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Offers of additional "free" services, such as installation or fitting, are illegal if such services are normally included in the regular total price. Similarly, if the total price has been increased to include "free fitting", it would promote an impression of saving which was not genuine and...
Advertising and promotion
In monitoring advertising standards, Consumer Protection pays particular attention to "fine print exclusions". The overall impression created by an advertisement is important. Qualifications of claims in a small font print may not correct a misleading impression created by other more prominent...
Advertising and promotion
Bait advertising is so called because it offers a "bait" to draw customers to the store or business and they can get "caught" as a result. Enticing prospective customers into stores when there are reasonable grounds for believing that the goods will not be in the store or are unlikely to be...
Advertising and promotion
All forms of comparative advertising including "Sale" or "Discounted" prices must be legitimate. If you claim prices have been reduced, you must be able to prove it. You must have offered the goods for sale previously for a reasonable period of time and in reasonable quantities at the higher rate...
Advertising and promotion
To claim that prices are reduced from the “manufacturer's recommended retail price list” is misleading and deceptive unless the prices are those at which goods are normally sold within that industry. If the recommended retail price is not widely accepted in the trade, the comparison may be...
Advertising and promotion
A price reduction for a product shown as "$X off" or "Save over $X", implies that the saving is off the "normal selling price" or the recommended retail price (RRP) on the basis that the "normal selling price" or RRP can be regarded as the usual price for that product. If you are challenged about...
Advertising and promotion
Price is a major factor in most consumer purchasing decisions. Advertisements referring to price should clearly indicate the price at which people responding to an advertisement can buy the advertised goods. It is illegal to advertise special prices and imply substantial savings when, in fact, the...
Advertising and promotion
Advertising campaigns that state "Up to 50% off" are likely to cause consumers to believe a number of items are discounted by 50 per cent and that all other items within the store will also be discounted to some degree. You should not advertise this type of saving if only a few items are offered at...
Advertising and promotion
Gift recipients have the same rights and responsibilities and are entitled to the same remedies as a consumer who has bought goods or services directly.
Lay-bys, vouchers and gifts
A‘lay-by’ agreement exists when if the consumer: pays for the goods in at least three instalments (when the agreement is not stated to be a ‘lay by’ agreement) or in at least two instalments (when the agreement is called a ‘lay-by’ agreement); and does not receive the goods until the full price has...
Lay-bys, vouchers and gifts

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Paying proper attention to customer complaints is an essential part of a well-managed business operation. In fact, complaints can improve your efficiency and profitability. Why have a complaint...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
06 Jan 2021
Section 57 of the Real Estate and Business Agents Act 1978 (the Act) requires developers to register their principal place of business with the Commissioner for Consumer Protection (“the Commissioner...
Consumer Protection
Form – registration
27 May 2014
If you want to trade as a small retail shop you must apply for a certificate. Lodging an application An application can be completed and submitted online or downloaded and lodged by: email :...
Consumer Protection
Form – application
24 Oct 2019
This document was developed to assist in the investigation of slips, trip and falls in the workplace.
WorkSafe
Checklist
22 May 2014
WorkSafe has produced this checklist to assist you in inspecting your workplace in regards to evacuation and first aid. Although the checklists do not cover all the requirements under workplace safety and health laws, they will give you a better idea of whether your workplace meets basic standards of safety. They will also assist in laying the foundation for a safety and health management system at your workplace.
WorkSafe
Checklist
22 May 2014
WorkSafe has produced this checklist to assist you in inspecting training, risk assessment and safe work procedures associated with confined spaces. Although the checklists do not cover all the...
WorkSafe
Checklist
22 May 2014
WorkSafe has produced this checklist to assist you in inspecting chemical or hazardous substances hazards at your workplace. This checklist covers both requirements for hazardous substances under the...
WorkSafe
Checklist
22 May 2014
This checklist covers both requirements for hazardous substances under the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 and general chemical safety.
WorkSafe
Checklist
20 May 2014
The Code of practice: Abrasive blasting provides practical advice on meeting the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 and the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 as they relate to abrasive blasting and applies to: all workplaces where abrasive blasting is being carried out; all persons who may be exposed to hazards arising from abrasive blasting in workplaces; workplaces where: abrasive blasting products are used; processes associated with abrasive blasting are undertaken; and abrasive blasting products and equipment are stored.
WorkSafe
Code of practice
21 May 2014

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The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by around 28 cents per litre (cpl) to 134.9 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 1 July 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Coles Express hiking by up to 40 cpl up to 145.9 cpl; Caltex Woolworths, 7-Eleven,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Jun 2020
We all know that clean hands are one of the best ways to guard against viruses, so it’s little surprise that hand sanitiser has become a must-have item during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. With many households and schools now using hand sanitiser as part of their daily routines, it’s important to remember these products should be treated with extra caution especially around children. Most...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Jun 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 28 cents per litre (cpl) to 132.2 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 24 June 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Caltex Woolworths, Coles Express and Caltex hiking by between 39 – 40 cpl up to 141...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Jun 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by around 26 cents per litre (cpl) to 128.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 17 June 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Coles Express hiking by 38 cpl up to 139.9 cpl; 7-Eleven and BP up to 137.9 cpl;...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Jun 2020
A wide variety of investment scams have claimed 65 victims in WA so far this financial year with losses totalling $4,983,000 being reported to WA ScamNet at Consumer Protection. The victims responded to cold callers, emails and enticing advertisements on social media making false claims of low risk and high returns. The bogus investments being offered included shares, foreign exchange, binary...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Jun 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 27 cents per litre (cpl) to 126.7 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 10 June 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Coles Express hiking by 38 cpl up to 137.9 cpl; BP up to 136.9 cpl; Caltex...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Jun 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 26 cents per litre (cpl) to 124 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 3 June 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Coles Express hiking by 39 cpl up to 135.9 cpl; BP and Caltex up to 131.9 cpl; Caltex...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Jun 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 24 cents per litre (cpl) to 120.7 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 27 May 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and Coles Express hiking by between 33-36 cpl up to 129.9...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 May 2020
The State Government has approved extended trading hours for general retail stores in the Perth metropolitan area for the next two public holidays on Monday 1 June 2020 (Western Australia Day) and Monday 28 September 2020 (Queen’s Birthday). These stores will be allowed to open from 8am to 6pm. Normal trading hours for these public holidays are 11am to 5pm. Retailers holding small shop...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 May 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 24 cents per litre (cpl) to 118.3 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 20 May 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Coles Express hiking by 34 cpl up to 127.9 cpl; 7-Eleven up to 126.9 cpl; Caltex,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 May 2020

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