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This information relates to home building work contracts that fall within the scope of the Home Building Contracts Act 1991 (the Act) – that is, contracts for home building work valued between $7,500 and $500,000. The Act sets out the minimum contract terms and provides circumstances when a builder...
Building a home in challenging times
Funeral Pricing Code A public consultation to seek industry and consumer views on the draft Fair Trading (Funeral Pricing Code of Practice) Regulations 2022 (the Funeral Pricing Code) closed on 21 April 2022. The Funeral Pricing Code was published on 8 November 2022 and will commence on 1 May 2023...
Consultations
Consultation status: CLOSED Submissions closed 4 April 2022. Please subscribe to the Associations newsletter to keep up to date with the latest association information. The Associations Incorporation Act 2015 is being reviewed to check how well it is working. Background The purpose of this review...
Consultations
Renting or hiring a house or apartment Important electrical and gas safety information you need to know before you rent or hire a property. Renting or hiring a house or apartment fact sheet – Electrical and gas If you rent or hire a home or apartment, your landlord has a duty under electrical and...
Gas installations
Renting or hiring a house or apartment. Important electrical and gas safety information you need to know before you rent or hire a property.
Electrical installations
Who can make a plumbing work complaint? Building and Energy receives complaints from consumers about faulty building and plumbing work. These matters can be resolved quickly through discussion with the contractor and this must be considered in the first instance. If the rectification of plumbing...
Plumbing work complaints
The Consumer Justice Strategy will outline legislative reforms, policy development, and strategic priorities for consumer protection and fair trading in WA for the coming years.
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This webpage provides general guidance on the Dividing Fences Act 1961 (the Act) and its interaction with local government by-laws in relation to the construction and maintenance of dividing fences in Western Australia. The Act provides a process for sharing costs between neighbours, the...
Dividing fences
Damage caused by one neighbour Situations may arise where you consider that your neighbour or neighbours should be responsible for paying the entire repair of the fence because it has been damaged by their actions or inaction. The Act only recognises a limited set of circumstances where an...
Dividing fences
Step one: Negotiate with your neighbour An agreement between neighbours has priority over the requirements of the Act so it is best to approach the owner of the adjoining land first. The Act does not specify the requirements for obtaining quotes, however, having quotes and a clear understanding of...
Dividing fences

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An overview of building disputes for the month of June 2023.
Building and Energy
Reports
24 Jul 2023
Building and Energy has noticed an increase in the use of unapproved portable gas cooking appliances operating on butane canisters. The commercial use of these appliances, particularly used as table-top gas cooking appliances in indoor restaurant environments, has resulted in gas explosions injuring consumers. This fact sheet is intended to raise awareness by highlighting the 2016 WA prohibition order and the potential effects on restaurant design and patron safety.
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
06 Sep 2023
Building and Energy is Western Australia’s technical and safety regulator for the electricity industry and most of the gas industry as well as the regulator for the building, building surveying,...
Building and Energy
Plans
30 Jun 2023
Building and Energy is Western Australia’s technical and safety regulator for the electricity industry and most of the gas industry as well as the regulator for the building, building surveying,...
Building and Energy
Plans
30 Jun 2023
An overview of building disputes for the month of May 2023.
Building and Energy
Reports
16 Jun 2023
Button batteries can be a deadly hazard. If swallowed, button batteries can cause internal burns, severe bleeding and even death. Items containing button batteries include: toys TV and car key...
Consumer Protection
Flyers
22 Jun 2023
An overview of building disputes for the month of April 2023.
Building and Energy
Reports
25 May 2023
This document provides guidance for the safety requirements of clause 6.3.2 Restriction of stowed appliances of AS/NZS 5601.2:2020 and how it applies to gas cooking appliances installed to external slide out kitchens in caravans and camper trailers (recreational vehicles).
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
12 May 2023
Funeral directors can help you organise a funeral service. They must be transparent with their pricing, must not make incorrect or misleading statements and they must not offer unfair contract terms...
Consumer Protection
Checklist
12 May 2023
An overview of building disputes for the month of March 2023.
Building and Energy
Reports
20 Apr 2023

