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It is unlawful to use physical force, coerce or unduly harass someone about the supply of, or payment for, goods or services. Undue harassment means unnecessary or excessive contact or communication with a person, to the point where that person feels intimidated, tired or demoralised. Coercion...
Sales practices
Referral selling is when a consumer is persuaded to buy goods or services by promises of a rebate, commission or other benefit for supplying information that helps the trader sell to other consumers, and the consumer does not get the promised benefit unless some other event happens after the...
Sales practices
Pyramid schemes make money by recruiting businesses or people rather than by selling real and legitimate products or services – even if a product or service is involved. These schemes inevitably collapse and new members can lose a lot of money. It is illegal for any business or person to...
Sales practices
Telling consumers about their rights When it comes to consumer guarantees, you must be very careful about what you say to consumers about their rights, and the wording of any signs, advertisements or any other documents. What you cannot tell a consumer You must not tell a consumer that a consumer...
Returns and cancellations
A supplier must meet the consumer guarantees for providing services: with due care and skill; which are fit for any specified purpose; and within the time specified, or within a reasonable time (when no time is set). What is ‘reasonable’ will depend on the nature of the services. If services fail...
Returns and cancellations
You must repay any money paid by the consumer for the returned goods, and return any other form of payment made by the consumer, for example, a trade-in. If this is not possible, you must refund the consumer the value of the other form of payment. You must not: offer a credit note, exchange card or...
Returns and cancellations
You must provide goods of the same type and similar value. If such a replacement is not reasonably available, the consumer may choose a repair or a refund. The consumer must return goods to you. If this involves significant cost to the consumer, you must collect the goods at your own expense – see...
Returns and cancellations
What if I can’t repair the goods? If a supplier cannot repair the goods—for instance, because the supplier does not have parts—or cannot do so within a reasonable time, the consumer can: reject the goods and seek either a refund or replacement; or have the goods fixed elsewhere and claim reasonable...
Returns and cancellations
Which goods are covered and what guarantees apply. Which goods are covered? Goods are covered when sold in trade or commerce and bought by a consumer. Second-hand, leased or hired goods are also covered. Some consumer guarantees apply regardless of whether the goods are sold in trade or commerce –...
Guarantees and warranties
Some suppliers or manufacturers offer extended warranties to lengthen the coverage of their basic manufacturer’s warranty. Usually, consumers are offered the chance to buy an extended warranty after, or at the time, they buy the goods. Example: When a consumer buys a deck chair the retailer says...
Guarantees and warranties

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Publications

Includes the final reports of the Real Estate and Business Agents Supervisory Board, Settlement Agents Supervisory Board, Land Valuers Licensing Board and Motor Vehicle Industry Board.
Corporate
Reports
27 May 2014
In May 2013, in accordance with the Parliament of Western Australia’s Standing Orders, two omissions from the full text of notes 21a and 29 to the financial statements were rectified. This PDF is the...
Corporate
Reports
27 May 2014
The 2012-13 Annual Report presents information on its statutory compliance, financial, non-financial and operational performance. It is in five sections as required by the Financial Management Act...
Corporate
Reports
29 May 2014

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Announcements

Building company Pacific Modular Pty Ltd (reg. BC14434) has been fined $3,500 by the Building Services Board for negligent conduct relating to building work it carried out without a valid building permit at a South Hedland property in 2014.
Building Commission
Media release
21 Nov 2016
Consumer Protection is warning about an ‘addiction therapist’ who has advertised his services to WA consumers and has previously been investigated by health authorities in the Northern Territory. Colin Richard Thompson placed an advertisement in The West Australian on 16 November 2016 announcing that he was now in Perth and offering a cure for people’s addiction to smoking, gambling and alcohol...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Nov 2016
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 11 cents per litre (cpl) to 129.1 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 15 November 2016, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 133.9 cpl (an increase of 15 cpl). Most BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 132.9 cpl, most...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Nov 2016
Kalbarri man Peter John Barry Ikin , trading as Cape York Connections , has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for carrying out unregistered painting work at eight Mid West properties between December 2013 and June 2015.
Building Commission
Media release
14 Nov 2016
Aboriginal consumers, who are regarded as vulnerable targets for unscrupulous salespeople, are being advised ‘it’s ok to walk away’ as part of an education campaign by Consumer Protection. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said one aim of the campaign is to make Aboriginal consumers aware of their consumer rights and have the confidence to say no. “We hope to embolden...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Nov 2016
Osborne Park builder, Adam Bryce Thistlethwaite (reg. BP66814 & BC66814), trading as Starboard Side Construction Pty Ltd , has been fined by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) for engaging in negligent conduct that adversely affected a neighbouring property.
Building Commission
Media release
09 Nov 2016
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 12 cents per litre (cpl) to 130.9 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 8 November 2016, most Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price to 135.9 cpl (an increase of 18 cpl). Most United sites are increasing their ULP price to 134.7 cpl, most BP,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Nov 2016
​An extra 50 retail trading hours for Christmas shopping and Boxing Day sales Christmas Eve shopping to end at 6pm this year, compared with 9pm last year Extended trading for major retailers also approved for Australia Day 2017 Perth consumers will get 50 extra retail trading hours this year to do their Christmas shopping and take full advantage of the Boxing Day sales. Starting from Monday,...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Nov 2016
A Gosnells real estate agency described by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) as ‘incompetent’ has been ordered to pay a $25,000 penalty for mishandling the deposit from the sale of a property. AIM Investments Australia Pty Ltd , trading as AIM Realty , was fined $8,000 and licensee and agent Aman Deep Singh was also fined $8,000 for breaching the Real Estate and Business Agents Act. Both...
Consumer Protection
Media release
04 Nov 2016
A Morley real estate agency has been reprimanded and fined by the State Administrative Tribunal for failing to comply with laws relating to the operation of trust accounts. Realocate Australia Pty Ltd , trading as Realty Executives , was fined $5,000 and licensee Keith Howes was fined $1,500 after admitting to the breaches. Both were ordered to pay a total of $1,000 in costs. Consumer Protection...
Consumer Protection
Media release
02 Nov 2016

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