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The Western Australian Government is progressing initiatives to better manage short-term rental accommodation in Western Australia through changes to the State’s planning system and introduction of a state wide registration scheme. Background In response to the 2019 Parliamentary inquiry Levelling...
Holiday accommodation
As of the 10 October 2022, the sale of open-flued gas space heaters that don’t have safety shutdown features has been prohibited. This includes the sale of new and second hand heaters. The prohibition took effect on 10 October 2022 . What are the safety concerns? It’s possible for open-flued gas...
Gas appliances
Procedures are agreed safe ways of completing tasks and are an essential part of any safety management system. Usable procedures increase human reliability by providing a consistent and safe means of performing a task. They can also be job aids to assist with reducing skill- based error from slips...
Human factors
The Guidelines for the safety of buildings near network operator assets are issued under Section 33AA of the Electricity Act 1945 . The risks and potential consequences of an electrical incident involving building encroachments too near network operator assets are significant, especially for high...
Information for industry
Regional roadshow Building and Energy will be travelling the State from September to November 2022 to deliver free information sessions on the first stage of new legislation aimed at ensuring subcontractors and suppliers receive timely payments for their work. The Building and Construction Industry...
Information on the Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2021
Building or renovating a home can be an exciting and rewarding time. However, you need to be aware that the construction industry in WA, like elsewhere in Australia, is experiencing major shortages of materials and skilled workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic and disruptions to global trade. This...
Building a home in challenging times
Officers under the Work Health and Safety Act have specific duties. This information is designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) understand the duties of an officer under the Work Health and Safety laws. Who is an officer? Having the word ‘officer’ in...
Your rights and responsibilities
Dangerous incidents are applicable to all duty holders under the jurisidction of the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 . The regulator must be notified of any incident in relation to a workplace that exposes any person to a serious risk resulting from an immediate or imminent exposure to: an...
Report an incident
The WA building industry is currently impacted by an Australia-wide shortage of building materials and skilled workers, which is affecting project timeframes and costs. This is not unique to WA and is happening across the world. A guide to building a home in challenging times Content on this...
Building a home in challenging times
The current, Australia-wide shortage of building materials and skilled trades is impacting the residential construction industry in Western Australia. Supply of building materials has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and increased building activity following the State and Federal stimulus...
Building a home in challenging times

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Adjudicators who are currently registered under the Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2021 to determine adjudication applications in Western Australia.
Building and Energy
Register
08 Aug 2022
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Empowering Consumers with Disability Forum Tuesday 30 August 2022 9.30am - 3pm RAC Arena, 700 Wellington Street, Perth This is an in-person and invitation only...
Consumer Protection
Information
25 Aug 2022
The WA building industry is currently impacted by an Australia-wide shortage of building materials and skilled workers, which is affecting project timeframes and costs. This is not unique to WA and...
Building and Energy
Guide / handbook
25 May 2022
Posters
Scam posters in different languages
Scam posters in different languages, by Consumer Protection
Scam posters in different languages, by Consumer Protection Look out for scams If you get a message that says: Police will arrest you for not paying your...
Consumer Protection
Poster
11 Apr 2022
Retirement Village Reform - Formal advice on Decision Regulatory Impact Statement (DRIS) Thank you for your email of 13 December 2021 which provided the final Decision Regulatory Impact Statement (...
Consumer Protection
Notice
02 Aug 2022
Proposals for Reform of the Regulation of Motor Vehicle Consignment Sales Decision Regulatory Impact Statement (DRIS) The review under the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act 1973 (WA) (MVDA) has been...
Consumer Protection
Reports
29 Apr 2022
A review of the Retirement Villages Act 1992 has been completed by Consumer Protection. The purpose of the review was to consider ways to improve consumer protections for residents and prospective...
Consumer Protection
Reports
02 Aug 2022
This guide is designed to provide information and practical suggestions that may be helpful to you and others at a time when you are grieving and having to navigate legal and other processes...
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
30 Mar 2022
The motor vehicle dealer industry in Western Australia is regulated under the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act 1973 . The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety is responsible for the...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
15 Mar 2022
This paper represents the second stage of the review of the laws applying to motor vehicle dealers and motor vehicle repairers operating in Western Australia and will pave the way for establishing...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
10 Mar 2022

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Motorists in Perth and Mandurah are advised to fill up now if they need to, with petrol prices set to rise tomorrow. FuelWatch reports that, from 6am tomorrow (Wednesday 30 November 2022), the average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) will increase by 23 cents per litre (cpl) to 201.4 cpl. Coles Express hiking by up to 46 cpl up to 209.9 cpl; Ampol and EG Ampol up to 205.9 cpl; BP up to 203...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Nov 2022
Critical warning when using rechargeable batteries Number of fires caused by lithium-ion batteries rising sharply Think twice before buying rechargeable devices without original charger Take charge of your safety. That is the message for everyone buying or receiving a lithium-ion powered gift this Christmas. Consumer Protection is warning that lithium-ion battery chargers, and the way they are...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Nov 2022
Christmas is an exciting and magical time of year but the lead up to the big day can often be chaotic and stressful. With online shopping scams and delivery delays, Western Australian shoppers are urged to get on top of their Christmas shopping early to avoid disappointment. Online shopping is an easy and convenient choice to buy Christmas gifts, but Western Australian shoppers should be aware of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Nov 2022
Agency and supervisor fined $7,000 each for failing their legal obligations Sales rep fined $2,000 after working for nine months without registration Reminder to real estate industry to be aware of their duties under the law A North Perth real estate agency, its supervisor and an unregistered sales representative have been fined a total of $16,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) as a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Nov 2022
National and state consumer laws will be consistent with automatic updates WA parliament has the option not to adopt changes if any concerns Amendments will benefit WA consumers and businesses National changes to consumer laws will be more easily and more quickly reflected in state laws with a new mechanism now being adopted. WA consumers and businesses will benefit greatly from the amendments to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Nov 2022
Statutory Review will assess effectiveness of the special family and domestic violence provisions in tenancy laws Community consultation will determine if laws need fine-tuning Consultation begins with the 16 Days in WA campaign to end violence against women getting underway later this week Special provisions in tenancy laws aimed at helping renters in situations of family and domestic violence (...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Nov 2022
When you hire a tradesperson to undertake a home renovation or maintenance job, they might ask for a deposit upfront to confirm the booking or cover any materials they need to order. While tradespeople are legally allowed to ask for deposits, there are a few things we want consumers to know before paying them. A common issue reported to Consumer Protection is traders who demand large deposits –...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Nov 2022
Motorists in Perth and Mandurah are advised to fill up now if they need to, with petrol prices set to rise tomorrow. FuelWatch reports that, from 6am tomorrow (Wednesday 16 November 2022), the average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) will increase by 23 cents per litre (cpl) to 201.4 cpl. Coles Express hiking by up to 39 cpl up to 214.9 cpl; Ampol and Caltex/Puma up to 213.9 cpl; BP up to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Nov 2022
Funeral pricing will be publicly available to enable easy comparisons Grieving family and friends will know the total cost before a funeral is held Unscrupulous sales practices will be stamped out to stop overcharging New regulations are now in place that will result in funeral costs being clearer and making it easier for those grieving to make informed decisions at a difficult time. Funeral...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Nov 2022
Warning for children to avoid riding quad bikes during upcoming summer holidays Over a third of child drowning deaths in 2021-22 occurred in a swimming pool Portable pools, trampolines and gifts containing button batteries are other hazards As the weather heats up, many families are looking forward to spending more time outdoors and around water. Consumer Protection wants to help keep children...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Nov 2022

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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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