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Western Australian electrical safety regulations require all lighting points to have earth protection using a conductor connected to the main earth of the building’s electrical installation. The earthing conductor must be connected to a suitably robust earthing terminal of the lighting point (...
Electrical installations
A national safety alert has been issued for several open-flued gas heaters that, under certain circumstances, may produce too much carbon monoxide – potentially causing serious health risks to users. Building and Energy is urging owners of these gas heaters to stop using them immediately. The...
Gas appliances
You can’t see it or smell it. But while your gas heater is running, carbon monoxide could be spilling into your home. All gas heaters can spill carbon monoxide (CO) – a gas that you can’t see or smell but can make you seriously sick or kill you. To be sure your gas heater is safe, you should: have...
Gas appliances
Safety advice for using open flued gas space heaters Negative pressure can occur when there is not enough ventilation in a home and an exhaust fan or range hood is operating. If an open flued gas space heater is operating at the same time as an exhaust fan, it may cause the gas heater to...
Gas appliances
Building and Energy encourages Western Australians to take simple steps to protect themselves against home fires as more people purchase and use equipment and devices with lithium-ion batteries. The following information will help consumers avoid the fire risk while enjoying the undoubted...
Electrical appliances
The Commissioner for Consumer Protection has issued some advice about your consumer rights during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, with the below frequently asked questions addressing retail, travel, memberships and services issues and how they are covered by legislation. For information...
COVID-19 coronavirus FAQ
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
Quad bikes have a number of design features that create risks for users, particularly when used on uneven or sloped ground. Losing control of a quad bike can cause it to flip or roll over causing death or serious injury. About quad bikes A quad bike (also known as an all-terrain vehicle or ATV) is...
Product safety for consumers
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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With many types of scams out in the community, it can be very hard to identify what is legitimate and what is a scam. Spotting scams and learning how to protect yourself from falling victim, will help you avoid losing vital personal information and money. See our Scam Spotting fact sheet below for...
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Use this PDF version of the complaint form to make a complaint to the department about a regulated building service or a home building work contract if you intend to print and submit a hard copy...
Building and Energy
Form – application
26 May 2020
This advisory letter is issued by the electrical contractor or electrician to the owner or occupier.
Building and Energy
Advisory note
14 May 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
Keep this guide handy to answer questions about your housing options as you age. What is a retirement village? These are managed residential complexes providing independent living accommodation for...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
03 Feb 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
Does your vehicle need repairs? Follow these tips to protect your asset and your family. 1 Research. Before you book your car in for a service, new tyres or repairs ask for recommendations from your...
Consumer Protection
Flyers
02 Dec 2019
The department's annual report for 2018-2019 presents information on its statutory compliance, financial, non-financial and operational performance, in accordance with the requirements of the...
Corporate
Reports
08 Nov 2019
Progress report on local government’s four yearly inspections of private swimming pool safety barriers 2018/19 Please note: The figure on page 7 of 8.3% for the City of Nedlands should be 0%
Building and Energy
Reports
21 Oct 2019
The Consumer Protection Public Naming of Traders Policy was reviewed and updated in June 2019. “Naming” is the public identification of a trader reasonably suspected of contravening the Australian...
Consumer Protection
Policies
24 Dec 2019
The Consumer Protection Disclosure Policy was reviewed and updated in September 2019. In the course of its operations, Consumer Protection obtains or has access to a wide range of information. Some...
Consumer Protection
Policies
24 Dec 2019

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Fake websites pretending to sell farm machinery are increasing in number as the number of victims and their losses also increase. WA ScamNet at Consumer Protection has now received reports from nine people losing a total of $142,975 after they paid for tractors and other farm machinery that were advertised at greatly discounted prices on fake websites, but the goods never turned up. Originally,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 May 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
Shopping online during a global pandemic certainly has its perks – you can order almost anything your heart desires from the safety and comfort of home, while playing your part to reduce the spread of a deadly disease. Therefore it’s little wonder that online shopping sales have boomed during COVID-19, but if you have ordered something from the internet lately, chances are you would have noticed...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 May 2020
Jobseekers wanting to work in the WA construction industry may be misled by a company offering “introductory” online safety training courses. It is a requirement for people working on a construction site in Australia to have what is known as a “white card” which indicates they have undertaken and passed a safety induction course delivered by a registered training provider. Consumer Protection and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 May 2020
A Perth tradesman has pleaded guilty to carrying out work that requires builder registration when he undertook a $40,000 roof and patio project, which also resulted in workmanship issues and months of delays. At Midland Magistrates Court on 11 May 2020, Ross Zedric Newbold of Alfresco Living WA was fined $5,000 and ordered to pay costs of $953.50 for breaching WA’s building registration laws...
Building and Energy
Media release
20 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
WA’s Commissioner for Consumer Protection is advising travel-buyers to read terms and conditions very carefully and be wary of ‘pay now/book later’ deals when purchasing holidays during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Lanie Chopping said that while regional border restrictions continue to ease in Western Australia, interstate and international travel restrictions are a different story and that...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 May 2020
The McGowan Government has created a free conciliation service to assist renters and landlords reach agreement about coronavirus (COVID-19) related tenancy disputes, without having to go to court. The aim of the Residential Tenancies Mandatory Conciliation Service (RTMCS) is for all sides to reach a fair and achievable solution through informal discussion. Unlike court where a decision is imposed...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 May 2020
Heating appliances will soon be emerging from hibernation as cooler weather sets in, particularly with many of us working from home this winter. If you are using a gas heater, our colleagues at Building and Energy have issued a timely warning about the dangers of exposure to carbon monoxide, which can leak from faulty, poorly maintained or misused gas appliances. Carbon monoxide is known as the ‘...
Building and Energy / Consumer Protection
Media release
14 May 2020

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Any organisation wanting to conduct a street collection in the Perth metropolitan area, whether or not licensed, must have a separate street collection permit.
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