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The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is coordinating Western Australia’s State-wide Cladding Audit, which is part of an Australia-wide initiative to check the cladding on high-risk buildings following the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in London. In the early hours of 14 June...
Compliance and audit
What is being done nationally On 23 June 2015, the Australian Senate referred the issue of non-conforming building products to the Senate Economics Reference Committee. The Committee released its interim report ‘Safety – not a matter of good luck’ on 4 May 2016. The Senate Committee is due to hand...
Non-conforming building products
Background information Non-conforming building products (NCBPs) are products and materials that: claim to be something they are not; do not meet required standards for their intended use; or are marketed or supplied with the intent to deceive those who use them. For example a building product that...
Non-conforming building products
The growth of online trading sites has made ticket on-selling easier for unauthorised resellers. Ticket on-selling has become a popular way for people to buy tickets when they miss out on purchasing from an official outlet. Be warned, buying a ticket through an unauthorised reseller carries a...
Your consumer rights
David Hillyard was appointed as Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection in December 2015. Prior to this, he was the Director of Consumer Protection’s Retail and Services Directorate. David has worked with Consumer Protection for over 35 years and has been in senior management roles where most...
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Videos and presentations Changes to the Construction Contracts Act The Construction Contracts Act 2004 (CCA) is an important piece of legislation for the building and construction industry in Western Australia. On 15 December 2016 important changes to the CCA commenced operation. These were the...
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Inflatable air lounges are a drowning risk if used on water. While some retailers selling this product may suggest they can be used on water, there may be a risk of unexpected deflation and we strongly recommend they are only used on dry land. These lounges should not be used on any water body (...
Product safety for consumers
Furniture Stability From a toddler’s point of view, home looks like a big playground. They don’t recognise the dangers. The trouble is that most parents don’t recognise the dangers either. Unstable furniture can tip over when a child climbs or pulls on it. This can cause serious injuries if it...
Product safety for consumers
Portable decorative ethanol burners designed for table-top use are the subject of an interim product safety ban.
Product safety for consumers
Consumer Protection sought public comment as a part of a review of the laws covering the licensing and conduct of auctioneers in WA. Status: CLOSED 15 April 2017 Background Currently under the Auction Sales Act 1973 , auctioneer licences are issued by local Magistrates Courts with WA Police checks...
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Self-balancing scooters safety standard (hoverboards)
Consumer Protection
Information
26 Apr 2018
Furniture stability From a child’s point of view, your home looks like a big playground. But there are hidden dangers they don’t recognise. Unstable furniture can tip over when a child climbs or...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
24 Apr 2018
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is committed to the highest possible standards of openness, probity and accountability in all its affairs. The department has zero...
Corporate
Plans
13 Apr 2018
Landlords can get information about their rights and responsibilities from Consumer Protection. Common questions are answered below and contact details are on this factsheet. Common questions My...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
14 Apr 2019
Information for tenants Consumer Protection can help with renting questions – contact details are provided on this factsheet. Common questions The house has been destroyed. What happens to my lease?...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
14 Apr 2019
Information for consumers If you are in the market for a second-hand vehicle you should be aware of the different obligations motor vehicle dealers, insurance companies and private sellers have to...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
01 Mar 2018
Consumer Protection can help you with a wide range of issues you may face because of a crisis. You will find contact details for Consumer Protection at the bottom of this factsheet. Insurance,...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
14 Apr 2019
Gas Service Logbook for industrial and commercial gas installations, not subject to a “Gasfitting Authorisation”.
EnergySafety
Information
09 Jan 2018
21 December 2017 Property manager fined after falling victim to a holiday accommodation scam (Vicki Redfern) A property manager has been reprimanded and fined $2,500 by the State Administrative...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
21 Dec 2017
24 November 2017 As summer approaches it’s time to check that the pool or spa at your rental property conforms to safety requirements. The pool or spa must have appropriate safety barriers according...
Consumer Protection
Bulletin
28 Nov 2017

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A Perth car dealership and a salesperson managing the business have been fined $31,500 in total for duping consignors who they were selling vehicles for. PAG (WA) Pty Ltd , trading as Xoticar of Welshpool and Mr Zeljko Grujin each pleaded guilty to a total of seven contraventions of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act (MVDA) and two breaches of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) at the Perth Magistrates...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 May 2019
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 17 cents per litre (cpl) to 155 cpl tomorrow (28 May 2019), so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 28 May 2019, most BP, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and 7-Eleven sites are increasing their ULP price to 161.9 cpl (increasing by between 25 cpl to 30 cpl). Most Puma...
Consumer Protection
Media release
27 May 2019
Properties for sale or rent Under the Electricity Regulations 1947 all residential premises sold, rented or hired must have all socket outlets and lighting final sub-circuits protected by at least 2 RCDs. It is also essential to ensure that there are no more than 3 final sub-circuits per RCD and the lighting circuits (if 2 or more) are separated over the RCDs. Further details appear in the...
EnergySafety
Department News
27 May 2019
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Are your airbags safe? Car owners across Western Australia are reminded to check whether they have faulty Takata airbags as the Department of Transport exercises its powers to cancel vehicle licences if owners do not respond to notices to replace deadly Alpha airbags. Quarterly recall figures show that around 2.8 million faulty Takata...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 May 2019
A bikini business ended up in deep water and was fined $30,000 after Consumer Protection prosecuted the online swimwear seller for misleading customers about refund and returns rights. Frankii Swim Pty Ltd must also pay costs of $546.30 after a sentencing hearing at the Perth Magistrates Court on 17 May 2019, for three breaches of the Australian Consumer Law. The charges for false and misleading...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 May 2019
The State Government has approved an extra four hours of trading for general retail shops in metropolitan Perth on both Western Australia Day and the Queen’s Birthday public holidays. The extension to permitted opening times means general retail shops will be able to trade any time between 8am and 6pm on Monday, 3 June 2019 (Western Australia Day) and Monday, 30 September 2019 (Queen’s Birthday...
Consumer Protection
Media release
21 May 2019
The average price of unleaded petrol is set to increase by over 16 cents per litre (cpl) to 156 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 21 May 2019, most Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 164.9 cpl (increasing by 26 cpl). Most BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 163.9 cpl, most Caltex...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 May 2019
With Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Winter is coming and we’ve got an important energy safety message to share about gas heaters. You could be putting your health and your family’s health at risk if you don’t follow this advice. Gas heaters are an effective way to keep warm but if they are faulty, poorly maintained or misused they can leak carbon monoxide (CO) gas, which can...
Consumer Protection / EnergySafety
Media release
09 May 2019
Selling cars without a motor vehicle dealer’s licence has cost a Perth man $5,000 after he was fined by the Perth Magistrates Court in a case brought against him by Consumer Protection. In addition to being fined $5,000, 32-year-old Rainer Puhmas from Innaloo was ordered to pay costs of $525.50 after pleading guilty by letter during the hearing on 3 May 2019. Rainer Puhmas bought 17 cars and sold...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 May 2019
The average cost of unleaded petrol is set to increase by around 18 cents per litre (cpl) to 158.2 cpl tomorrow, so FuelWatch is encouraging Perth drivers to fill up today to save money. FuelWatch advises that on Tuesday 14 May 2019, most Caltex and Coles Express sites are increasing their ULP price to 165.9 cpl (increasing by 24 to 26 cpl). Most BP sites are increasing their ULP price to 161.9...
Consumer Protection
Media release
13 May 2019

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