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Consultation status: CLOSED Submissions closed at 5pm on 4 December 2020. We are reviewing the regulation of consignment sales of vehicles under the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act 1973 (WA) and we want to hear from you. Background In 2019 we conducted a review of legislation regulating motor vehicle...
Consultations
If you are considering prepaying for a funeral, either for yourself or on behalf of someone else, know your rights under the Fair Trading (Prepaid Funerals Code of Practice) Regulations 2020 (the code). Terms used in the code may help clarify common terms used on this page. What is a prepaid...
Services
Unit pricing at grocery stores shows consumers not just the cost of a product, but what the value of that product is as a cost per standard unit of measurement on shelf labels for groceries. Unit pricing makes it easy to check, compare and save when buying groceries. Large grocery stores and some...
Your consumer rights
Introduction Plumbing compliance is monitored and enforced by the Plumbers Licensing Board (the Board) through the designation of plumbing compliance officers employed within the Plumbing Inspectorate for the Building and Energy division of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety...
Plumbing complaints
New prepaid funeral code – what it means for industry Fair Trading (Prepaid Funerals Code of Practice) Regulations 2020 (the code) is a new mandatory code of practice for Western Australia's prepaid funeral industry. The code ensures any funds are managed within secure investments under the name of...
Business tools
Consumer Protection staff participate in various events throughout the year. We also manage campaigns targeting common issues such as Romance Scams on Valentines Day. The below calendar is maintained regularly, however many events are not organised by our staff and are subject to change. Find out...
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Have you checked if the products you are buying or installing are certified for use in Australia? In Australia most plumbing and drainage products must be WaterMark certified. The WaterMark Certification Scheme is a mandatory national scheme for plumbing and drainage products to ensure they are fit...
Responsibilities
Short-term rental accommodation has increased in popularity in recent years. Homeowners want to make money by renting out a room or property to guests. Meanwhile holiday-makers and business travellers are looking for alternatives to traditional accommodation. Information below addresses the...
Holiday accommodation
Consultation status: CLOSED Submissions closed at 5pm on 22 September 2020 . We encourage consumers, people involved WA’s accident towing industry and motor vehicle insurers to let us know their views about options for reforming the accident towing industry. Your feedback in response to this...
Consultations
A review of the Fair Trading (Fitness Industry Code of Practice) Regulations 2010 (WA) has been completed by Consumer Protection. Review purpose The key purpose of the review was to consider: the current and emerging issues in the sector; and whether there is an ongoing need for industry specific...
Decision regulatory impact statements

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The Building and Energy’s Building Compliance (B&E Building Compliance) compliance and enforcement policy: The B&E Building Compliance will effectively monitor and enforce compliance with the building service Acts through risk-based, intelligence-led activities founded on the principles set out in this policy.
Building and Energy
Policies
15 Dec 2020
Roughing it no longer has to be part of camping. Portable fridges, barbecues, cookers, outdoor heaters and other portable gas appliances can make camping holidays much more enjoyable. However, gas...
Building and Energy
Brochure
09 Nov 2020
This public consultation paper considers the need for changes to the regulation of vehicle consignment sales . The options for reform have been developed through analysis of current business...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
07 Dec 2020
The department's annual report for 2019-2020 presents information on its statutory compliance, financial, non-financial and operational performance, in accordance with the requirements of the...
Corporate
Reports
12 Oct 2020
Publications last updated 7 October 2020. The Fair Trading (Prepaid Funerals Code of Practice) Regulations 2020 (the code) is a new mandatory code of practice for Western Australia's prepaid funeral...
Consumer Protection
Checklist
03 Mar 2021
This handy fire and emergency information publication can be customised with details specific to your short-term rental. Print the completed document and leave in a convenient place for your guests.
Consumer Protection
Information
30 Sep 2020
An audit of combustible cladding on high-rise, high-risk private and public buildings.
Building and Energy
Reports
16 Sep 2020
A person may make a complaint to the Plumbing Inspectorate of Building and Energy that may warrant an inspection or investigation for a potential legislative or plumbing standard breach of the...
Building and Energy
Form – application
11 Sep 2020
Urgent Samsung top loader washing machine safety recall Samsung top loader washing machines which have been recalled remain in WA homes, potentially creating a serious fire hazard that puts lives at...
Consumer Protection
Flyers
03 Sep 2020
Why are reforms being considered? Following a vehicle accident, drivers can easily be taken advantage of as they are often highly vulnerable and in shock. Serious concerns about the accident towing...
Consumer Protection
Consultations / public comment
10 Aug 2020

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Roll-out of LCC27 valves and appliance connections for small LPG cylinders Safety features protect against gas leaks and fires Existing appliance connections are compatible and can still be used Users of barbecues and other LPG appliances can expect to see a new type of cylinder valve and appliance connection available as a safer design is phased in over coming months. Cylinders with the current...
Building and Energy
Media release
07 Jul 2021
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 29 cents per litre (cpl) to 165.7 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 7 July 2021, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: BP hiking by up to 44 cpl up to 178.9 cpl; 7-Eleven and Caltex Woolworths up to 177.9...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Jul 2021
Cooling off period for fitness industry contracts now seven days Terms and conditions of contracts and pricing made clearer New mandatory Code of Conduct to prevent high pressure sales tactics New rules that cover an expanded fitness industry in WA are now in effect, giving consumers a longer cooling off period, clearer contracts and notice prior to automatic renewals. The updated mandatory Code...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Jul 2021
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 31 cents per litre (cpl) to 164.3 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 30 June 2021, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Caltex Woolworths, Coles Express and BP hiking by between 42-44 cpl up to 175.9 cpl...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Jun 2021
A high number of unresolved consumer complaints prompts a public warning Business fails to collect skip bins within the agreed time of up to a week Some angry customers have been waiting for many months for pick-ups A warning from Consumer Protection has been issued about a Perth skip bin supplier that fails to pick up the bins within the promised timeframe and, in one case, has failed to deliver...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Jun 2021
Rent support or rent arrears grants on offer Scheme which has already supported thousands of tenants extended until December 31, 2021 Previous applicants can apply again The McGowan Government has extended the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme (RRRGS) to continue to assist tenants facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 to pay their rent. Applications for the existing scheme, which has so...
Consumer Protection
Media release
25 Jun 2021
It may be harder for used-car buyers to find a bargain these days, with prices on the rise as a result of a shortage of new vehicles driven by a range of factors. Many of these factors are associated with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, including interruptions to supply chains and a world-wide shortage of micro-chips. This means it’s a particularly important time for those on the hunt for a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Jun 2021
Two separate incidents in WA resulted in serious leg burns Loose lithium-ion batteries can ignite if they touch coins or keys Safety warning for users of vapes and other portable devices WARNING: Images of burn injuries below. A Perth man has described the horrifying moment that a lithium-ion battery caught fire in his pocket with an “intense white light and heat”, causing agonising burns that...
Building and Energy
Media release
23 Jun 2021
The average price of regular unleaded petrol (ULP) is set to increase by over 30 cents per litre (cpl) to 160.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers, if they can, to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Wednesday 23 June 2021, most branded retailers are hiking their ULP price: Coles Express hiking by up to 44 cpl up to 175.9 cpl; 7-Eleven and Caltex Woolworths...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Jun 2021
Banned from holding or obtaining a licence in the motor vehicle industry Ordered not to be involved with a motor vehicle business Imprisoned for stealing $181,250 from three other dealers A Cloverdale motor vehicle dealer who was imprisoned after being convicted of stealing has been disqualified from holding or obtaining a licence by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT). Sasha James Grujin ,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 Jun 2021

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