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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 and tenancy issues and how they are covered by legislation. This information will be updated...
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...
About us
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...
Scams
Status: CLOSED, Submissions closed at 5pm on 28 October 2019 Background In late 2018, the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) commenced a Regional Services Review to improve service delivery to our regional customers. DMIRS staff and State and Local Government stakeholders...
Consultations
Always choose a licensed motor vehicle repairer
Always choose a licensed motor vehicle repairer, by Consumer Protection
Look for the tick – there’s a lot riding on it! You wouldn’t trust your teeth to a backyard dentist, so don’t trust your car to a backyard repairer. Backyard or bush mechanics operate in WA and even though Consumer Protection aims to identify them and stop...
Motor vehicle repairers
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety – Consumer Protection Division (Consumer Protection) recently completed a review of the Auction Sales Act 1973 (the Act). Review purpose The purpose of the review was to assess the Act’s relevance and appropriateness in meeting current and...
Decision regulatory impact statements
Buying a boat can be a costly outlay for most people and is no different to buying a car. Make sure you do as much research as possible before you buy a boat, whether it is through a boat yard or a private seller. The Department of Transport and the Boating Industry Association of WA have some...
Buying a boat
A combined review of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act 1973 and the Motor Vehicle Repairers Act 2003 was recently completed. Review purpose The key purpose of the review was to assess the effectiveness of the legislation and to ensure it is appropriate and operating in the interests of both consumers...
Decision regulatory impact statements

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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
The Consumer Protection Media Policy was reviewed and updated in January 2019. The Media Policy provides all Consumer Protection officers with guidelines about which officers are authorised to...
Consumer Protection
Policies
24 Dec 2019
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...
Consumer Protection
Information
19 Feb 2020

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WA tenants are being urged by Consumer Protection to continue to pay their rent unless they are genuinely experiencing severe financial hardship. Landlords and agents are also encouraged to show compassion and to negotiate with tenants who may have lost their employment as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The agency has receive a number of calls from concerned landlords who claim...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Apr 2020
Joint statement – Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (Building and Energy) and Department of Fire and Emergency Services ​Western Australians are being asked to take simple steps to protect themselves against home fires as more people stay home to help manage the COVID-19 pandemic.​ The number of home fires started by lithium-ion batteries continues to rise with 11 fires this...
Building and Energy
Media release
03 Apr 2020
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection Penny Lipscombe Fitness fanatics may be left wondering what will happen to their gym memberships with ‘non-essential’ services like gymnasiums now shutdown around the country as part of the State and Federal Governments’ continuing efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. Consumers might be wondering whether they are still required to pay...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 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
The spread of COVID-19 coronavirus around the world has created a worrying and confusing time for many - holidaymakers are wondering about cancelling trips abroad, while panic-buying has even turned the weekly grocery shop into a daunting task. Concerned consumers have come to us with numerous enquiries about their rights, so we thought it timely to release a list of Frequently Asked Questions...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Mar 2020
A Sorrento electrician has been fined $15,000 for incorrect wiring that caused parts of a Duncraig home to become live with dangerous levels of electricity for 17 days. Rex Percy Hickman (EW162783) did not attend Joondalup Magistrates Court on 6 March 2020 when he was convicted of breaching WA’s electricity licensing regulations and also ordered to pay costs of $766. The court was told that an...
Building and Energy
Media release
25 Mar 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 13 cents per litre (cpl) to 125 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 25 March 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price - Caltex hiking by 33 cpl to 137.9 cpl, 7-Eleven to 135.9 cpl, Caltex Woolworths and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 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
A real estate sales representative who was convicted of extortion, assault and perverting the course of justice and then failed to inform Consumer Protection has been banned from working in the industry for 10 years by the State Administrative Tribunal. James Steven Mitsopoulos was deemed to be unfit to hold a certificate of registration which was cancelled. He was first registered in October...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Mar 2020
Consumer Protection is warning Western Australians to get health information and advice about COVID-19 coronavirus from official and reliable sources, and not be fooled by misinformation circulating in the community, primarily via social media. A variety of fake cures and prevention tips are being promoted including gargling with salt water, drinking extraordinary amounts of water or certain...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Mar 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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An organistion can apply for a charity licence through the Charitable Collections Advisory Committee.
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Register a co-operative.
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Tenant guides, disclosure statements, facts sheets and forms.
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Residential tenancies - Notices and forms used to rent a home including rent applications, property condition reports and termination notices.
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Find a form or form template to use when making an application to a permit authority or local government authority.
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Report an unsafe product to the department.
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All fuel gas accidents or incidents that occur in Western Australia need to be reported.
Building and Energy
Electrical accidents include electric shocks, electrical injuries, fatalities, incidents that cause danger to life or loss or damage to property (for example damage due to fire or over/under voltage).
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