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In the early hours of 14 June 2017, fire engulfed a 24-storey apartment block in West London’s North Kensington district known as the Grenfell Tower, causing at least 80 deaths and many injuries. While English authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire and its rapid spread, initial...
Compliance and audit
What is being done nationally On 23 June 2015, the Australian Senate referred the issue of non-conforming building products to the Senate Economics Reference Committee. The Committee released its interim report ‘Safety – not a matter of good luck’ on 4 May 2016. The Senate Committee is due to hand...
Non-conforming building products
Background information Non-conforming building products (NCBPs) are products and materials that: claim to be something they are not; do not meet required standards for their intended use; or are marketed or supplied with the intent to deceive those who use them. For example a building product that...
Non-conforming building products
The growth of online trading sites has made ticket on-selling easier for unauthorised resellers. Ticket on-selling has become a popular way for people to buy tickets when they miss out on purchasing from an official outlet. Be warned, buying a ticket through an unauthorised reseller carries a...
Your consumer rights
David Hillyard was appointed as Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection in December 2015. Prior to this, he was the Director of Consumer Protection’s Retail and Services Directorate. David has worked with Consumer Protection for over 35 years and has been in senior management roles where most...
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The Building Commission is developing a range of videos for industry and consumers. Below is a list of videos currently available for viewing. Videos and presentations Changes to the Construction Contracts Act The Construction Contracts Act 2004 (CCA) is an important piece of legislation for the...
BC videos
Inflatable air lounges are a drowning risk if used on water. While some retailers selling this product may suggest they can be used on water, there may be a risk of unexpected deflation and we strongly recommend they are only used on dry land. These lounges should not be used on any water body (...
Product safety for consumers
Furniture Stability From a toddler’s point of view, home looks like a big playground. They don’t recognise the dangers. The trouble is that most parents don’t recognise the dangers either. Unstable furniture can tip over when a child climbs or pulls on it. This can cause serious injuries if it...
Product safety for consumers
Portable decorative ethanol burners designed for table-top use are the subject of an interim product safety ban.
Product safety for consumers
Consumer Protection sought public comment as a part of a review of the laws covering the licensing and conduct of auctioneers in WA. Status: CLOSED 15 April 2017 Background Currently under the Auction Sales Act 1973 , auctioneer licences are issued by local Magistrates Courts with WA Police checks...
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24 November 2017 Another loss from a cyber-attack that intercepted a property sale transaction has triggered Consumer Protection to issue a renewed warning to buyers, sellers, tenants and agents in...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
28 Nov 2017
Consumer Protection has had a number of recent reports from sporting associations that have received an unsolicited invoice for payment for services that they have not ordered. Busy small businesses...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
21 Nov 2017
Refunds and returns sign sample We are not required to provide a refund or replacement if you change your mind. But you can choose a refund or exchange if an item has a major problem. This is when...
Consumer Protection
Flyers
07 Nov 2017
You are entitled to expect safe goods and services From 1 January 2011, every Australian consumer will be protected in the same way under the Australian Consumer Law from unsafe consumer products and...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
02 Nov 2017
An audit of contractor and product performance in the construction of fire walls at the new Perth Children’s Hospital.
Building Commission
Reports
23 Oct 2017
The department's final annual report for 2016-2017 presents information on its statutory compliance, financial, non-financial and operational performance, in accordance with the requirements of the...
Corporate
Reports
16 Oct 2017
About this guide This guide will help you find assistance when you are in dispute with a business. Your rights when you buy, hire or lease goods, or pay for services, are set out by the Australian...
Consumer Protection
Information
11 Oct 2017
Simpler regulation for your business From 1 January 2011, every Australian business will have the same rights and responsibilities under the Australian Consumer Law. By knowing your rights and...
Consumer Protection
Information
11 Oct 2017
A general inspection report into the construction of sheet metal clad timber framed roofing in Perth metropolitan and South West regions.
Building Commission
Reports
10 Oct 2017
While apartment living has many advantages, the fire at the Grenfell Tower in London and other fire events in Australia and around the world have highlighted the importance of fire safety in high-...
Building Commission
Fact sheet
03 Oct 2017

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Background: The Commissioner for Consumer Protection has issued a warning and advice to WA's plumbing industry. Commissioner’s Blog: Upselling could land plumbers in hot water Video and FAQs: https://youtu.be/4VUu0Dl2ytk It comes after a large number of complaints and enquiries over the last six months, which indicate some plumbers / plumbing service providers are attending properties to carry...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Mar 2018
A Perth city real estate agency and its licensee have been reprimanded and fined a total of $5,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) over offences relating to their property management practices. South Coast Realty (WA) Pty Ltd , trading as Rental Solutions of Hay Street Perth, was fined $3,000 for eight offences under the Real Estate and Business Agents Act and the Code of Conduct which...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Mar 2018
The department is currently experiencing call quality issues, including calls dropping out, with telephone services to its Cannington office. This problem affects all numbers, including 1300 ones. If you are trying to contact a branch or business unit situated at our Cannington office, we recommend that you email your query to them using the relevant email address found on our Contact information...
Corporate
Department News
20 Mar 2018
Scammers are targeting Western Australians on social media and dating websites, attempting to extort money from them after recording and receiving sexually explicit videos and photographs. The scammers threaten to post the videos and photographs on the internet and also send them to family, friends, partners and employers, demanding their victims pay between $500 and $5,000 via Western Union...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Mar 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 19 cents per litre (cpl) to 145.6 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 20 March 2018, most Caltex Woolworths, Puma, BP, Coles Express and Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 149.9 cpl (an increase between 22 cpl and 27 cpl). Also, all 7-...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Mar 2018
A 37 year old Busselton man has been fined $2,000 and ordered to pay costs of $200 by the Busselton Magistrates Court for buying and selling motor vehicles without a licence. The man, who was granted a spent conviction, pleaded guilty on 13 March 2018 to buying and selling a total of 24 vehicles between December 2015 and January 2017 while not being licensed, in breach of the Motor Vehicle...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Mar 2018
Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston today announced the winners of the Western Australian Consumer Protection Awards 2018 at the University Club of WA. The awards ceremony, held on World Consumer Rights Day, recognises the achievements of individuals, businesses, local governments and the media that have increased awareness of consumer issues. Former Pilbara Community Legal...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Mar 2018
A Boulder mechanic has been banned from holding a certificate to work in the motor vehicle repair industry in WA for two years by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) after failing to inform Consumer Protection about his criminal charges and convictions. Matthew Lawrence Elmer , who was also reprimanded by the SAT, failed to disclose criminal charges in his application for a repairer’s...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Mar 2018
A Cannington company and one of its directors have been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner and fined a total of $6,000 for registration offences the company committed while contracting for the fit-out of a Wellard fast food outlet in 2014.
Building Commission
Media release
13 Mar 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by 20 cents per litre (cpl) to 145.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 13 March 2018, most Caltex Woolworths, BP, Caltex, Puma and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 149.9 cpl (an increase between 23 cpl and 27 cpl). Also, all 7-Eleven...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Mar 2018

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