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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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New fitness code published The Fair Trading (Fitness Industry Code) Regulations 2020 (WA) (that contain the new Fitness Industry Code) were published on 29 September 2020. This mandatory code comes...
Consumer Protection
Reports
16 Oct 2020
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...
Building and Energy
Guide / handbook
16 Jun 2020
Scammers are using the pandemic to take advantage. Don’t be tricked!
Consumer Protection
Flyers
12 Jun 2020
The objective of this general inspection was to determine if new residential buildings (dwellings) in designated bush fire prone areas are adequately meeting the bush fire building requirements of...
Building and Energy
Reports
03 Jun 2020
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

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A solar power company has been fined $6,000 after admitting to eight breaches of Australian Consumer Law when it published fake testimonials on its website. At Perth Magistrates Court on 2 October 2020, Suntech Solar Pty Ltd , trading as Ausuntech Energy , pleaded guilty to all charges following a prosecution by Consumer Protection. The court was told that the business copied eight testimonials...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Oct 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by 30 cents per litre (cpl) to 134.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 7 October 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Coles Express hiking by up to 44 cpl up to 147.9 cpl; BP, Caltex and Caltex Woolworths...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Oct 2020
The cooling off period for fitness industry contracts will increase to seven days from the current 48 hours under an updated mandatory Code of Practice that will come into effect on 1 July 2021. The new Code, to be part of the Fair Trading Act, will be expanded to include other fitness service providers apart from traditional gyms, such as personal trainers and group exercise organisers. Clearer...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Oct 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 30 cents per litre (cpl) to 134.2 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 30 September 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Coles Express hiking by up to 44 cpl up to 147.9 cpl; Caltex up to 145.9 cpl;...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Sep 2020
Next stage of grant helps tenants and landlords still affected by COVID-19 Tenants who received grant and are still in hardship can apply again Rent relief of up to $2,000 will be paid directly to landlords Western Australian tenants struggling financially after losing their jobs will have a second chance to claim the State Government's rent relief grant, helping renters and their landlords...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Sep 2020
It’s a scenario many of us are familiar with – you’re at home and there’s a knock on the front door, which you open to be greeted by a salesperson wanting to sell you something. This may not be a welcome sight, so it’s worth knowing that there’s a simple way to stop uninvited salespeople showing up on your door-step – by displaying a ‘Do Not Knock' sticker at your front door or gate. Consumer...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Sep 2020
Calling all contenders for the 2021 Consumer Protection Awards, we are now open for nominations. Nominations can be for an individual or organisation that has contributed to raising community awareness of consumer rights and safety as an advocate, educator or in another relevant role, including within the media. The 2020 winners were an Executive Director who oversees 28 community legal centres;...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Sep 2020
An East Victoria Park real estate agency that failed to lodge 19 tenancy bonds on time was fined $18,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court on 18 September 2020. Verse (Aust) Pty Ltd , trading as Verse Property , pleaded guilty to breaching the Residential Tenancies Act by failing to lodge with the Bond Administrator the 19 bonds from 16 properties it managed as soon as practicable, or in any event,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Sep 2020
The regulator responsible for enforcing swimming pool safety barrier standards has commended the WA community for achieving zero toddler drowning deaths in 2019/2020. The Building and Energy division of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) believes the results featured in the Royal Life Saving’s National Drowning Report show that local government pool barrier...
Building and Energy
Media release
23 Sep 2020
Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Bill 2020 to be introduced into State Parliament Delivering an election commitment to provide a fairer system for those carrying out construction work or supply related goods and services in WA Bill improves security of payment across the WA building and construction industry New laws to bolster the confidence of all participants in Western...
Building and Energy
Media release
23 Sep 2020

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