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What services are covered by the consumer guarantees? Services that you provide in the course of your business or professional activity, including not-for-profit services, that: cost up to $40,000 (or any other amount set by the Australian Consumer Law in future), regardless of purpose or use; cost...
Guarantees and warranties
Manufacturers guarantee to take reasonable steps to provide spare parts and repair facilities, a place that can fix the consumer’s goods, for a reasonable time after purchase. If the manufacturer does not have an office in Australia, the importer takes on these responsibilities. Example: A consumer...
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. Acceptable quality has a number of factors, including that the goods will be safe to use, and that they will be reasonably durable. Acceptable quality is determined by what a reasonable consumer fully familiar with the goods would regard as...
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
The Motor Vehicle Repairers Act 2003 (the Act) imposes serious obligations on licensed repair business operators and the way they operate their business. Failing to meet those obligations can result in the Department issuing an infringement notice, prosecuting offending licence holders before a...
Motor vehicle repairers
Not every business in the motor repair and servicing industry requires a repair business licence. Vehicle and parts manufacturers are exempt if they do not actually repair vehicles. If you manufacture parts but do not fit them to a vehicle you will not require a licence. The question you must ask...
Motor vehicle repairers
Motor vehicle repair businesses must operate from approved premises (including mobile premises). If a repair business operates from multiple premises, each additional premises must also be approved. Fixed premises The Motor Vehicle Repairers Act 2003 requires each applicant for a motor vehicle...
Motor vehicle repairers

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Western Australian builder Cooper & Oxley Builders Pty Ltd (BC8529) has today voluntarily entered into external administration. Richard Albarran and Hugh Shaw from Hall Chadwick have been appointed as administrators of the company. Anyone owed money by the builder, including subcontractors and suppliers, should contact Hall Chadwick on (08) 6557 6200 and register as a creditor. The Department...
Building and Energy
Media release
08 Feb 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by over 18 cents per litre (cpl) to 146.4 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 6 February 2018, most 7-Eleven, Puma, BP, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 149.9 cpl (an increase of between 20 and 25 cpl) and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Feb 2018
Western Australian builder Choiceliving (WA) Pty Ltd (BC101237 – suspended) has today voluntarily entered into external administration.
Building and Energy
Media release
30 Jan 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 18 cents per litre (cpl) to 146.1 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 30 January 2018, most 7-Eleven, Puma, Caltex Woolworths, BP, Caltex and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 149.9 cpl (an increase of between 20 and 25 cpl)...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Jan 2018
Building Commissioner Ken Bowron has suspended Choiceliving (WA) Pty Ltd’s (BC101237) building contractor registration due to concerns about the company’s financial status.
Building and Energy
Media release
25 Jan 2018
Westminster man Jeffrey Dean Ramsey (BP102256 – cancelled) has been fined $5,000 and is no longer a registered builder in Western Australia after he provided false or misleading information to the Building Services Board to become registered.
Building and Energy
Media release
24 Jan 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 18 cents per litre (cpl) to 146.3 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 23 January 2018, most 7-Eleven, Puma, Caltex Woolworths, BP, Caltex and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 149.9 cpl (an increase of between 20 and 26 cpl) and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Jan 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 18 cents per litre (cpl) to 146.2 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 16 January 2018, most 7-Eleven, Caltex Woolworths, BP, Puma, Caltex and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 149.9 cpl (an increase of between 20 and 26 cpl) and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Jan 2018
A rogue tree lopper with a long history with Consumer Protection regarding complaints about his dodgy business practices is now the subject of yet another public warning, which now includes his nephew. Sean Robert Weinthal of Wanneroo has twice been prosecuted and has also been the subject of numerous warnings since 2006. A high level of consumer enquiries and complaints against him recently has...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Jan 2018
Fremantle registered builder D2R Pty Ltd (BC14008) and its sole director and nominated supervisor Andrzej Zubowicz (BP6530), of Hamilton Hill, have been fined $5,000 each by the Building Services Board for negligent conduct. The conduct related to contracts the company entered into in 2015 for the construction of four residential units in Joondanna valued at $1.3 million and a granny flat and...
Building and Energy
Media release
10 Jan 2018

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