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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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Organisations licensed under the Charitable Collections Act 1946 are entitled to visit a house to collect money or sell goods for a charitable purpose. All appeals must be authorised by the governing...
Consumer Protection
Information
23 Nov 2018
Commerce’s strategies for ensuring people with disabilities, their families and carers have equal opportunity to access our services and facilities.
Corporate
Plans
27 May 2014
Did you know the Department of Commerce can provide your business with information and advice on trading, employment and safety at work? Use this checklist to help identify where the department may...
Corporate
Checklist
27 May 2014
Corporate
Information
27 May 2014
The department uses the compliance strategy as a framework for developing compliance programs across the breadth of its responsibilities.
Corporate
Information
29 May 2014
This Code outlines the standards of behaviour and conduct for the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, and its employees.
Corporate
Code of conduct
19 Sep 2018
Corporate
Reports
27 May 2014
Corporate
Reports
27 May 2014
Corporate
Reports
27 May 2014
Corporate
Reports
11 Sep 2014

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The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by over 19 cents per litre (cpl) to 145.9 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 28 November 2017, most 7 Eleven, BP, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths, Coles Express and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 149.9 cpl (increasing between 21 cpl and 25 cpl)...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Nov 2017
Western Australian co-operatives have now been included under national regulations, completing a reform process that enables them to compete equally with other enterprises. The final step in the reform process came with the recent approval of amendments to the national regulations, which recognise new WA laws that came into effect on January 1, 2017. The new laws offer several advantages to co-...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Nov 2017
Another loss from a cyber-attack that intercepted a property sale transaction has triggered Consumer Protection to issue a renewed warning to buyers, sellers, tenants and agents in WA to be extra vigilant. In the latest case, the buyer of a Karrinyup property lost $20,000 after cyber criminals sent an email purporting to be from his real estate agent requesting the deposit be paid into a bank...
Consumer Protection
Media release
24 Nov 2017
A Maddington motor vehicle dealer and repairer has been banned for two years from holding a dealer’s licence or repair business licence, or managing a company that holds either licence, after he was found guilty of selling vehicles with wound-back odometers. Mazin Alkiaat , formerly operating as W.A. Auto and Parts , had his licences cancelled by the State Administrative Tribunal on 10 November...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Nov 2017
A Wandi property manager has been fined $5,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court for operating without a licence and a current triennial certificate. Josephine Wei-Wei Liau was also ordered to pay costs of $1,784 after being convicted on 20 November 2017 for holding herself out as a real estate agent and demanding and receiving monies in respect of services as an agent while unlicensed. Ms Liau was...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Nov 2017
A landscaper is facing an arrest warrant after failing to attend court to answer charges of allegedly taking money from consumers and then not carrying out the work. WA consumers are being warned not to conduct business with Trent Danny Caines , trading as TDC Landscaping. Mr Caines mostly advertises via Gumtree and charges large deposits, if not the full amount, for landscaping and brick paving...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Nov 2017
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by over 19 cents per litre (cpl) to 145.6 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 21 November 2017, most BP, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths, Coles Express and Puma sites are increasing their ULP price to 149.9 cpl (increasing between 21 cpl and 25 cpl). Most 7-Eleven...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Nov 2017
Thornlie licensed plumbing contractor Andrew William Jones (PL588) has been fined $2,000 by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) for failing to submit the notifications and certifications required for plumbing work.
Building Commission
Media release
20 Nov 2017
Padbury licensed plumbing contractor Lewis Leonard Darby (PL8389) has been fined $1,500 by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) for failing to submit the notifications and certifications required for plumbing work.
Building Commission
Media release
20 Nov 2017
Thornlie licensed plumbing contractor Ryan James Crutchley (PL7798) has been fined $2,000 by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) for failing to submit the notifications and certifications required for plumbing work.
Building Commission
Media release
20 Nov 2017

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