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A seller must not accept payment for items if they: do not intend to supply the item; intend to supply something different from what you ordered; or know, or should have known, they would not be able to supply the item in a timely way. A seller that accepts payment for items must supply them:...
Refunds and returns
If you cannot prove where the product was purchased, the store or manufacturer is not obliged to accept your claim, but may still choose to do so. Original Packaging If a product does not meet a consumer guarantee the seller cannot refuse to give a refund, or reduce the amount of the refund,...
Refunds and returns
'No refunds’ signs are unlawful. A supplier or manufacturer must not tell you that a consumer guarantee : does not exist; may be excluded; or may not have a particular effect. Generally, you have a right to a refund when there is a major problem with something you bought. Stores cannot take away...
Refunds and returns
Generally, a store does not have to give a refund or replacement if a customer simply changes their mind about a product. Under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), the customer is only entitled to choose a refund or replacement for a major problem with a product covered by consumer guarantees . For...
Refunds and returns
The type of remedy you can request can depend on whether it is a minor or major problem. Minor problems A minor problem can be fixed within a reasonable time. You must give the store the chance to fix the problem. They choose whether to refund, repair or replace. Major problems If there is a major...
Refunds and returns
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

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Customers expect quality service and a high standard of work at a competitive price. It is important to give customers professional, accurate advice and information, particularly about the cost of...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
27 May 2021
Refunds policy sign example We are not required to provide a refund or replacement if you change your mind. But you can choose a refund or exchange if an item has a major problem. This is when the...
Consumer Protection
Promotions
10 Oct 2017
Retailers encounter many situations where goods are damaged in the store or damaged while being transported to a customer’s house.
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
29 May 2014
Real Estate Fees Negotiating with an Agent
Consumer Protection
Brochure
27 May 2014
Proactive Visit Checklist Real Estate Agents
Consumer Protection
Checklist
27 May 2014
Requirements for Agents’ correspondence and documents: Are your details stated correctly?
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
29 May 2014
The Commissioner for Consumer Protection has approved the following guidelines to assist licensees distinguish between what the Commissioner considers an advertisement that requires a licence number...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
27 May 2014
Use this form to update staff members - Real Estate & Settlement Agents Change of Details Notification
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
18 Jul 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
Guide / handbook
27 Apr 2016

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The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by around 18 cents per litre (cpl) to 111.4 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 8 April 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Caltex hiking by 34 cpl to 123.9 cpl; BP, Caltex Woolworths and 7-Eleven to 119.9...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Apr 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 15 cents per litre (cpl) to 115.6 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 1 April 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price - Caltex hiking by 33 cpl to 129.9 cpl, BP to 126.9 cpl, 7-Eleven to 125.9 cpl,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
31 Mar 2020
While the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic is changing rapidly, we remain focussed on delivering our services while adhering to advice from Government to protect the health and safety of our staff and the wider community. The department is planning for a range of scenarios and endeavouring to ensure continuity of service. A number of functions can be performed remotely or by using our online...
Corporate
Department News
23 Mar 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by around 13 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 18 March 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price - 7-Eleven hiking by 28.8 cpl to 143.7 cpl, Caltex to 141.9 cpl, BP to 139.9 cpl,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Mar 2020
Vulnerable Western Australians, particularly pensioners, the elderly and people with disabilities, will be able to visit their local Coles and Woolworths stores an hour early from tomorrow, with an extended trading permit to be granted by the Commissioner for Consumer Protection this afternoon. The temporary extension of trading hours is one of the measures included in the McGowan Government's...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Mar 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by around 12 cents per litre (cpl) to 139.4 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 11 March 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price - 7-Eleven hiking by 29.8 cpl to 149.7 cpl, Caltex to 148.9 cpl, Puma to 147.7 cpl...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Mar 2020
Under OSH legislation, employers are required to provide and maintain, as far as is practicable, a working environment in which their workers are not exposed to health risks. This includes situations where employees and contractors may be at risk of contracting viruses such as the COVID-19 coronavirus. Employers need to keep up to date with the latest health warnings from the Australian and WA...
WorkSafe
Alert
10 Mar 2020
A major international company with an office in Perth is facing a $30 million ransom demand from cyber criminals who locked its computer system in Australia, resulting in a partial interruption to online trading for a short period of time. A company official has assured Consumer Protection that the personal data of clients has not been compromised and, after a brief system outage, the company is...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Mar 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by 11 cents per litre (cpl) to 141.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 4 March 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price - Caltex hiking by 26 cpl to 149.9 cpl and Caltex Woolworths, Puma and 7-Eleven to 149.7...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Mar 2020
On Thursday 20 February, the Work Health and Safety Bill 2019 passed through the Legislative Assembly of the Western Australian Parliament. The Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Mines and Petroleum and Industrial Relations said: “I am pleased that the Work Health and Safety Bill has now passed the Legislative Assembly. “The McGowan Government recognises the importance of these reforms and hopes...
WorkSafe
Department News
25 Feb 2020

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