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After you buy or use a product, you may identify problems with it, in other words, it does not meet a consumer guarantee. Depending on the type of problem (also known as a failure under the Australian Consumer Law) the seller may have to provide a ‘remedy’, such as: a refund repairs a replacement...
Refunds and returns
You will not be covered by all of the consumer guarantees for goods: bought before 1 January 2011. These are covered by laws that were in force before 1 January 2011 – contact us for more information; bought from one-off sales by private sellers, such as garage sales and fêtes; bought at auctions,...
Your consumer rights
As a supplier, you must ensure your standard form consumer contracts comply with national unfair contract terms laws. These protect consumers against contract terms that: would cause a significant imbalance in the parties' rights and obligations under a contract; are not reasonably necessary to...
Door-to-door and telephone selling
Whatever disposal method is used for the goods, be sure to keep a record of communication with the customer, every notice sent and documents relating to your costs for storing and disposing of the goods. The Disposal of Uncollected Goods Act 1970 requires that within seven days of selling or...
Disposing of uncollected goods
There are procedures to follow if your customer gives you a ‘notice of dispute’ within one month of you serving them with a Form 1, Form 2 or Form 4 as set out in the Disposal of Uncollected Goods Regulations 1971 . There is no prescribed notice of dispute in the Regulations but it needs to set out...
Disposing of uncollected goods
If you sell the goods (pursuant to a court order) Deduct from the proceeds all of your lawful and reasonable moneys owed, charges and sale expenses (including advertising, storage, sales commission, insurance, etc. If there is a shortfall, you may claim the balance from the party who left the goods...
Disposing of uncollected goods
There are certain forms you need to use when notifying the various people of your intention to dispose of goods. Following these procedures and using the correct forms can save you problems later, particularly if your customers turn up wanting their goods. You should be aware that penalties apply...
Disposing of uncollected goods
Generally, service of documents can be done by: delivering them to the party personally; posting them to the party’s last known address; or leaving them at the party’s residence, or if they are a principal of a business, at the usual or last known place of business. In the case of a corporation or...
Disposing of uncollected goods
Many businesses are left holding goods which customers never return to collect. These goods often become a nuisance and take up valuable storage space. It is sometimes in your best interest to dispose of them . If you decide to take this action, the Disposal of Uncollected Goods Act 1970 and its...
Disposing of uncollected goods
When a consumer suffers loss or damage due to a defect with goods or services, they can make a claim to recover damages or compensation. This is particularly the case where the defect means the trader or manufacturer failed to comply with a consumer guarantee. A consumer can apply to the trader or...
Returns and cancellations

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About this guide This is one of six guides to the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), developed by Australia’s consumer protection agencies to help businesses understand their responsibilities under the...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
27 Apr 2016
A short brochure providing information about Consumer Protection’s Product Safety Unit's website.
Consumer Protection
Brochure
27 May 2014
Who should complete this application This form can be used by motor vehicle dealers, repair businesses, car market operators or holders of an Exemption from the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act. Any...
Consumer Protection
Form – application
18 Dec 2018
About this guide This is one of six guides to the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) developed by Australia’s consumer protection agencies to help businesses understand their responsibilities under the...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
27 Apr 2016
About this guide This is one of six guides to the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), developed by Australia’s consumer protection agencies to help businesses understand their responsibilities under the...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
10 Oct 2017
A guide to the correct procedures to dispose of uncollected goods. Though this guide to the disposal of uncollected goods was developed in partnership with the MTA, it is not just for the motor vehicle industry and it is applicable for the disposal of any type of product left with a business.
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
09 Nov 2017
Looking for a home of your own does not necessarily mean buying an established property. Some people prefer to buy vacant land and have a home built to their plans and requirements. This often means...
Consumer Protection
Brochure
27 May 2014
This guide is intended to help auditors produce high quality reports in the required format. To make the auditing process easier, templates for the main documents to be lodged with the Commissioner...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
29 Jan 2020
Small Business Self Assessment checklist
Consumer Protection
Checklist
29 May 2014
Dispute with a business? A consumer guide to finding help ACL
Consumer Protection
Brochure
29 May 2014

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The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by over 16 cents per litre (cpl) to 148.4 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 20 November 2018, most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 152.7 cpl (hiking by 22.8 cpl). Most BP, Caltex Woolworths and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Nov 2018
The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by over 12 cents per litre (cpl) to 153.9 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 13 November 2018, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 159.9 cpl (hiking by 19.4 cpl). Most 7-Eleven, BP, Caltex and Puma sites are increasing their ULP...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Nov 2018
The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 13 cents per litre (cpl) to 159.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 6 November 2018, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 165.9 cpl (increasing by 21 cpl). Most BP and Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 161.9...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Nov 2018
A Perth bathroom renovation company and two of its officers have been fined $5,000 under WA’s building laws in relation to work at homes in Kalamunda and Gwelup. WA Bathrooms and Tiling Pty Ltd (trading as WA Bathrooms ), formerly based in Osborne Park, was convicted in Perth Magistrates Court last month of four charges brought by the Building Commissioner. The company’s director and general...
Building and Energy
Media release
05 Nov 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 12 cents per litre (cpl) to 162.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 30 October 2018, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 167.9 cpl (an increase of 19.4 cpl). Most BP and Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 165.9...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Oct 2018
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s inaugural Annual Report, tabled in Parliament on 19 September 2018, is now available on the website . The 2017-18 report highlights the department’s key achievements and financial performance for the last financial year and showcases what we do for the community of Western Australia. The report also includes independently audited reports...
Corporate
Department News
25 Oct 2018
The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 14 cents per litre (cpl) to 165.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 16 October 2018, most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 169.9 cpl (a hike of 18 cpl). Most Caltex Woolworths, Coles Express and Puma sites are increasing their ULP...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Oct 2018
The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 14 cents per litre (cpl) to 163.9 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 9 October 2018, all Coles Express and most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 167.9 cpl (an increase of between 18 and 19 cpl). Most Puma, BP and Caltex Woolworths...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Oct 2018
The McGowan Government has introduced building regulations to restrict the use of combustible material on building facades of high-risk buildings. The new building regulations prevent the use of performance solutions by restricting the use of combustible cladding to those that can demonstrate compliance under the Building Code of Australia’s (BCA) new verification method. This method also...
Building and Energy
Media release
06 Oct 2018
The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 13 cents per litre (cpl) to 160.7 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 2 October 2018, all Coles Express sites are hiking their ULP price to 165.9 cpl (an increase of 20 cpl). Most Caltex sites are hiking their ULP price to 163.9 cpl, most Puma...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Oct 2018

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