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Consumer Protection
Renting or hiring a house or apartment Important electrical and gas safety information you need to know before you rent or hire a property. Renting or hiring a house or apartment fact sheet – Electrical and gas If you rent or hire a home or apartment, your landlord has a duty under electrical and...
Gas installations
Renting or hiring a house or apartment. Important electrical and gas safety information you need to know before you rent or hire a property.
Electrical installations
Who can make a plumbing work complaint? Building and Energy receives complaints from consumers about faulty building and plumbing work. These matters can be resolved quickly through discussion with the contractor and this must be considered in the first instance. If building work is affected by...
Plumbing, building service, and home building contract complaints
The Consumer Justice Strategy will outline legislative reforms, policy development, and strategic priorities for consumer protection and fair trading in WA for the coming years.
Consumer Justice Strategy 2021-25
This webpage provides general guidance on the Dividing Fences Act 1961 (the Act) and its interaction with local government by-laws in relation to the construction and maintenance of dividing fences in Western Australia. The Act provides a process for sharing costs between neighbours, the...
Dividing fences
Damage caused by one neighbour Situations may arise where you consider that your neighbour or neighbours should be responsible for paying the entire repair of the fence because it has been damaged by their actions or inaction. The Act only recognises a limited set of circumstances where an...
Dividing fences
Step one: Negotiate with your neighbour An agreement between neighbours has priority over the requirements of the Act so it is best to approach the owner of the adjoining land first. The Act does not specify the requirements for obtaining quotes, however, having quotes and a clear understanding of...
Dividing fences
In this case you will need to contact the Magistrates Court before building the fence. If you can satisfy the court that you have made reasonable enquiries to locate the owner and have issued the required notification, the court may make an order authorising the owner to construct a fence of a kind...
Dividing fences
Except where there is an agreement or a court order in place, you cannot recover any of the costs from the adjoining land that is vacant for constructing a sufficient fence unless or until the current owner of the adjoining land: has completed a substantial building or structure on the land; has...
Dividing fences

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Button batteries are a hidden hazard in your home in a number of everyday household items. Every week in Australia 20 children are taken to hospital after swallowing or inserting button batteries. If...
Consumer Protection
Flyers
13 Jan 2022
Building and Energy undertook a snapshot general inspection into waterproofing systems in wet areas in. The outcome of this is presented in GIR6. The objective of GIR6 was to determine if...
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Reports
13 Dec 2021
Operators and residents of residential parks and lifestyle villages Changes are on the way! From 31 January 2022, changes to the Residential Parks legislation take place. This will affect your...
Consumer Protection
Brochure
10 Dec 2021
Progress report on local government’s four yearly inspections of private swimming pool safety barriers 2020-21. This Report is the third annual report on the progress of local governments’ pool inspection programs and is in response to recommendation 7 of the Ombudsman WA report Investigation into ways to prevent or reduce deaths of children by drowning , tabled in Parliament on 23 November 2017.
Building and Energy
Reports
02 Dec 2021
As part of its function, Building and Energy provides an avenue for both consumers and builders to resolve disputes relating to workmanship issues in connection with a regulated building services and...
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
22 Oct 2021
This guide to your rights when shopping answers many common consumer questions and explains your rights under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). What if a supermarket scanner charges me too much?...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
21 Oct 2021
Misleading behaviour Misleading or deceptive behaviour is when a shop owner or trader presents an incorrect view about the price, value or quality of goods or services to you. A shop owner can break...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
21 Oct 2021
Estimates and quotes are different ways of putting a price on a job or service before the job is done. What is a quote? A quote is the total amount a tradesperson agrees it will cost to do a job or...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
21 Oct 2021
When buying expensive goods, including fridges, washing machines and televisions, there are many options available to help you make these purchases. Saving If you know you’re going to have to come up...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
21 Oct 2021
Before you buy a mobile phone or sign up to a contract you should be aware of these 10 things. 1. Shop around Look at many different types of plans, pre-paid, capped and monthly because call costs...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
21 Oct 2021

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Mr Buckle used internet videos and microwave parts to make an electrical art appliance A man was electrocuted near Katanning after touching the device Unlicensed electrical work is illegal and dangerous The tragic electric shock death of a WA man while handling a high-voltage homemade appliance is a stark reminder of the dangers of unlicensed electrical work, the State’s energy safety regulator...
Building and Energy
Media release
18 Jan 2022
While Christmas is a time of giving, post-Christmas is when some consumers think about returning faulty or unwanted gifts. Whether a retailer will accept a returned item could depend on your reason for returning it. If a product is faulty or not fit for its intended purpose then the retailer is obliged under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) to offer you a remedy in the form of a repair,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 Jan 2022
Motorists in Perth and Mandurah are advised to fill up now if they need to, with petrol prices set to rise tomorrow. After today it is likely motorists will have to wait for two weeks before petrol prices are again at the bottom of the price cycle. FuelWatch reports that, from 6am tomorrow (Wednesday 12 January 2022), the average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) will increase by 30 cents...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Jan 2022
Western Australians are being reminded about the dangers of portable pools during an annual national campaign involving consumer protection agencies, product safety regulators and the Royal Life Saving Society – Australia. The ‘Don’t Duck Out, Make It SAFE’ initiative takes place each year because on average one child dies from drowning in a portable pool annually, with other kids needing...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Jan 2022
$8,500 total fine for reducing odometer reading by half prior to sale Vehicle offered for sale on Facebook and then sold to his employer, a car yard Behaviour described as gross dishonesty perpetrated on unsuspecting consumers A Ballajura motor vehicle repairer who wound back the odometer reading of a vehicle by about 60,000 kilometres and then sold it to his employer has been fined a total of $8...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Jan 2022
‘Exercising more’ is a popular New Year’s resolution, so if you’re thinking about signing-up to a gym or fitness class in 2022, it’s worth knowing that things might be a little different to the last time you joined. This is because six months ago, on 1 July 2021, the rules governing WA’s fitness industry changed to provide better protection for consumers and to capture a wider range of providers...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Jan 2022
Motorists in Perth and Mandurah are advised to fill up now if they need to, with petrol prices set to rise tomorrow. After today it is likely motorists will have to wait for two weeks before petrol prices are again at the bottom of the price cycle. FuelWatch reports that, from 6am tomorrow (Wednesday 29 December 2021), the average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) will increase by 30 cents...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Dec 2021
Alwyn Healy banned permanently from retail sales in the WA aircon industry Supreme Court finds he breached an enforceable undertaking signed in 2015 Compensation order to repay $10,500 to two recent customers The Supreme Court has made a permanent order for a Tapping salesman to never again be involved in retail air conditioning sales to WA consumers as a result of further legal action taken by...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Dec 2021
Christmas is a time when many people want to give back to their community with a donation to charity, but before opening your own wallet it is important to ensure your chosen cause is a legitimate one. So far this year, there have been nearly 800 reports and more than $172,000 in losses across Australia to scammers posing as charitable organisations, according to the Australian Competition and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Dec 2021
An un-staffed Forrestfield petrol station has been named by FuelWatch as the cheapest non-membership petrol outlet in the Perth metropolitan area for 2021. FastFuel 24/7 offered an average price for unleaded petrol (ULP) of 131.8 cents per litre (cpl) during the year with Vibe Morley coming a close second with 132.2 cpl and Liberty Calista third with 134.8 cpl. Costco at Perth Airport is on top...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Dec 2021

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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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