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This page contains frequently asked questions about vaping. Is vaping hazardous? Yes, vaping can be hazardous. The nature of the hazard will depend upon factors such as the liquid used in the e-cigarette and the health status of the individual. In 2019, there were 2290 cases of lung injury...
Smoking
Restaurants and cafes that charge a surcharge on certain days do not need to provide a separate menu. However, the menu or pricing display must include wording that ‘a surcharge of [percentage] applies on [the specified day or days]’ . This statement must be displayed in a transparent and prominent...
Store policies and sale practices
Consumer Protection has a number of policies which articulate the principles that underpin our work. These policies guide our approach to promoting fair trading and consumer protection, whether we are providing information and advice, helping consumers resolve disputes or investigating complaints...
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Always choose a licensed motor vehicle repairer
Always choose a licensed motor vehicle repairer, by Consumer Protection
Look for the tick – there’s a lot riding on it! You wouldn’t trust your teeth to a backyard dentist, so don’t trust your car to a backyard repairer. Backyard or bush mechanics operate in WA and even though Consumer Protection aims to identify them and stop...
Servicing, repair and towing
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety – Consumer Protection Division (Consumer Protection) recently completed a review of the Auction Sales Act 1973 (the Act). Review purpose The purpose of the review was to assess the Act’s relevance and appropriateness in meeting current and...
Decision regulatory impact statements
Purpose of the compliance inspection Building and Energy carries out a range of building information and education activities, including compliance inspections, in order to reduce consumer harm and avoid disputes and complaints. Non-compliance with legislative requirements often leads to consumer...
Compliance and audit
The public comment period on the Work Health and Safety Regulations for Western Australia closed on 26 November 2019. All submissions received by the department will be provided to the Minister in order to facilitate his decision in relation to adopting the model WHS regulations in Western...
Work health and safety legislation reform
A combined review of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act 1973 and the Motor Vehicle Repairers Act 2003 was recently completed. Review purpose The key purpose of the review was to assess the effectiveness of the legislation and to ensure it is appropriate and operating in the interests of both consumers...
Decision regulatory impact statements
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety is committed to completing regulatory impact assessment processes when amending or developing legislation. Decision Regulatory Impact Statements (DRIS) represent the final step in the process and reflect the outcome of stakeholder consultation...
Decision regulatory impact statements
The Disposal of Uncollected Goods Act 1970 (DUG Act) is being reviewed to examine the processes for disposing of uncollected goods Status: CLOSED , closed 31 October 2019. Background The purpose of this review is to update the DUG Act’s provisions, which are outdated and do not take into account...
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While it is reasonable to be concerned about the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, there are a number of actions you can take to look after your mental health during this challenging time. Access...
WorkSafe
Information
08 Apr 2020
It is reasonable for employees to experience increased worry, anxiety and stress about the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Managing the risk to mental health during this time means employees will have...
WorkSafe
Information
08 Apr 2020
Safe Work Australia has created an easy to follow infographic to advise workplaces on the steps they should take if a worker comes down with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19. [scald=8226:...
WorkSafe
Information
07 Apr 2020
The quad bike safety standard poster highlights the key requirements of the safety standard. Please download the poster and display in a highly visible location. For more information visit the quad...
Consumer Protection
Poster
12 Mar 2020
The Western Australian strategy and framework for the prevention and management of work-related musculoskeletal disorders are intended as useful resources for stakeholders who can influence...
WorkSafe
Information
11 Feb 2020
ThinkSafe is the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s flagship online publication for workplace safety and health in Western Australia. ThinkSafe magazine - September 2020 ThinkSafe...
WorkSafe
Newsletter
01 Oct 2020
THIS DOCUMENT IS NO LONGER CURRENT AND IS AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE FOR HISTORICAL PURPOSES ONLY. The public comment period on the Work Health and Safety Regulations for Western Australia closed on 26...
WorkSafe
Information
14 Jan 2020
Follow these tips to protect yourself: 1. Research Before you buy a new or used car, do some research to determine which car is right for you and what you can afford. 2. Check safety rating Check the...
Consumer Protection
Flyers
11 Dec 2019
Follow these simple steps: Choose the category of licence that is right for you and apply. Pay the correct licensing fees when they're due. Start being a motor vehicle dealer. Learn Attend a relevant...
Consumer Protection
Flyers
11 Dec 2019
Motor vehicle repair business licence or motor vehicle repairer's certificate: what's the difference? Are you: the owner of a motor vehicle repair business? a self-employed motor vehicle repairer?...
Consumer Protection
Flyers
02 Dec 2019

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Our sunny skies have paved the way for a booming solar panel industry in Western Australia, as many households look for ways to cut their power bills while also reducing their carbon footprint. Rooftop solar has become so popular in fact, it’s estimated that 300,000 WA households already have panels installed, accounting for one-fifth of the electricity produced in our main network. Even though...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Nov 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by 30 cents per litre (cpl) to 133.2 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 18 November 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Coles Express hiking by up to 43 cpl up to 145.9 cpl; 7-Eleven, BP, Caltex/Ampol and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Nov 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 29 cents per litre (cpl) to 132.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 11 November 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Caltex Woolworths, 7-Eleven, BP, Caltex/Ampol and Coles Express hiking by...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Nov 2020
A Mount Lawley real estate agency, its supervising director and two staff members have been reprimanded by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) over the failure to lodge three tenancy bonds with the Bond Administrator as well as related irregularities found in the agency’s accounts. Beaufort Nominees Pty Ltd , trading as Michael Johnson & Co and Professionals Michael Johnson & Co at...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Nov 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 29 cents per litre (cpl) to 133.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 4 November 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Caltex/Ampol, 7-Eleven, BP, Caltex Woolworths and Coles Express hiking by between...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Nov 2020
While many Western Australian businesses have re-opened and returned to ‘business as usual’, there are fears some will not survive the financial impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. When a business closes its doors, consumers often call Consumer Protection with concerns about money paid for goods or services that are yet to be received, or unspent gift vouchers or credit notes. How...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Oct 2020
The Work Health and Safety Bill 2019 was passed by Parliament on 3 November 2020 and is awaiting royal assent. When assented, the WHS Act will not be operational until regulations are complete. Work to develop the regulations is presently underway and will continue in 2021. The new Work Health and Safety Act 2019 (WHS Act) will replace the current Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984, and...
WorkSafe
Alert
22 Oct 2020
Gone are the days where a gym is the only destination available for fitness lovers looking for a structured work-out. Nowadays, you can find boot-camps in local parks, employ a personal trainer or even stream ‘virtual’ work-out sessions online from the comfort of home. Whichever exercise method best suits your lifestyle, there’s little doubt Western Australia’s fitness industry has undergone a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Oct 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 29 cents per litre (cpl) to 133.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 21 October 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: 7-Eleven, BP and Coles Express hiking by between 42-43 cpl up to 145.9 cpl;...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Oct 2020
An extra 36 shopping hours approved from December 5 to New Year's Day Earlier opening and later closing times allowed before and just after Christmas Australia Day public holiday trading also extended by four hours A boost of 36 extra shopping hours over the Christmas period has been approved by the McGowan Government to help stimulate trading for general retail shops in the Perth metropolitan...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Oct 2020

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