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As the cost of living continues to pinch, most people are looking for ways to save a bit of money, but some businesses use sneaky tricks to make us spend more than intended. Dark patterns are tactics used to nudge, manipulate or trick you into spending more than planned or providing personal data that isn’t needed. These tactics can be used in many situations, but the place you will see them most...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 May 2024
An Albany-based building supervisor has been fined $12,500 for failing to adequately manage and supervise the construction of a new home, which was eventually demolished. The State Administrative Tribunal’s (SAT) orders against Asher Daniel Arthur Schlager (BP101285) followed mediation about disciplinary allegations by Building and Energy. According to the agreed facts, Schlager Building Services...
Building and Energy
Media release
01 May 2024
Motorists in Perth and Mandurah are advised to fill up now if they need to, with petrol prices set to rise tomorrow. After today motorists will likely have to wait a week before petrol prices are again at the bottom of the price cycle. FuelWatch reports that, from 6am tomorrow (Wednesday 1 May 2024), the average price of Perth’s regular unleaded petrol (ULP) will increase by 32 cents per litre (...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Apr 2024
Picture this – your car has been badly rear-ended in peak hour traffic and you shakily give your personal details to the first tow truck driver on the scene, who takes your car away. A few days later you receive a call from a lawyer who knows all about your car accident and tells you they can “help” you get a significant payout for your minor whiplash. What you don’t know is that tow truck driver...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Apr 2024
Motorists in Perth and Mandurah are advised to fill up now if they need to, with petrol prices set to rise tomorrow. After today motorists will likely have to wait a week before petrol prices are again at the bottom of the price cycle. FuelWatch reports that, from 6am tomorrow (Wednesday 24 April 2024), the average price of Perth’s regular unleaded petrol (ULP) will increase by over 31 cents per...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Apr 2024
Unwanted calls and spam SMS can be a source of frustration. Whether it's persistent telemarketers interrupting your dinner or irrelevant promotional texts flooding your phone, there are ways to put a stop to them. You may have forgotten about the Do Not Call register, which is a free service run by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). You can register your home, personal...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Apr 2024
Motorists in Perth and Mandurah are advised to fill up now if they need to, with petrol prices set to rise tomorrow. After today motorists will likely have to wait a week before petrol prices are again at the bottom of the price cycle. FuelWatch reports that, from 6am tomorrow (Wednesday 17 April 2024), the average price of Perth’s regular unleaded petrol (ULP) will increase by 32 cents per litre...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Apr 2024
Unleaded petrol (ULP) prices often grab the headlines but for many West Aussie drivers, diesel is the lifeblood that keeps their utes, trucks, 4WDs and family cars running. Currently, Tuesday is the cheapest day to fill the tank with petrol, but Consumer Protection’s FuelWatch team often receives questions asking when the cheapest day is for diesel. Diesel does not follow a price cycle in the...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Apr 2024
Building and Energy is advising homeowners affected by the liquidation of Start Right Homes Pty Ltd (BC14559) to contact QBE to discuss their home indemnity insurance. The Osborne Park building company, which mainly constructed single-storey houses, appointed liquidators on 7 April 2024. Building and Energy understands the company is yet to complete 24 projects. Building and Energy Executive...
Building and Energy
Media release
09 Apr 2024
Motorists in Perth and Mandurah are advised to fill up now if they need to, with petrol prices set to rise tomorrow. After today motorists will likely have to wait a week before petrol prices are again at the bottom of the price cycle. FuelWatch reports that, from 6am tomorrow (Wednesday 10 April 2024), the average price of Perth’s regular unleaded petrol (ULP) will increase by over 31 cents per...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Apr 2024

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