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A service is covered if: it cost up to $40,000 and the person or business you bought it from sold it as part of their business or professional activity, including not-for-profit activity; or it cost more than $40,000 and is the kind of service normally bought for personal, domestic or household...
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The Parliamentary Counsel's Office publishes all Western Australian legislation. You can seach and download Acts and Regulations in PDF or Word format. You can download a document with a list of Acts by administering portfolios .
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Consumer Protection has at its disposal a wide range of enforcement options when dealing with breaches of fair trading legislation. Enforceable undertakings are just one of these options. An enforceable undertaking is a legally binding agreement where the trader or business agrees to do certain...
Enforceable undertakings
Consultation on unsolicited consumer agreements ( Door to door sales) Status: Closed 26 July 2013. Comments were sought on a proposal to amend the Australian Consumer Law (WA) to vary permitted calling hours for unsolicited consumer agreements – also known as door to door sales in 2013. The...
Consultations and reports
Who guarantees the service? The person or business who sold you the service (the ‘supplier’) guarantees the service. This means they are responsible for fixing a problem when the service does not meet a consumer guarantee. What do they guarantee about the service? They guarantee to provide services...
Services
Consumer Protection can provide information on a variety of topics including tenancy, consumer rights, fair trading, buying and selling property, scams, licences and registrations and running a not-for-profit organisation. See the What Consumer Protection does page for more information. Need to...
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Businesses and people working in certain industries must be licensed or registered with Consumer Protection. Abbreviations shown in brackets below represent the code for the type of licence. Motor vehicle industry Dealers (MD) Repairers (MR) Repair businesses (MRB) Salespeople (MS) Yard managers (...
Tradespeople
Clear title of a vehicle means that the vehicle does not have any money owing on it. If you owe money on your vehicle to a finance company, and you sell it privately without telling the buyer, that vehicle may be repossessed from the buyer by the finance company. Also, by selling an encumbered...
Selling a vehicle
There is a fee to sell your vehicle at a public auction. It is usually a percentage of the selling price. You need to advise the auctioneer of your reserve price. Once the reserve price is reached, the vehicle is then sold to the highest bidder. If the reserve price is not reached, the auctioneer...
Selling a vehicle
Travel agent licence review Status: Closed Friday 4 October 2013 Consumer Protection is seeking community comment about whether specific laws for the WA travel industry should continue or whether the general laws are adequate. We have released a position paper and urge consumers and industry...
Consultations and reports

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If you want to trade as a special retail shop you must apply for a certificate. Qualified applications will be processed promptly and free of charge. Lodging an application An application can be...
Consumer Protection
Form – application
04 Jul 2018
European House Borer (EHB) is a destructive pest of untreated, seasoned (dry), coniferous wood including pine, fir and spruce. This fact sheet provides information on what to look for and how to...
Building Commission
Fact sheet
22 May 2014
Is your plumber licensed? Only plumbers who hold appropriate licences issued by the Plumbers Licensing Board (the Board) can legally carry out regulated plumbing work (water supply, sanitary and...
Building Commission
Fact sheet
22 Jan 2019
Western Australia's Building Regulations 2012 (the Regulations) require the owner of a dwelling to have compliant smoke alarms installed: prior to the sale or transfer of ownership; where a dwelling...
Building Commission
Fact sheet
22 Jan 2019
Drowning is the most common cause of preventable death of children aged 0–5 years. Over the past five years, 16 toddlers have drowned in Western Australia. For every drowning death, it is estimated...
Building Commission
Guide / handbook
20 Oct 2016
If you are planning to have your roof restored by coating or painting, this fact sheet will guide you through the most common problem areas.
Building Commission
Fact sheet
22 May 2014
When dealing with building disputes relating to a regulated building service, Building and Energy may require the parties to a complaint to provide further details about the complaint. These further...
Building Commission
Guidance note
23 Jan 2019
This guide is intended to help you understand the Dividing Fences Act 1961 (the Act) and outlines processes for neighbours to agree on the fence that divides their properties, to determine boundaries...
Building Commission
Brochure
16 May 2014
Using adjudication to resolve payment disputes Every day, individuals and organisations enter into contracts for building and construction work. Sometimes disputes arise over payment. The...
Building Commission
Fact sheet
22 Jan 2019
This booklet provides a guide to each stage of building or renovating your home.
Building Commission
Brochure
16 May 2014

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Building Commissioner Ken Bowron has suspended Choiceliving (WA) Pty Ltd’s (BC101237) building contractor registration due to concerns about the company’s financial status.
Building Commission
Media release
25 Jan 2018
Karrinyup licensed plumbing contractor Joseph Travaglini (PL5037) has been fined $1,000 by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) for failing to submit the notifications and certifications required for plumbing work.
Building Commission
Media release
25 Jan 2018
Westminster man Jeffrey Dean Ramsey (BP102256 – cancelled) has been fined $5,000 and is no longer a registered builder in Western Australia after he provided false or misleading information to the Building Services Board to become registered.
Building Commission
Media release
24 Jan 2018
Consumer Protection is concerned about a Byford landscaper who has accepted payment for work which has not been carried out. Trevor James Potter , trading as Trevors Landscape Services and Liven Your Landscape (both unregistered), allegedly owes consumers a total of almost $17,000. Since October 2016, 15 complaints have been lodged against the landscaper who is said to have taken deposits and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Jan 2018
The FuelWatch website has reached an all-time record with more than a million visits in a month from motorists on the hunt for Perth's cheapest fuel. Last month the website recorded 1,048,529 visits, the highest monthly number since FuelWatch launched in January 2001. The average is usually 800,000 visits a month. Unique to Western Australia, FuelWatch provides motorists with a valuable tool to...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Jan 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 18 cents per litre (cpl) to 146.3 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 23 January 2018, most 7-Eleven, Puma, Caltex Woolworths, BP, Caltex and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 149.9 cpl (an increase of between 20 and 26 cpl) and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Jan 2018
A study into the drowning risks associated with mermaid tails and monofins has found that they significantly hinder a child’s ability to swim and has recommended age restrictions and increased supervision for their use. The Perth-based review, conducted by The Royal Life Saving Society of Western Australia (RLSSWA) and funded by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), tested...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Jan 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 18 cents per litre (cpl) to 146.2 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 16 January 2018, most 7-Eleven, Caltex Woolworths, BP, Puma, Caltex and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 149.9 cpl (an increase of between 20 and 26 cpl) and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Jan 2018
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard As some of us get older, some of our housing needs are likely to change to suit our lifestyle but there is what appears to be a confusing array of housing options now available for retirees. Working out what is the best choice for you can be tricky and it is important to weigh up the positives and negatives. The Seniors Housing Advisory...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Jan 2018
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard We recently warned consumers about a stonemason who was taking money from customers but not delivering services and we regularly receive complaints about concreters, tree loppers and other trades or service providers. Issues can arise when consumers accept tradespeople on face value and pay large amounts of money as a deposit but the work...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Nov 2017

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