose from after Consumer Protection carried out its annual checks on toys and novelty items contained in the bags. Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said product safety officers have inspected more than 1,500 individual items before declaring the showbags to be safe. “Of the hundreds of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Sep 2017
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Do you buy electrical products online? You may be shocked to hear that overseas plug converters supplied with appliances to make them usable in Australia could harm or kill you! There have been two local cases recently where consumers reported receiving electric shocks from power adaptors that came with appliances they’d purchased...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Sep 2017
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard You’ve probably seen photos or videos of babies bobbing up and down in water aided by a baby neck float. In case the craze has passed you by, the inflatable plastic rings go around an infant’s neck to support them as they float on water. They are used in the same way as other flotation devices, except they keep only the head afloat...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Aug 2017
Energy Safety and Consumer Protection are issuing a joint public alert, concerned about the dangers of WA consumers using power adaptors that don’t meet Australian safety standards. The warning comes after two consumers reported receiving electric shocks after using an unsafe international adaptor. When the travel adaptor is plugged into a power board, two exposed pins designed for the United...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Aug 2017
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard We're in a new financial year and Consumer Protection has considered previous complaint trends and emerging issues to help decide priorities for the 12 months ahead. It's not always possible to predict problems that will arise in the marketplace, however in a number of areas there are some obvious pointers we can act on. We call this...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Aug 2017
A new national safety standard for decorative alcohol-fuelled (ethanol) burners will come into effect on 15 July 2017, replacing an interim ban on the products. The action to ensure the safety of portable table-top burners comes after reports of more than 100 injuries and 36 house fires in Australia since 2010 and at least three deaths overseas. WA first introduced an interim ban in December 2016...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Jul 2017
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Winter's here and as we try to keep warm in the cooler weather there are some annual safety messages to think about when buying or using products such as hot water bottles, heaters, electric blankets, wheat bags and pyjamas. Let’s start with hot water bottles. You might have one in the back of the cupboard but if it’s more than two...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Jun 2017
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard If you’re a parent or carer, it’s highly likely you’ve heard all about, or seen too much of, ‘fidget spinners’. Alternatively, you may have noticed the novelty items for sale online or at stalls in shopping centres and we know there are also promotional giveaways where you get them for free. For anyone who isn’t sure what they are,...
Consumer Protection
Alert
16 Jun 2017

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