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The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety is committed to completing regulatory impact assessment processes when amending or developing legislation. Decision Regulatory Impact Statements (DRIS) represent the final step in the process and reflect the outcome of stakeholder consultation...
Decision regulatory impact statements
The Disposal of Uncollected Goods Act 1970 (DUG Act) is being reviewed to examine the processes for disposing of uncollected goods Status: CLOSED , closed 31 October 2019. Background The purpose of this review is to update the DUG Act’s provisions, which are outdated and do not take into account...
Consultations
Electric shocks from taps, pipes or appliances are warning signs that something could be wrong with the electrical wiring or applainces.
Reporting accidents
The following media releases on disciplinary outcomes for building services providers have been issued in the previous six years. The list for each year appears in descending order. 2020 Failure to manage and supervise results in $5,000 fine for former Pindan building supervisor – George Barclay...
Disciplinary and prosecution media releases
You can keep up to date with Consumer Protection news and events by following our social media accounts: Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Connect with us on Linkedin Follow us on Instagram You can also subscribe to our bulletins: WA ScamNet alerts FuelWatch alerts Property bulletins Check...
Online resources
Under the Australian Consumer Law, a business that provides a house sitting, pet sitting, baby sitting or cleaning service must meet service guarantees. How to protect yourself To reduce the chance of problems, consider doing the following: Contact several agencies before making a decision to get...
Services
When you book travel, tours, tickets and a ccommodation in Western Australia, you have consumer rights under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). The following links provide important tips and information for visitors to Western Australia about: shopping; renting a hire car; buying a car; booking...
Travel
Pressure cookers have been around for a long time. Many of us are familiar with stories of ‘exploding’ cookers where boiling sauce has shot all over the walls and ceiling – or even worse - over an unsuspecting cook in the kitchen. Today’s pressure cookers have multiple safety features, including...
Product safety for consumers
National consultation on consumer issues impacting Indigenous people Status: Closed, 4 December 2018 The National Indigenous Consumer Strategy (NICS) reference group is seeking to better understand consumer protection issues affecting Indigenous people in Australia. The survey covers key priority...
Consultations
Having gasfitting work done? Make sure you use a licensed gas fitter whenever you have gasfitting work done. Having gasfitting work done publication The brochure contains information when you have gasfitting work done other than servicing. Information includes: ensuring you use a licensed gas...
Gas installations

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A guide to prevention, common warning signs and what action to take.
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
26 Sep 2019
Gift card toolkit for consumer advocacy stakeholders In Australia, approximately 34 million gift cards are sold each year, with an estimated value of $2.5 billion. It is estimated that $70 million of...
Consumer Protection
Information
27 Sep 2019
Building and Energy's investigation into the cause of the electric shock is summarised in this report.
Building and Energy
Reports
27 Sep 2019
The Regional Services Review - Consultation Paper is now available for all stakeholders to have their say.
Corporate
Consultations / public comment
16 Sep 2019
This industry bulletin has been issued to provide information on new deemed-to-satisfy (DTS) provisions for fire sprinkler systems. The DTS provisions have been included in the 2019 National...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
13 Sep 2019
This compliance letter is provided to Consumer Protection by the Better Regulation Unit (BRU) of the Department of Treasury. The BRU is responsible for assessing Decision Regulatory Impact Statements...
Consumer Protection
Information
17 Sep 2019
This compliance letter is provided to Consumer Protection by the Better Regulation Unit (BRU) of the Department of Treasury. The BRU is responsible for assessing Decision Regulatory Impact Statements...
Consumer Protection
Information
12 Sep 2019
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). The key purpose of...
Consumer Protection
Discussion paper
16 Sep 2019
The Fitness Industry Code of Practice Review 2018 – Public consultation paper was released in June 2018. Submissions to the paper closed on 27 August 2018. Stakeholders were invited to submit...
Consumer Protection
Reports
24 Sep 2019
Reforms to the building approval process for single residential buildings in Western Australia – Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement seeks comment on three options for reforming the building...
Building and Energy
Consultations / public comment
12 Sep 2019

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Under current legislation, employers are required to provide and maintain, as far as is practicable, a working environment in which their workers are not exposed to health risks. This includes situations where employees and contractors may be at risk of contracting viruses such as the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Employers need to keep up to date with the latest health warnings from the...
WorkSafe
Alert
10 Mar 2020
The COVID-19 coronavirus Consumer Protection FAQ page provides detailed information on a range of situations arising from the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus. It covers common questions relating to shop opening times, event tickets, travel, housing and accommodation. The information is relevant to consumers, shop owners, event organisers, tenants and lessors/landlords.
Consumer Protection
Alert
25 Mar 2020
A major international company with an office in Perth is facing a $30 million ransom demand from cyber criminals who locked its computer system in Australia, resulting in a partial interruption to online trading for a short period of time. A company official has assured Consumer Protection that the personal data of clients has not been compromised and, after a brief system outage, the company is...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Mar 2020
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection Lanie Chopping When it comes to email scams, many of us think of unsolicited and badly-spelt requests for money landing in our inboxes from dodgy email accounts. But the reality is that email scams are now so sophisticated and believable they’re almost impossible to tell apart from the real thing. One such ruse is the payment redirection or ‘man in the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Mar 2020
Concert-goers are being warned to avoid paying for tickets via PayPal using the ‘friends and family’ function, as these transactions are not covered by the financial service’s buyer protection policy. The warning comes as Consumer Protection has received numerous complaints from Western Australians unable to retrieve their money after using this function to transfer funds to scammers posing as...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Mar 2020
Legislation is currently before the WA Parliament that aims to bring the new Costco fuel outlet at Perth Airport under the FuelWatch umbrella. Currently, the Petroleum Products Pricing Act 1983 (WA) does not cover fuel sales when there is an existing agreement between the customer and the fuel retailer, including member-based schemes such as Costco. When passed by Parliament, the new laws will...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Mar 2020
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by 11 cents per litre (cpl) to 141.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 4 March 2020, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price - Caltex hiking by 26 cpl to 149.9 cpl and Caltex Woolworths, Puma and 7-Eleven to 149.7...
Consumer Protection
Media release
03 Mar 2020
Wild weather across Western Australia has prompted Consumer Protection to issue advice to landlords and tenants about their rights and responsibilities when a rental property is damaged. Landlords and tenants are urged to make contact early and maintain open communication in the aftermath of extreme weather events such as storms, cyclones and flooding. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Lanie...
Consumer Protection
Media release
28 Feb 2020
Failing to lodge bonds on time and inaccurate record-keeping has resulted in a Karratha real estate agent being ordered to pay $24,069 in fines and costs by the Perth Magistrates Court. Peard Real Estate Karratha collected bonds from six tenants in the Karratha region between September 2017 and January 2018, but failed to lodge them within 14 days as required by the Residential Tenancies Act. The...
Consumer Protection
Media release
26 Feb 2020
On Thursday 20 February, the Work Health and Safety Bill 2019 passed through the Legislative Assembly of the Western Australian Parliament. The Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Mines and Petroleum and Industrial Relations said: “I am pleased that the Work Health and Safety Bill has now passed the Legislative Assembly. “The McGowan Government recognises the importance of these reforms and hopes...
WorkSafe
Department News
25 Feb 2020

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