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People often buy goods linked to services. An example is a mobile telephone, often linked to a contract for network services. This is sometimes called a ‘linked service contract’. If you are returning goods within a reasonable time and are entitled to a refund, you can also cancel the linked...
Services
The media team is the first point of contact for journalists and other members of the media wanting information about Consumer Protection and its activities. The media team: prepares media releases and speeches arranges media interviews organises launches promoting our products and objectives...
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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...
Services
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

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My shopping rights flash cards and posters in - Dinka
Consumer Protection
Promotions
29 May 2014
My Shopping Rights flash cards and posters in Arabic
Consumer Protection
Promotions
29 May 2014
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

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A Cannington company and one of its directors have been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner and fined a total of $6,000 for registration offences the company committed while contracting for the fit-out of a Wellard fast food outlet in 2014.
Building Commission
Media release
13 Mar 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by 20 cents per litre (cpl) to 145.8 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 13 March 2018, most Caltex Woolworths, BP, Caltex, Puma and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 149.9 cpl (an increase between 23 cpl and 27 cpl). Also, all 7-Eleven...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Mar 2018
A landscaper who took large deposits from consumers but failed to supply materials or complete the work has been fined $4,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court and ordered to pay a total of $18,114 in consumer compensation. Trent Danny Caines , trading as TDC Landscaping formerly of Ellenbrook, was also ordered to pay costs of $957 when he pleaded guilty to eight charges of wrongly accepting payment...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Mar 2018
An East Victoria Park real estate agency has been fined $8,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court for the late lodgement of tenancy bonds to the Bond Administrator. Verse (Aust) Pty Ltd , trading as Verse Property Group , was also ordered to pay $505 in costs after pleading guilty on 2 March 2018 to charges of breaching the Residential Tenancies Act by failing to lodge eight bonds amounting to $12,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Mar 2018
Update (26 March 2018): In response to enquiries from plumbers, a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page has been published. With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Plumbers could find themselves in hot water if they go to a home to carry out one job but end up taking payment for more than they were called out for. A 10 business day cooling-off period applies to any approach from...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Mar 2018
A tradie who accepted payment but failed to complete the work has been fined $7,500 by the Fremantle Magistrates Court and ordered to pay compensation of $6,600 to three clients. Adam Lodge, trading as Southwestern Roofing and Building Maintenance, was also ordered to pay costs of $1,000 after pleading guilty to three charges of failing to supply all services within a reasonable time. The charges...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Mar 2018
A real estate sales representative who purported to work for a Wanneroo real estate agency after her employment had been terminated has been disqualified from applying for registration for two and a half years by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT). Olivia Loretta Anne Murray was also ordered to pay costs of $4,000 after Consumer Protection took disciplinary action against her for breaching...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Mar 2018
Tourists visiting Bali are being warned by Consumer Protection not to get involved in a card game gambling scam after a Perth man lost $200,000 to a gang of fraudsters. The 66 year old man from Baldivis got involved in the scam in October last year and lost the money over a three month period after also travelling to Johor in Malaysia and Manila in the Philippines. The scam began when the man was...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Mar 2018
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 19 cents per litre (cpl) to 145.5 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 6 March 2018, most BP, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths, Coles Express and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 149.9 cpl (increasing between 23 cpl and 27 cpl). Also, most 7-...
Consumer Protection
Media release
05 Mar 2018
The State Government has approved an additional four hours of trading for general retail shops in the Perth metropolitan area on Labour Day and Easter Monday. Shops will be able to trade from 8am until 6pm on Monday, 5 March 2018 (Labour Day) and Monday, 2 April 2018 (Easter Monday). Trading during this extended period is discretionary for metropolitan area retailers. The Retail Trading Hours (...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Mar 2018

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